The Great Oregon Total Solar Eclipse Cruise

August 19 - 26 2017

Cruise the Columbia River to view the Total Solar Eclipse!

Lured by patriotism and a better life, pioneers and adventurers lashed down the covered wagons and headed to the Pacific Northwest. Explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their Indigenous American guide, Sacajawea, cruised the Columbia River and marked the beauty of this new land.
On August 19 - 26, 2017 Columbia River Total Eclipse Cruise astronomers will ply this route, roundtrip from Portland, Oregon, aboard an 88-guest replica coastal steamer.
On August 21st, eclipse day, we will disembark and travel south to the eclipse path for viewing.

S.S. Legacy 2017 Total Solar Eclipse cruise on the Columbian River...

... Tours of river locks & dams...

Shore excursions including Fort Clatsop and many more during evry stop on your voyage.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Portland, OR


Upon arrival in Portland, Oregon you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the S.S. Legacy. Meet your fellow eclipse chasers at a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception before dinner. After dinner gather in the Grand Salon with the MWT eclipse crew to learn a bout your journey on the Columbia River.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Columbia River Gorge



Barry Kiersten

This morning slip through the locks of Bonneville dam and embark on a private tour of the turbines and fish ladders at the dam. Since 1938 this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Board you motorcoach for a visit to the Multnomah Falls. Back on board cruise upriver through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge of 80 miles long photographic settings as you travel through the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day


Early this morning disembark the S.S Legacy, board the coaches and head south to total eclipse viewing site. Later this afternoon return to the vessel and continue your journey through the confluence of the Hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries. Step back in time with colorful stories about hardships and triumphs of early pioneers.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Clarkston, WA & Hells Canyon


After your final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, you’ll dock in Clarkston to delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. Historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition abound in this area, including Clark’s first encounter with the Nez Perce in 1805. Board a  covered speedboat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing river stretch of the Snake, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Protected as a National Recreation Area since 1975, Hells Canyon preserves a world of fascinating natural and cultural elements. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs.

Terra Blanca

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Richland, WA


At Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, discover the region’s fascinating geologic history—from basalt flows and Ice Age floods to today’s living landscape; learn about the monumental efforts of the Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works that ushered in the atomic era; and meet Baby Ems, a cast of the world’s only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton. Afterwards, enjoy a tour, tasting, and savory lunch at award-winning Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard. Then back on board, ease into the afternoon with a relaxing massage, a visit with your captain on the Bridge, or watching the scenery change as you cruise downriver.   

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Dalles


It’s a day of culture at Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and Queen Maria of Romania’s personal effects, Maryhill — a castle-like chateau — sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. It was built by Sam Hill, whose friendship with Alma Spreckles brought many objects of art to the museum. Discovery Center's interactive exhibits provide a look into the area’s geologic origins of volcanic upheavals and catastrophic floods; pioneer and missionary life; and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Transit The Dalles—another of the eight dams harnessing these mighty rivers.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Portland — Homeward


Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.   


Accompanied by Special Guest Lecturers

Dr. Seth Shostak
Senior Astronomer and Director, Center for SETI Research

Booth and Thaller

Dr. Andrew Booth
Sigma Space Optical Engineer
Dr. Michelle Thaller
Assistant Director for Science Communication at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center