Un-Cruise Adventures christens S.S. Legacy and launches Heritage Adventures

On Thursday, August 8, 2013 Un-Cruise Adventures officially christened its newest vessel, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy, in a dockside celebration near company headquarters in Seattle, Washington.  The replica coastal steamer is the eighth vessel in the adventure cruise line’s fleet. The S.S. Legacy sails Heritage Adventures taking guests back in time to the 1890s and early 1900s to explore history of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska and early explorers along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The …

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Un-Cruise Adventures explores four islands by yacht on new Hawaii itinerary

From November 2013 to April 2014, Un-Cruise Adventures’ 36-guest yacht Safari Explorer explores the Hawaiian islands on a new itinerary sailing one-way between Moloka’i and Hawaii, the Big Island or reverse. Weeklong Luxury Adventure cruises in Hawaii include activities and tours while exploring four islands—Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island. New this season, Moloka’i—a quieter, less-visited island—takes center stage as the beginning or ending point for the line’s cruises. Exclusive cultural activities are included for …

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Riverboats for cruising the Columbia and Snake

For nearly three years, I have been wondering about the loss of a favorite cruise vessel, the Spirit of ’98. In August, she will be back. Cruise West, the company that owned Spirit, ended its touring days in 2010, and I feared that the ship, which needed some renovation, was lost as well. I should have known better. Serviceable vessels get reborn. Newly refurbished, re-named, and operated by Un-Cruise Adventures, the 88-passenger S.S. Legacy now sports a …

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Alaska 2014: Un-Cruise Adventures increases deployment

  Un-Cruise Adventures announced its deployment plans today for the 2014 Alaska cruise season with seven vessels carrying 22-88 guests sailing 12 different itineraries ranging from one to three weeks duration.  New in 2014, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy sails 10 weeklong Heritage Adventures between Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska. “2014 marks our largest, most diverse season in Alaska yet with more departures than any previous year,” said Dan Blanchard, CEO and principal for Un-Cruise Adventures.  “Our three adventure …

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Visiting the Port of Portland

  So, I recently visited Portland, Oregon for a whirlwind tour of the city in conjunction with a First Lego League Robotics competition.  (Don’t know about the organization?  It’s off the topic of travel, but extremely cool nonetheless and worth checking out if you’re a Lego fan and have kids the right age.) You may wonder why I’m talking about Portland in this blog, since it’s not widely known as a cruise port… but there are actually …

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Two small ship lines that joined last year have changed the company name to Un-Cruise Adventures

How fast time passes by…we all know this. But every once in awhile, something really reminds you. For me, it was a press release that landed on my computer this week. It was from a small cruise company that I sailed on the year it began. At that time it was called Alaska Yacht Safaris and soon became American Safari cruises as they ventured to other parts of the world. The story I wrote on that memorable …

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