Two whales breaching in front of the Wilderness Legacy expedition ship
Tables, chairs, window-lined walls in bar area aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship
Dining room with tables in center and booths along windows aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship
Large bed, two nightstands, two large windows is Commodore Suite aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship
Suite living room with couch, chairs, table, TV, windows aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship
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Wilderness Legacy

86 guests
year built
crew members
34-35 crew members
192 feet
40 feet
cruising speed
11 knots
United States

The 86-guest Wilderness Legacy, formerly the S.S. Legacy, Safari Legacy and Spirit of 98, is a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer equipped for expedition cruising in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Cruise on a ship that resembles the one John Muir arrived on, with modern-day comforts. Recently outfitted with a portable activity launch platform, the Wilderness Legacy emulates old-world charm but is fully ready for adventure. Capable of approaching an impressive 15-knot speed, she can sail to the farthest reaches. Notable features include beautiful carved wooden cabinetry, a well-stocked bar and a luxurious Owner’s Suite.

Wilderness Legacy Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Wilderness Legacy review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our experts have been aboard the Wilderness Legacy firsthand. Please read our Wilderness Legacy review below then contact our experts to compare the Wilderness Legacy with other small cruise ships and yachts offering Pacific Northwest cruises and Alaska small ship cruises.

Choose this ship for a traditional cruising atmosphere paired with easily accessed adventure. Fully renovated in 2013 and most recently refurbished in 2015, the Wilderness Legacy offers fresh interiors with an old-world feel, as the ship is fitted with Victorian-style decor. Guests aboard the Wilderness Legacy also enjoy added amenities like two hot tubs and yoga classes. It is worth noting that she is also one of the few small ships of her size with an elevator, offering access to three of the ship’s decks. Our experts love this ship as she maintains her historic feel while offering a new legacy of luxury and adventure.

Common Areas Aboard Wilderness Legacy

There are several unique and comfortable social areas on the Wilderness Legacy including four public decks, three of which are accessible via an elevator if needed. The unique Pesky Barnacle Saloon, with its wrap-around viewing balcony, anchors the rear of the Main Deck. This handsome space attracts guests for a game of cards or to catch up on the day’s events. Lined with large view windows, the 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 a bar stocked with premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews. The bar faces the lounge’s comfortable seating area, with large TV screen, upright playing piano, gift shop, snack bar and a small library. The large open bow invites guests to get fresh air, view wildlife or gaze at the stars. The Bridge Deck features a covered area for yoga and an open deck with tables and chairs for sunny days.

Dining Aboard Wilderness 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, onboard-baked 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 Wilderness Legacy

For the active traveler, the ship is outfitted with two hot tubs and fitness equipment. Yoga classes are offered in the mornings. The portable activity launch platform enables guests to easily enter and exit the ship in kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and inflatable skiffs. Hiking poles are available for optional land treks. On select departures, expert naturalists and guides aboard are complemented by guest hosts in the fields of ornithology, photography, marine biology, wine and wellness, among others.

The Wilderness Legacy also boasts a recent innovation in small watercraft deployment with their tow-behind launching platform, the Sea Dragon. With just three wide steps down from ship to platform and the ability to glide kayaks on and off, the Sea Dragon allows for easy and stable loading and unloading for passengers.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Wilderness Legacy

There are six stateroom categories aboard the Wilderness Legacy, all outside and above deck with view windows: Navigator, Trailblazer, Pathfinder, Admiral, Jr. Commodore Suite and Commodore Suite. In some categories, singles, triples and quadruples can be accommodated. All staterooms feature decorations that complement the classic and elegant atmosphere found throughout the ship. Common to all staterooms are private bath with showers, hair dryers, conditioning shampoo and body wash, bathrobes, an alarm clock, binoculars, an in-room safe deposit box and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. 

Bed, dresser, window in Navigator Stateroom aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship

103-104 (may be booked for single occupancy); 319-320. Fixed double beds and view window.

Two beds, nightstands, chair, dresser, window aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship

105-111; 206-210; 303-308; 311-318. Fixed queen, double or twin beds and view window. Note that all cabins have fixed twin beds, except 105-106 (fixed double) and 311 (fixed queen).

Pathfinder stateroom with large bed, desk, chair aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship

211-214. Queen or twin beds and view window. Note that cabins 212 and 214 have fixed queen beds.

Two beds, bathroom in Admiral Stateroom aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship

101-102; 201-202; 309-310. Queen or twin beds and view window. Note that cabins 101-102 have fixed queen beds and a trundle bed for triple occupancy, and cabin 201 has fixed twin beds. Cabins 309 and 310 have a private outdoor awning area.

Large bed, wraparound windows in S.S. Legacy expedition ship Jr. Commodore Suite
Jr. Commodore Suite

301-302. Queen or twin beds, refrigerator and wrap-around windows. Also includes beck-and-call service.

Large bed, two nightstands, two large windows is Commodore Suite aboard Wilderness Legacy expedition ship
Commodore Suite

401. Includes a 300-square-foot entertainment/sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator and media center, in addition to the 300-square-foot master bedroom with fixed king bed, view windows and Jacuzzi tub. There is a sofa bed for triple/quad accommodation. Also includes beck-and-call service.

Deck plan of Wilderness Legacy small ship showing 4 guest decks, 6 color-coded cabin categories & bed configuration notes.
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