Convenient to both the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada, Vancouver is the most popular embarkation port for Alaskan cruises. With two terminals providing service for more than two dozen ships, the majority of passengers interested in cruising northward will find themselves in this Canadian port.
Cruises from Vancouver
For more than thirty years, this city has been the leading port to service Alaskan voyages. Despite the fact that the Alaskan cruising season is only from May through September due to sunlight and weather concerns, the port consistently handles more than one million passengers on more than 300 separate sailings from various cruise lines, including:
- Carnival Cruise Line: While only one fun ship routinely offers Alaskan itineraries, Carnival is still one of the most recognizable cruise lines.
- Celebrity Cruises: Multiple Celebrity ships offer passengers the star treatment from on all Alaskan voyages.
- Holland America Cruise Line: Holland America is the leader in Alaskan cruises and tours, and it currently offers the greatest number of voyages from Vancouver.
- Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian is a mainstream line providing three ships servicing Alaska at affordable rates for both novice and experienced cruisers.
- Royal Caribbean Cruises: The adventure of Alaska is doubled when combined with the adventure and innovation of a Royal Caribbean ship.
- Princess Cruises: Several Princess ships offer Alaskan voyages from this Canadian port, making it the city's second most popular line.
The only itineraries available from Vancouver are Alaskan voyages, though several cruise lines offer cruise tour options as pre- and post-voyage packages to enhance any vacation. Alaskan cruises range from 7-14 or more days in length, and many itineraries are one-way, requiring passengers to secure airfare to complete their vacation plans.
Visitors to this Canadian city will find far more to do than simply take a cruise: nestled between the Pacific Ocean and nearby rugged mountains, the scenery is unmatched. Hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and camping are popular outdoor activities, particular during the summer cruise season months. Additional attractions include the city's 120-acre zoo featuring more than 700 animal species, the local aquarium, horse drown carriage tours, harbor cruises, and innumerable gardens, conservatories, and parks, including the first authentic Chinese garden constructed outside China. Passengers near the cruise terminals will also find tremendous shopping and dining opportunities to begin their vacation in style.
Getting to the Ports
Both cruise terminals, Canada Place (the larger of the two) and Ballantyne, are located in the city's center, just thirty minutes from the Vancouver International Airport. International passengers can take advantage of expedited immigration and customs procedures if they are arriving and departing on the same day as their cruise, and the Canada Place terminal offers short term baggage storage for passengers' convenience. Both short term (pick up and drop off) and long term parking facilities are available.For passengers who prefer to fly into Seattle, shuttle busses are available to the Canadian port, and the scenic drive takes approximately three hours.
For more information about cruises from this Canadian city, visit the official website, www.portofvancouver.com. Passengers can also contact the cruise port at:
The Vancouver Port Authority
100 The Pointe
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3T4
1-888-PORTVAN (Toll-free from the United States).