• Humpback whales bubble net feeding near the S.S. Legacy

  • The Owner's Suite features a 300 square foot bedroom.

  • The Owner's Suite entertainment area

  • Junior Commodore Suites feature wrap-around windows.

  • Admiral Stateroom aboard S.S. Legacy

  • Captain Stateroom aboard S.S. Legacy

  • S.S. Legacy Commander Stateroom

  • A Master Stateroom aboard S.S. Legacy

  • The Grand Salon aboard S.S. Legacy

  • The Klondike Dining Room

  • The Pesky Barnacle Saloon

  • Go back in time aboard the S.S. Legacy

  • Un-Cruise Adventures CEO Dan Blanchard aboard S.S, Legacy

  • The S.S. Legacy on the Columbia & Snake Rivers

S.S. Legacy

88 guests
Year Built: 1983
Renovated: 2013
34-35 crew members
Length: 192 feet
Beam: 40 feet
Cruising Speed: 11 knots
Flag: United States

The S.S. Legacy, formerly the Spirit of 98, has been newly reinvented into a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer with carved wooden cabinetry and a Grand Salon complete with a dance floor, full bar and old-world charm. Exquisitely appointed with period decor, S.S. Legacy is a perfect complement to its history-steeped itineraries along Alaska's coast and the Pacific Northwest's rivers. 

S.S. Legacy Review

The 88-guest S.S. Legacy will take you back in time with a historical ambiance and program that is perfectly in sync with the history of the waterways she navigates. The Spirit of 98 had a loyal clientele who would return again and again to experience her authentic charm and distinctive programs steeped in the past. The S.S. Legacy has been fully refurbished and her passenger count reduced. She maintains the legacy of history but now offers a new legacy of luxury. Choose the S.S. Legacy if you are looking to experience a destination through the lens of its past with onboard historians, characters and programs that bring history to life. 

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Common Areas Aboard S.S. Legacy

There are several unique and comfortable social areas on the S.S. Legacy including four public decks, three of which are accessible via an elevator if needed. Enjoy a quiet moment in the intimate wine bar and library. The popular Pesky Barnacle Saloon, with its wrap-around viewing balcony, anchors the rear of the Main Deck. This handsome space attracts guests not only with tasty cocktails but with the numerous period accents in the room's design. Lined with large view windows, the Klondike Dining Room is a spacious, warmly-lit space that evokes the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a fine turn-of-the-century American hotel. Upstairs on the Lounge Deck is an intimate bar stocked with premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews. The bar faces the salon's comfortable seating area, upright playing piano and the dance floor. The large open bow invites guests to get fresh air, view wildlife or gaze at the stars. Up on the Sun Deck are two large hot tubs, fitness equipment and a covered area with tables and chairs.

Meals Aboard S.S. Legacy

Meals are always served over several courses, with particular attention to the personal preferences of diners. Executive chefs create exquisite fare, using locally-sourced fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors of your destination. Each day includes an early-riser breakfast of fresh fruit, baked-onboard pastries and breads, and a full breakfast complete with specialty items. Lunches range from pasta salads and sandwiches to homemade soups and ethnic dishes. Dinners offer a choice of entrées, including fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Hors d'oeuvres for the cocktail hour feature a variety of appetizers and desserts are varied and plentiful. Fine spirits, wines and microbrews are included.

Activities Aboard S.S. Legacy

History comes alive when aboard the S.S. Legacy. Period décor and an elegant atmosphere provide the backdrop for reenactments and visits to museums and historical ports of call. Guests are surprised and delighted to see their crew appear as living-history personalities, with talented storytellers among them, to perform vignettes throughout the voyage. Characters such as John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt tell stories of adventure, nature, nautical history and the preservation of our lands. Fine dining, premium cocktails and dancing await guests in the evenings. Enjoy presentations by historians, local residents and expert guest speakers. For the active traveler, the ship is outfitted with a hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment and a massage suite (with a complimentary massage included). Yoga classes are offered in the mornings.

Cabins Aboard S.S. Legacy

There are six stateroom categories aboard the S.S. Legacy, all outside and above deck with view windows: Master, Commander, Captain, Admiral, Junior Commodore Suite and Owner's Suite. Depending on the category, singles, doubles, triples or quadruples can be accommodated. All staterooms feature fresh memory-foam mattresses and decorations which complement the classic and elegant atmosphere found throughout the ship. Common to all staterooms are hair dryers, bathrobes, an alarm clock, a flat-screen TV with DVD player and an iPod docking station. 

Owner's Suite

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).

Jr. Commodore Suite

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

Admiral Stateroom

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

Captain Stateroom

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

Commander Stateroom

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

Master Stateroom

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

S.S. Legacy Deck Plan