Located in British Columbia, Canada, the metropolitan city of Vancouver is a very popular cruise departure port, but there are also cruises that visit Vancouver in the middle of the cruise. Cruises from Vancouver are typically available from late-April through early-October. Hands down, Alaska cruises are the most popular and most featured cruises from this port. Short cruises along the US Pacific Coast are also fairly popular, while a limited selection of Hawaii and South Pacific cruises are also options. Since many desire to visit Vancouver in itself, most people that take cruises from here so they can stay a few nights in the city before or after their cruise.
Princess Cruises, one of the leaders in Alaska cruises, features a whopping four ships cruising regularly from Vancouver: Coral Princess, Royal Princess, Island Princess, and Pacific Princess. Princess also features Golden Princess and Grand Princess making irregular sailings from Vancouver. Most of the itineraries are 7- or 14-night Alaska cruises, some sailing round trip from Vancouver, with others sailing Northbound (ending in Whittier, Alaska). A few longer cruises are available with Princess, going to destinations such as the Panama Canal, Hawaii, and Asia.
Celebrity Cruises offers three cruise ships departing from Vancouver mainly on premium 7-night Alaska cruises, Celebrity Eclipse (sailing round trip), Celebrity Solstice (sailing Soutbound, ending in Oahu), and Celebrity Millennium (sailing Northbound, ending in Seward). Another premium cruise line, Holland America Line, offers a large selection of cruises from Vancouver. The majority of their cruises are 7-night Alaska cruises, aboard ships that sail round trip from Vancouver (ms Koningsdam) and those that sail Northbound, ending in Seward, Alaska (ms Nordam and ms Statendam). Holland America is also offering a few longer Alaska cruises, as well as a few Panama Canal and Hawaii cruises from Vancouver.
Royal Caribbean mostly features 7-night Northbound Alaska cruises from Vancouver aboard their beautiful Radiance of the Seas, plus a couple of 10- and 11-night Hawaii cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has four ships that cruise from Vancouver, just doing a couple of sailings each (5- to 15-nights in length).
If you are looking for a luxury cruise from Vancouver, you might consider booking with Regent Seven Seas Cruises (mostly 7-night Northbound Alaska cruises aboard the all-suite Seven Seas Explorer) and Silversea Cruises (7-night Alaska cruises aboard the all-suite Silver Muse).
Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder, is based out of Vancouver doing 7- to 9-night Alaska sailings for the summer cruise season. All of these Alaskan cruises will be round-trip.
Short cruises from Vancouver are available from both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. Such cruises are 1- to 5-night Pacific Coast cruises, which typically end in cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
If you are looking to combine a cruise from Vancouver with a land package that explores Alaska even more in-depth, then an Alaska cruise tour is a fantastic option! Such Alaska cruise tours are currently available through Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean. View our Cruise Tour section for more information!
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Vancouver, along with a brief description:
♦ Stanley Park
It would be disappointing to take a cruise from Vancouver without visiting one of its most popular areas. Over 10% larger than New York City's Central Park, Stanley Park is one of the best parks in the world. Among the many activities you can take part in there are running, walking, swimming, cycling, tennis, Pitch and Putt golf (as there's an 18-hole course), inline skating and hiking. There is even a petting farm and an aquarium in Stanley Park (Vancouver Aquarium, which happens to be the largest in Canada). One of the big attractions at the park happens to be its beautiful totem poles, which many visitors like to take pictures with.
♦ Granville Island
This island is a formal industrial site that is connected to Vancouver's mainland, which now happens to be a very popular place to go shopping. You can check out the great public market (which has over 100 vendors in it), as well as the marina, quaint shops and cafes, and various theaters. Beer enthusiasts might consider taking a tour of Granville Island Brewing Company's facility (Canada's first modern microbrewing facility). Granville Island is a fabulous area to visit before or after your cruise.
♦ English Bay
The beautiful English Bay is home to many events throughout the year. Each summer, hundreds of thousands of people go there for the Celebration of Light fireworks competition. English Bay Beach is downtown Vancouver's most popular place to go for some sunbathing, swimming and sunset-watching. If you are cruising from here and are looking for a great beach or relaxing place to walk around, you are certain to be satisfied with English Bay.
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