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Cruises to Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert (Photo:Serjio74/Shutterstock)
Prince Rupert (Photo:Serjio74/Shutterstock)

About Prince Rupert

The port city of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, is actually on an island at the mouth of the Skeena River, just 40 miles south of the Alaska border and 65 miles south of Ketchikan. Its name was decided in a nationwide contest at the time of its incorporation in 1910, but plans for the city to rival the Port of Vancouver, some 550 miles south, have never been realized.

Arriving into port by ship is breathtaking, as you skirt hundreds of islands and make your way through narrow, mist-shrouded passageways to this town of 16,000 residents. And, because of its moderate climate and mists, it is not unusual to see several rainbows a day, including double and triple rainbows that span the entire horizon.

The natural landscape provides most of the draw for this locale, but it also has a history as one of the oldest continuously occupied regions in the world, with a First Nations culture that dates back over 10,000 years. In fact, the area surrounding Prince Rupert was at one time one of the most densely populated regions north of Mexico. The Tsimshian Nation's sites and archeological artifacts are available to visitors touring here, and there is a museum dedicated to the First Nations peoples.

If it's wildlife you seek, Prince Rupert is a dream location, home to Canada's only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the highest concentration of humpbacked whales in North America, white Kermode bears and soaring eagles. Your visit will leave you with a greater appreciation for the interaction between man and the natural world.

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DAY 1: Vancouver

12 Night
Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Oceania Cruises
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Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Los Angeles
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Ketchikan, Icy Strait ...
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Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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11 Night
Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Crystal Cruises
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DAY 1: Vancouver

12 Night
Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Princess Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Juneau
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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Vancouver
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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Vancouver
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11 Night
Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Seward
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Silversea Cruises
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Whittier
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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Juneau
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Juneau
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Vancouver
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Cruise to Prince Rupert

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Nome
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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Whittier
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Hurtigruten
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Why go to Prince Rupert?

Pros:

Prince Rupert has a rich First Nations culture and the most humpback whales in North America

Cons:

Because you're crossing into Canada, be sure to have your passport and CAD

Bottom Line:

A British Columbian island just south of Alaska, Prince Rupert blends wildlife with coffee shops

Prince Rupert Cruise Port Facilities?

There are several coffee shops and cafes in the district around the cruise dock, and Cow Bay, an area of cute shops painted in black and white cow spots, is just a 10-minute walk away. The visitor's center has an array of guidebooks and tourist information. The walk up the hill to the downtown area takes approximately 10 minutes. Grocery and sundry stores are open seven days a week.

Getting Around?

Those who choose to wander around Prince Rupert itself can do so on foot. There are several car rental agencies not far from the dock, and tour buses are available on the pier apron for those taking pre-arranged tours. There is also a municipal bus system which you can take for rides around the city. Those looking for a realtively cheap and versatile mode of transportation during the summer months can rent a scooter at the lot adjacent to the dock. Bicycle rentals are available from nearby Farwest Sports (212 Third Ave. W., 250-624-2568).

Where You're Docked?

Cruise ships arrive at the new Northland Terminal in downtown Prince Rupert. There is a small customs and immigration center and an adjacent visitor's center. Many of the tours that require boats leave from the Atlin Terminal just adjacent to the cruise ship dock as well.


Prince Rupert Cruise Reviews

Seabourn Sojourn
BoatBoy12
Sail Date: Jul 2019
I'm giving little PR 5 stars for the exquisite Museum of Northern British Columbia; a short walk from the dock. In fact, there are stairs from the dock leading right up to it. The building itself is built much of... Read More
Norwegian Sun
blitzo
Sail Date: May 2017
Visited and walked town.... Read More
Aikane
Sail Date: Jun 2016
I stayed on the ship and spent the day at the spa. It was a good way to relax. The hot tub at the front of the ship, yes. Heard the Bear Conservatory is worth seeing.... Read More
malg1
Sail Date: Jun 2016
Nice small town... Read More
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