Vancouver's reputation as a cool place to live and visit is well-established, and for good reason. It's the culinary capital of Canada, with fantastic eateries and many microbreweries. Mountains and ocean surround the city, offering a plethora of outdoor activities to keen visitors - even in the central city you can get a taste of nature at the famous Stanley Park. The Granville Island Public Market, world-class Vancouver Aquarium, wide and sandy Kitsilano Beach and bustling Canada Place waterfront events centre are just the beginning of what's on offer in this incredible city.
Much of Vancouver's appeal comes from its beautiful location. The mountains to the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the skyscrapers of downtown. With the CBD sandwiched between Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, the ocean is close at hand; the Strait of Georgia and its many inlets, harbours, coves and sounds have shaped the history of the city. Departing on a cruise from Vancouver takes you past some wonderfully scenic coastlines, islands and waterways.
Vancouver cruise lines and destinations
During the summer months of June, July and August, Alaska cruises from Vancouver are the primary focus, as the lines make the most of the weather and warmth. Both roundtrip and one-way itineraries are available, calling in to spectacular spots such as the Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay. During the winter, you are likely to find many cruises from Vancouver to Hawaii and California, along with the occasional Transpacific crossing departure.
Vancouver cruise port
Canada Place, Vancouver's sole cruise terminal after the retirement of Ballantyne Pier, is in prime position, and an award-winning cruise terminal close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, attractions and more. The terminal recently installed a shore power system which has reduced air emissions by allowing ships to turn off their engines while docked.
There is long-term and short-term parking available, and the airport is only thirty minutes away and reachable by taxi, shuttle or the Skytrain Canada Line. Tourism Vancouver, a tourist information centre, is across the street from the cruise terminal.