Cruise in the footsteps of an American pioneer


Un-Cruise Adventures: Legacy of Discovery



Journey through time along the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers and your senses awaken much as they did for Captain Robert Gray. In 1792, Gray discovered and named the Columbia River after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva. It is certain your expedition will have you travelling in greater comfort than your predecessors—who without the aid of modern amenities, undertook long, tough journeys. Joined by legendary and colourful personalities, the history along these shores comes to life.

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8 Days
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  1. Day 1

    Portland Embarkation

    Board mid afternoon and enjoy a champagne reception before dinner. (D)

  2. Day 2

    Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

    Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance, you’ll slip through the locks of Bonneville Dam and embark on a private tour of the massive turbines and fish ladders at the dam’s Visitor Centre. Since 1938, this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Travel by motor coach to the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. Back on board, cruise upriver through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. At 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this river canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains. (B, L, D)

  3. Day 3

    Snake River Cruising

    After an early morning transit of McNary Dam, you’ll arrive at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area’s more than 200 wineries. Glimpse the surrounding wheat fields of the Palouse—one of the nation’s top wheat growing regions—and pass by massive wind farm turbines atop riverside hills. Observe the navigational challenges and intricacies of locking through as you transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. Step back in time with colourful stories about hardships and triumphs of early pioneers. (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4

    Clarkston & Hell’s Canyon

    Dock in Clarkston to delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. Historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition abound in this area, including Clark’s first encounter with the Nez Perce in 1805. Board a covered jet boat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing stretch of the Snake, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Protected as a National Recreation Area since 1975, Hells Canyon preserves a world of fascinating natural and cultural elements. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs. (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5


    At Hanford Reach Interpretive Centre, discover the region’s fascinating geologic history—from basalt flows and Ice Age floods to today’s living landscape; learn about the monumental efforts of the Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works that ushered in the atomic era; and meet Baby Ems, a cast of the world’s only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton. Afterwards, enjoy a tour, tasting, and savoury lunch at award-winning Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard. Then back on board, ease into the afternoon with a relaxing massage, a visit with your captain on the Bridge, or watching the scenery change as you cruise downriver. 
    (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6

    The Dalles, Oregon

    It’s a day of culture at the Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects, the museum—a castle-like chateau—sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Centre’s interactive exhibits provide a look into the area’s geologic origins of volcanic upheavals and catastrophic floods; pioneer and missionary life; and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Transit The Dalles—another of the eight dams harnessing these mighty rivers. (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7


    Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, you’ll step back in time with a visit to Fort Clatsop and Astoria. Fort Clatsop National Monument is a replica of the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the winter of 1805-1806. The fort was the Corps of Discovery’s last encampment before their return trip east to St. Louis. Visit the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum and take time to stroll through the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening. (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8

    Portland– Disembark

    Disembark after breakfast for your included transfer to the Portland Airport, or stay a while and explore the northwest states a little. (B)

    Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur

Apr 01, 08, 29
May 06, 13, 20, 27
Jun 03, 10, 17
Jul 01, 08, 15, 22
Aug 12, 19
Sep 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Oct 07, 28
Nov 04, 11, 18

There’s a river cruise, then there’s a river cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures. A cruise where everything is included from the welcome reception when you step on board to sumptuous meals, premium drinks and comfortable cabins with a view. Shore excursions to see unique and often inaccessible attractions, exclusive wine tastings and exciting jet boat rides are all included too. Customer service is second to none, so you can be sure of a river cruising experience to remember.

S.S Legacy
Embrace the American West spirit and encompass the dramatic contrast of stark natural vistas and hand-of-man achievements. Cruising nearly 1,000 miles—conveniently, roundtrip Portland, Oregon—this 7-night voyage aboard an 88-guest replica coastal steamer bring the region’s history to life. Historians, heritage guides, guest experts, and included excursions ashore to museums, forts, and wineries carry you through time sharing its varied past and how agriculture and engineering have shaped this vast region.

The ambience aboard the S.S. Legacy emulates an early turn-of-the-century coastal steamer with period décor and old-world charm. There’s a lounge with a piano and dance floor, dining room featuring a wine bar, Pesky Barnacle’s saloon, and relaxing covered sun deck. Elevator access to three public decks and an on-deck hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment and two massage rooms will help keep you in shape. There’s also a DVD and book library. The All-inclusive bar is stocked with premium spirits, wines, and microbrews

44 outside cabins feature iPod/MP3 universal docking station and alarm clock, TV, DVD player, hairdryer, bathrobes, binoculars and reusable water bottles

Master: Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower

Commander: Fixed queen, double, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

Captain: Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

Admiral: Queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower (trundle available for triple)


  • 7 nights Master Grade accommodation as shown, based on two sharing
  • Meals as shown (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Premium spirits, wine, microbrews; non-alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers & baggage handling on embark/disembark days
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Interpretive shore excursions & presentations
  • Entry fees to national parks, museums, wineries/tastings, and historic venues
  • Wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage
  • Flights to / from Portland
  • Gratuities for staff on-board
  • Expenditure of a personal nature
Un-Cruise Adventures: Legacy of Discovery
From £3182 Per Person


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