Cruising From Vancouver
Gateway to Alaska and the perfect complement to the trip of a lifetime
Perfectly situated and easily accessible, Vancouver is the ideal home port to begin or end an Alaskan adventure. Blessed with stunning vistas and exciting activities, Vancouver offers the perfect blend of urban and natural experiences.
Regarded as one of the best airports in the world, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is served daily with direct flights from airports around Canada, the US and internationally, allowing cruise passengers to easily get to Vancouver to begin their vacation.
Consistently recognized as the “Best City to Live in the World” by the Economist Intelligence Unit and “Best City in the Americas” by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine, Vancouver is a must for any cruise itinerary, and a stay of two or three nights pre or post-cruise will allow you to truly appreciate one of the world’s finest cities.
Why Sail from Vancouver?
Recognized as the most passenger-friendly cruise port in North America, Vancouver is the only homeport offering both one-way and round-trip itineraries through the picturesque Inside Passage—along the west coast of British Columbia, to Alaska. As the closest home port to Alaskan waters, departing from Vancouver gives you more time to spend in Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and Glacier Bay. From May to October, most cruises departing from Vancouver head to Alaska, but throughout the rest of the year, there are also select sailings to destinations such as California, Hawaii and points further afield.
There are a wide range of cruise lines sailing out of Vancouver, including larger vessels equipped with everything you could wish for, through to smaller, more intimate ships better suited to up-close adventures. Lines operating sailings out of Vancouver include Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises and others.
Home to some of the best attractions and activities in the Pacific Northwest with a unique and exciting urban scene that is both dynamic and culturally colourful, Vancouver is more than just a port. Because Vancouver is a compact, walkable city right on the edge of nature, adding on just a couple of extra days to explore will give you an authentic taste of what makes our city so attractive to visitors. Whether you’re planning a family retreat, romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure, a two-day itinerary can easily cover sightseeing, active pursuits, dining, shopping and exploring the city’s neighbourhoods.
For more information on what to see and do in the city, please take a look at our suggested itineraries.
To make your trip planning easier and more affordable, consider taking a sightseeing tour while you’re in Vancouver. These can be a fantastic way to make the most of your time in the city, from culinary walking tours and hop-on, hop-off sightseeing; through to whale-watching and day trips to Whistler and Victoria, there really is something for everybody.
Accommodations - Abundance of Choice
A stay in Vancouver brings together easy access to natural adventure with the convenience of big-city comforts. Choice is abundant when it comes to accommodations, with 25,000 rooms in Metro Vancouver, including 13,000 in the downtown core. Vancouver has the perfect fit for any budget and all types of visitors.
Cruise Ship Facilities
Consistently receiving high passenger satisfaction survey scores and top marks for user friendliness and luggage handling, Port Metro Vancouver is the ideal homeport to start your Alaska cruise vacation. The Port’s downtown cruise terminal, Canada Place, offers passengers all the modern conveniences and services for a positive and safe cruise experience. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s waterfront, Canada Place can service up to three luxury cruise ships at any given time.
Please visit the Port Metro Vancouver website for more information.
Baggage Storage & Parking Information
Short-term baggage storage services are available for cruise passengers at Canada Place terminal. The terminal also offers both short-term and long-term parking facilities. WestPark operates the two-level parkade at Canada Place and offers both short- and long-term parking for regular and over height vehicles. Call 1.866.755.7529 or visit WestPark to book your reservation online.
For those arriving and departing from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the trip from the airport to the downtown core and Canada Place cruise terminal is about 30 minutes. Taxis, car rentals, public transit, limousines and scheduled coach services are readily available at or near the cruise terminal.
❐ Get more details on Getting to and from the Airport
For those flying into Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport (SEA), regular bus service is available to Vancouver’s cruise facilities, with a typical journey taking four hours.
Taking advantage of Vancouver’s airport is highly recommended because it allows you more time to spend in Vancouver. YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America, with more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, and another 22 direct flights from around the United States. Visit our Map section to see Non-Stop Destinations and Flight Time Estimates for air access information.
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