Friday, 16 August 2013

SS Legacy Sets Sail For Un-Cruise

Un-Cruise Adventures officially christened its newest vessel, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, in a dockside celebration near company headquarters in Seattle, Washington, earlier this month to make the replica coastal steamer the eighth vessel in the adventure cruise line’s fleet.

And World of Cruising will be aboard her second full Alaska voyage from August 22-Sept 2 for a special feature in our Autumn edition, publishing on September 20.

The Legacy sails the new Heritage Adventures series for Un-Cruise, taking guests back in time to the 1890s and early 1900s to explore history of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska and early explorers along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The all-American crew - in 1890s attire - bring history to life through short vignettes during the course of the day and staged dramas at night. 

With a nod to the vessel’s historical style of cruising, the line’s CEO Dan Blanchard channelled his great grandfather Michael J. Willet, a turn of the century shingle mill tycoon, to tie in history of the 1890s in Seattle. Characters such as HG Wells and Jules Verne joined in the inaugural celebration along with blessings from Ray Gardner of the Chinook Nation and Joe Williams, a Tlingit from Saxman, Alaska. 

In September 2013, the Legacy will begin cruising week-long Legacy of Discovery cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers round-trip from Portland, with 12 departures scheduled through November. Rates begin at $3,195 per person, double occupancy. It returns to the Rivers in April 2013 for nine more departures through May. From June to August, the vessel will sail another 10 week-long Alaska’s Golden History cruises between Ketchikan and Juneau in Alaska (and reverse) and rates begin at $5,195 per person, double occupancy.  On Heritage Adventures, guests enjoy port calls and included shoreside excursions to points of historical interest. A gold rush highlight is the included trip aboard Skagway’s White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway.

Heritage Adventures also include all meals; fine wines, microbrews and spirits; shore excursions; a massage; yoga on deck; all meals; transfers; taxes, port charges and fees. Charters and group bookings are available. 

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line, the UK's luxury adventure-cruise specialists.