Locals looking to get back into cruising may want to take advantage of some low fares on cruises departing out of Vancouver this spring.
The Port of Vancouver plans to welcome cruise ship passengers for the 2022 season, which includes numerous Alaskan, Pacific Coastal, Hawaiian, and Transpacific voyages.
While some of the longer voyages cost a pretty penny, there are some shorter itineraries available for B.C. residents who want to enjoy a short getaway.
For example, Princess Cruises offers a four-day Alaska Sampler cruise that departs from Vancouver on Wednesday, May. 4 and visits Ketchikan, Alaska on Friday, May 6. The cruise disembarks in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, May. 8; two days on the ship will be at sea.
Many cruises that visit Alaska cost upwards of $1,500 CAD per person but the four-day voyage allows travellers to get a taste of Alaska without breaking the bank. The total cost per person, in an interior cabin for two, costs $613.50 CAD including all taxes and fees.
Not only does that cost include your transportation on a beautiful five-star vessel, but it also includes meals, entertainment, snacks, and lodging. The only thing it doesn’t factor in is alcohol, but you may opt to purchase a drink package that can reduce the cost of your spending.
The ship is the five-star Discovery Princess, which offers four swimming pools, a live theatre, mini-golf, renowned spa treatments, movies under the stars, a basketball court, a jogging track and much more.
Guests may browse 36 different excursions to enjoy in Ketchikan when they visit the port mid-cruise. These include an Eagle Islands Sea Kayaking tour, the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, the Exclusive Coastal Cruise & Oyster Farm With Ocean-To-Table Tasting, and others.
As of Nov. 1, cruise ships are no longer banned in Canadian waters but the federal government advises against sailing internationally. Due to the Omicron variant, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly around the world. You could be subject to quarantine procedures onboard the ship or in a foreign country. Additionally, the range of consular services available on cruise ships may be significantly restricted by local authorities, especially in situations of quarantine.
You may book your cruise and find out more information with Princess Cruises online.
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