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9 UnCruise USA Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this cruise based on ship size but would choose Un Cruise again due to covering all aspects of life on board in excellent manner. The cabin beds were comfortable, allowing for sleep even chronic hip and back problems. The ... Read More
We choose this cruise based on ship size but would choose Un Cruise again due to covering all aspects of life on board in excellent manner. The cabin beds were comfortable, allowing for sleep even chronic hip and back problems. The showers were always hot. The cabin storage space was expended with the use of hanging hooks and an outside Locker for gear. The ability to adjust our own cabin heat was appreciated. The quality, variety, portion size, and availability of food was quite good. I heard the bar selection was also quite good, I do not know as I do not drink alcohol. One of the best things about Un Cruise is the quality and variety of off boat activities each morning and afternoon. The small boat size allowed us drop anchor in smaller beautiful areas. The guides are positive, knowledgeable and attentive to our safety while kayaking, snorkeling, and bushwacking. After the evening meals the guides gave presentations that were informative and even entertaining.The cycle of rest, eat, move was balanced. Ippreciated the guided morning strech on the deck. I also used the weights and exercise equipment provided. Small details such as a library, DVD's, blankets, games, blankets, and even a guitar in the gathering area made it feel like home. A picture guest and crew directory helped create cohesion. I appreciate the Un Cruise commitment to using local sources food by sustainable farming practices. Furthermore, the owner is committed to making Un Cruise having as small a environmental effect as possible. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
Sail Date October 2016
Round trip Portland OR cruise on Columbia/Snake Rivers. Excellent tours and exposure to history, both geology and early people, of the area. SS Legacy comfortable, but cabin quite small - we are spoiled with larger cruise line experience! ... Read More
Round trip Portland OR cruise on Columbia/Snake Rivers. Excellent tours and exposure to history, both geology and early people, of the area. SS Legacy comfortable, but cabin quite small - we are spoiled with larger cruise line experience! Food good, well prepared and presented, but with limited selection. Waitstaff not well versed on menu details. Relatively large crew - professional and accommodating. Only 56 guests on this trip led to a more relaxed and roomy feeling. All agreed that full complement of 80+ passengers would be somewhat uncomfortable in lounge, dining room and on tour buses. Overall value questionable - tours, lectures and exposure to the area very good, but (comparable) total cost per night at the high end of what we experience with larger cruise line, with creature comforts (food, cabins, public areas) significantly less. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We just got back from 7 GLORIOUS DAYS on the S. S. Legacy. Leaving from Portland, we journey through the locks of the Columbia River . . .to the Willamette River, and finally to the Snake River. There we boarded jet boats for 50 miles ... Read More
We just got back from 7 GLORIOUS DAYS on the S. S. Legacy. Leaving from Portland, we journey through the locks of the Columbia River . . .to the Willamette River, and finally to the Snake River. There we boarded jet boats for 50 miles each way into Hells Canyon. The scenery was UNBELIVIEVABLE . .narrow canyons, beautiful rocks, clear rushing water. From there, we sailed back past Portland to Astoria on the Pacific Ocean, and then returning to Portland. This is a small cruise ship as we only had 56 passengers. The crew catered to our every wish in such a gracious manner! The chef on the ship is definitely FIVE STAR! The food was delicious and the presentation was like an artist's palete! Wine is served with every dinner and also an aperitif (included in the basic price). Drinks in the bar a similarly served at no extra cost. And, the tour guides are FANTASTIC! The two guides were knowledgeable, humorous, and intently interested in the history of the area. The lectures were frequently about Lewis and Clark as this was part of their route to the west. The itinerary for the ship is varied so that each day is filled with interesting sights, trips, and lectures. There are two luxury buses that follow the ship and they take the passengers on day trips from the ship. Great bus drivers too! We like the trip SO WELL that before leaving the ship, we booked another Un-Cruise trip for Feburary . . to Baja to see the whales!!! If everyone could go on an Un-Cruise trip where service and quality abounds, they would never go again on a big cruise line. Un-Cruises is the BEST. Having been to 85 countries, we are pretty good judges of quality travel!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Embarkation - The meeting location was changed without notifying us. I happened to call and confirm things and was told it was changed. Welcome was not very warm and friendly. The people at our table didn't even look up from reading ... Read More
Embarkation - The meeting location was changed without notifying us. I happened to call and confirm things and was told it was changed. Welcome was not very warm and friendly. The people at our table didn't even look up from reading their ebooks and say Hi. The Ship - We loved the ship and its size. Very appropriate for the area we cruised in décor. The lounge and outside area was very nice. We enjoyed being able to open our door and be able to walk around the 3rd deck. The saloon was really cute even though we only went there for the poker tournament. The Food & Dining Service - This was a huge disappointment to us and lots of the cruisers. The food was not good in choices or taste. One fish and other meat dish each night and one veg dish. The serving sizes were small at all meals. There was no other option for something to eat if you didn't come to the dining room at lunch and dinner. The service was slow and some servers need a different job! We never could figure out the pattern of service. Toward weeks end some of the servers seemed unhappy. This was a very expensive cruise and this was a big disappointment to us. The ship holds 88 passengers and we only had 54 so we just couldn't figure out the slow service and partiality to some people in groups. The shore excursions were wonderful and Kenny our tour director was fabulous. We learned so much about Lewis & Clark and other people and about the area during the early pioneer days. The bus service to the different sites was also really good. We felt too expensive for a 7 day cruise without good food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We sailed from Portland OR and return up and back the Columbia and Snake Rivers into Washington/Idaho. The scenery, history, ports, tours were all first-rate. And aboard ship - the SS Legacy - it was like being aboard a floating boutique ... Read More
We sailed from Portland OR and return up and back the Columbia and Snake Rivers into Washington/Idaho. The scenery, history, ports, tours were all first-rate. And aboard ship - the SS Legacy - it was like being aboard a floating boutique resort. Magnificent cuisine, all prepared fresh including daily baked breads and desserts, with at least two entree choices for lunch and dinner. The galley team outdid themselves.each day! The crew from the Captain and First Officer to the stewards, deckhands, and others were all wonderful. We were on a 1st name basis within a couple of days. Accommodations were very acceptable. This IS a "small ship" so the cabins are cozy yet room enough for two with a little planning. Bedding was terrific. I have already booked a 2016 Un-Cruise experience. It was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Quite simply, this trip was the best trip we have ever taken. We cruised with Un-Cruise for the first time this summer and we boarded the Wilderness Explorer for a 7 night adventure cruise that left from Juneau, went through Glacier Bay, ... Read More
Quite simply, this trip was the best trip we have ever taken. We cruised with Un-Cruise for the first time this summer and we boarded the Wilderness Explorer for a 7 night adventure cruise that left from Juneau, went through Glacier Bay, the Northern Passages, and ended in Sitka. This was our 4th cruise and our first small boat adventure cruise. After the amazing experience we had with Un-Cruise, we will not cruise with another company. We began planning a trip to Alaska about 2 years ago and we requested some promotional material from Un-Cruise. From our very first encounter with their team, it was apparent to us that they were personable, professional, and an awesome place to do business with. The small boat only held 76 passengers and there were around 50 guests which made for a great guest to staff ratio. On board our boat was a team of expedition guides that were all naturalists. Our daily activities included guided bushwhack hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and skiff tours. Each night our Expedition Leader met us in the lounge to discuss the next day's available excursions. We were able to select from a list of activities and the crew made all of them available for us. Each evening, one of the expedition guides presented on an aspect of Southeast Alaska, wildlife, and Glacier Bay. They were entertaining and very informative. The wildlife that we experienced was breathtaking. We saw in excess of 20 humpback whales, we saw countless bald eagles, sea otters, sea lions, and one day we even saw a brown bear from the boat! The highlight for us was being able to see a Killer Whale come completely out of the water and breach about 50 yards off of the starboard side right outside our room! The activities were not too strenuous. They did a great job explaining the difficulty level of each activity so we weren't over matched or under matched. It was a pretty neat experience to cruise on a small boat and actually meet and visit with the captain, the first mate, and the rest of the crew. The boat had an "open bridge" policy so we were able to go into the bridge and visit with the captain and crew while we were sailing. Something that we really appreciated was that the captain and crew stopped the boat when we came upon wildlife. What an awesome experience to stop the boat and watch humpback whales in their natural habitat un-rushed, un-crowded and un-believable. Un-Cruise carries our highest recommendations. We had such an amazing time on our cruise that we put down a deposit on board to cruise again in Hawaii with Un-Cruise. J&H Little Rock, AR Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Our luxury yacht cruise on the Safari Quest through the islands of British Columbia with Un-Cruise Adventures was truly an incomparable cruise experience. The yacht is relatively small, holding only about 22 passengers along with crew, but ... Read More
Our luxury yacht cruise on the Safari Quest through the islands of British Columbia with Un-Cruise Adventures was truly an incomparable cruise experience. The yacht is relatively small, holding only about 22 passengers along with crew, but was very comfortable and roomy inside. The crew was one of the best we have ever had and provided great service, seeming to really enjoy their jobs and the cruise experience. We did have one night of really rough water when we left Seattle and there was some seasickness aboard, so be sure to take motion sickness medication if you are prone to this. The rest of the cruise was completely smooth and the weather was beautiful in the area in early April. Our cabin was very small compared to those we had experienced on large cruise ships but it was comfortable and well-designed so everything we brought was easily put away. The food was good and plentiful with three meals a day and plenty of snacks available. There was an open bar with a variety of drinks and you were welcome to get yourself a soft drink, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at any time. The best part of the cruise was the locations as the areas were visited were just gorgeous. Every day, a variety of activities were offered; everything from kayaking on your own to group hikes and tours of the area by skiff. We had a local expert on the ship and she was wonderful about sharing information about the local flora and fauna, even plucking starfish from the rocks to show us in the skiff. We absolutely recommend this cruise to anyone who is interested in a small ship adventure in this area. It's the best way to see the beautiful islands of British Columbia. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
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