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Gold Rush Legacy
Gold Rush Legacy is a thoroughly modern history cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage. Relive the days of the '98 Gold Rush aboard an 88-guest replica turn-of-the-century steamer with all the amenities of today.

Discover ever-so-close shores along the 900 nautical miles of Canada and Alaska’s Inside Passage. Embrace snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and tree-lined narrow pass
ageways. View stunning glaciers and search for whales, bears, and eagles. Visit the old mining and trading towns of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, and Juneau, and explore spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. And revel in the region's exciting past with special Heritage Adventure programming that combines on-board educational presentations, expert guest speakers, and character reenactments with tours ashore. This is a journey steeped in wildlife, history and culture. read more Gold Rush Legacy is a thoroughly modern history cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage. Relive the days of the '98 Gold Rush aboard an 88-guest replica turn-of-the-century steamer with all the amenities of today.

Discover ever-so-close shores along the 900 nautical miles of Canada and Alaska’s Inside Passage. Embrace snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and tree-lined narrow passageways. View stunning glaciers and search for whales, bears, and eagles. Visit the old mining and trading towns of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, and Juneau, and explore spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. And revel in the region's exciting past with special Heritage Adventure programming that combines on-board educational presentations, expert guest speakers, and character reenactments with tours ashore. This is a journey steeped in wildlife, history and culture.
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Day 1 - Embark Seattle, Washington

Day 2 - Friday Harbor & Salish Sea

Day 3 - Strait of Georgia & Johnstone Strait

Day 4 - Canada's Inside Passage

Day 5 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Day 6 - Wrangell, Alaska

Day 7 - Petersburg, Frederick Sound & Chatham Strait

Day 8 - Sergius Narrows & Sitka

Day 9 - Captain’s Choice, Chichagof Island & Icy Strait

Day 10 - Glacier Bay National Park

Day 11 - Haines & Skagway

Day 12 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska


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Day 1 - Embark Seattle, Washington

Sailing from Seattle’s Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise along Seattle’s picturesque waterfront. Settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea and begin your journey of discovery along the path of the Gold Rush.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Friday Harbor & Salish Sea

Keep watch for the resident orca pods as the boat makes its way through the San Juan Islands. Explore the shops, galleries, and intriguing whale museum in charming Friday Harbor, once an important whaling center. Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the seascape of this yachter’s paradise.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Strait of Georgia & Johnstone Strait

Nestled between Vancouver Island and the mountainous mainland of British Columbia, the Strait of Georgia’s islands, fjords, and intricate waterways unfold before you. Sail north into Johnstone Strait — summer home to approximately 150 orca whales. Onboard Living History presentations unlock the storied past of these wild shorelines.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Canada's Inside Passage

Quiet reaches, whale watching, yoga on the deck, and engaging presentations fill your day in a landscape of glacially carved fjords and temperate rainforest. Passing by the Great Bear Rainforest, keep a watchful eye for the Kermode “spirit” bear, easily recognized by its white fur. Cruise past the ghost town of Butedale - founded in 1918 as a fishing, mining, and logging camp - before crossing the US/Canada border into Alaska.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Timing and tides deliver today’s scenic wonders before arriving in Ketchikan, “salmon capital of the world,” where it’s all ashore for a historic tour focused on Ketchikan’s local Tlingit culture. Discover the exceptional art forms of intricately carved totems, enjoy masterful storytelling with a local Tlingit guide, and don’t miss Dolly’s House in the former red light district of Creek Street.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Wrangell, Alaska

Established as a fur trading center by the Russians in the early 1800s, Wrangell is the only Alaskan town ever governed by four nations. In the late-1800s, it held a strategic location for Gold Rush prospectors and served as the launch point for pioneering conservationist John Muir’s famous glacier expedition.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Petersburg, Frederick Sound & Chatham Strait

Transit the Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile winding, snake-like channel dubbed as “Christmas Tree Lane” for the abundant red and green navigational lights. Along the way, watch the shore for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears, and seabirds. The “Town that Fish Built,” was founded over 100 years ago. Uncover the impact fishing had on Petersburg on a tour through town before getting underway for an afternoon of whale watching in the nutrient-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Sergius Narrows & Sitka

Amidst the Tongass National Forest, you’ll navigate through Sergius Narrows, the “inside route” to Sitka — Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement. A guided walk through Sitka National Historical Park — Alaska’s oldest federally designated park — and the Cathedral of St. Michael’s brings Sitka’s Russian American and Tlingit history to life.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Captain’s Choice, Chichagof Island & Icy Strait

Leave it to your Captain to uncover the best opportunities for today’s wilderness adventure. As your ship cruises along the shores of Chichagof Island and through the northern whale waters of Icy Strait, keep watch for the gentle humpbacks: feasting on krill, breaching, giving you the fluke.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Glacier Bay National Park

First established as a National Monument in 1925, Glacier Bay holds the status of National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Biosphere Reserve. Glaciers feature front and center today, and there are many to choose from: Margerie, Grand Pacific, Johns Hopkins, or Lamplugh. Cruise by Marble Islands and witness Steller sea lions barking on the rocky haul-out. Seabirds also flock to the area; murrelets, puffins, and black-legged kittiwakes are frequent residents. The 15,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather Range drape the skyline.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Haines & Skagway

This area thrived for years as an integral trade center to the Chilkat band of Tlingit natives, famous for their intricately designed blankets woven with mountain goat hair and cedar bark. Haines is home to the world's largest autumnal congregation of bald eagles. Take a tour in a signature 1920s-style bus in Skagway, gateway to the Chilkoot Trail, one of the original routes of the Klondike Gold Rush. Wooden boardwalks line the outer edges of the town’s historic buildings where tales of betrayal, fortune, and mystery come alive.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
S.S. Legacy
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to the Juneau airport or to begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Alaska Inside Passage cruises may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. This ability to be spontaneous makes the small ship style of cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

This cruise begins and ends in either Seattle, Washington or Juneau, Alaska depending on the date. Plan to arrive at the Seattle airport no later 1:00pm and the Juneau Airport no later than 2:30pm on Day 1. On Day 12, the final day of the cruise, please do not schedule return flights until after 11:30am in Juneau and noon in Seattle.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Aug 17 - Aug 28, 2014S.S. Legacy$6395 - $17495View Details
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  Reverse itinerary begins in Juneau, Alaska and ends in Seattle, Washington.
Master

Master - $6395

103-104; 319-320 Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower.
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Commander

Commander - $6895

105-112; 204; 206-210; 303-308; 311-318 Queen, double or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower.
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Captain

Captain - $7495

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

Master Single - $8695

Master cabins 103-104; 319-320 may be booked for single occupancy. Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower.
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Admiral

Admiral - $8695

101-102; 201-202; 309-310 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower (trundle bed for triple).
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Jr. Commodore Suite

Jr. Commodore Suite - $9395

301-302 Queen or twin beds, refrigerator; wrap around windows; private bath with shower.
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Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite - $17495

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

All onboard meals, tastefully prepared with locally sourced ingredients where possible; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airports/boat; port taxes and fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; hot tub, sauna, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, typically 5-10% of the cruise fare; travel insurance; optional excursions and land tours.

Room Configuration

Any stateroom (except designated Single) may be booked as a single for 175% of the double occupancy rate. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral Staterooms 101 and 102, and quadruple accommodations are available in the Owner's Suite; inquire for pricing details.

Families & Children

Due to the nature and itinerary of this history cruise, the S.S. Legacy requires children passengers to be over 12 years of age.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $1500 per traveler is required to secure a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more - 50% of initial deposit
90 to 61 days - Forfeiture of full deposit
60 to 46 days - 50% of gross fare
45 to 31 days - 75% of gross fare
30 to 0 days - 100% of gross fare

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Denali Backcountry Explorer

Denali Backcountry Explorer

Experience Denali National Park in style from a remote wilderness lodge located 90 miles inside the park. Your up-close exploration is enhanced by a trip aboard the historic Alaska railroad, two nights in Anchorage and an optional scenic flight over Mt McKinley. Our Denali Backcountry Explorer can be customized to begin on any day to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.
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Glacier Bay Adventure

Glacier Bay Adventure

View glaciers, whales, bears and more on this up-close exploration of Glacier Bay National Park. A special Alaska helicopter ride allows for glacier trekking, plus enjoy sea kayaking in Glacier Bay National Park and the option to stay longer and do more.
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Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer

Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer

Witness the breathtaking Kenai Fjords Glacier lodge first hand! This is the only lodge located in, and surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park. From a spectacular setting on the shore of a protected lagoon in full view of Pedersen Glacier, it provides an excellent array of activity choices and bountiful opportunities for wildlife viewing.
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S.S. Legacy

S.S. Legacy

A replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer, the 88-guest S.S. Legacy features a dance floor, full bar and old-world charm, a perfect complement to its history-steeped itineraries in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. 
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