Alaska Cruises from Vancouver, BC
When you’re looking to take an Alaskan cruise, your trip, more often than not, begins from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Trips from this port go through the Inside Passage or go along the Gulf to take you farther up the Coast. You’ll have the option of doing a round-trip or one-way itinerary, which finishes in Seward or Whittier.
Most cruise lines depart for Alaska from Vancouver. Contemporary lines, with trips lasting roughly seven days, include:
• Celebrity Cruises
• Holland America
• Princess Cruises
• Royal Caribbean
• Norwegian Cruise Lines
You’ll have time to explore Vancouver before starting your cruise. From there, travelers pick two basic types of itineraries:
Inside Passage: Travelers request this route for the scenic glaciers along the coast. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the changes as you pass through Glacier Bay, Icy Strait, and the other Pacific coast islands. The ship then travelers northward to Juneau, not far from Alaska’s rainforest; Skagway, a popular location for learning about Gold Rush history; and Ketchikan, a gateway to Tlingit culture.
Gulf of Alaska: Sometimes called the “Outside” itinerary, these trips cover a larger swath of Alaska’s coast line. Cruise lines go through the Inside Passage but then travel on to more ports, including Sitka, known to still display hints of Alaska’s Russian past.
No matter which you select, be mindful of the weather. Summer’s ideal for cruising Alaska, but even at its warmest, the weather is rainy and the temperature goes no higher than 70° F. As you could be hiking a glacier, spending time in the rainforest, or taking pictures at the landscape from the ship, it’s recommended that you prepare to layer and pack for a range of conditions.
In departing from Vancouver, you’ll have a large selection of itineraries. Browse those today before planning your trip through Direct Line Cruises.