A Historic Adventure aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy Begins

Embarking the classy S.S. Legacy! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Embarking the classy S.S. Legacy! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

Saturday, June 6, 2015

This morning, I started my day off in Los Angeles, where I disembarked a ship that holds 2,124 guests – and ended my day in Portland, Oregon aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy, a ship that holds just 88 guests. To put that in perspective, a single lifeboat aboard the Carnival Miracle could accommodate all passengers and crew aboard the S.S. Legacy.

First Sighting: the stern of Un-Cruise Adventures' S.S. Legacy in Portland, Oregon. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

First Sighting: the stern of Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy in Portland, Oregon. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

That’s as far as I’ll go in comparing the two; they’re two vastly different cruise experiences aimed at two very different kinds of travellers. But it gives you some idea of the scale of intimacy here onboard the 192-foot long S.S. Legacy.

Designed to replicate the look and feel of a turn-of-the-century coastal steamer, the S.S. Legacy now makes her home year-round on Oregon’s Columbia and Snake Rivers, where the bread-and-butter of her cruising season is made up of weeklong departures like mine: the 7-night Legacy of Discovery voyages that conveniently operate roundtrip from Portland.

Welcome aboard! The S.S. Legacy is in fantastic condition. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome aboard! The S.S. Legacy is in fantastic condition. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I became a huge fan of Un-Cruise last year, when I sailed to Mexico’s Sea of Cortes and Alaska’s Glacier Country with the line. While their ships are more utilitarian than beautiful, they are cozy and welcoming – and the perfect marine vehicles for the line’s unique brand of active, adventure cruising.

S.S. Legacy offers a different spin on the traditional Un-Cruise product. Instead of offering highly-active excursions like kayaking and paddleboarding, S.S. Legacy represents Un-Cruise’s History product. That means that instead of zodiac raft rides ashore and bushwhacks that will have you up to your elbows in earth and mud, guests are treated to things like wine tastings. Museum visits. Overland tours to sites of historical importance.

The focus aboard S.S. Legacy veers slightly from the rest of the Un-Cruise fleet, with an emphasis on history rather than outdoor hikes and kayaks. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

The focus aboard S.S. Legacy veers slightly from the rest of the Un-Cruise fleet, with an emphasis on history rather than outdoor hikes and kayaks. You can even help yourself to some period garb! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

But that doesn’t mean this voyage is boring; far from it. The Columbia River valley is absolutely loaded with exciting history – and Un-Cruise is going to showcase it all to those of us onboard over the next week.

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy continues tomorrow as our journey down the Columbia & Snake Rivers officially kicks off! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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