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Begin your Vancouver Alaskan Cruise Sightseeing the City

Vancouver is a popular “jumping off point” for people taking a Vancouver Alaskan cruise and in many opinions; it’s the best port city to begin your cruise vacation.

Vancouver Alaskan Cruise

Alaskan cruises offer different routes; the most popular depart from Seattle, Washington (USA) here in Vancouver, BC (Canada) or offer the option of flying to Seward, Alaska and embarking there.

However, there are a few great reasons why you should choose a Vancouver Alaskan cruise.

As those who have taken cruises before know, it’s always a fun option to fly into your departure port city a few days prior to your cruise date.

It’s so common that most cruise lines offer “pre” or “post-cruise extension packages” that you can include in the price of your cruise.

This not only gives you a chance to get over your jet lag before boarding the ship, but it's a great opportunity to see a town or city you might not otherwise ever have the chance to explore. Vancouver is definitely a city worth taking the time and money to see!

There are so many things to do in Vancouver, it's usually recommended that you take at least two or three days, if you can.

Visit Vancouver Aquarium before or after your Vancouver Alaskan Cruise

Stanley Park Vancouver, for example, is one of the most famous and most visited of all destinations in Canada.

It has an aquarium, paved and wooded trails and the world-famous Stanley Park totem poles in addition to a host of other things to do.

Besides the park, there is plenty of shopping (Robson Street is perhaps the most well known), sightseeing (don’t miss the historic Gastown and Granville Island), and fun things to do (the 230-feet-high Capilano Suspension Bridge is a must for adrenaline junkies).

Take one of the many Vancouver tours or get a Vancouver travel guide as soon as you enter the city.
This will ensure you see the highlights of the city and let you decide where you’d like to go back and spend more of your limited time.

Your Vancouver Alaskan cruise will likely depart from the larger of our two terminals at Canada Place, a building worth spending some time in before you leave.

The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is located in the actual terminal building at Canada Place, and the Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront is right across the street.

Both hotels cater to cruise guests and will offer assistance and information on boarding your ship.

From there, one of the most scenic cruises in the world begins.

Your ship will carefully navigate the narrow but deep waters of the Inside Passage.

At times it seems your ship will run aground between the narrow slips between the islands.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spot wildlife from the comfort of your ship’s deck or your stateroom.

It is not uncommon to spot bears, deer, and even wolves running alongside as your ship sails silently along.

Bald eagles float on the air, and orcas frolic in the wake of the ship. With luck, you might even spot the rare white Kermode bear that inhabits the untouched islands.

All of this, long before your ship even enters Alaska! As you can see, booking a Vancouver Alaskan cruise is one way to guarantee that your Alaskan cruise gets off to a fantastic start.

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