Friday, 3 May 2013

Un-Cruise Unveils Heritage Adventures

Launching this August, Un-Cruise Adventures’ 88-guest S.S. Legacy sails back through history bringing alive the stories and characters from Alaska’s Gold Rush of ’98 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition westward through Oregon and Washington. 

Even better, guests will receive a travel credit savings up to $1,088 per couple on fares for the inaugural season in Alaska and on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the autumn, if booked by June 15.

The S.S. Legacy, a replica Victorian-style steamer, joins the fleet after extensive renovations restoring the ambiance of an elegant coastal steamer and adding modern conveniences. Period décor includes carved wooden cabinetry and rich colours and patterns. Six different stateroom categories include twin, double, queen and king beds, all with view windows and private bath. Public spaces include an elegant Klondike Dining Room, Grand Salon with dance floor, wine bar and rollicking Pesky Barnacle Saloon. Wellness amenities include two hot tubs, sauna, massage room, fitness equipment and yoga on deck.

Cruise options for this year and 2014 include:

Gold Rush Legacy
Two 11-night sailings between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse) kick off the S.S. Legacy’s inaugural year. The August 11 and 22 cruises visit San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor, WA; Canada’s Inside Passage; Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Frederick Sound, Sitka, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines and Skagway, in Alaska. Highlights include guided tours in port, whale watching, viewing glaciers in Glacier Bay, discovering native Tlingit culture and exploring scenic waterways. Legacy Leaders weave the colourful stories from Alaska’s history and the Gold Rush of ‘98 into activities throughout the voyage. Rates start at $7,895 per person, double occupancy, with up to $1,088 per couple travel credit savings available for the celebratory inaugural season.

Legacy of Discovery
From September through November and March through May, week-long cruises depart round-trip from Portland, Oregon, to explore the history and scenery of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Areas visited include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Clarkston, Hells Canyon, Walla Walla, Washington Wine Country, The Dalles and Astoria. Highlights include scenic cruising through the Columbia River Gorge; a visit to Multnomah Falls; transiting eight sets of locks and tour of the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center; jet boat into Hells Canyon; Fort Clatsop; Fort Walla Walla; downtown Walla Walla or Whitman Mission; Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria; Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and a private wine-tasting at a Washington winery. Rates start at $3,195 per person, double occupancy, with up to $530 per couple travel credit savings for early bookers.

A Heritage Adventure aboard S.S. Legacy includes all shoreside tours, fresh and innovative meals, a massage, premium wine/beer/spirits, transfers and port fees and taxes. On board amenities include flatscreen TVs/DVD players and iPod docking stations in all staterooms. An elevator connects three public decks. 

NB: We will be taking our first cruise aboard the SS Legacy in Alaska this August and will have the full experience and story in our Autumn edition.