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Alaska: Cruisers return to Gold Rush era on a living history voyage

Alaska: Cruisers return to Gold Rush era on a living history voyage
Living history characters and passengers play cards in the SS Legacy's Pesky Barnacle Saloon. (Jocelyn Pride / Un-Cruise Adventures)

Travel through time to Alaska's Gold Rush era on a coastal steamer where  crew members, dressed in period costumes, describe events of 1898. A diverse cast of characters, from cannery workers to shipping magnates, talks about the 19th century free-for-all on the steamship cruise between Juneau and Ketchikan.

Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures hosts Alaska's Golden History cruises, which blend the state's dramatic landscape of glaciers and mountains with living history skits and presentations.

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"Having characters from the past come to life in front of you as you pass through the area where they lived brings new depth to this history-based cruise," Dan Blanchard, the company's chief executive, said in a statement.

Guests ride a 1920s street car and old railway in Skagway, learn about the Tlingit culture in Wrangell and view wildlife and glaciers along the way. The Legacy, a replica steamer that carries just passengers, visits Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines and Skagway as well as Frederick Sound and Icy Strait for whale-watching.

Vintage vibe aside, the steamer has two hot tubs, sauna, a massage room and fitness equipment. Passengers may take the cruise in either direction.

Dates: The eight-day cruise is available for 10 departure dates between June 15 and Aug. 17.

Price: Starting at $5,195 a person, double occupancy. (Those who reserve by Dec. 20 receive a $350 discount per person.) It includes cabin, shore tours, meals, a massage, wine and spirits, transfers, port fees and taxes. Airfare to and from Alaska is extra.

Info: Un-Cruise Adventures, (888) 862-8881, email sales@un-cruise.com, or contact a travel agent.

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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