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Norwegian Bliss near Alaska

Whether you want to sail to Alaska, cruise the Hawaiian islands, or explore California's wine country, you can plan your ideal cruise vacation from Vancouver, British Columbia. This diverse city in western Canada is a gateway to some of the world's top destinations, which you can experience on a five-day trip along the Pacific Coast, an 18-day adventure to Alaska and Japan, and various other cruises in between.

Discover all the places you can go on a Vancouver cruise in 2024 and start planning your trip with Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

2024 Vancouver Cruise Ports of Call

When you book a cruise from Vancouver, you can plan the perfect vacation to match your interests. Do you want to go whale watching while cruising past the beautiful glaciers of Alaska? Do you want to sample new wine varietals all the way down the Pacific Coast? Do you want to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Japan? You can do it all (and then some) when you take a Norwegian cruise from Vancouver.

Depending on the itinerary you choose, your 2024 Vancouver cruise may take you to these ports of call:

Killer whale sighted near northern Washington state, USA
Killer whale sighted near northern Washington state, USA

Shore Excursions on Cruises From Vancouver

When you cruise from Vancouver in 2024, you'll have the opportunity to visit new places and choose the experiences you want to have. Here are just a few popular shore excursions on cruises from Vancouver.

Whale and Marine Mammals Cruise

If you're cruising to Alaska in 2024, make sure you include whale watching on your trip itinerary. When you dock at Icy Strait Point, you can take a cruise to watch humpback whales and other mammals in this unique part of the Alaskan panhandle. Other animals you may see on your whale-watching cruise include porpoises, sea lions, harbor seals, and orcas. If you're lucky, you may also see some of Alaska's other natural wildlife, including bears, deer, and bald eagles.

Glacier Hike and Packraft

Does your Vancouver cruise include a stop in Juneau? Book a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Fly-in Norris Glacier Hike and Packraft excursion. Your adventure will start with a flight over the Alaskan wilderness, providing spectacular views of the glaciers below. When you land, you'll transfer to a packraft (similar to a kayak) that you'll paddle through a glacial lake, giving you an up-close view of the breathtaking natural scenery around you. Finally, you'll hike across Norris Glacier before ending your day — one you're sure to remember for the rest of your life.

Wine Tour

For those who prefer a relaxing journey through California's wine country, a wine tour in Santa Barbara should not be missed. The Santa Ynez Valley wine tour will delight your palate with tastings at two well-known wineries. You'll take a scenic drive through the valley as you travel to each winery, where you'll have the opportunity to sample some award-winning vintages. It's a great choice for anyone who loves wine or simply enjoys the finer things in life.

Hakodate History and Culture

The longest Norwegian cruise from Vancouver in 2024 — an 18-day trip to Alaska and Japan — includes a stop in Hakodate. If you want to learn more about the history and customs of this Japanese city, book the Hakodate cultural tour. You'll visit the city's top landmarks, including the Motomachi district located at the base of the mountains. From there, you'll drive to Goryokaku, an urban park with gorgeous views of the city. You'll end your tour by visiting a historic magistrate's office, which was carefully reconstructed to represent the original.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Things To Do & See in Vancouver

By booking a cruise from Vancouver, you can spend time exploring the city. Start your trip early with a few days in Vancouver before the ship departs, or extend your vacation in this Canadian city once you're back on land. There are many things to do in Vancouver. Stroll through stunning Stanley Park for some ocean views, or visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden to learn more about the region's natural flora. If you want to explore Vancouver's history and its significance in the Pacific Northwest, make a stop at the Museum of Anthropology.

Not sure where to start your tour of Vancouver? Norwegian offers a comprehensive city tour that marks the perfect way to end your cruise vacation. After getting off the ship, your tour will take you to the city's top neighborhoods, including the Gastown District and Vancouver's Chinatown, the second largest in North America. Your tour will end with some free time in Stanley Park, where you can take in some final spectacular sights before heading home. This tour includes transportation to Vancouver International Airport, so you don't have to worry about missing your flight.

Couple on board Norwegian Bliss enjoying the view of the Alaskan waterfront
Couple on board Norwegian Bliss enjoying the view of the Alaskan waterfront

With beautiful natural scenery, fun shore excursions, and historical and cultural insights, a cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, has something to offer everyone. Cruising from Vancouver truly allows you to see the world. Take a look at all the itineraries we offer from Vancouver in 2024, and find the one that best aligns with your travel bucket list. Before you book, make sure you're signed up to receive our cruise deals to stay updated on our top cruises from Vancouver.

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