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Cruise in the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark

Un-Cruise Adventures’ Columbia River cruise digs into American history

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Cruisers on the seven-night Legacy of Discovery itinerary from Un-Cruise Adventures may feel like they have stepped into the past. The cruise takes place onboard the 88-passenger SS Legacy, a replica of a turn-of-the-century coastal cruiser that joined Un-Cruise’s fleet in August of 2013.

During the trip, Legacy traverses eight dams and travels 1,000 miles to the Idaho border, allowing passengers to discover life along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Stops along the way include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; Hells Canyon National Recreation Area; Walla Walla, Washington; and The Dalles and Astoria, Oregon.

The itinerary is specifically structured to retrace the Lewis and Clark expedition, though it winds up providing a detailed history of the entire Pacific Northwest, starting with the first ice age causing floods to devastate the region. Other aspects of history include life on the Oregon Trail, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – home of the world’s first plutonium reactor – and the first sailing vessels to connect the Pacific Ocean with the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon.

Part of Un-Cruise’s Heritage Adventures, the itinerary emphasizes visits to museums and historical sites. For even more in-depth immersion, the crew dress in period costumes and offer nightly presentations about the area’s history. There are even costumes available for passengers’ use.

The Legacy of Discovery itinerary is available from September through November and from March through May. Fares for the cruise include meals, beverages, excursions, transfers, and even an onboard massage.

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Jeffrey Ward, The Savvy Navigator, cruises the Pacific Northwest for Luxury Cruise News

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