British Columbia cruises come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visitors to this westernmost province in Canada can enjoy multi-day cruises that feature large ships or stick to day cruises and dinner cruises, which usually employ smaller boats. Taking a harbor cruise in Victoria or Vancouver is also an option, so you don't have to stray far from the big city if you don't want to. Regardless of your intentions, you can expect to enjoy stunning scenery on a British Columbia cruise, and more often than not, observing fascinating wildlife is also part of the deal.
British Columbia figures as a stopping point on many large-scale cruises, and there is virtually no end to the options if you're considering these. Many of the major cruise lines that include British Columbia on a multi-day tour also include Alaska and any other number of destinations. You can start in Los Angeles and stop at San Francisco before you head to both Victoria and Vancouver, for example. Wherever the ship stops, passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy some interesting activities before shoving off for another tantalizing destination. After the ship pulls into the Victoria British Columbia cruise port, or Ogden Point, passengers can explore the city's lovely downtown area, which is only about a mile away. They can also consider booking tours that include things such as hiking and whale watching.
Vancouver British Columbia actually boasts two cruise ports, and they include the Canada Place Terminal and the Ballantyne Pier. The Canada Place Terminal is the main terminal, and it can be found right downtown. Just steps away are restaurants, shops, hotels, and a variety of great attractions that just beg to be explore. The Ballantyne Pier, on the other hand, is about a ten-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, and since the surrounding area isn't the best, taking a cruise ship shuttle or hiring a taxi is recommended for getting downtown.
Many multi-day cruises that feature large ships originate out of British Columbia, and Vancouver is the main departure point for these cruises. If you are flying to the city to enjoy such a cruise, getting from the airport to the cruise terminal is easy. All you have to do is hop on the airport bus or take a taxi. The Vancouver International Airport is only about ten miles from the city's main cruise terminal, so you don't have to waste a lot of time in transit if you are planning on cutting it close.
Cruises from British Columbia to Alaska and beyond are a blast, but if you don't have time for one or you just want to spend more of your time in one place, you might consider a day cruise. Among the most popular day cruises in British Columbia are the Inside Passage cruises that employ ferry ships. These cruises last about fourteen hours, and the scenery is divine. Mountainous islands can be found in the Inner Passage, and the cruise ships also pass along the rugged mainland coast. The BC Inner Passage cruises travel between Vancouver Island's Port Hardy and the mainland city of Prince Rupert. Cruises between Vancouver and Vancouver Island destinations such as Nanaimo and Victoria are also among the options if you want to stay within the province.
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