Sail Date: August 2019
If you are looking for an extraordinary way to explore the Last Frontier, unCruise Adventures gifts you the opportunity to not just visit Alaska, but to step Inside! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Kayak through frozen, glacial water ⁣⁣⁣ - ... Read More
If you are looking for an extraordinary way to explore the Last Frontier, unCruise Adventures gifts you the opportunity to not just visit Alaska, but to step Inside! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Kayak through frozen, glacial water ⁣⁣⁣ - Paddleboard alongside jumping salmon⁣ - Bushwhack through remote islands⁣ and land on deserted beaches⁣⁣ - Skiff to the face of calving glaciers⁣⁣⁣ - Taste bullwhip seaweed⁣⁣⁣ - Have a glacier silt facemask⁣⁣ - Kiss a giant slug⁣⁣⁣ - Dive into Polar Waters⁣⁣⁣ - Witness bears pounce and salmon jump⁣ - View a dozen 50-ton Humpback whales play and breach off the bow of your boat⁣⁣⁣ - Spot bald eagles, mountain goats, puffins, porpoise, sea lions, sea otters, seal, orca whales, countless bird species, starfish, porcupine....⁣⁣⁣ - Berry hunt for the sweetest, wild blueberries and strawberries you’ve ever tasted⁣⁣⁣ These can all be apart of your Alaskan Adventure! Mid-August, my family and I spent a week on Uncruise Adventures' largest ship, the 90-passenger S.S. Legacy. The cruise was roundtrip from Juneau and we spent the week sailing the inside passage with stops at Tracy Arm, Dawes Glacier, Robert & Crow Islands, Saginaw Bat, Halleck Harbor, Red Bluff Bay, Kasnyku Bay, Ell Cove, Glacier Bay National Park, and Fern Harbor. Compared to other cruise lines sailing in Alaska, our ship was tiny. We were able to maneuver into small bays where no large cruise ship could attempt to go. And because of this flexibility, the crew could make changes based on the weather forecast or stops for wildlife at a moments notice. Our departure date was one of Uncruise Adventure's family-focused sailings. There are typically 2 Alaska sailings each summer and 1 Baja Mexico sail date in the spring that are family-focused and include a guide specifically for children aboard. The departures dates and ships for 2020 are: Mexico: Baja's Bounty – Safari Endeavour - March 28, 2020 Alaska Fjords & Glaciers – Wilderness Discoverer - July 4 & August 1, 2020 Prior to boarding, Dan Blanchard the CEO of Uncruise spoke to all the guests about the week ahead and, to our pleasant surprise, informed us that he would be on board with us. He would lead some excursions and together with a documentarian would be filming an educational video in opposition to the proposed logging of the Tongass National Forest. Dan was a fantastic addition to the cruise, as his expertise of the region is second to none and his energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Once onboard, my family of four (Penny age 5 & Oliver age 7) found our accommodations very comfortable with twin beds in each room and fair-sized bathrooms. Our cabins are very well-appointed but not traditionally considered luxury in comparison to newer, larger ships, but don't let it scare you because the service is absolutely first class! This is an expedition-style ship with a focus on adventure and most of your time is spent off the boat or in common areas mingling with other guests. Every morning and afternoon there were a wide variety of excursions for all activity levels, including the kids -- short/long kayaking tours, paddleboarding, zodiac tours, beach and meadow walks, beginner bushwacks, extreme bushwacks, etc. The expedition team is incredibly friendly, knowledgable, flexible and enthusiastic! The crew and expedition team are over the top flexible and truly want to give each guest the best and most personalized experience possible and all activity levels are welcome. Besides the families, most of the guests were retired and one guest had extremely limited mobility and used a walker. The SS Legacy has an elevator for the lower 3 decks, she was able to move easily around the ship with the exception of the top deck where the wheelhouse and jacuzzis were located. The Legacy is also equipped with a special launch pad, called the Sea Dragon, allowing guests to load into the zodiacs, kayaks, and paddleboards without touching in the water or getting wet. For the kids, Alaskan-family-travel writer and guide, Erin Kirland created specific activities and excursions just for them. Parents could join in or choose to go on their own separate adventure, which allowed for a perfect balance between family time and freedom. There were 67 passengers and roughly 16 children onboard ranging from 5 years of age up to high school - several families, and a few children with their grandparents and a multi-generational family celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. The first evening, Erin had a family "meet and greet" and explained the very flexible kid's program, introduced the designated "kid's hangout room" and laid out a few simple rules to keep the kids safe and happy. By morning, my kids had already made cruise buddies and by mid-week they were inseparable. My kids had the most incredible week learning about Alaskan wildlife, creating button quilts, making friendship bracelets, wild berry hunting, touring the engine room, exploring the beach, becoming Jr. Rangers, and enjoying "Kids Happy Hour" with the best snacks and so much more! The Food and Beverage program on the SS Legacy was exceptional. There is a lovely, spacious lounge located on deck 2 near the bow of the ship, where guests can mingle, relax, read books, play games and grab a beverage throughout the day. An early riser breakfast is served each morning with fruit, oatmeal, cereal, coffee, tea and delicious pastries baked daily by the ships dedicated pastry chef. The lounge also has a self-service coffee, tea, water, snack station throughout the day. And in the afternoon, there is a happy hour with light appetizers. There is a full bar located in the lounge with 2 incredible bartenders who make daily craft cocktails or any guests' favorite drink. A full sit down breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining room on deck 1 with beautiful windows for viewing the incredible scenery and wildlife. The menu always included meat, fish, salad, and vegetarian options with wine pairings and a full kids menu. And the chef was always willing to customize a dish or meal to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences and all meals were incredibly fresh and delicious. The wait staff was very kind and attentive and although there are no assigned seats at any meals, they became very aware of guest preferences. One afternoon there was a tour of the small kitchen facilities, which made it all the more impressive that the chef and his team are able to produce such amazing food! Other things to note: - Uncruise Adventures has an Open Wheelhouse policy on their ships, which allows any guest to visit the captain and be in the wheelhouse at any time. My son and his new friends made very good use of this policy and helped steer and blow the horns. - There is no WiFi aboard the ship and the cell phone reception in Alaska was almost non-existent. My husband and I were nervous about this before the trip, but quickly realized the freedom and connection to each other this allowed. - Everything except gratuities is included in the price of the cruise --- all excursions, all food, all alcoholic beverages (including top-shelf liquor) I would be remiss if I did not mention that Alaska's landscape is rapidly changing. During our day in Glacier National Bay, a park ranger spent the day onboard and educated us about low precipitation, rising temperatures and the glaciers melting at alarming rates. So, now is the time to visit Alaska! Once you have been on an UnCruise, you immediately want to go on another! The beauty of the sea, land, and wildlife, the attentiveness of the crew, and the connections made with other guests combine to call you back for more. One of our fellow cruisers was on his 7th UnCruise Adventure! And my son had such an incredible experience and made such sweet friendships, he cried for two hours after leaving the ship. Both my kids speak daily of fond memories of our time in Alaska. To date, this is one of our favorite family trips! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our fifth cruise with Uncruise and our first on the S.S. Legacy. The cruise left from Clarkston, WA and sailed to Portland, OR. The voyage exceeded its billing as an adventure cruise. While there were plenty of opportunities ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Uncruise and our first on the S.S. Legacy. The cruise left from Clarkston, WA and sailed to Portland, OR. The voyage exceeded its billing as an adventure cruise. While there were plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting, the cruise also offered a number of tours for those interested in a gentler pace. There were too many highlights to this cruise to list them all. In my mind the quiet paddle on the Palouse River stands out. While the scenery and wildlife along the Snake and Columbia Rivers is wonderful, the route is not remote. For several hours on the Palouse, we simply experienced the sounds of nature. While we've thoroughly enjoyed the crew on our other Uncruises, the standard of service on this trip was exceptional. Moreover, this cruise relied on outside vendors to provide jet boats, bikes, rafting and bus transportation. The vendors completely understood and delivered the Uncruise experience. We will sail with Uncruise again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my first cruise. Went with my sister and my mom who has mobility issues. My sister and I wanted active - hiking, kayaking and other adventure - while my mom was limited but still wanted to enjoy real Alaska. Every day was perfect ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Went with my sister and my mom who has mobility issues. My sister and I wanted active - hiking, kayaking and other adventure - while my mom was limited but still wanted to enjoy real Alaska. Every day was perfect - we kayaked among the icebergs, bushwacked, hiked and explored. My mom took skiff rides up to glaciers and saw wildlife up close. The guides were great with her and also super helpful in getting her comfortably in and out of the skiff. On board the boat, the staff was fabulous - the crew spotted whales and positioned us to enjoy experiences of a lifetime - 45 minutes sailing with orcas, 5 am wake up to see humpbacks feeding close to the boat. And the food was wonderful - lots of options and always creative, Patrick, the bartender, kept well-hydrated, even the morning yoga instructors were all experienced ....and the other passengers were a great mix of people from all over the US. The boat itself was fine for our needs - not super fancy but had all a small ship needs included and while the rooms are small, it was fine because you arent in the room that much anyway. We loved the roof top hot tub. Highly recommend Uncruise as the best way to cruise Alaska. Small ship, great staff, super adventure and works for all ages. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise based on the recommendation of the travel agent. The boat is quite old, and needs refurbishing badly. Food was diner quality with an occasional flash of brilliance. Substitutions were always available however any ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on the recommendation of the travel agent. The boat is quite old, and needs refurbishing badly. Food was diner quality with an occasional flash of brilliance. Substitutions were always available however any change to the routine meant meals for your table arrived last and were cold, and staff were not particularly happy or gracious about it. Heritage lectures were interesting however definitely skewed with an American twist. Landscape was spectacular. Tours were interesting however there was little free time to explore independently in any port other than Astoria. Cabins were basic - nowhere to sit other than at the desk or on your bed. Public areas were limited - no quiet reading area available. Bar service was great. This trip was like going on a seniors bus trip except you slept on a boat. For the most part, staff were good, although it became evident for the final 48 hours that they were angling for tips and that got annoying. I don't think there is probably a quiet cabin. On the uppermost deck you were woken every morning with furniture (or something heavy) being dragged across the deck above your head. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Yes, you could certainly taste (and possibly even drink) the 83 wines served up on the week-long “Rivers of Wine” cruise at the boutique wineries and on board the replica gold rush steamboat S. S. Legacy. But you could also enjoy ... Read More
Yes, you could certainly taste (and possibly even drink) the 83 wines served up on the week-long “Rivers of Wine” cruise at the boutique wineries and on board the replica gold rush steamboat S. S. Legacy. But you could also enjoy the widely varying scenery along the Willamette, Columbia and Snake Rivers as you cruised east from Portland (Oregon), as well as experience the historical and other highlights along the way, including: + A replica of Britain’s ancient Stonehenge overlooking the Columbia River. + Furniture from the Queen of Romania. + The route followed by American explorers Lewis and Clark seeking the Pacific Ocean. + “Meeting” Sam Hill, who built the Peace Arch on the Canada-U.S. border at Blaine, Washington. This wine-themed cruise featured both resident and visiting wine experts and also knowledgeable speakers/tour leaders – all of whom gave afternoon and evening talks as well as providing information both on and off the buses during the daily excursions. The boat (44 cabins, renovated in 2013) offered non-stop high quality food (can’t decide which of the three main courses to have? Ask for smaller portions of two or even all three) and open bar from morning to night – plus, if you could find the time, loaner DVDs and books. While of course the trip highlights were the visits to the wineries, I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of non-wine sights and sites. On the Saturday we cast off from downtown Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park and sailed a short distance on the Willamette River before turning upstream into the mighty Columbia River, which separates Oregon and Washington states. Sunday brought us to the Multnomah Falls with spray cascading straight down to break on lower level stone outcrops. It was definitely worth climbing the easy footpath to the bridge about halfway up the falls. And so to our first winery: Springhouse Cellars, housed in the ruins of a former turn-of-the-19th-20th-century fruit cannery and distillery. Before it got too hot, I enjoyed the tastings held outside, like they were at Springhouse. Next stop: Mt. Hood Winery, with the winery’s 11,250ft./3,429m volcanic namesake dramatically completing the view in the distance over the vineyards. We returned to the ship and my complimentary massage by Mari with her soothing firm but gentle hands. I was so relaxed I slept back in my cabin for an hour – and awoke to an almost surreal experience when I looked outside: giant brilliantly coloured butterflies skimming across the whitecaps…which turned out to be windsurfers and kitesurfers darting back and forth on and above the wind-whipped waves of the Columbia River Gorge, in front of and behind the ship, with the snow-covered Mt. Hood in the background. Magical, wonderful…. I noticed how quickly the vegetation was changing, from the green firs and other trees to the yellow grassy hillsides. “For every mile east/upriver the countryside loses one inch of rain a year,” freshwater conservationist David told us, as we watched the greenery shrink to a thin line along the riverbank where roots could reach water. This was summer; winter and spring would turn all the landscape green again. That evening, heritage leader Lilly took us along with Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery as they descended the Columbia River in the fall of 1805 in their quest for a continental water route to the west coast, and then voyaged back upstream the following year. With pictures and quotes from the Lewis and Clark expedition, she brought to life the encounters with Indian tribes, as well as with the rocks and rapids and other natural wilderness features much like the ones we saw on our cruise and shore adventures. The next day we visited wineries Basel and Dunham in Walla Walla, then took a walk around town including an excellent French pastry place. “No cellphone reception: enjoy the peace and quiet!” we were informed as we neared Palouse Falls State Park. And a sign warned us: “Travel beyond this point is on unmarked, potentially hazardous trails. Users assume all risks. Rescue costs will be at the expense of the injured party.” Fortunately nobody was injured. And on our return to the boat, several people took the plunge into the Snake River to cool off. Wednesday and we were heading back downriver, accruing more wine tastes and knowledge at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center and Red Mountain’s Terra Blanca with a very nice $125 “1010 Cabernet Sauvignon.” Then, there it was: Stonehenge, an exact replica of the 14th century original in the English countryside, built on a hill in Washington State overlooking the Columbia River by Quaker pacifist Sam Hill to honour the military dead of the First World War. Hill also designed and built the Peace Arch in Peace Arch Park at the Washington-British Columbia border to celebrate a century of peace between Canada and the U.S. And he developed experimental paved roads on his own land around the Maryhill townsite, where both the winery and museum of art with that name are located. The museum featured an eclectic mix of Rodin sculptures, furniture from Hill’s personal friend Queen Marie of Romania, native Indian art and postwar French fashion miniature “stages” when there wasn’t enough material to clothe regular models. Next stop, The Dalles, known for producing railway ties and maraschino cherries, and for its 40 brothels during its Wild West days. Friday found us in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where it must have been difficult for the organizers to decide which two of the more than 250 wineries we should visit. They settled on Archer Vineyards and then the very elegant Domaine Serene known both for its Wine Spectator Magazine’s “World’s #3 Wine of 2013” and also for reversing the trend of Burgundy vintners buying Oregon vineyards by becoming the first Oregon winery to buy a French vineyard: Château de la Crée, a Burgundy wine estate in the Côte d’Or. Back on board S. S. Legacy we wrapped up the final daily 5pm wine tasting/learning session by enjoying a 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape which would probably cost around USD$300 a bottle in a restaurant. The following morning we disembarked in Portland – realizing how much more there can be to a wine cruise than just the wine. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because it didn't go onto the open ocean, and we wanted the river experience. Overall impression: Nice, but you have to be a real Lewis & Clark fan to get the most out out of this cruise, and you need to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it didn't go onto the open ocean, and we wanted the river experience. Overall impression: Nice, but you have to be a real Lewis & Clark fan to get the most out out of this cruise, and you need to be able to handle the heat during summer. We cruised from Portland, OR to Clarkton, then back, in July. I should have done my geographical homework before we left. I thought "Columbia Gorge!! Oregon rainforest! Nice and cool!" I couldn't have been more wrong. The Columbia Gorge part was about a day. The remaining 5 days were absolute desert with not much to see. Hot hot hot. I could have dealt with that, IF: 1. There had been a pool to dip into occasionally, but no. 2. There had been more locations to sit outside under shade. (Only three tables and 6 chairs in the shade for 66 people.) As it was, if you weren't interested in the endless lectures on Lewis & Clark, there was nothing to do and no place to even go and read a book except your bed or the lounge that was freezing all the time. Know before you go: no wi-fi available and no cell signal most of the time. Embarkation: We were shuttled from the airport to a holding area called the Glasshouse. We could store our bags there, snacks provided, and walk around the city until we could board the ship. For our family, that meant we had to hang out there for about 4 hours. I wish I'd known to take a later flight so we could have avoided the long wait. Website: Not enough information; what there was was not easy to find; and no photos of the cabins make you wonder if they're worth being photographed (even though mine was great). The plus side: #1- The food was spectacular! Limited (3) options, usually. The waitstaff wasn't very knowledgeable about how things were prepared, but the food made up for it. #2 - The whole staff was exceedingly attentive and went WAY out of their way to do anything for us. They were top shelf all the way. On the bridge, the first mate patiently answered every question we could think of about how the ship worked, which he must answer all day, everyday, but you'd never know it. #3 - Our room was wonderful (#302), the bed was excellent (and I'm very critical of mattresses). The bathroom was tiny, of course, but the shower had plenty of hot water. #4 - The buses used for the shore excursions were, hands down, the best buses I've ever traveled on. Cool, comfortable, and the sound system was excellent - no problem hearing even from the back. The only suggestions I would make to the ship are these: #1 - Hang light sheer curtains in that room, because although the view is gorgeous, being right out on the front of the ship, people stood at the railing right in front of our windows, and tend to look in frequently. One guy out there even started a conversation with me as I sat on my bed. Every time you want to change clothes or take a nap you have to close the blackout curtains which plunges your cabin into total darkness. Or you have to take everything into the tiny bathroom. That was a pain. #2 - Create more shade on the 4th deck so we can use it! #3 - Offer something other than Lewis & Clark morning, noon, and night. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We were looking for something a little different and kind of stumbled across Uncruise. Very happy we did. The 7 day wine cruise out of Portland, OR up the Columbia and Snake Rivers was more and better than expected. There were only 51 ... Read More
We were looking for something a little different and kind of stumbled across Uncruise. Very happy we did. The 7 day wine cruise out of Portland, OR up the Columbia and Snake Rivers was more and better than expected. There were only 51 passengers of a possible 88. Certainly not crowded and the missing 37 missed out. Quaint cabins with enough room because you aren't in them anyway. The beds were comfortable, bathroom roomy with a good shower. Storage OK not great. Open bar 24 hours a day, staffed for 12 of them. Charley is a great bartender and quite cute. A well stocked bar for spirits and a variety of wines. Nice hor de vours at 5 along with a wine talk by our 2 wine experts. We toured 2 wineries each day as well as a couple of great water falls. Quite pleasant cruising the river with the ever changing scenery. Food was good, not great. We didn't expect a 5 star dining experience anyway. Getting on board and off was handled quite well. The crew really assists when needed and helps without being asked. A couple of folks needed assistance and got it rapidly. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to explore the Columbia Gorge on a small ship and this one looked interesting. Portland is an easy flight for us, so we took Southwest and had free baggage. This is an older ship that was renovated in 2015. We oped for a larger ... Read More
We wanted to explore the Columbia Gorge on a small ship and this one looked interesting. Portland is an easy flight for us, so we took Southwest and had free baggage. This is an older ship that was renovated in 2015. We oped for a larger cabin because my husband does not like twin beds, but the cabin was still on the small side. Every aspect except the size of the cabin exceeded our expectations. The food was fantastic, some of the best we have ever had on a ship. Lots of variety and you could do a "half and half" (half of two different entrees) and the service was quick and courteous. The servers were almost all young and very friendly. I think they all did double duty; cleaning cabins and serving in the restaurant. The talks in the evening were excellent and we learned a lot about the Gorge, the Nez Perce Indians, and Lewis and Clark. The shore excursions are all included in the price, and we particularly liked the tour of the Bothwell Dam (with an excellent ranger guide) and the tour and gourmet lunch at a Washington State winery. The embarkation and disembarkation were were well done; no problems and very smooth. There was an open bar on the ship 24 hours a day, and you could help yourselves to cocktails or wine at your leisure. The 2 female bartenders seemed to know how to make every kind of cocktail!. There is a jetted hot tub on the top deck where you can sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. There is also a small fitness center and complimentary yoga classes every day. They even gave a complimentary massage to the guests, which was greatly appreciated.This is not a cruise for those who want rock climbing, water slides or Broadway entertainment. Most of the guests were probably in their 50's, 60's or 70's, although there were 3 with walkers, who had help whenever needed. This is also not a trip for young children, although some college kids might like it. I would definitely use this cruise line again, and am looking forward to either an Alaska trip or the one that features the San Juan Islands. Overall this was a great trip! Jeanne Landingham Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarkation was very smooth. I was met at baggage claim and transported to the 'wait' area by Town Car. There were some pastries and refreshments. I received a free cabin upgrade and had a comfortable room with a large view ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth. I was met at baggage claim and transported to the 'wait' area by Town Car. There were some pastries and refreshments. I received a free cabin upgrade and had a comfortable room with a large view window and comfortable useful furnishings all to myself. The food was very good and the excursions and on board lectures were interesting. The meat tended to be cooked medium-rare, so that one should stipulate the degree of doneness if more cooking is desired. The ship can carry 88 passengers and only 56 were on this sailing, very convenient for the others. Passengers were middle-aged to elderly, skewed by a group of 23 from a retirement home. I suspect this age spread is common for this particular cruise among all the cruise lines. This particular cruise is recent in the North American repertoire. One should know that the Columbia "River" is heavily dammed, and now consists of a series of lakes. It is beautiful, but is no longer really a river. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was a Lewis & Clark Expedition cruise that followed along the Columbia & Snake Rivers from Portland, Oregon out to Hells Canyon Idaho, then back. We were interested in learning more about the region and felt this offered the ... Read More
This was a Lewis & Clark Expedition cruise that followed along the Columbia & Snake Rivers from Portland, Oregon out to Hells Canyon Idaho, then back. We were interested in learning more about the region and felt this offered the best mix of information, relaxation and accommodations. We were not disappointed! We experienced breathtaking scenery while stopping everyday to visit and learn even more about this history. We dined aboard for just about every meal and were treated to a fantastic menu of local specialties often paired with wines from the region. The visits we made included museums as well as National Park sites. Our guides were able to present material prior to our arrival and then while at the site insuring we had a full appreciation of the area. Their expertise added to trip immensely. We could not have asked for more - truly enjoyed every aspect of this amazing vacation. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We wanted to experience Alaska on a small ship. The Un Cruise Wilderness Explorer and her crew made the trip on of the GREATEST vacations of our lives. The kayaking and zodiac rides were AWESOME! Hiking was fantastic and the wildlife ... Read More
We wanted to experience Alaska on a small ship. The Un Cruise Wilderness Explorer and her crew made the trip on of the GREATEST vacations of our lives. The kayaking and zodiac rides were AWESOME! Hiking was fantastic and the wildlife viewing was all you could ask for. I saw more bears than in my last TWO trips to Alaska. As for the dining I gained a pound a day even thought we were VERY active for 3-4 hours per day. The food was amazing! The crew was highly trained and could not do enough to make sure you had a superior experience. I changed our activities several times to spend time with some of the great people we met on board and it was handled in no time by the crew. We cruised from Juneau to Sitka through the inside passages.It was an unbelievable experience. I would highly recommend this Company and ship for anyone looking for the small ship experience in Alaska! CAM Chicago Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
An absolutely fabulous experience- cruising on the Columbia River! The crew and staff were the friendliest, most enthusiastic and most competent we've ever experienced bar none. We never lacked for a thing- the chef was more than ... Read More
An absolutely fabulous experience- cruising on the Columbia River! The crew and staff were the friendliest, most enthusiastic and most competent we've ever experienced bar none. We never lacked for a thing- the chef was more than happy to accommodate any request- many passengers opted to order items that weren't on the menus and were served accordingly. The onboard entertainment was well suited to the cruise- highlighting local historians and lecturers. The shore excursions were both informative and well paced. This is advertised as an all inclusive vacation. Keep in mind this is NOT, and hopefully never will be, an average small ship cruise experience. There were 42 passengers on the SS Legacy which can accommodate 88 passengers. A 1/2 hour massage was also included in the program. The bar was open 24/7 and manned for 12 of those 24 hours. The only thing not included in the fare was the gratuities for the crew. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We were pleasantly surprised that we enjoyed the cruise and the boat as much as we did. Particularly appreciated Un-Cruise's business model of not charging for extras--everything is included (except gratuities) and there was not one ... Read More
We were pleasantly surprised that we enjoyed the cruise and the boat as much as we did. Particularly appreciated Un-Cruise's business model of not charging for extras--everything is included (except gratuities) and there was not one extra charge when we disembarked. The food is genuinely gourmet and beautifully served (sit-down meals only; no buffets); the menu is limited to a meat, fish, or vegetarian dish each lunch and dinner, but staff was most accommodating about food preferences and allergies. We wanted salsa, they didn't have salsa, so chef made salsa that was available for the rest of the trip! Members of the crew are friendly and helpful and problems or requests were immediately addressed; talks about the history of the area were interesting and informative and off-boat excursions were mostly good, the best being a jet-boat ride into Hell's Canyon. Learned about the Columbia River and Lewis & Clark history, visited Bonneville power generating plant, and saw some worthwhile museums. We were a bit disappointed with the "fitness area," which has somewhat dilapidated equipment (and no treadmill), but for exercise, 16 laps around the 3rd deck constituted one mile. We appreciated the informality on the cruise and not being expected to dress up for dinner. All in all, a very good trip with a very good company, and we would do it again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Round trip Portland OR cruise on Columbia/Snake Rivers. Excellent tours and exposure to history, both geology and early people, of the area. SS Legacy comfortable, but cabin quite small - we are spoiled with larger cruise line experience! ... Read More
Round trip Portland OR cruise on Columbia/Snake Rivers. Excellent tours and exposure to history, both geology and early people, of the area. SS Legacy comfortable, but cabin quite small - we are spoiled with larger cruise line experience! Food good, well prepared and presented, but with limited selection. Waitstaff not well versed on menu details. Relatively large crew - professional and accommodating. Only 56 guests on this trip led to a more relaxed and roomy feeling. All agreed that full complement of 80+ passengers would be somewhat uncomfortable in lounge, dining room and on tour buses. Overall value questionable - tours, lectures and exposure to the area very good, but (comparable) total cost per night at the high end of what we experience with larger cruise line, with creature comforts (food, cabins, public areas) significantly less. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Scenery, history, culture, food and wine! We had never been to this part of the US and this cruise was the perfect introduction. Second, part of the appeal was the small size of the ship (we only had 56 passengers on our cruise), lack ... Read More
Scenery, history, culture, food and wine! We had never been to this part of the US and this cruise was the perfect introduction. Second, part of the appeal was the small size of the ship (we only had 56 passengers on our cruise), lack of cell service or Wi-Fi for much of the time, no children and a complete absence of Disnification. The cruise experience is based on comfort, good food, excellent service and cultural experiences. The highlight was a full day excursion into Hells Canyon on the Snake River in small jet boats that took us through whitewater rapids with ease; the boat captains were extremely knowledgeable about the history, geology and wild life of the area, and we got to see a herd of big horn sheep on the return trip. Other excursions included museums, national parks, and wine tastings. The entire trip was steeped in the history of Lewis and Clark, and the Corps of Discovery who travelled these rivers in both directions. We got to travel through locks, visit Bonneville dam and learn about the process by which the rivers were "tamed" for navigation while protecting the salmon migration, plus we saw a full lunar eclipse (although this was not a part of the published itinerary!). Like all cruises they feed you well and often, with cooked breakfast, salad or sandwich lunch and 3-course dinner everyday. Open seating is the perfect way to meet new friends over a meal, and the all-inclusive fare guaranteed that the lounge and bar were always busy. The crew were universally friendly and professional; kudos in particular to Hotel Manager Tim, Heritage Leader Julie and bar tender Daniel. The leadership of Captain Scott shows in the whole operation of the ship. Embarkation was very smooth and easy; we dropped off our suitcases as instructed, and reported a couple of hours later to board the ship. Departing the ship was similarly smooth, with bag handling from the ship to bus for transfer to the airport. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We just got back from 7 GLORIOUS DAYS on the S. S. Legacy. Leaving from Portland, we journey through the locks of the Columbia River . . .to the Willamette River, and finally to the Snake River. There we boarded jet boats for 50 miles ... Read More
We just got back from 7 GLORIOUS DAYS on the S. S. Legacy. Leaving from Portland, we journey through the locks of the Columbia River . . .to the Willamette River, and finally to the Snake River. There we boarded jet boats for 50 miles each way into Hells Canyon. The scenery was UNBELIVIEVABLE . .narrow canyons, beautiful rocks, clear rushing water. From there, we sailed back past Portland to Astoria on the Pacific Ocean, and then returning to Portland. This is a small cruise ship as we only had 56 passengers. The crew catered to our every wish in such a gracious manner! The chef on the ship is definitely FIVE STAR! The food was delicious and the presentation was like an artist's palete! Wine is served with every dinner and also an aperitif (included in the basic price). Drinks in the bar a similarly served at no extra cost. And, the tour guides are FANTASTIC! The two guides were knowledgeable, humorous, and intently interested in the history of the area. The lectures were frequently about Lewis and Clark as this was part of their route to the west. The itinerary for the ship is varied so that each day is filled with interesting sights, trips, and lectures. There are two luxury buses that follow the ship and they take the passengers on day trips from the ship. Great bus drivers too! We like the trip SO WELL that before leaving the ship, we booked another Un-Cruise trip for Feburary . . to Baja to see the whales!!! If everyone could go on an Un-Cruise trip where service and quality abounds, they would never go again on a big cruise line. Un-Cruises is the BEST. Having been to 85 countries, we are pretty good judges of quality travel!!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We like wine and we like history, so the wine-themed cruise "Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History" aboard the SS Legacy seemed a perfect choice for us, especially because we'd never taken a river cruise so knew it ... Read More
We like wine and we like history, so the wine-themed cruise "Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History" aboard the SS Legacy seemed a perfect choice for us, especially because we'd never taken a river cruise so knew it would be entirely different from the four Alaska cruises we've already enjoyed on Un-Cruise Adventures small ships. Kristina welcomed us to the gathering space in the Portland, OR, World Trade Center, helped us with our bags, and at our request recommended a nearby cozy restaurant where we could have lunch. We had driven 200 miles and were able to long-term park at a decent rate only two blocks away from the site. A very tempting and generous presentation of fruit and pastries along with coffee and water was available to the guests at the WTC with restrooms conveniently located nearby. The SS Legacy was moored across the street a short walk away, and a luxury travel bus was available to those who could not or did not want to walk. The crew lined up to greet us as we boarded the ship and showed us to our individual rooms. From their enthusiasm you'd never guess that they had bid goodbye just hours earlier to the previous week's guests. After a brief safety talk in the beautifully appointed lounge and some time to familiarize ourselves with the boat, we filtered into the large dining room where every seat is a view seat and enjoyed Portland's beauty as we cruised along the Willamette River on our way to the Columbia. But this was a wine cruise! As such, an Un-Cruise steward who is also a professional sommelier enlightened us about the wines he'd chosen to complement our meals, regardless of whether it was the seafood, meat, or vegetarian entrée. Un-Cruise had even invited an independent wine blogger, Jameson Fink, whose blog Wine Without Worry is a delightful read full of his wine experiences, recommendations and recipes, to travel with us and introduce us to his personally-selected variety of wines over the course of the week. Jameson knows his stuff and shared it (and his humor!) with us each evening at the "5 o'clock cocktail hour and wine presentation." Two luxury buses ferried us to each day's destinations in total comfort, each bus hosted by Un-Cruise Heritage leaders Julie or Kenne, who presented the history of the region in an entertaining and educational manner. They also treated us to anecdotal information that was so much fun to learn. Now we know how the term "What in the Sam Hill" originated! (We were on Julie's bus and she is absolutely hilarious!) Somewhere along the line we discovered that Captain Dano had won liar's and storytelling contests, so we asked if he could tell some stories. Of course this was already planned on the weekly "Open Mike" night when crew and willing guests alike entertained us in the lounge after dinner. It was a packed house and everyone loved it! Julie, whose background is in theater, lowered the bar (she said) by telling some "sophisticated" jokes that made my cheeks hurt from laughter. From then it was game on! Wearing a pink cowboy hat, my husband told the story about the time he rented a pig and took it to a party, along with other tales from his Air Force career. The ship features an additional self-serve bar, the Pesky Barnacle, where guests can choose from several whiskeys, wines, and beer on tap at any time day or night. The bridge is open for guests to enjoy the view and the crew. In addition to exercise equipment located under cover on the top deck, there is yoga each morning, a private massage offered to each passenger in the wellness room, and a hot tub. Table settings in the dining room are representative of a fine dining establishment with the napkins are folded differently at each meal. No buffets here, by the way! There were several older guests who had mobility challenges so the SS Legacy's elevator made it easier for them to get around, and the crew was always ready with a helping hand any time it was needed. So many things stand out for this cruise (and Un-Cruise Adventures in general from our experience), including the warmth and personalities of various crew members, their remarkable knowledge through which we lifelong Washington State residents learned so much about our own state, their commitment to their guests, the great food and drink, the entertainment, and the spectacular beauty of the region. Would we recommend this and do it again? Yes we would! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
Embarkation - The meeting location was changed without notifying us. I happened to call and confirm things and was told it was changed. Welcome was not very warm and friendly. The people at our table didn't even look up from reading ... Read More
Embarkation - The meeting location was changed without notifying us. I happened to call and confirm things and was told it was changed. Welcome was not very warm and friendly. The people at our table didn't even look up from reading their ebooks and say Hi. The Ship - We loved the ship and its size. Very appropriate for the area we cruised in décor. The lounge and outside area was very nice. We enjoyed being able to open our door and be able to walk around the 3rd deck. The saloon was really cute even though we only went there for the poker tournament. The Food & Dining Service - This was a huge disappointment to us and lots of the cruisers. The food was not good in choices or taste. One fish and other meat dish each night and one veg dish. The serving sizes were small at all meals. There was no other option for something to eat if you didn't come to the dining room at lunch and dinner. The service was slow and some servers need a different job! We never could figure out the pattern of service. Toward weeks end some of the servers seemed unhappy. This was a very expensive cruise and this was a big disappointment to us. The ship holds 88 passengers and we only had 54 so we just couldn't figure out the slow service and partiality to some people in groups. The shore excursions were wonderful and Kenny our tour director was fabulous. We learned so much about Lewis & Clark and other people and about the area during the early pioneer days. The bus service to the different sites was also really good. We felt too expensive for a 7 day cruise without good food. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
This Historic Cruise was made memorable by the expertise and enthusiasm of the historians/actors/guides. The ship, SS Legacy was small with about 80 passengers which led to instant camraderie with ones fellow passengers and the great crew. ... Read More
This Historic Cruise was made memorable by the expertise and enthusiasm of the historians/actors/guides. The ship, SS Legacy was small with about 80 passengers which led to instant camraderie with ones fellow passengers and the great crew. The food and drinks were outstaning and all included. Each day's shore excusions on various spots on the Columbia and Snake Rivers were very interesting/informative/and plain enjoyable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
We had wanted to take a Columbia River cruise for some time and in May 2015 we finally did. We picked Un-Cruise Adventures and the S. S. Legacy. Background: S.S. Legacy is “a replica coastal steamer” built in 1983. Capacity is ... Read More
We had wanted to take a Columbia River cruise for some time and in May 2015 we finally did. We picked Un-Cruise Adventures and the S. S. Legacy. Background: S.S. Legacy is “a replica coastal steamer” built in 1983. Capacity is only 88 and we had 80+ on our sailing. Except for this particular ship, the rest of Un-Cruise focus is on adventure cruises. Living history, specifically Lewis & Clark was the theme of the S.S. Legacy. PROS: The Itinerary was truly magnificent and made the trip for us. We took the Columbia River cruise just 7 days after finishing a 9 day Alaska cruise on the NCL Jewel and so we had an excellent point of reference on wonderful scenery and itineraries. The Columbia River Gorge is beautiful and we recommend it to all as an itinerary. The ship was an excellent platform to sit and watch the scenery go by. The cruise was all-inclusive, so that was nice. Alcohol was included and available 24/7 (some self serve), which was a selling point to some of our fellow cruisers! Excursions were included as well. So there was not much need, and limited opportunity except ashore to spend additional dollars. The on-board policy allowed complete access to the bridge. You can enter the bridge, observe the operations and even ask questions. This was especially nice during the locking operations (8 sets of locks in each direction). Meals were tasty but simple, with typically three options for lunch and dinner. Requests for anything not on the menu were problematical at times. CONS: Embarkation! We were picked up at Portland airport and comfortably transported to downtown Portland. Our luggage was unloaded and pastries and coffee were available. There were no rest rooms in the “hospitality area” we waited in! Part of the group met in a hotel lobby a couple blocks away. We were encouraged and expected to explore downtown Portland. This is an OK concept except it didn’t take into account that many in the group had been traveling all day. We didn’t leave the hospitality area until about 5 PM for the ship. That was a long time to subsist on pastries etc. as we arrived around 12:30 PM and the first meal was aboard the ship at 7:00 PM. Cabins! Ours was like most, fixed twin box beds, comfortable, but also very rustic. We have cruised around 50 times and this holds the record as the smallest bathroom yet encountered. There were no keys for the cabins provided, (“never been a problem”), no safes, and no phones. The TV programming was ship related only. Service was just okay. The young US staff were earnest, but not that efficient. Service got better towards the end of the cruise, but was never up to standards for a US hotel/restaurant and definitely not up to current service levels on a Europe river or ocean cruise. The most glaring deficiency was that all week no activity ever started on time. Julie the cruise director would announce that a presentation or excursion would start at a given time, and actual start or departure time was always up to 30-45 minutes late. She never made a noticeable effort to move events or passengers along. In Clarkston Idaho, the jet boat tours up the Snake River to Hells Canyon left almost an hour late. The jet boat operator was bound by contract to get the group back to the ship by a specified time. To accommodate the late start we turned around early and never entered Hells Canyon proper. It was very disappointing to miss one of the published highlights of the cruise for an avoidable reason. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We sailed from Portland OR and return up and back the Columbia and Snake Rivers into Washington/Idaho. The scenery, history, ports, tours were all first-rate. And aboard ship - the SS Legacy - it was like being aboard a floating boutique ... Read More
We sailed from Portland OR and return up and back the Columbia and Snake Rivers into Washington/Idaho. The scenery, history, ports, tours were all first-rate. And aboard ship - the SS Legacy - it was like being aboard a floating boutique resort. Magnificent cuisine, all prepared fresh including daily baked breads and desserts, with at least two entree choices for lunch and dinner. The galley team outdid themselves.each day! The crew from the Captain and First Officer to the stewards, deckhands, and others were all wonderful. We were on a 1st name basis within a couple of days. Accommodations were very acceptable. This IS a "small ship" so the cabins are cozy yet room enough for two with a little planning. Bedding was terrific. I have already booked a 2016 Un-Cruise experience. It was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Boarded S.S. Legacy in Juno on 6/22/14 with my father, 32 crew members and a bunch of other people I didn't know. Left the ship 7 days later sadly saying good bye to a bunch of new friends from the crew & passengers. THE ENTIRE ... Read More
Boarded S.S. Legacy in Juno on 6/22/14 with my father, 32 crew members and a bunch of other people I didn't know. Left the ship 7 days later sadly saying good bye to a bunch of new friends from the crew & passengers. THE ENTIRE CREW WAS INCREDIBLE! After sailing with Un-Cruise, I couldn't imagine sailing with anybody else. Getting to know the crew, their life stories, seeing how they were truly passionate about giving their customers an incredible sailing experience was what made this cruise an experience that I will fondly remember for the rest of my life. I was truly bummed out when we had to disembark on the last day. EVERYTHING WAS INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE. YOU DIDN'T GET NICKEL-ED & DIME-ED (probably much more) FOR DRINKS, ROOM SERVICE, PICTURES, PORT EXCURSIONS, AND ALL THE OTHER ADD-ON COSTS THAT THE BIG LINERS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR! The food was nothing short of first class. Dinners were a great time to catch up on what adventures my new friends experienced that day. Breakfasts were used to plan the days activities. You could either go on the day's adventures or chill out on the ship soaking in the jacuzzi, getting a massage, reading on deck or in your cabin. The open bar was wonderful. Every day the bar tender had his special concoction for the day at happy hour. The drinks were wonderful and it was all included in the cruise price. Wildlife viewing was phenomenal. Saw a hump back whale the first night out of port. The helmsman actually turned the ship around so we could follow the whale from a safe distance to continue watching it. See if you get that type of responsiveness from one of those huge cruise liners. The crew would regularly alter course to enhance our wildlife viewing experience. The port excursions were also wonderful. The smaller vessel meant that we could get into smaller ports than the big cruise liners. That meant that we didn't have to fight the other 10,000 + tourists that descended upon these ports when the big liners showed up. On-board entertainment was provided by "Letters from Home" and was wonderful. The crew also provided several events of story telling and poem readings. The best experience was the "open microphone night" on the 2nd to last night. It was a blast. IF YOU GO ON A CRUISE WITH SOME OTHER CRUISE LINE YOU WILL; A) MISS OUT ON THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME, B) PAY TOO MUCH, C) MISS OUT ON GETTING TO KNOW THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP THE CREW, D) MISS OUT ON NUMEROUS WILDLIFE VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES, E) BE JUST ANOTHER HERD TOURIST AMONG THOUSANDS WHEN YOU GET INTO PORT, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2013
Just returned from 12 days with Un-Cruise Adventures on S.S. Legacy, Juneau to Seattle, and cannot say enough about the onboard style, the staff, the food, and above all, the 'adventure'. With the ability to spend as much time as ... Read More
Just returned from 12 days with Un-Cruise Adventures on S.S. Legacy, Juneau to Seattle, and cannot say enough about the onboard style, the staff, the food, and above all, the 'adventure'. With the ability to spend as much time as needed in any given location, we were treated to 3 hours (!!) watching humpback whales bubble feeding in Icy Straights; we 'swam' with porpoises just off the bow; we observed pods of orca up-close; and we came eye-to-eye with two curious humpbacks who used the bottom of the ship for a good scratch. Because Un-Cruise Adventures can stop for as long as they like, whenever they like, we experienced Alaska in a way no other company can provide. Add to that the tireless attention of the crew, exceptional dining (even the vegetarian dishes were incredible), the fun character interactions with the likes of John Muir, CJ and Ethel Berry, Sargent William Sharpe, and con-man Danny McSwain, and it was truly the trip of a lifetime. Excursions and alcohol are included, with optional excursions available (bear-watching, anyone?). Be sure to join in the poker game in the Pesky Barnacle. A real highlight and a great way to get to know fellow passengers even better! Un-Cruise Adventures is the only way to TRULY cruise into the heart and spirit of Alaska. We've cruised here on one of the 'big ships', and while it was a wonderful experience, Un-Cruise Adventures gave us the ultimate in Alaskan cruising. We can't wait to return! Read Less
S.S. Legacy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.5 4.7
Service 4.5 4.8
Value For Money 4.5 4.4
Rates 4.0 4.0

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