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
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
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
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: 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
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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