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Close to home cruising on the Columbia River

S.S. Legacy docked in Portland, Oregon on her way up the Columbia River
S.S. Legacy docked in Portland, Oregon on her way up the Columbia River
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During their long, harsh winter camped near the mouth of the Columbia River, the intrepid explorers Lewis and Clark survived on elk, elk and more elk. The year was 1805. The place was Fort Clatsop, located in northwest Oregon.

Fast forward to 2014 and put yourself in the picture. You’re dining on surf and turf, sipping Northwest wines and cruising up and down the Columbia River in warm, cozy comfort. How? Just step aboard S.S. Legacy, the one and only heritage-style ship in the fleet of Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures.

In both spring and fall, the 88-passenger S.S. Legacy sails round-trip from Portland, Oregon, calling at Clarkston, Washington; Astoria, Oregon and scenic points along the river. On shore jaunts (all included in your fare), the focus on living history transports you back to the days of Lewis and Clark’s epic discoveries. But not to worry, there’s 21st-century time, too. You’ll find it during tastings at Walla Walla’s trendy wineries. Plus, there’s an exciting jet boat run up the Snake River into Hell’s Canyon.

As to the ship, it’s Victorian in its look. Think of a classic riverboat outfitted with Un-Cruise Adventures’ signature, upscale amenities. The cruise fare includes much more than your shore excursions. There’s no extra charge for wine, cocktails or even a soothing massage (one per passenger).

For details contact Un-Cruise Adventures at 888-862-8881;