Is it weird that I have travelled to 25 countries across four continents, but I still haven’t been on a cruise? I have always associated cruising with island hopping around the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. But seeing as I am currently located in Vancouver, here are four cruises from this West Coast city that I wouldn’t mind doing. I will just have to keep an eye out for a great cruise deal now!
Cruise to Alaska
Alaska has been on my wish list for a long time. It is that American state that is so close, but its costs make it seem so far. Nonetheless, I would love to do a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska along the Inside Passage. Many cruises last between seven and 10 days and usually allow you time to explore Juneau, Skagway, Seward, and Ketchiken. My wish list would also include time in Denali National Park, which is an additional option on some cruise itineraries. With Princess Cruises you can choose to spend up to four days in Denali. After you have enjoyed the beautiful wildlife and scenery, you can head back onboard and cruise home.
The Ultimate Hawaii and South Pacific Cruise
This 40-day Norwegian Cruise Lines adventure sounds amazing. It begins in Vancouver and stops in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tahiti, American Samoa, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. The cruise also ends in Sydney, which is kind of perfect for this Australian expat. The itinerary includes a good balance of days at sea and onshore adventures, so you definitely won’t be bored. The ship itself has 16 dining options, 15 bars and nightclubs, and basketball and tennis courts, to name just a few of the highlights. Sign me up!
A cruise to Mexico would definitely have to be on this wish list. I have only visited Tijuana, so I have a lot more of Mexico to explore. A cruise would allow me to see a few different places, including the well-known ports of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. A cruise on Holland America Line will have you disembarking in San Diego, so you can even enjoy some California time before heading home. Fortunately, it seems there are usually good deals on these particular cruises.
Baltic Capitals Cruise
I didn’t even know this was an option, but you can actually purchase an airfare and cruise bundle deal. This cruise option is also with Norwegian Cruise Lines (apparently they are now my favourite). After flying in from Vancouver, the cruise visits Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, and Berlin. Scandinavia has been high on my bucket list for a long time, so seeing those three cities is awesome. But being able to also visit Russia in the one trip? That is unbeatable. The cruise is for nine days but you stay overnight in St Petersburg, which is perfect.
Living in a port city on North America’s West Coast definitely has its perks. Now excuse me while I save for my Hawaii, South Pacific, and Australian adventure.
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