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Un-Cruise Adventure’s S.S.Legacy, the replica coastal steamer, will be re-positioned from Alaska to its new home on the Columbia River in 2015.
As river cruising continues to grow, cruise lines are adapting. The S.S. Legacy is scheduled for 34 departures on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers from April-November 2015. The line is also offering a savings on fall 2014 river cruises, with $400/couple savings offered for bookings made by June 20, 2014. The savings is applicable for river cruises departing August-November 2014.
American Queen Steamboat Company today finalized its purchase of the American Empress. The 223-passenger riverboat, formerly known as Empress of the North, will begin operating Columbia and Snake river cruises between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington on April 5, 2014. View itinerary details.
In the January 2012 issue, Smithsonian Magazine is introducing Evotourism™. The word isn’t in the dictionary. But they think it’s worth adding to the lexicon because it describes a new kind of travel.
evo•tourism (ē vō toor’ iz’ əm) n. travel intended to promote awareness of evolution.
The article celebrates ten desinationa that span 300 million years and six continents. The destinations include:
- Kangaroo Island, Australia – Where the Wild Things Are
- Foraminifera Sculpture Park, China – 330-Million-Year-Old Organisms
- Wadi Hitan, Egypt – Whales Walked Here
- The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa – Human Evolution History
- Jurassic Coast, England – A Fossil Treasure Trove
- Mendel’s Garden, Czech Republic – Where Modern Genetics Was Born
- Ashfall Fossil Beds, Nebraska – The Prehistoric Pompeii
- Isle Royale, Michigan – A Fight for Survival
- Galápagos Islands, Ecuador – Where Darwin Found Natural Selection
- Mount St. Helens, Washington – Life Begins Anew
Of these, the last two are destinations visited by small ships (which, of course, excites us at Sunstone Tours & Cruises).
Lindblad Expeditions is set to launch a new culinary program associated with a new Columbia River itinerary in 2012.
The new onboard dining program features a menu dominated by local and sustainable foods in addition to a selection of wines and craft beers that have gained the region international acclaim. At the same time, Lindblad Expeditions will launch their new Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History and Landscapes itinerary.
Scheduled to launch next September aboard the 62‐passenger National Geographic Sea Bird and
National Geographic Sea Lion, this natural, cultural and culinary 7‐day/6‐ night adventure will unveil a spectacular landscape millions of years in the making and a vibrant patchwork that encompasses high art, fine foods, award‐winning wines along some of the route Lewis & Clark followed on their Corps of Discovery Expedition.
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Ever consider cruising the Columbia & Snake Rivers? Never consider it? Well, here’s five reasons why you should consider cruising the Columbia & Snake Rivers this coming Spring 2012, specifically aboard American Cruise Lines Queen of the West.
Back in the 90’s and into most of the 2000’s, Cruise West was a major player in the small ship cruising niche industry. Many of our clients fell in love with their Alaska experience and the ships. With the one-year anniversary of the Cruise West’s demise approaching, we like to check in on the former Cruise West ships to see where they are now.
Spirit of Oceanus
The one time 120-passenger flagship of the line was the most luxurious ship in the fleet, and sailed grand Alaska and Asia itineraries. The Spirit of Oceanus was in the midst of sailing a world cruise when Cruise West halted operations. The ship terminated its sailing in Newfoundland, Canada and was immediately sold to TN Cruise K/S, who now charters the ship to other cruise lines.
Today, the ship, renamed Sea Spirit, is now chartered to several expedition lines, including Quark Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions, sailing the Antarctic.
Sea Spirit Itineraries
- Crossing the Antarctic Circle – Quark Expeditions
- Explorers’ Quest – Quark Expeditions
- Antarctic Explorer – Quark Expeditions
- Circumnavigation of South Georgia with the Falkland Islands – Zegrahm Expeditions