From Oregon to Washington, S.S. Legacy Is A Journey Back In Time

Un-Cruise Adventures' S.S. Legacy docked in Clarkston, Washington on our voyage through the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the states of Washington and Oregon. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy docked in Clarkston, Washington on our voyage through the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the states of Washington and Oregon. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello from The Dalles, Oregon, where Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy happens to be spending her day today as our weeklong Legacy of Discovery river cruise from Portland, Oregon continues.

The Un-Cruise philosophy centers around full destination immersion, and to that end, the S.S. Legacy has no Wi-Fi internet access onboard. But here in The Dalles, a massive Google server farm has the ancillary fringe benefit of wiring the entire town with wireless internet access. In that vein, I skipped out on our afternoon tour to post some images of our journey so far.

The S.S. Legacy was designed to replicate a classic coastal steamer in the style of the ones that would have plied the Pacific Northwest over a century ago. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

The S.S. Legacy was designed to replicate a classic coastal steamer in the style of the ones that would have plied the Pacific Northwest over a century ago. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Columbia and Snake Rivers could very well do for North America what the Danube has done for European river cruising – and Un-Cruise is definitely leading the way with the classy S.S. Legacy, a 30-something ship that has been lovingly refitted and maintained since Un-Cruise acquired her three years ago. This is the first year that she hasn’t summered in Alaska, and while many of the line’s loyal guests are likely to be upset about that, the replica coastal steamer is so well suited to this region that I can’t imagine her being anywhere else.

This has been one of the most consistently pleasing and often pleasantly surprising journeys that I have taken in a long time. Onboard, the Un-Cruise product is in full gear, providing great meals with locally-inspired ingredients and beverages and pairing them with friendly service that’s personable and genuine.

Our Historical Leader Kenne points out notable features of the landscape as we sail the Columbia River at sunset. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Our Historical Leader Kenne points out notable features of the landscape as we sail the Columbia River at sunset. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Ashore, the S.S. Legacy focuses more on history than on things like kayaking and bushwhacking hikes that are often found on the line’s fleet of adventure and luxury expedition ships. But that’s a positive, not a negative: both Washington and Oregon State are loaded with historical sights, monuments and museums that are just waiting to be explored.

Tomorrow, we arrive in our final port of call of Astoria, Oregon before disembarkation in Portland on Saturday. This is a journey I will be very sad to see come to an end; I could have easily spent another week onboard exploring the magnificent Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Until we get our full Live Voyage Report up, here’s a look at the adventures and sights that guests aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy have been treated to this week:

The View From The Bow of the S.S. Legacy on the Columbia River. The landscape changes from Pacific rainforest to arid desert almost with the snap of a finger.  Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

The View From The Bow of the S.S. Legacy on the Columbia River. The landscape changes from Pacific rainforest to arid desert almost with the snap of a finger. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Dams generate hydroelectric power along the Columbia and Snake Rivers - and the S.S. Legacy will pass through numerous locks on her journeys from Portland! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Dams generate hydroelectric power along the Columbia and Snake Rivers – and the S.S. Legacy will pass through numerous locks on her journeys from Portland! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Check on the navigational action up on S.S. Legacy's wheelhouse - which is normally open to guests. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Check on the navigational action up on S.S. Legacy’s wheelhouse – which is normally open to guests. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

On-tour at Multnomah Falls, Washington. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

On-tour at Multnomah Falls, Washington. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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