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Launching in August, Un-Cruise Adventures’ 88-guest S.S. Legacy will focus on the stories and characters from Alaska’s Gold Rush of ’98 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition through Oregon and Washington. Guests receive a travel credit savings up to $1,088 per couple on cruise fares for the inaugural season in Alaska in August 2013 and on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in fall 2013 when booked by June 15.
The 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica Victorian-style steamer, joins the fleet after extensive renovations, with period décor including carved wooden cabinetry and rich colors. Six stateroom categories are available, with twin, double, queen and king beds, all with view windows and private baths. Public spaces include the Klondike Dining Room, Grand Salon with dance floor, wine bar and Pesky Barnacle Saloon. The ship also has two hot tubs, a sauna, a massage room, fitness equipment and yoga on deck.
Heritage Adventures, a new style of adventure for the line, focus on the history of the destination with a Legacy Leader coordinating a program on board and ashore. In addition to guest speakers and educational presentations, surprising elements entertain and transport guests back in time — crew in period costumes, John Muir or Teddy Roosevelt strolling on deck. Included shoreside tours visit points of historical interest.
“Heritage Adventures marry the joy of exploring a scenic destination with the appeal of connecting with our nation’s history,” said Dan Blanchard, CEO and principal. “Living history will take on a new meaning with the on board programming developed for the S.S. Legacy voyages.”
Two 11-night Gold Rush Legacy cruises between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse) kick off the S.S. Legacy’s inaugural year. The Aug. 11 and Aug. 22 cruises visit the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor, Wash.; Canada’s Inside Passage; Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Frederick Sound, Sitka, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines and Skagway, Alaska.
Highlights include guided tours in port, whale watching, viewing glaciers in Glacier Bay, discovering native Tlingit culture and exploring scenic waterways by Victorian-style steamer. Legacy Leaders weave the colorful 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.
From September through November and March through May, weeklong cruises depart roundtrip Portland, Oregon to explore the history and scenery of the Columbia and Snake Rivers on the Legacy of Discovery. Areas visited include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Clarkston, Hells Canyon, Walla Walla, Washington Wine Country, The Dalles and Astoria.
“The Columbia and Snake Rivers offer one of America’s truly great calm water, scenic, historical and technological experiences, rivaling the popularity of river cruising overseas,” said Blanchard. “The S.S. Legacy introduces a new dimension to river cruising with its inclusive nature and authentic portrayal of historic events.”
The experience includes 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, jetboating 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, with up to $530 per couple travel credit savings for early bookers.
Heritage Adventures aboard the S.S. Legacy include all shoreside tours, fresh and innovative meals, a massage, premium wine/beer/spirits, transfers and port fees and taxes. Onboard amenities include flat-screen televisions, DVD players and iPod docking stations in all staterooms. An elevator connects three public decks.