Rivers of Wine & Culinary

Inclusive Columbia River wine & culinary cruise with visits to Oregon & Washington wineries

From $4,295

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Itinerary

Pull out the corks! Pacific Northwest AVAs, bunches of wineries, dozens of varietals, chef demonstrations, and an onboard sommelier. Plus, hand-crafted meals and pairings, exclusive brewery and winery tours, on-foot exploration, and a week of relaxation on the sweeping landscape of the Columbia and Snake Rivers —an oenophile and foodie’s dream.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Onboard sommelier and farm to table culinary demos
  • Winery tours in Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Willamette Valley
  • Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge
  • Wine, craft brews, kombucha, and cider tastings
  • Wine-pairing lunch and cooking demo at Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
  • Food and beverage demo with a local chef in Astoria
  • Local culinary delights at historic Gesa Power House Theater
  • Rodin sculptures, European paintings, Native artifacts, and Northwest art at the Maryhill Museum

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Roundtrip Portland, Oregon

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DAY 1

Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
Welcome to Portland! Arriving at the airport, UnCruise representatives are there to greet you for your transfer to our hospitality area in downtown Portland. If time allows, explore the city before setting sail. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres await you on board before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner.
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DAY 2

Astoria
The Columbia meets the Pacific in the historic seaport of Astoria. Settle in and take a bite. Iconic Pacific Northwest razor clams, oysters, salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, sturgeon, steelhead, and cod are all harvested here. Test your nose and your palate with whatever is in season and meet one of Astoria’s own, Chef Chris Holen, during a food and beverage demo. Chris distills his own spirits and runs several restaurants in town. Wash it all down with a cold one from a local craft brewery, Buoy Beer. Need to move your feet? Hit the Astoria Riverwalk trail and explore bridges and seafaring history along the path of the old Columbia River Railroad. Or, burn some serious calories and climb from sea level to the Astoria Column for stellar views. Back onboard to cruise like the explorers once did, leave the mouth of the Columbia, delving into the heart of the Coastal Range as you wrap up your first big day.
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DAY 3

Hood River / Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Start your day with on deck guided stretches and a hearty breakfast as you pass through the Bonneville Locks. Misty or sunny, it’s all epic scenery. Today’s focus reflects the agricultural landscape: orchards and vineyards. Meet the owners at Ferment Brewing Company, makers of craft beers and kombucha. The Hood River Valley—ripe for touring and tasting. Back on board, cruise upriver through the Columbia River Gorge’s diverse collection of ecosystems. At 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this river canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.
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DAY 4

Walla Walla, Washington
Start the day cruising the famed Wallula Gap. Today’s theme is all things Walla Walla including nibbles from visits with an olive oil maker, a local chocolatier, and makers of hand-cured meats and sauces. For lunch, try culinary delights that are truly of the area at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre. With local bites come local sips and time to stretch your legs. Tour and taste at family-owned Dunham Cellars. In historic downtown Walla Walla, visit multi-media artist Squire Broel’s studio and stroll downtown with your guides where boutique shops and over 30 tasting rooms await. Back on board, trade stories of culture, food, and drink adventures over dinner with your shipmates while cruising the most unique river system in the nation.
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DAY 5

Red Mountain
A visit to the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center provides palette-pleasing access to Washington and Oregon wine experts. Learn about the diversity of the region’s wine and food products, perfect food pairings (including a cooking demo), and sample wines from a featured AVA over lunch. Then it’s off to discover the pride of the Red Mountain appellation—the smallest wine-grape growing region of Washington by acreage and known for its critically acclaimed reds. Savor a tour and tasting at the exquisite Terra Blanca Estate Winery & Vineyard. Explore Terra Blanca’s rolling vineyards, wine caves, and beautifully manicured estate grounds. Nose and bouquet, balance and finish, legs and body—your wine host and sommelier guide you through an onboard tasting event before dinner.
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DAY 6

The Dalles, Oregon
Rise above the cliffs that form the Columbia Gorge this morning on a tour of the expansive Maryhill Museum—a castle-like chateau with an eclectic collection of European paintings, Rodin sculptures, Native artifacts, Northwest art, and the Queen of Romania’s personal art objects and artifacts. Return to the Legacy for a daylight cruise of the famed Columbia Gorge, and relax over an onboard tasting of locally crafted spirits as you weave into the heart of the Gorge. Watch the land change from desert to temperate rainforest within the span of an hour, taking in all the flavors of the area.
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DAY 7

Willamette Valley
Rise and shine with hot cup of joe. Your morning features an onboard coffee sampling from a local roaster to complement your pastries and hot breakfast while cruising up the Willamette River. Next up, the Willamette Valley. Oregon’s largest AVA is an oenophile’s mecca and, like a plump grape, bursting with opportunities to please your palate. Tour and taste at hand-picked, family-owned, boutique wineries. Feel like one of the family while sipping Raptor Ridge’s and Archer Vineyards’ old-vine varietals and taking in Oregon’s Coastal Range. Tonight, pull out all the corks for a wine extravaganza by the city lights of Portland, Oregon. Raise one last glass to toast friendship and wine at the multi-course captain’s dinner.
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DAY 8

Portland, Oregon – Disembark
Sated, your week of wining, dining, and river cruising has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast with friends and say farewell to the crew before disembarking for your included transfer to the Portland airport.

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

Guest Wine & Culinary Experts for this Itinerary

Wine & Culinary

Tours, tastings, pairings, hand-crafted meals, and presentations: guest wine & culinary experts host you on a discovery of this premier wine and culinary region’s craft, unique terroir, and local products.

2019:
November 2 with Shannon Borg
November 9 with Shannon Borg
November 16 with Adam Sawyer

2020:
September 12
September 19
October 24
October 31 with Jennifer Burns Bright
November 7
November 14
November 21

Food & drink writer Adam Sawyer, a guest expert on UnCruise Adventures Columbia & Snake Rivers cruises

November 16, 2019—Adam Sawyer

Adam is a food & drink, travel, and outdoors writer, photographer, and guide well-versed in leading culinary tours. He has authored or co-authored six books and written stories for the Oregonian, Willamette Week, and the Portland Mercury. His work has also appeared in Northwest Travel & Life, 1859, 1889, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Journal, OnTrak, and Backpacker magazines. Adam is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and has lived in 21 different cities.

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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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Nov 02

2019

Portland 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
$4,295
Commander
$4,545
Captain
$5,045
Admiral
$5,545
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,045
Owner's Suite
$8,295
Single
$5,545
Charter
$435,595
Port taxes/fees
$225

Nov 09

2019

Portland 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
$4,295
Commander
$4,545
Captain
$5,045
Admiral
$5,545
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,045
Owner's Suite
$8,295
Single
$5,545
Charter
$435,595
Port taxes/fees
$225

Nov 16

2019

Portland 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
$4,295
Commander
$4,545
Captain
$5,045
Admiral
$5,545
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,045
Owner's Suite
$8,295
Single
$5,545
Charter
$435,595
Port taxes/fees
$225

Nov 23

2019

Portland 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
$4,295
Commander
$4,545
Captain
$5,045
Admiral
$5,545
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,045
Owner's Suite
$8,295
Single
$5,545
Charter
$435,595
Port taxes/fees
$225

Sep 12

2020

Portland 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 19

2020

Portland 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 24

2020

Portland 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
$4,495
Commander
$4,695
Captain
$5,295
Admiral
$5,695
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,295
Owner's Suite
$8,595
Single
$5,695
Charter
$451,195
Port taxes/fees
$225

Oct 31

2020

Portland 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
$4,495
Commander
$4,695
Captain
$5,295
Admiral
$5,695
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,295
Owner's Suite
$8,595
Single
$5,695
Charter
$451,195
Port taxes/fees
$225

Nov 07

2020

Portland 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
$4,495
Commander
$4,695
Captain
$5,295
Admiral
$5,695
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,295
Owner's Suite
$8,595
Single
$5,695
Charter
$451,195
Port taxes/fees
$225

Nov 14

2020

Portland 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
$4,495
Commander
$4,695
Captain
$5,295
Admiral
$5,695
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,295
Owner's Suite
$8,595
Single
$5,695
Charter
$451,195
Port taxes/fees
$225

Nov 21

2020

Portland 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
$4,495
Commander
$4,695
Captain
$5,295
Admiral
$5,695
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,295
Owner's Suite
$8,595
Single
$5,695
Charter
$451,195
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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2019
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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.

View of Astoria, Oregon, from the Astoria Column on Coxcomb Hill

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 by 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.

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Washington Wine Country

In 1825, the first wine grapes were planted in Washington State near Fort Vancouver. Since 1983, Washington has become the largest wine producing state in the U.S. second only to California. With over 550 wineries producing more than twenty varietals, it is no wonder the region has gained international attention. 

This $2.4 billion enterprise is divided into two distinct regions; Eastern and Western. Washington Wine Country has nine officially recognized appellations, only one of which is located west of the Cascade Mountain Range, and it produces about one percent of the state’s wines. Washington Wines are sold in all 50 states as well as in 40 different countries. 

In 2002, 2003 and 2005, Washington state wineries received a perfect 100-point score; an acclaim that only a few wines in the world have ever won.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Walla Walla, Washington

Sunny and fertile, this area is often called Washington’s breadbasket. Soils deposited by ice-age floods, combined with irrigation from the Columbia, Snake, and Walla Walla Rivers, contribute to the area's high production of wheat, alfalfa, corn, asparagus, potatoes, the famous Walla Walla sweet onion, and wine grapes. 

Historically, the Walla Walla and Cayuse people occupied northern Oregon and southeastern Washington territory for centuries before the first non-native arrival and the Oregon Trail migration. Living in transportable longhouses, they were nomadic hunter/gatherers who moved among the rivers and high plateaus thriving off the fertile, abundant land. First encountering the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1805, Chief Yellepit famously welcomed the party with open arms, trading gifts and goods and inviting them to stay. 

Following traders, the first white settlers were missionaries sent to bring Christianity to the Cayuse and Walla Walla natives indigenous to the valley. Well known among the missionaries were Marcus and Narcissa Whitman who established a mission at Waiilatpu amongst the Cayuse living in the area. An early stopping place for pioneers, the mission became a point of contention for the Cayuse. Travelers brought diseases with them that devastated the populations of local natives. The resulting deaths were thought to be the fault of the Whitmans and led to the massacre of the two missionaries and 11 other settlers. This resulted in the Cayuse wars, which concluded with treaty negotiations including the establishment of the reservation system and the natives losing their land.

This opened the area for homesteading, and Fort Walla Walla was established in its present day location in 1856. The agricultural richness of this beautiful valley established this area of great importance. At one point Walla Walla was the largest community in Washington territory and was set to be the state capitol.

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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.

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Red Mountain AVA

Nestled in a wide horseshoe bend of the Yakima River—a tributary of the Columbia—between Benton City and West Richland, Red Mountain AVA is Washington State’s smallest viticulture area. Officially part of Yakima Valley AVA and the larger Columbia Valley AVA, Red Mountain includes just over 4,000 acres of land that gently slopes south, providing great exposure to nourishing sunshine. Like many of the AVA’s in the region, Red Mountain benefits from ice-age flooding that deposited rich nutrients in the soil. The combination of soil, sun, minimal rainfall, and warm gusty winds provide ideal conditions for growing small grape clusters with heavily concentrated flavors. The first vines were planted in 1975, and the region earned AVA status in 2001. Today, the area’s predominant varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, and approximately 35 vineyards are currently in operation.

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The Dalles

The area now known as The Dalles was a prominent trading post for Native people for over 10,000 years and today is one of the most important archeological regions in the country. Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, pioneers loaded their wagons onto rafts or barges at The Dalles and floated down the Columbia River to the mouth of the Willamette River, then upriver to Oregon City. It was also the site of Fort Dalles, which was established in 1850 to protect immigrants after the Whitman Mission massacre. At that time, Fort Dalles was the only military post between the Pacific Ocean and Wyoming.

Today, The Dalles is home to around 15,000 residents and is a predominant Bing cherry growing region. Oregon’s oldest bookstore, Klindt’s, established in 1870, still operates in The Dalles with its original wood floors and oak and plate glass display cases. The Dalles has a reputation for being the best place to learn to windsurf and is an excellent fishing location for walleye and sturgeon. It is also the place of origin for a pedigree of cat known as LaPerm, developed in the 1980s from a unique colony of curly-coated farm cats.

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Maryhill Museum

In the middle of nowhere, deep in the Columbia Gorge, is Sam Hill Country. Sam, a lawyer living in Portland, fell in love with the Columbia Gorge, saying “we have found the Garden of Eden where the sun from the east meets the rain of the west.” Known as a millionaire, friend of royalty, apostle of peace, road builder, eccentric, and dreamer, in 1908 he purchased 7,000 acres and planned to establish a utopian agricultural community here. He built a castle-like mansion for his wife using no wood—only reinforced concrete. Unfortunately, Sam could not convince his wife to move to the middle of nowhere, and the building remained incomplete until after his death in 1940.
 

Today, this mansion is (according to Time Magazine) ‘The loneliest art museum in the world.’ Due to Sam Hill's friendship with European royalty, it contains Romanian and American art donated by his friend Queen Maria of Romania. Exquisite and unique with gorgeous views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, it also houses over 80 original sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin, an inspiring collection of chess sets from all over the world, stage sets and mannequins from the 1946 Théâtre de la Mode, and one of the best collections of North American native artifacts seen outside the Smithsonian. Sam also financed the construction of a replica of Stonehenge on the grounds as a war memorial dedicated to the men of the area who died during WWI.

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Willamette Valley AVA

The unique geology of the Willamette Valley region, with the Cascade Mountains to the east and Coast Mountains to the west, creates cool weather growing conditions ideal for the Pinot noir grape; the varietal has earned the region world-wide acclaim. Encompassing over 3.5 million acres in the Willamette River drainage, Oregon’s largest AVA stretches over 100 miles from the Columbia River south to Eugene. Six smaller AVAs are included in the region: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill-Carlton AVAs.

Dundee Hills has the esteem of being the location where the first grapes were established; Pinot noir was planted there in 1965. Today, 88% of the production in the AVA is Pinot noir; there are nearly 700 vineyards and over 500 wineries. In addition to the region’s highly-acclaimed wines, Willamette Valley is proudly part of Oregon’s sustainable farming initiative—over 50% of the state’s vineyards are certified sustainable.

Extend Your Experience

Exterior night view of the Hotel Rose 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.

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)