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About Vancouver

It's not hard to understand why Vancouver is so appealing. This vibrant metropolis caters to all age groups and interests; it's particularly friendly to pedestrians and bikers, and even the most navigationally challenged visitors can find their way around with ease.

The area has been occupied by the Coast Salish people, claimed by the Spanish, and was visited for exactly one day by British Captain George Vancouver. In 1827, Hudson's Bay Company built a trading post on the Fraser River, and the company is still around today -- though now as a department store. After that, the fur traders, gold miners and lumber workers arrived and, eventually, the railroad.

Before Vancouver was Vancouver, it was known as Gastown, built out of the need for a bar to serve thirsty lumber mill workers. In 1867, an enterprising man called Gassy Jack supplied a barrel of booze and poured drinks for the men who built him a saloon in a day. A community built up around the bar and, a few years later, incorporated as the town of Granville. In 1886, the town had a population of 1,000 and was renamed Vancouver -- then burned to the ground. The legacy of post-fire reconstruction is the lovely old brick buildings of the original Gastown neighborhood.

Today, Vancouver is an ethnic melting pot, with 35 percent of the 2.3 million metro-region residents being foreign born. It's been consistently rated as one of the most livable cities in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit, with a large population inhabiting high-rises in the city center. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games gave the city a chance to shine in the world spotlight; the Olympic cauldron still stands near the port, at Coal Harbour.

Arriving in Vancouver by air or sea gives visitors a sampling of what to expect from this Canadian seaport. Ships seem to barely clear the underside of the Lions Gate Bridge as they make their way past the massive green space of Stanley Park on the way to Vancouver Harbor (and in fact, the bridge's height restricts the largest cruise ships from entering). The park dominates the west side of the downtown area, and visitors and residents alike can be found walking or cycling on its seawall perimeter or paddling a kayak in the surrounding waters. Just 12 blocks east of the park, the Canada Place cruise ship terminal has its own distinct character. It was built to resemble a ship with its motif of five large sails on top of the pier.

It's easy to explore Vancouver from Canada Place because the city's most popular attractions are located within a two-square-mile area referred to as the downtown peninsula. A unique selection of harbor ferries, hop-on-hop-off buses and light-rail transit (the SkyTrain) makes its easy to get around. Farther-flung attractions even offer free shuttles parked alongside the plaza.

On the north side of the peninsula, Gastown lies just a 10-minute walk east of the terminal building, encouraging history-minded travelers to discover Vancouver's roots. An additional few blocks east will put you in Chinatown, North America's second-largest after San Francisco's. The southwest portion of the peninsula borders False Creek, where the hip and fashionable can check out the ultra-trendy ambience of Yaletown. And across the creek, everyone from foodies to art-lovers to maritime buffs can browse Granville Island's public market, artisan studios and nautical shops. From Granville Island, you can take a harbor ferry west to Vanier Park, located in Kitsilano, or to the east end of False Creek, where Science World sits. Wherever you roam, there are interesting restaurants -- from fresh seafood or dim sum to trendy eateries.

With the coastal mountains as its backdrop, and just 24 miles north of the Washington state border, Vancouver serves as the leading gateway to Alaska, a reputation that has lasted for the past 30 years. Cruise passengers can take advantage of a city with world-class accommodations, international dining, varied attractions, easy accessibility and the notoriously friendly and contagious Canadian attitude.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vancouver

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Victoria, San Francisco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Vancouver Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Victoria
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Ensenada
    • Day 7
      San Diego
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    ladaallo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not Very Good
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    edsbiggbuck
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Off Bliss on 3/8 Not Good!
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Vancouver

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Victoria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Vancouver Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Victoria
    • Day 6
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    metadoc
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We had a great time!
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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Vancouver

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Sitka ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Vancouver Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 4
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Juneau
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Icy Strait
    • Day 9
      Ketchikan
    • Day 10
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    SherwoodCruiser
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful vacation!
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    WESTEAST
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Splendid cruise
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Vancouver

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Vancouver Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Sitka
    • Day 7
      Prince Rupert
    • Day 8
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Victoria
    • Day 10
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    cruiser741
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disgusting floating health hazard, rude staff, and bad entertainment
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    MAC0904
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    If the missed ports were the only problems.....
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Vancouver

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Ensenada, Victoria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Vancouver Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Ensenada
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Victoria
    • Day 6
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    bigkahuna642
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise
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    JTB5705
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    New Year's Trip not as Happy as we would have liked
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vancouver

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Vancouver Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 8
      Seward
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    stjohnbeachlover
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A cruise I will always remember!
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    sc_parry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Average cruise, some good, some not so good
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