All the magic of the Galapagos in one short week…Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic launches Wild Galapagos Escape

Galápagos is a bucket list destination for many travelers, but not everyone has the luxury of time to commit to an extended voyage. Now for the first time in Lindblad Expeditions’ 50+ years of bringing citizen explorers there, they are offering brand-new, shorter itineraries. The new Wild Galápagos Escape packs a ton of activities into one exhilarating week to discover the wonders and wildlife of this magical place, with departures on Saturday and Thursday.  Set aboard the …

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Lindblad Holdings, Inc. signs agreement for building of world’s foremost expedition vessel

Lindblad Expeditions, a global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world’s foremost expedition ship.The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years. The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 6 aboard the SS Legacy

We wake up where we began in Portland then hop on buses to Oregon’s heavily vined Willamette Valley, known for its excellent pinot noirs. Our first stop is at 28-year-old Archer Vineyard, the creation of original owner Don Archer, current owner African-born architect Saj Jivanjee and winemaker Jim Sander, who specialize in pinots noir and gris. Enthusiasm for quality and conviviality are their hallmarks with pinot noirs worth laying down for future greatness and weekly Friday sunset …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 7 aboard the SS Legacy

Like a dish? Un-problem. Ask for the recipe and it will be delivered to your cabin. Want to try a little of everything? Un-problem. Why two buses when we could fit into one? “We aim to never have a full bus,” says historian Bob. “That way if you want a pair of seats to yourself, fine.” On UnCruise, it’s an un-problem, which explains the name. UnCruise sounds awkward and, well, dorky, but take one and you understand. …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 5 aboard the SS Legacy

We tie up in The Dalles, OR, end of the Oregon Trail, and are met dockside by “The Dalles Floozies” and friends, a fun-loving crew reminding visitors of the town’s former 40 “houses of negotiable affection.” It’s early in the morning for that sort of thing so we drive across the river to the Washington side to see two creations of innovative maverick Sam Hill. We already had caught glimpses of his Scenic Columbia River Highway. His …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 4 aboard Legacy

Locks lifted us up heading East and now they are lowering us as we backtrack toward the West. A second morning without cell service and Internet has some frustrated, others relieved and more relaxed. We will get our connectivity fix when we head to tastings at the Walter Clore Winery and Culinary Center and Terra Blanca Winery where we will also have lunch. Terra Blanca is one winery that kegs some of its wine for bars and …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 3 aboard Legacy

Aboard S. S. Legacy-We are anchored in the Snake River at Lyons Ferry, surrounded by ochre cliffs of columnar and pillar basalt. A slow – no wake area – jet boat tender takes us to the nearby Lyons Ferry Marina where our trusty buses are waiting to convey us on a 15-minute ride to Palouse State Park and Palouse Falls. The countryside is empty save for the array of grasses, mostly cheat grass, and an assortment of buttes …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 2 aboard the SS Legacy

Aboard S. S. Legacy-We are not in the mountains any more. Hills and farmland greet us this morning. Columbia is glassy smooth, compensating for the lack of height on shore with perfect reflections of what is there. We moor in Richland, WA, in front of a park and board buses through the Tri-Cities – Richland, Kennewick and Pasco – to Walla Walla, home of the namesake sweet onions, the state prison and the Walla Walla Valley AVA …

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Wine Cruise: Day 1 aboard the ss Legacy

Wake early for here, normal for East Coast time. It is hard to tear your eyes away from the scenery, the Columbia River backed by the Cascade Mountains port and starboard. We are heading to Bonneville, our first lock; there will be six up river and six back down. All have fish ladders; the requirement for building dams and locks is a 97 percent survival rate for salmon. And yes, there is someone at each fish ladder …

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Getting on Board SS Legacy

When I lived in Washington State many years ago, you could visit the state’s wineries in an afternoon. There were two. Oregon had perhaps that many. Now there are more than 900 in Washington, more than 700 in Oregon. I and the other passengers aboard UnCruise’s SS Legacy will spend the next seven days, Saturday to Saturday, on “Rivers of Wine,” a cruise down the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers that introduces guests to some of the …

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