Rivers of Adventure 2020

7-night adventure cruise on the Columbia & Snake Rivers

From $5,395

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Itinerary

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deschutes River rafting trip
  • Hike, kayak, swim, and skiff at: Palouse Falls State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, and Ft. Clatsop, a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Multnomah Falls walk and visit
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Bike (or shuttle) and wine outing in Hood River Valley
  • Rowena Overlook hikes at Tom McCall Nature Preserve
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member
  • Narration by natural and cultural history guides

Departure Dates & Rates

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2020
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2020
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2020

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DAY 1

Portland, OR—Embarkation
Arriving in Portland, an UnCruise representative escorts you to our hospitality suite where you can relax or explore the city. Breweries, bookstores, coffee shops, and quirkiness abound, the City of Roses doesn’t disappoint with colorful options within walking distance. When it’s time to board the SS Legacy, you’ll be welcomed with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and views of the city—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.
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DAY 2

Astoria / Ft. Clatsop—Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria, then you’re off to Ft. Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort or take a low- /no-elevation walk from the visitor center to view replica dugout canoes. For a longer but easy hike, a one-mile trail along the Lewis and Clark River leads to an outdoor viewing area highlighting the landscape and stories described in the journals of Lewis & Clark. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Whichever you opt for, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, and/or visit the Astoria Column. Afterwards, set sail up river and see what delectable treats your chef and crew have in store for the evening—a nibble from a local harvest, a special pairing perhaps?
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DAY 3

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area / Hood River Valley
Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. You’re in luck with a private tour of its massive turbines and fish ladders. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Snap a few photos before choosing between your next big adventure: a bike* and wine outing or a half-day guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Hikers set out from the ship for a trek that gets your legs going while you soak in the lush fern-filled forest en route to a waterfall—Northwest adventure at its best. Prefer two wheels? Pedal and taste your way through the Hood River Valley accompanied by local guides. Quaint shops, bountiful orchards, boutique wineries—it’s all worth stopping for. Hop off your bike for visits with the locals and wine tastings on sunny patios. On board, rest up from a full day with a good soak in the hot tub.
* A shuttle is available for guests who prefer not to ride bikes.
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DAY 4

Rowena Plateau / Columbia River Gorge
Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for 2-mile round trip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River GorgeOUS! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along the Twin Tunnels Trail—a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or stroll downtown Hood River on your own. Art galleries, boutique shops, and wine tasting are all options.
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DAY 5

Deschutes River
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick, start with a shallow wet landing on beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Stick to dry land and visit Columbia Hills State Park on foot or, if weather permits, by skiff. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you off after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.
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DAY 6

Palouse Falls State Park / Snake River
The essentials of the day: kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too; there’s great birding and views. At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which, according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River. Wind up the afternoon cruising one of the most scenic stretches of the Snake River. After your final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, dock in Clarkston, Washington.
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DAY 7

Hells Canyon
The history of this area is as rich as the canyon walls are dense. Delve into it! After breakfast, it’s a treat when a Nez Perce tribal member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation. Lewis & Clark, Nez Perce, early pioneers—signs of the past tell tales on your jet boat ride into the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for sure-footed bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. Hemmed in by vertical cliffs, this free-flowing stretch of the Snake cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Celebrate the week tonight with a Farewell Dinner and slide show recap presented by your expedition team.
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DAY 8

Clarkston / Spokane, WA – Disembark
One last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Clarkston and transfer to the Spokane, Washington airport to catch your flight home.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

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DAY 1

Spokane / Clarkston, WA - Embarkation
Met at the airport in Spokane, Washington, there’s time to sit back and relax on your transfer to the S.S. Legacy in Clarkston. Once on board, your captain and crew help you settle in. Then it’s all champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and sweeping views—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.
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DAY 2

Hells Canyon
The history of this area is as rich as the canyon walls are dense. Delve into it! After breakfast, it’s a treat when a Nez Perce tribe member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation. Nez Perce, Lewis & Clark, early pioneers—signs of the past tell tales on your jet boat ride into the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for sure-footed bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. Hemmed in by vertical cliffs, this free-flowing stretch of the Snake cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge.
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DAY 3

Snake River / Palouse Falls State Park
A technicolor sunrise and chirping birds. Follow one of the most scenic parts of the Snake toward the Palouse River and watch the world wake. Drop anchor and gear up. The essentials of the day: kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too; there’s great birding and views. At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which, according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River.
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DAY 4

Deschutes River
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick, start with a shallow wet landing on beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Stick to dry land and visit Columbia Hills State Park on foot or, if weather permits, by skiff. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you off after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.
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DAY 5

Rowena Plateau / Columbia River Gorge
Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for 2-mile round trip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River GorgeOUS! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along the Twin Tunnels Trail—a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or stroll downtown Hood River on your own. Art galleries, boutique shops, and wine tasting are all options.
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DAY 6

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area / Hood River Valley
Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. You’re in luck with a private tour of its massive turbines and fish ladders. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Snap a few photos before choosing between your next big adventure: a bike* and wine outing or a half-day guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Hikers set out from the ship for a trek that gets your legs going while you soak in the lush fern-filled forest en route to a waterfall—Northwest adventure at its best. Prefer two wheels? Pedal and taste your way through the Hood River Valley accompanied by local guides. Quaint shops, bountiful orchards, boutique wineries—it’s all worth stopping for. Hop off your bike for visits with the locals and wine tastings on sunny patios. On board, rest up from a full day with a good soak in the hot tub.
* A shuttle is available for guests who prefer not to ride bikes.
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DAY 7

Astoria / Ft. Clatsop—Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria then you’re off to Ft. Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort or take a low/no elevation walk from the visitor center to view replica dugout canoes. For a longer but easy hike, a one-mile trail along the Lewis and Clark River leads to an outdoor viewing area highlighting the landscape and stories described in the journals of Lewis & Clark. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Whichever you opt for, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, and/or visit the Astoria Column. Afterwards, set sail up river and see what delectable treats your chef and crew have in store for the evening—a nibble from a local harvest, a special pairing perhaps?
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DAY 8

Portland, Oregon - Disembarkation
One last fresh scone or omelet. Then wish your travel mates farewell. Your transfer waits to the Portland airport for your flight home.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

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Rates and Dates

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Single fares are "from prices" reflecting the lowest fare available in select cabins. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral cabins 101 & 102; triple and quadruple accommodations available in the Owner's Suite. Inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 90 guests.

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Departure Dates

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2020
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Aug 29

2020

Portland to Clarkston
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S.S. Legacy

The 90-guest Legacy is ready for adventure. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind ship include carved wooden cabinetry, lounge with full bar, open-seating dining room, and a spacious Owner's Suite. Want more exploration? Gear up in the Pesky Barnacle—a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure—then head to the Sea Dragon (the launch pad for kayaks and paddle boards).

Specs:

  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,395
Commander
$5,695
Captain
$6,095
Admiral
$6,595
Jr Commodore Suite
$7,295
Owner's Suite
$9,695
Single
$7,015
Charter
$537,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

Sep 05

2020

Clarkston to Portland
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S.S. Legacy

The 90-guest Legacy is ready for adventure. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind ship include carved wooden cabinetry, lounge with full bar, open-seating dining room, and a spacious Owner's Suite. Want more exploration? Gear up in the Pesky Barnacle—a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure—then head to the Sea Dragon (the launch pad for kayaks and paddle boards).

Specs:

  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,395
Commander
$5,695
Captain
$6,095
Admiral
$6,595
Jr Commodore Suite
$7,295
Owner's Suite
$9,695
Single
$7,015
Charter
$537,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

Sep 26

2020

Portland to Clarkston
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S.S. Legacy

The 90-guest Legacy is ready for adventure. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind ship include carved wooden cabinetry, lounge with full bar, open-seating dining room, and a spacious Owner's Suite. Want more exploration? Gear up in the Pesky Barnacle—a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure—then head to the Sea Dragon (the launch pad for kayaks and paddle boards).

Specs:

  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,395
Commander
$5,695
Captain
$6,095
Admiral
$6,595
Jr Commodore Suite
$7,295
Owner's Suite
$9,695
Single
$7,015
Charter
$537,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

Oct 03

2020

Clarkston to Portland
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S.S. Legacy

The 90-guest Legacy is ready for adventure. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind ship include carved wooden cabinetry, lounge with full bar, open-seating dining room, and a spacious Owner's Suite. Want more exploration? Gear up in the Pesky Barnacle—a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure—then head to the Sea Dragon (the launch pad for kayaks and paddle boards).

Specs:

  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,395
Commander
$5,695
Captain
$6,095
Admiral
$6,595
Jr Commodore Suite
$7,295
Owner's Suite
$9,695
Single
$7,015
Charter
$537,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

Oct 10

2020

Portland to Clarkston
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S.S. Legacy

The 90-guest Legacy is ready for adventure. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind ship include carved wooden cabinetry, lounge with full bar, open-seating dining room, and a spacious Owner's Suite. Want more exploration? Gear up in the Pesky Barnacle—a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure—then head to the Sea Dragon (the launch pad for kayaks and paddle boards).

Specs:

  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,395
Commander
$5,695
Captain
$6,095
Admiral
$6,595
Jr Commodore Suite
$7,295
Owner's Suite
$9,695
Single
$7,015
Charter
$537,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

Oct 17

2020

Clarkston to Portland
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S.S. Legacy

The 90-guest Legacy is ready for adventure. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. Notable features of this one-of-a-kind ship include carved wooden cabinetry, lounge with full bar, open-seating dining room, and a spacious Owner's Suite. Want more exploration? Gear up in the Pesky Barnacle—a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure—then head to the Sea Dragon (the launch pad for kayaks and paddle boards).

Specs:

  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,395
Commander
$5,695
Captain
$6,095
Admiral
$6,595
Jr Commodore Suite
$7,295
Owner's Suite
$9,695
Single
$7,015
Charter
$537,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

Ports & Places

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.

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2020
Sep
2020
Oct
2020
The Columbia River

Columbia River

While the Columbia River and its tributaries had already been an epicenter of culture and trade for thousands of years, many European and American explorers sought the mouth of this great river of the West for years without success. James Cook, John Meares, and George Vancouver all searched for and missed it. In 1792, a U.S. fur trader and merchant sea captain, Robert Gray, became the first non-native man to sail a vessel into the river. He named it for his ship—the Columbia Rediviva. Ongoing exploration was accelerated as a result of Gray’s discovery, aided by the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.

Lewis & Clark, Wilson Price Hunt and the Astorians, the Hudson’s Bay Company, missionaries like the Whitmans and the Spaldings, Benjamin Bonneville, and Peter Skeen Odgen all helped discover and open up the Pacific Northwest by way of the mighty Columbia. What first started out as a small smattering of explorers and traders would eventually become a flood, as thousands of Oregon Trail settlers came west seeking a new start.

The fourth largest river in the U.S. by volume and the largest in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia flows over 1,200 miles from its source in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Today, the main river has 14 dams, 11 in the U.S. and three in Canada as well as a number of navigational locks as far up as Lewiston to aid barges and boats in transit.

City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon straddles the Willamette River in northwestern Oregon, near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Once a campground and traditional hunting and fishing site of Native Chinook, Portland was first inhabited by settlers in 1829 and incorporated in 1851. It was an early terminus for Oregon Trail pioneers and the flow of gold rush immigrants. Today it has become an important west coast port and Oregon’s largest city with a population of approximately 584,000. Portland is the second largest exporter of grain in North America (Vancouver, B.C. is first), shipping one-third of all U.S. wheat. Other exports include lumber and aluminum, and Portland is one of the largest auto ports on the west coast due to being one and one-half days closer to Japan than San Francisco.

A city of many nicknames—today Portland is best known as the “City of Roses” (a nod to its popular Rose Festival held every June) and “City of Bridges” for its 14 unique auto bridges (some built by world-famous engineers and 8 listed on the National Historic Register.) Then there’s “Stumptown” (from the days when early builders left tree stumps in the middle of the city) and “Puddletown” (referring to an 1852 Oregonian editorial stating it was not appropriate for women to raise their skirts to avoid all the puddles and they should stay home when it rained!) Those days have certainly changed.

This clean and friendly riverside city is often awarded the “Greenest City in America” and ranks among the world’s top 10 greenest cities. Home to an array of artists and arts organizations, in 2006 it was named as the 10th best Big City Arts Destination in the U.S. There is much to enjoy with its wonderful blend of historic and eclectic sites. The Portland Saturday Market provides a bazaar-like environment reflecting the many cultures of the area and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park is popular for scenic riverside strolls or jogs. The city offers myriad attractions from visiting museums to perusing Powell’s Bookstore—at one city block long and three stories high, it’s the largest independent bookstore in the U.S. and requires a map to guide you through.

The Astoria Column on Coxcomb Hill in Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon

Fort Astoria is located near the mouth of the Columbia River, and was founded by John Jacob Astor’s fur trading company in 1811. The first permanent U.S. settlement on the Pacific coast, today, Astoria has more registered historic buildings than any other city in Oregon.

Though the fur company failed three years after it began operations at Fort Astoria, in 1926, the Astor family, along with Ralph Budd, president of the Great Northern Railway and architect Electus Litchfield, built a monument to commemorate the early history of the region. Set atop Coxcomb Hill, the Astoria Column reaches 125 feet into the sky, providing breathtaking views of the Columbia, the town, and the surrounding landscape. Restored in 1995 by Frank Preusser, the column’s internal spiral staircase climbs 168 steps to the top. On the outside, 14 murals depict important events in Oregon’s history beginning with the discovery of the Columbia River. 

Other notable historic landmarks include the Flavel House, once the home of Captain George Flavel and his family. Built in the 1880s, the historic mansion is one of the best preserved examples of Victorian-era architecture. Astoria’s waterfront district was the site of over 30 fish canneries during the height of commercial fishing in Astoria. Today, all that remains of this unique part of Astoria’s past are the pylons that supported these buildings. A trolley car offers narrated tours of this historic area.

Another important structure still in use today is the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The 4.1-mile-long bridge spans one of the widest parts of the lower Columbia River and enables Highway 101 to cross from Washington to Oregon. Completed in 1966, the bridge replaced a ferry system that transported people from state-to-state. After completion, the bridge was humorously called “The Bridge to Nowhere” or “Hatfield’s Folly” because many skeptics thought it would be of little or no use since there is no major town situated on the Washington side of the span. It was a toll bridge until 1993, when the debt associated with the bridge’s construction was paid off 2 years ahead of schedule and the toll was abolished.

While the fur trade and canning may have gone to the wayside, many international ships pass by Astoria today. These vessels cross the treacherous Columbia River bar aided by a bar pilot and then continue upriver to the ports of Portland, Vancouver, Longview, or Kalama.

Photo of a sign reading "Entering Historic Columbia River Highway -- Oregon Scenic Byway"

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The dramatic walls of the Columbia River Gorge expose the tremendous geologic history of the region as they rise up to over 4,000 feet where they meet Larch Mountain. The region’s fiery origins, owing to the volcanic Cascade Mountains, left layer after layer of molten lava—also known as flood basalts—creating the land mass that is now Washington and Oregon. These layers can be seen along the steep walls of the gorge.

Later, floods of water further eroded and carved the land into its rugged, present-day beauty. At the end of the last Ice Age about 15,000 years ago, ice dams repeatedly broke allowing enormous floodwaters originating near Missoula, Montana, to scour a path down the Columbia River corridor. Rushing water reached as much as 1,000 feet high and traveled at speeds close to 100 miles per hour. Ripping and tearing at the sides of the river valley and removing huge quantities of rock, gravel, and debris, the floodwaters deposited this material in the Walla Walla and Willamette Valleys as they slowed in speed. This deposited material, called Loess, is the reason these two areas are so agriculturally rich.

People have called this region home for over 13,000 years, drawn to the fertile land and water that provided abundant resources; cedar and fir, salmon and steelhead, beaver, and big game. The only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia was the route for intrepid pioneers and explorers who ventured westward and, today, is vital for the transport of goods and generation of power.

Photo of the UnCruise Adventures ship S.S. Legacy docked in Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

Located on the Columbia River, the port city of Hood River lies approximately 60 miles east of Portland and 21 miles west of The Dalles. Incorporated in 1895, the city was named for nearby Hood River. Discovered by Lewis & Clark in 1805, the river was originally called Labeasche River, a French-Canadian word meaning “elk”. Traditionally known for growing delicious apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits, the area’s economy has more recently been focused on high-tech industries including aerospace engineering. 

Situated on the river and below towering peaks in the Cascade Range, Hood River is also known as a world-class windsurfing destination and the kiteboarding capital of the world. The winds from the Columbia River Gorge create the ideal conditions for riding the waves. An outdoor enthusiast’s mecca, it offers some of the best kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking in the U.S.

The Rowena Plateau overlooking the Columbia River

Rowena Plateau

Known as the “Memaloose Castle” in the early 20th century, the basalt cliffs of Rowena Plateau tower hundreds of feet above the Columbia River. The Missoula Floods are to be credited with creating this high basalt mesa on the east side of the gorge. The floods stripped the plateau clean, leaving it a blank slate for nearby Mount St. Helens to make its mark. Over thousands of years, wind-blown volcanic ash settled on the plateau several feet deep and eroded into mounds. Today, they are called “biscuit mounds” and provide fertile ground for wildflowers. The plateau has many notable features including the 600-foot-high cliffs of Rowena Crest and Tom McCall Preserve. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve occupies 231 acres of the plateau, preserving delegate and rare plant populations and resident wildlife including Oregon’s state bird, the western meadowlark. 

Rafting the Deschutes River

Deschutes River

A major tributary of the Columbia River, the headwaters of the Deschutes River stream from Little Lava Lake in central Oregon. Twisting through naturally “painted” canyons as deep as 2,200 feet and high desert, the river journeys 252 miles to meet the Columbia. Though Lewis & Clark hoped to name it Clark River, it was appropriately dubbed the “Riviere des Chutes” or “River of the Falls” by French traders for a large falls where it met the Columbia. For Oregon Trail pioneers, where the Deschutes met the Columbia was a major obstacle on their long trip west, and ruts from wagons can still be seen in the bluffs above the confluence today. The lower Deschutes was named an Oregon Scenic Waterway in the 1970s.

Palouse Falls in Palouse Falls State Park, Washington

Palouse Falls State Park

The official state waterfall of Washington State, dramatic, beautiful Palouse Falls cuts through ancient basalt dropping 198 feet. In spring and early summer, the falls thunder with high volumes of water flow as snow melts far upriver at higher elevations. For many years the falls were called Aput Aput, meaning falling water. Later, the name was changed to commemorate the Palouse Indian culture.

According to a story of the Palouse tribe, the river once flowed smoothly into the Snake. But four giants, who were brothers, speared a great, mythical creature called Big Beaver five times. Each time Big Beaver was wounded, he gouged the canyon walls, causing the river to bend and change its course. The last time he was speared, he tore out a huge canyon in his valiant fight. The river tumbled over a cliff at this point to become Palouse Falls. The jagged canyon walls show the deep marks of Big Beaver's claws.

Photo of the shores of the Snake River, taken from the UnCruise Adventures vessel S.S. Legacy

Snake River

For Lewis & Clark, the Snake River was an area of almost continual rapids and waterfalls. The largest tributary of the Columbia, the Snake begins its long course in Wyoming. During the time of exploration by non-Natives, the river was given many names. The river’s final, lasting name was given somewhat in error; the hand gestures made by the Shoshone when asked the river’s name actually described the action of fish swimming upstream, not the motion of slithering reptiles.

The Snake winds through ranch land, some of the largest family-owned apple orchards, and untouched open spaces including several areas that were set aside as wildlife refuges by the Corps of Engineers. Many small scenic parks dot the shoreline and certain stretches of the river offer excellent wildlife viewing, including sightings of the rare white pelican near Ice Harbor Dam, and osprey, golden eagles, and numerous species of hawk along the cliffs, bluffs, and shorelines. Though today, numerous dams and locks produce hydroelectric energy and ensure faster, safer travel for vessels of all types, the 10-mile section along Hells Canyon is designated a “Wild and Scenic” river.

Photo of a jet boat touring Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon

Nez Perce legend says that Coyote dug out Hells Canyon with a stick to protect his people in Oregon’s Blue Mountains from the treacherous Seven Devils Mountains. The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is perpetually being carved ever deeper by the Snake River. Full of history, geology, wildlife, and breathtaking scenery, this canyon stretch of the Snake is designated as a national recreation area and is one of the last remaining free-flowing sections of this “Wild and Scenic” river.

When measured from He Devil Mountain, the canyon plunges nearly 8,000 feet—2,000 feet more than the Grand Canyon at its deepest point. The west rim, which is in Oregon, drops one mile to the river, and the east rim in Idaho drops 7,400 feet below the Seven Devils Mountain range. The 10-mile canyon remains pristine and remote.

Massive mountain areas that were once part of the ocean floor were uplifted when oceanic and continental plates collided, creating jagged peaks abundant with limestone deposits. Then, ancient volcanic activity flooded layer after layer of basalt and about 6 million years ago, the Snake River began its work of carving the canyon into the plateau. As a result of the carving, unique columnar basalt formations stretch skyward forming the canyon as you see it today. Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, bald eagles, great blue herons, elk, and mule deer can all be found in Hells Canyon.

Pictographs and petroglyphs of the region’s Native inhabitants can still be seen on the canyon walls and archeological artifacts from encampments can be found. Once the beloved and traditional lands of the Nez Perce, in the late 1870s, the tribe was driven out by conflict. At the famous Nez Perce crossing, Chief Joseph and his people, including women and children, were forced to swim across the swollen Snake River as they fled in hopes of reaching freedom and safety in Canada. Still an important area for the tribe today, the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce gathers nearby every summer for a Friendship Feast and Powwow.

Photo of the S.S. Legacy docked in Clarkston, Washington

Clarkston, Washington

Nestled at the intersection of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in Washington State, Clarkston is the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. Before incorporation in 1902, the area was known as Jawbone Flats. In honor of the Corps of Discovery’s leaders William and Meriwether, Clarkston sits just across Lewiston, its sister city in Idaho. Clarkston benefits from a Mediterranean climate and while it has an active and important port, it is predominantly an agricultural region.

Extend Your Experience

Photo of the Hotel Rose exterior in Portland, Oregon

HOTEL STAY

PORTLAND – HOTEL ROSE
2019 RATES: From $230

Resplendently modern, the Hotel Rose is a perfect example of Portland’s chic, cheeky, and fun style. Across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Willamette riverfront, the Rose is centrally located for discovering the city’s charm and attractions.

Summary

Package includes:

Stopover package at Hotel Rose includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer from the airport to hotel, metro or river view accommodations, taxes, and service fees.

Guest room at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, featuring a king-size bed

HOTEL STAY

SPOKANE – DAVENPORT HOTEL
2019 RATES: From $135

The historic landmark Davenport Hotel has been Spokane’s heart of culture and elegance for over 100 years. In addition to numerous restaurants within walking distance of its downtown location, the Davenport boasts several of its own.

Summary

Package includes:

Stopover package at the Davenport Hotel includes room, taxes and tourism fees, airport transfer, and luggage handling.

Vessels for this Itinerary

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S.S. Legacy

The one-of-a-kind Legacy—or "whale whisperer" as many will tell you—is the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she sails to the farthest reaches spinning yarns of adventure along the way. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity. It’s no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she’s a first love that never fades. And, a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure.

Onboard Features: Sea Dragon (the launch pad for adventure); kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; piano; DVD and book library; wine bar; and elevator (with access to three of the four public decks).

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles; in-room safe deposit box

Destinations: Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers

Deck plan below reflects all departures through 2019.
To view deck plan for 2020 and beyond, please click here.

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  • 90 guests
  • 45 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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103-104, 319-320
Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower

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105-111, 206-210, 303-308, 311-318
Fixed queen, double, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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211-214
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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101-102, 201-202, 309-310
Queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower (trundle available for triple)

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301-302
Fixed queen bed; refrigerator; wrap-around view windows; private bath with shower

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300 sq. foot entertainment and sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator, media center; 300 sq. foot master bedroom with king bed; view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad)