Historic Gold Rush Alaska Cruises on the SS Legacy

Explore a little Alaska history on the 88-passenger ship, SS Legacy

Alaska's history is alive on board the small-ship, SS Legacy. Characters in Alaska's complex history like conservationist John Muir, Gold Rush "stampeders" and missionaries join travelers on cruises through the Inside Passage. Referred to as heritage guides, this team of historic re-enactors provides a distinct onboard atmosphere by portraying a turning point in Alaska's past through living-history presentations. Itineraries on the SS Legacy combine this unique story-telling feature with plenty of time to explore Alaska's rugged landscape, its seemingly endless glaciers and mountains and, of course, the region's iconic wildlife. Ocra pods and calving glaciers, as well as tonic-selling carpetbaggers and gun-slinging homesteaders are all part of SS Legacy's daily entertainment. The ship itself is a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer. True to form, staff and crew are dressed in period clothing.

Watching whales as they bubble-net feed during an Alaska cruise on the SS Legacy.

Alaska's Gold Rush
Alaska's Klondike Gold Rush lasted from 1898 to 1914. Thousands of young hopefuls, or "stampeders" migrated to towns like Skagway, the gateway to the infamous Chilkoot Trail. Today, the remnants of the historic Gold Rush are a reminder of our country's fascinating past and the optimistic explorers who forged the wilds of Alaska over a century ago. Ghost towns haunt the landscape and the spirit of dreamers and entrepreneurs remain an authentic part of modern-day Alaskan culture.

For more information, take a look cruising guru Gene Sloan's recent article in USA Today that highlights this unique Alaska cruise experience.