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
S.S. Legacy Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 3.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.5 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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