Round Trip Alaska Cruise Vancouver
Savor Vancouver's urban delights. Revel in Alaska's natural wonders.
Round Trip Alaska Cruises from Vancouver
Ringed by water and bordered mountains, the western Canadian city of Vancouver is somehow both cosmopolitan and outdoorsy. The urban gem has also become a renowned filming location, earning it the nickname "Hollywood North." It makes an enjoyable stepping off point for cruises bound for Alaska.
The cruise terminal within the Canada Place event center is the roundtrip Vancouver-to-Alaska homeport for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America Line. Located on the edge of downtown Vancouver, the beautifully designed multipurpose facility is known for its distinctive white sail rooftop.
Canada Place is far more than a transit hub. It's a gathering place as well, with walking trails, weekly events, and cultural exhibits drawing both visitors and locals. In these ways, it's quite representative of Vancouver as a whole. The busy, vibrant city has plenty of attractions to fill a few days pre- or post-cruise. And for those who can only spend a few hours between cruise and airport, Gastown, a lively historical neighborhood with trendy shops and eateries, and the beautiful Stanley Park, are each within a 20-minute walk of the terminal.
Roundtrip Alaska cruises depart Vancouver Harbor in late afternoon, affording passengers spectacular city skyline views as they sail underneath Lions Gate Bridge and into the Strait of Georgia. The first full day at sea is spent cruising among splendid fjords within the Inside Passage. Cruise lines typically take shore days in Ketchikan, Juneau, and either the historical goldrush town of Skagway or the quieter Icy Strait. In between ports of call, most ships spend a full day glacier viewing in places like Disenchantment Bay, Glacier Bay, or Tracy Arm. Cruisers return to Vancouver via Queen Charlotte Sound and Johnstone Strait.
Special services for cruise passengers include short-term baggage storage. There are many options for ground transportation, ranging from rental cars (there are in-terminal kiosks) to convenient airport and hotel transfers, taxis, and charters. Vancouver also has an affordable public transportation network. Direct rapid transit to the airport is provided by the SkyTrain Canada Line.