(Photo of S.S. Legacy courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures)
Scenic river cruising on the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia and Snake Rivers begins in April aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ 88-guest S.S. Legacy. An updated itinerary highlighting the area’s history and additional wine cruises have been added for 2016.
Seattle-based small ship cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures increased its number of wine cruise departures to seven in 2016. The Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History cruise includes a wine expert on board and visits Oregon and Washington wineries for tastings and tours.— A Legacy of Discovery itinerary focusing on the area’s rich history is refreshed for the season with a stop in Richland for a tour to Hanford Reach and Terra Blanca winery.
A travel credit savings of $300/couple is offered for bookings made by March 1, 2016 with mention of the offer code: RT3UW36. The savings is applicable for river cruises departing April — November 2016.
ÔÇ£I believe the Columbia and Snake—Rivers—offer the most scenic river cruise in the Americas, with mountain peaks and steep cliffs along the route,ÔÇØ said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. ÔÇ£We had great success with our wine cruises last year so we’ll offer three more departures in 2016.ÔÇØ
The S.S. Legacy sails roundtrip Portland, Oregon on 34 departures from April through November.— The scenic river cruise travels through a varied landscape from lush forests of the west, through the scenic Columbia River Gorge, to the rolling hills of the Palouse, desert-like landscapes of the east, and back to the coast, while passing through eight sets of locks and dams.
Legacy of Discovery
History comes alive on the mighty Columbia and Snake Rivers through included tours, lively presentations by on board heritage guides and local experts along the route.— New in 2016 is a tour to Hanford Reach Interpretive Center with exhibits on the Manhattan Project, and the history and ecology of the area. Afterwards, guests enjoy a private tour, lunch and tasting at award-winning Terra Blanca Winery & Estates Vineyard. Highlights include visits to Multnomah Falls, jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, Fort Clatsop, Maryhill Museum, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Bonneville Dam Visitor Center and —Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum.— Rates begin at $3,395 per person, double occupancy.
Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History
Additional wine cruise departures highlight the wine-rich region of the Northwest with seven departures in 2016. Whether a wine connoisseur or novice, guests aboard the S.S. Legacy’s Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History itinerary explore the Willamette, Columbia, Snake and Palouse rivers while enjoying tours and tastings at nine Washington and Oregon wineries.— Wine experts join the ship for a week of wine tastings and presentations on board. Other highlights include Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, Multnomah Falls, Maryhill Museum, Hood River, Walla Walla, Palouse Falls State Park and Cannon Beach.— Rates begin at $3,695 per person, double occupancy.
The 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer, emulates the steam ships found along the rivers in the early 1900s. Travelers enjoy the ambiance of an elegant coastal steamer with modern conveniences. Public spaces include an elegant Klondike Dining Room, Grand Salon with dance floor, wine bar and rollicking Pesky Barnacle Saloon. An elevator connects three decks. Wellness amenities include two hot tubs, a massage, fitness equipment and yoga on deck.
Special theme departures include Lewis & Clark, smooth jazz, entertainment/music, alumni and a chairman’s cruise. Inclusive cruises offer a comprehensive historical perspective on board and ashore with guided tours in each port combined with innovative meals; premium wine, beer and spirits; all taxes and fees and transfers. Charters and group incentives are available.