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West coast cruises.

Pack your shades and get ready to explore with a cruise to the West Coast.

Discover your adventurous side with a cruise to West Coast of the U.S. and Canada. Take in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles with a drive down Sunset Boulevard. Peruse through bustling Pike Place Market in Seattle, or head to Vancouver, Canada, and hike the exhilarating Grouse Grind to a panoramic chalet at the summit. Marvel at Alaska's glacial mountains and at the dramatic cliffsides and lush, green valleys of the Napali Coast. Discover the magic with a West Coast cruise.

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Culture and Quirk

Get to know the distinctively laidback and unmistakably unique culture with the best West Coast cruises.  

San Francisco, California Alcatraz Island Prison Attraction

The Weird West

Check out the island prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco. Eat a classic California burrito in San Diego , with French fries actually wrapped into the tortilla. Or try spam musubi — essentially spam sushi — in Hawaii.

Los Angeles, California Hollywood Sign

Get Starstruck

A trip to the West Coast wouldn't be complete without a celeb spotting in Los Angeles . Take a tour of the Warner Brothers Studio, then head to Griffith Observatory for sprawling views of the city. End your day with a live performance at the Dolby Theater.

San Francisco, California Golden Gate Bridge and Coffee Cup

Cafe culture is huge on the west coast, so a visit wouldn't be complete without stopping by a local coffee shop and enjoying a warm cup of joe. Get a scientifically precise pour over at Blue Bottle in San Francisco or a stoutly pulled espresso shot at Dubsea Coffee in Seattle.

Canadian Rockies Park in the West Coast

Get Lost in the Right Direction

From snorkeling in the Pacific to exploring the Canadian Rockies, you'll find endless adventures everywhere on a cruise to West Coast.  

Hawaii Amazing 4x4 Tour

Coast on Four Wheels

The rugged west coast is the perfect place to roll. Kauai , often called the Garden Island of Hawaii, is filled with lush forests, hiking trails and waterfalls. Perhaps the best way to see it all is on a 4x4 tour. Explore the unexplored parts of the island, and see why people from all over the world flock to its shores.

California Joshua Tree Exotic Desert Landscape

Find Your Wild Side

The national parks of the West Coast are full of natural wonders waiting to be discovered. Check out the exotic desert landscapes of Joshua Tree just outside Los Angeles. Hike through the rugged mountains of Olympic National Park near Seattle. Or go kayaking at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve near Victoria, British Columbia .

Vancouver Skywalk Suspension Bridge

Explore Like a Local

West Coast life is all about being active and outdoors. Get a bird's-eye view from the Skywalk suspension bridge in Vancouver, or walk the city's Seawall Trail along the coastline.

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Best West Coast Cruises

A cruise to West Coast is filled with exciting destinations, each with its own style and vibe. Discover the West Coast onboard the Best Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships.

Ocean Waters and Snow Mountains Part of the Alaska Experience


Alaska beckons with boundless natural beauty and wild discoveries. Hit the trails in Kenai Fjords National Park . Watch for breeching whales and playful Steller sea lions during a boat ride across Resurrection Bay in Seward . And wander among colorful totems in culture-rich Ketchikan.


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With its laid-back resort towns, renowned beaches and rich Mexican heritage, the Baja peninsula is one of the world’s most iconic vacation destinations. Venture deep into wine country near Ensenada , unwind shoreside in lively Cabo and dive into history and culture in quaint Mazatlán.


WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO West Coast Cruises Insider

Depending on the time of year you visit the Pacific Northwest, rain is common here, so be sure to pack appropriate clothes. Compact umbrellas, light rain jackets and waterproof shoes are just a few of the items you should pack.

Whether you're ATVing or waterfall trekking, you're sure to find yourself outside no matter what you do in Hawaii. Always have your bathing suit, sunscreen and sunglasses in your day pack.

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Although the West Coast is known for its sunshine, it tends to cool off at night no matter the season, so pack light layers.

Hiking in Vancouver is a must! Be sure to pack insect repellent and bear spray to be cautious.

There's some etiquette to know when visiting Stanley Park in Vancouver. The majority of the path is a very strict one-way. If you get confused, refer to the signs providing direction all along the path, or ask a local to help you out.


From artisanal baked goods to ultra-fresh seafood, the creators of West Coast cuisine are committed to excellence.

Doughnuts and Coffee in Seattle

The Old Way to Doughnut

When visiting Seattle, you need to try Top Pot Doughnuts. This doughnut shop is not only known for its hand-made circles of love but also its vintage aesthetic and commitment to doing things the old-fashioned (and delicious) way.

Vancouver, British Columbia Briny Oysters

Take a Bite of Vancouver

Being that this city is located on the Pacific coast, you can enjoy some of the freshest fish in the world. On top of that, organic vegetables and locally sourced meats are plentiful at restaurants across the city. Head to Bluewater Cafe for cold briny oysters on the half shell.

Hawaiian Classic Shaved Ice Cream

Keep Your Cool

Beat the heat with the Hawaiian classic shaved ice. You'll find both locals and travelers enjoying this icy cool treat. What is shaved ice? It's a dessert made with ice finely shaved from a block, topped with fruit and fruit puree syrups. Head to Island Vintage Shaved Ice in Honolulu and order the lilikoi over soft serve ice cream.


Discover the West Coast's varied hubs of adventure. Experience the rugged coastlines of Washington and Oregon, the mountains of British Columbia, the turquoise waters of Hawaii and the wilderness of Alaska. Whichever west coast cruise port you choose, you're sure to discover why so many call it the "best coast."

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Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Flowers Nature Mountains , Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska

Misty Fjords National Monument, Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska

Coastal Town Seascape Views, Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

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Seattle, Washington

Stanley Park Urban Greenspace, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

National Park Forest, Inside Passage, Alaska

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Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

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Inside Passage, Canada

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Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Glacier Icy Snow, Endicott Arm & Glacier Dawes

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska

Parliament Garden, Victoria British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Bar Harbor, Maine Lush Landscape at Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor, Maine

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Red And White Lighthouse

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Gros Morne National Park, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Mcnabs Island Lighthouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Honolulu, Hawaii, Waikiki Beach Aerial View

Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii

Quebec City, Quebec, City And Chateau Frontenac

Quebec City, Quebec

Saint John, New Brunswick, Reversing Falls

Saint John (Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick

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St. John's, Newfoundland

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a Beautiful Day, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

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Nanaimo, British Columbia

Los Angeles, California, Aerial view of Venice Beach

Los Angeles, California

Chilkat Peninsula, Skagway, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

Hilo, Hawaii, Rain forest on coast

Hilo, Hawaii

Astoria, Oregon, Coastal landscape and Columbia River

Astoria, Oregon

Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

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Kauai, Hawaii Canyon Aerial View

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Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Aerial View Crystal Blue Beach

Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii

San Francisco, California Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California

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Montreal, Quebec

Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord

Saguenay, Quebec

San Diego, California Downtown Bay

San Diego, California

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Mount Kilauea (Cruising), Hawaii

Napali Coast, Hawaii Panoramic View

Napali Coast (Cruising), Hawaii

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Santa Barbara, California

Alaska Glacier Bay Mountains

Glacier Bay (Cruising), Alaska

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Haines, Alaska

California Catalina Island Harbor Sunny Day

Catalina Island, California

Downtown Lodge Houses Stilts, Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

Resurrection Bay Mountain Side Ocean Kayaking Nature, Seward, Alaska

Seward, Alaska

The Lone Cypress, seen from the 17 Mile Drive, in Pebble Beach, California.

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Pacific Coast Cruises

Travelers on Pacific Coast cruises will experience rich diversity in landscapes, from laidback San Diego beaches to the glittering hills of San Francisco and charming seaside escapes off the Oregon and Washington coasts. Craft your ideal night on board with excellent dining choices, multiple performance venues and sleek bars and lounges. Enjoy a wide selection of 1- to 7-day cruises. On our 7-day roundtrip California cruises, explore the Golden State’s famous vineyards and towering redwoods. Or take the complete journey from California to Canada. Sweep British Columbia’s crystal fjords, where orcas swim, bears roam the coast and eagles soar overhead. Head west, and you’ll find a region that never ceases to amaze.

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Astoria, Oregon

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From natural landscapes to city views you’ll see it all on a Pacific Coastal cruise . Experience it all as you cruise from Los Angeles or San Diego. From the architectural icons that define San Francisco’s skyline to the English gardens of Victoria, Canada, there’s plenty of beauty everywhere you turn. Combine that with our award winning speciality restaurants, casino, and entertainment and you'll have a holiday of a lifetime.

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We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop

Discover historic Astoria! You’ll make a brief photo stop at the Astoria Column which was built in 1926....

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Ocean Wildlife & Orca Exploration

This tour is designed to showcase to you as much wildlife as possible, as they explore their natural feeding grounds along the shores of British Columbia's rugged coastline....

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Space Needle and Chihuly Garden of Glass

Enjoy a 360 view of Seattle from the top of the Space Needle and see the city’s artistic side at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair to symbolize humanity’s ...

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Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary & Totems Park

This eco-exploration includes a guided nature hike, a Native Totem Park and a historic sawmill at an exclusive reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. ...

Pacific Coastal HOTELS


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Hilton Checkers Los Angeles

Less than a mile from The Museum of Contemporary Art, this genteel hotel in a 1920s building is a mile both from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and from the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.

Relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and desks, as well as coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.

Relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and desks, as well as coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas. Some include patios and/or fireplaces.

There's a polished bar and an elegant restaurant. Other amenities include a fitness centre, a business centre and a rooftop terrace, plus meeting and event space.

Distance/Airport: 18 miles Distance/Pier: 23 miles

Package includes: Room and room tax Bellman gratuities Transfers between Hotel and Pier

Important Note: Accommodations are based on double occupancy per room. Some accommodation will allow triple and quad guests in a room and are subject to availability and surcharge will apply. Additional hotel rooms to accommodate triple and quads may be required, and surcharge will apply.

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The Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

Part of the Bloc shopping and entertainment centre, this upscale high-rise hotel is a minute's walk from a metro station, and less than a mile from the Crypto.com Arena.

Sophisticated rooms offer Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers; microwaves and minifridges are available on request. Suites add separate sitting areas. Club rooms provide access to a lounge with complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon snacks.

There's a hip restaurant featuring farm-to-table fare, and a lobby bar serving cocktails. Other amenities include a gym, plus 35,000 sq ft of meeting space.

Phone: (213) 488-3500

Distance/Airport: 17.5 miles Distance/Pier: 23 miles

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Live the ultimate american dream.

Adventure is everywhere on the American West Coast. With over 1,500 miles of stunning shores, there is no shortage of things to see and do. From Seattle’s iconic Space Needle to San Francisco’s famous foodie scene, from Oregon’s towering Redwoods to Baja California’s desert landscape, there has never been a better time to experience the authentic beauty of the American West Coast.

Silversea is known for its superb destination knowledge, its immersive shore excursions and its small, ultra-luxury ships. Whichever ship you travel on, you’ll be with like-minded friends every wave of the way. Our ships offer the superb all-included Silversea promise: excellent dining options, included shore excursions and yes, even a butler to turn down your duvet.

Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Isn’t it time you discovered America’s stunning West Coast?

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American west coast dreams.

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This exclusive collection of voyages is designed with our most adventurous travellers in mind. Each luxurious journey has been carefully curated to bring you one unforgettable experience after the next.

Leaving the tourist trail far behind, you'll be astounded by the wonders of man and nature on a voyage delivering the rarest pearls the world has to offer.

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Silver Moon

Built by cruise lovers, for cruise lovers, Silver Moon will be the epitome of 21st century luxury travel.

  • Crew Onboard 411
  • Guest Capacity 596
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Silver Shadow

Award-winning Silver Shadow has all the hallmarks of extreme luxury at sea. With one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea, Silver Shadow is a firm favourite in the Silversea fleet.

  • Crew Onboard 302
  • Guest Capacity 392
  • Dining Options 4
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Experience the best of the west on california cruises.

From the rolling hills of California to the mist-shrouded mountains of the Pacific Northwest, lies 1,478 miles of coastline dotted with modern metropolises and charming towns full of personality. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed week sampling local culinary delights through California’s renowned wine country, an adventurous trek along the rugged Pacific coastline, or the inside scoop on Hollywood’s entertainment industry, Princess Cruises offers the best cruises from California.

Classic California Coast 7 to 11 days

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Journey through the land of golden hills on roundtrip cruises departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Gaze across Monterey’s mesmerizing shoreline from a waterfront eatery. Watch the fog roll in as you walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Literally walk in the footsteps of screen legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Soak in all of California’s laid-back spirit while enjoying newly added summer departures.

Pacific Wine Country & Coastals 3 to 7 days

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Drink wine so close to the source that you could reach out and touch the grapes on a Pacific Wine Country or Coastal cruise. Befriend a local who teaches you the best way to swirl world-famous reds in Napa. Uncover new layers in a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from a tasting room near the ocean in Santa Barbara. Discover the beauty of city life as you tour San Francisco by cable car with a newfound appreciation of a perfect California Coast pour.

West Coast Getaways 3 to 5 days

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Escape the everyday on a West Coast Getaway. Immerse yourself in the diverse history and charms of San Diego on an open-air trolley. Cruise to the welcoming port of Santa Barbara, and discover the beauty of the “American Riviera.” Take advantage of our newly added summer departures and savor a few days away.

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Explore destinations easily on a MedallionClass vacation. Taking in balcony or top deck views, and don’t want to move? Order drinks that find you. Want to make the most of your time away? Design each perfect day with our interactive activity planner. Hate to wait when boarding or disembarking in port? Choose your preferred arrival window and make gangway reservations. Enjoy more time to connect with the places you sail.

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The Princess Difference

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Cuisine inspired by world–renowned chefs. Broadway-style entertainment from award-winning creators. Shore excursions crafted to immerse you into what makes the region truly unique. Princess knows that the journey and the destination aren’t separate, but together they make the most cherished memories.

With 4- to 10-day sailings and departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., it’s easy to see why Cruise Critic has named our California Coast cruises the "Best Cruises from the West Coast." Experience what draws people to California, from fog-covered redwood forests to bright lights and excitement.

With spectacular ships offering everything you’d find at an seaside resort – from gourmet dining to world-class entertainment – there’s no better way to see the West Coast’s best cities, hidden gems and famed Wine Country than aboard our California cruises. Savor a unique selection of California wines, and partake in our new Silverado Wine Blending Experience. Sample cuisine from some of L.A.’s hottest chefs, such as Curtis Stone and Ernesto Uchimura. Our Entertainer’s Showcase features Hollywood insiders, from actors to musicians and writers, sharing stories and plying their craft. Princess also offers Discovery™ and California Science Center curated activities that explore California’s wildlife, history and national parks.

Extraordinary adventures await in diverse ports, from Ensenada to Santa Barbara and Vancouver , B.C., each rippling with indelible beauty. Rejuvenate your senses as you stroll sun-kissed beaches and sip luscious wines under the stars. Explore laid-back coastal cities and walk beneath ancient reaching branches in the Muir Woods. Watch for marine mammals with a keen eye and quick shutter finger, as the most beautiful parts of this coast are often hidden in plain sight. Learn more about California Cruise shore excursions

We have a wide range of comfortable accommodations for families or friends traveling together. There is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms — Interior, Oceanview, Balcony and Mini-Suites — many with interconnecting options too! For families or groups traveling with five or more members, we offer a Two-Bedroom Family Suite option — with room for up to eight people, luxury amenities and a comfortable sitting room.

Indulge in the Finest Cuisine On A California Cruise

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Wining and dining are integral parts of the California Coast cruise experience. From fajitas and margaritas to wine-tasting events and local delights that celebrate fresh ingredients and exotic influences, Princess serves up a diverse menu of food and dining options throughout the day.

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Delicious, Award-Winning Partnerships

Tastier together.

We’ve partnered with Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Renaut for a French bistro experience in our lively atrium at Bistro Sur La Mer.

Dining venues vary by ship and are subject to change.

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Locally Inspired

From the golden state to your plate.

California has always been at the forefront of cuisine, with its emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, delicate meat and seafood dishes and compelling presentation. Taste flavors and influences from countless cultures, including Europe, Mexico and Asia, in one-of-a-kind dining experiences only enjoyed on the California Coast.

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Decadent Desserts

Chocolate dreams made real.

It’s your vacation, so indulge! Each evening, you’ll have your choice of delectable desserts to choose from in our dining rooms. Perennial guest favorites include the Princess Love Boat Dream, traditional New York cheesecake and create-your-own sundae. You’ll also find freshly baked made from scratch pastries offered in The Pastry Shop, International Café, and World Fresh Marketplace.

Celebrate California Wines On Board A West Coast Cruise

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Excite your palate with gourmet pairings at Vines wine bar. Learn what makes California wine some of the best in the world through tastings and talks with experts. Experiment with flavors and aromas under expert guidance to create your own signature wine blend.

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Princess Fine Wine Tasting

Enrich your palate together.

Meet new friends while savoring fine wine selections served with hors d'oeuvres. Take in entertaining lectures by knowledgeable staff and drink in the distinct differences in terroir, grape varieties and production methods in wines from world renowned growing regions. Perfect for wine enthusiasts, from the burgeoning to the experienced.

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Silverado Wine Blending Experience

A blend all your own.

Create your own malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon blend under the instruction of a master craftsman from the Silverado Vineyards in California’s famed Napa Valley. In this exclusive onboard experience that features some of the best from the winery’s Mt. George vineyard, follow along to learn how to custom blend, practicing an art that winemakers around the world have been perfecting for centuries.

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Vines Wine Bar

Wine and dine.

Voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today , Vines wine bar is a cozy nook for the casual oenophile to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine with gourmet pairings, like antipasti and tapas. Vines boasts an extensive and highly diverse selection of wines not available by the glass anywhere else on board.

California Cruise Entertainment

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Hollywood has always been the mecca for entertainment so it should come as no surprise that we bring the hottest talent to the Princess stages. Enjoy the best music, entertainment and craftsmanship of Hollywood and Broadway in this exclusive opportunity on board a Princess California Coast cruise.

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Comedians and Magicians

Laughter & wonder.

Laugh with top-ranked comedians from Comedy Central and comedy clubs across the U.S. When the laughter dies down, closely watch magicians from iconic L.A. hot spots like the Magic Castle, a members-only private club that specializes in jaw-dropping sleight of hand, as well as from Penn and Teller's television show Fool Us .

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Hollywood Insiders

Bright lights, big stars.

Hear celebrities from your favorite entertainment share their experiences on board select sailings in our exclusive Entertainer’s Showcase and Workshop. Meet the stars of stage, screen and music at parties, and hear behind-the-scenes tales of your favorite movie, play or album over exquisite food and drinks. Meet the actors, composers and musicians who shaped some of the most memorable media in history and learn about their careers, methods and lives.

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Movies Under the Stars ®

Big screen & big stars.

Cuddle up under a cozy blanket with warm popcorn for an evening of Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy popular comedies, dramas and action movies, plus on-screen concerts starring musical legends at Movies Under the Stars®, a poolside movie theater located on the ship’s top deck.

Culture & Marine Life On Cruises from California

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Get to the heart of life on the coast with locally inspired programs and partnerships. Witness fantastic displays of nature like expressive sea lions and migrating whales. Learn about colorful, historical cultures and more on our California Coast cruise.

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Local Connections

Live like a local.

Do as the locals do. Princess has partnered with local experts to bring you immersive adventure off the beaten path. Dine at local hot spots hidden in plain sight. Attend events and have experiences only known through word of mouth. Listen as experts reveal California’s history, national parks and Spanish missions from a local point of view.

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New Perspectives

Appreciate more.

Experience a new perspective of California and the West Coast on board or ashore, day or night. Learn about California from the locals who know it best and uncover the secret lives of sharks during Shark Week at Sea with Discovery at SEA. Amaze your friends after a class at the Wizard’s Academy courtesy of the California Science Center.

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Sail the Stars

Embark on a cosmic voyage to the heavens from our top deck through Stargazing with Discovery at SEA, developed with renowned astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi and L.A.’s famous Griffith Observatory. On this interactive guided tour, learn how to find your bearings, identify the major constellations, and hear the secrets of the stars and the legends around them.

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California Coast Cruise Shore Excursions

Uncover the history, natural wonders and culinary delights of the California Coast through shore excursions specially designed to show you more of the state. Inspire your mind with up-close encounters with fascinating creatures and sites on immersive Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ excursions.

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Princess has joined forces with Discovery to offer exclusive excursions and tours that are not only fascinating for the whole family, but also recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel – Discovery™ and Animal Planet™. Hear inside stories from regional experts, and learn what it’s really like to live in each of the areas you’re visiting during your Princess California cruise.

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Highlights of things to see and do on shore

Astoria, Oregon

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Enjoy a narrated drive around Astoria, and visit the Astoria Column, view the Flavel House and many picturesque homes, hotels and neighborhoods that have been featured in movies like The Goonies , Short Circuit , Benji the Hunted and others. Take in the views and brews of some Astoria's finest craft beers while looking out over the scenic Columbia River.

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Ensenada, Mexico

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Head south and dance to live mariachi music in the Riviera del Pacifico. Visit the oldest winery in Baja California, and enjoy the beautiful weather as you taste wines crafted from nearly ancient vines. Sample delectable dishes under beach umbrellas, and enjoy the day’s special from local street vendors. If you’d like to see one of the world’s largest marine geysers, visit the scenic peninsula of Punta Banda, home to La Bufadora.

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Los Angeles, California

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L.A. is more than swimming pools, shopping and palm trees. It’s a world-class city that embraces its movie star good looks. Explore the star-studded Hollywood Hills. Visit the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, which features the handprints, footprints and autographs of more than 200 stars like John Wayne, Judy Garland and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson preserved in cement. Wander Olvera Street for authentic colors and tastes of Old Mexico.

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Monterey, California

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Embrace the enduring allure of beautiful Monterey. Take the coastal 17-Mile Drive, and admire glamorous mansions overlooking ocean vistas. Stroll the fabled waterfront district of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck. Today, this fabled waterfront district is an eclectic blend of specialty shops, local artists’ galleries, restaurants and the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to more than 600 species including those native to California.

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San Diego, California

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Relax on a sun-soaked beach. Take a tour of the county’s thriving wineries. ‘Ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the 4,000 rare animal breeds that call the San Diego Zoo their home. Watch thrilling shows featuring bottlenose dolphins at Sea World Adventure Park. Enjoy that south-of-the-border feeling with a stroll through Old Town. Sample the nightlife – all Classic California Coast cruises stay here until 11 p.m.

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San Francisco, California

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You just may leave your heart in this iconic city. Home to cable cars, fog and world-class food, San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city with hip neighborhoods, parks and gardens and a relaxed atmosphere. Take a stroll down Lombard Street, the “most crooked” street in the world. Watch interesting characters flow through Union Square from a coffee shop window. Appreciate 1,000-year-old redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument.

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Santa Barbara, California

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Nicknamed “America’s Riviera,” Santa Barbara boasts whitewashed houses draped with bougainvillea, sapphire-blue water rolling up a rocky coast and palm-lined beaches. Even with all of that beauty, wine and whales may be the stars of this charming coastal city. Journey to the quaint Danish village of Solvang for wine tasting. Step aboard a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the glistening waters of the Channel Islands to watch whales and dolphins frolic.

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Seattle, Washington

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At 110 years old, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated public farmers' market. It’s also home to the original Starbucks, where javaphiles toast to the legendary coffeehouse. Let your eye guide you to local art, and your nose to hole-in-the-wall eateries, along eclectic streets. Tour and sample the wines hidden away in the state’s most popular wineries’ private cellars.

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Vancouver, B.C.

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If you’re looking for adventure in Vancouver, gather up your courage for a daring walk across the nearby Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge swaying 50 meters high. Stop and smell the cherry blossoms in world-famous Stanley Park, a West Coast rainforest fittingly dubbed the “Green Heart” of Vancouver. Ascend Grouse Mountain in the Super SkyRide tramway for a postcard-worthy view of the city over rolling hills of Douglas firs.

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All the West Coast Cruise Ports (2024 Updates!)

Posted on Last updated: February 11, 2024

The West Coast of North America is a tapestry of dynamic cities, rugged coastlines, sun-kissed beaches, and majestic mountains.

Every bend of this shoreline has its own story, from the bustling tech hub of Seattle to the crystal waters near Alaska to the Hollywood glamour of Los Angeles, and even up to Vancouver’s pristine natural beauty.

In this guide, we’ll set sail through some of the most iconic West Coast cruise ports, giving you a sneak peek into what awaits in each captivating destination.


Seattle, Washington: The Emerald City Awaits

Nestled between the waters of the Puget Sound and the rugged peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Seattle is a city where urban excitement meets outdoor adventure.

As your cruise ship glides into Elliott Bay, the iconic skyline of this Pacific Northwest gem, dominated by the futuristic Space Needle, welcomes you with open arms.

City Highlights:

  • Space Needle: A trip to Seattle is incomplete without taking an elevator ride up this iconic tower. The observation deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, the surrounding mountains, and the shimmering waters of the Puget Sound.
  • Pike Place Market: One of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the U.S., Pike Place is a sensory delight. From the famous fish-tossing vendors to the original Starbucks cafe, there’s always something happening here.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass: A mesmerizing display of glass art by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, this museum showcases vibrant installations that play with light and color.

Nearby Natural Wonders:

  • Mount Rainier National Park: Just a couple of hours from Seattle, this majestic peak offers breathtaking hiking trails, cascading waterfalls, and wildflower meadows.
  • Olympic National Park: A diverse expanse featuring temperate rainforests, mountain peaks, and rugged coastlines. It’s a haven for nature lovers.

Sip and Savor in Seattle:

  • Coffee Culture: Birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle takes its coffee seriously. Wander into any of the local cafes, and you’re in for a caffeinated treat.
  • Seafood Galore: Given its coastal location, seafood is a staple. Whether it’s fresh salmon, Dungeness crab, or oysters, the city’s eateries serve up oceanic delights that are hard to resist.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a coffee connoisseur, or someone in search of urban exploration, Seattle offers a bit of everything. As the starting or ending point for many West Coast cruises, it’s a port that sets the tone for the adventure ahead.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon: Where Quirky Meets Natural Beauty

As the Willamette River winds its way through the heart of Portland, it brings with it tales of pioneers, dreamers, and innovators.

Often dubbed “The City of Roses,” there are plenty of  things to do in Portland since   this city’s charm is an eclectic mix of nature’s wonders and a quirky urban landscape.

Embracing the Unique:

  • Keep Portland Weird: The city’s unofficial motto is more than just a catchphrase. With its myriad of independent boutiques, artsy neighborhoods, and one-of-a-kind attractions like the ‘World’s Smallest Park,’ Portland wears its quirks with pride.
  • Powell’s City of Books: A bibliophile’s paradise, Powell’s is the world’s largest independent bookstore. Wander through its labyrinthine stacks and discover treasures spanning every imaginable genre.
  • Street Art & Murals: Portland’s streets are a canvas, adorned with vibrant murals and graffiti that tell stories of its rich cultural tapestry.

Nature’s Canvas:

  • Multnomah Falls: Just a short drive from the city, these cascading falls offer a serene escape. The bridge nestled between the dual plunges offers a picturesque viewpoint.
  • Mount Hood: Dominating the horizon, this dormant stratovolcano is not only a scenic marvel but also a playground for skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.
  • Forest Park: Spanning over 5,000 acres, it’s one of the largest urban forests in the U.S. The park’s trails are perfect for a rejuvenating walk amidst lush greenery.

Culinary Adventures:

  • Craft Beer Haven: With over 70 breweries, Portland is often hailed as the craft beer capital of the world. Dive into its vibrant brewery scene and savor a pint… or three.
  • Food Truck Frenzy: If variety is the spice of life, then Portland’s food trucks are a zesty revelation. From gourmet grilled cheese to international delicacies, there’s a food truck for every palate.
  • Farm-to-Table Dining: Portland’s chefs are champions of sustainable dining, curating dishes made from locally sourced ingredients that burst with freshness and flavor.

As the sun sets, painting the city in hues of gold and crimson, it’s evident that Portland is more than just a cruise port – it’s an experience, a memory, a story waiting to be told.

So, soak it all in, for this city, with its roses and rain, has a way of staying with you long after you’ve set sail.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California: The Golden City’s Oceanfront Charm

With the iconic Golden Gate Bridge serving as its welcoming archway, San Francisco is a city of hills, history, and heaps of charm.

As the fog gently wraps around its colorful Victorian houses and historic trams trundle up and down its steep streets, you’re introduced to a port city that seamlessly blends the past with the present.

Must-Visit Landmarks:

  • Golden Gate Bridge: Often enveloped in mist, this iconic suspension bridge offers breathtaking vistas of the Pacific and the bay. A walk or bike ride across it is a memory you’ll cherish.
  • Alcatraz Island: Once home to America’s most notorious criminals, today, it stands as a testament to tales of escape and endurance. The audio tour of this infamous prison is not to be missed.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf & Pier 39: A bustling hub of activity, from barking sea lions to lively street performances, this waterfront area is also famed for its seafood stalls serving delectable clam chowder in sourdough bowls.

Natural Escapes:

  • Muir Woods National Monument: A serene sanctuary of towering redwoods, this forest area is a respite from the city’s hustle, offering winding trails beneath ancient, sky-touching trees.
  • Golden Gate Park: Bigger than New York’s Central Park, it’s an urban oasis replete with gardens, lakes, and even a buffalo paddock!
  • Ocean Beach: A vast stretch of sand facing the Pacific, it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely walk, with the waves playing a gentle lullaby.

Taste of the Bay:

  • Chinatown: One of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in North America, its vibrant streets are a culinary journey, with dim sum, Peking duck, and mooncakes awaiting eager taste buds.
  • Ghirardelli Square: Indulge your sweet tooth at this historic landmark, home to some of the finest chocolate creations.
  • Napa Valley: Just an hour’s drive from the city, this world-renowned wine region is a treat for the senses. While not directly in San Francisco, many cruisers take the detour for a taste of its famed Cabernet Sauvignon.

San Francisco, with its mélange of cultures, culinary delights, and coastal charisma, offers more than just a docking point. It invites you to delve deep, explore its alleys and avenues, and let the magic of the bay area wash over you.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California: The Glitz, Glamour, and Gorgeous Beaches

Dive into the heart of entertainment, where dreams take center stage and palm trees line the streets: welcome to the City of Angels .

From the star-studded boulevards of Hollywood to the tranquil waves of Malibu, Los Angeles is a city of contrasts, a tantalizing cocktail of the laid-back California spirit and the high-octane world of showbiz.

Walk Among the Stars:

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: Stroll along this iconic pathway, spotting stars (literally!) dedicated to luminaries from the world of entertainment. And while you’re there, don’t miss the historic TCL Chinese Theatre with its celebrity hand and footprints.
  • Griffith Observatory: Not only does this iconic building offer breathtaking views of the LA skyline, but on a clear day, the Hollywood sign is visible in all its grandeur. Come for the sunset, and you won’t be disappointed.
  • Rodeo Drive: Experience luxury like never before. Even if high-end shopping isn’t on your agenda, a walk down this glamorous street is a must, if only for window-shopping and people-watching.

Waves and Sand:

  • Santa Monica Pier: With its Ferris wheel, arcade games, and ocean views, this is the perfect spot for some old-fashioned seaside fun. Plus, it marks the end (or the beginning!) of the historic Route 66.
  • Venice Beach: Famous for its bohemian spirit, Muscle Beach gym, and the vibrant boardwalk, it’s an eclectic mix of street performers, skateboarders, and sunbathers.
  • Malibu: Just a little further up the coast, Malibu offers serene beaches and upscale vibes. Zuma Beach is a favorite, known for its long stretches of sand and excellent surf.

Cultural Treasures:

  • The Getty Center: Perched on a hilltop, this museum is a feast for art lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike. Its pristine white buildings house an impressive collection of art, and the gardens offer tranquility and panoramic city views.
  • LA County Museum of Art (LACMA): Home to a vast collection spanning different cultures and time periods, the Urban Light installation outside has become a favorite selfie spot for visitors.
  • Olvera Street: Dive into the historic heart of Los Angeles. As part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, this street is a colorful and vibrant homage to LA’s Mexican roots.

Los Angeles is not just a city; it’s a sprawling metropolis of stories, dreams, and sun-soaked adventures. As your cruise ship pulls away from its ports, you’ll leave with snapshots of golden beaches, silver screens, and the iridescent buzz of a city that never truly sleeps.

San Diego, California

San Diego, California: Sun-Soaked Shores and Cultural Treasures

Nestled along the sun-kissed coast of Southern California, San Diego welcomes travelers with its ideal climate, pristine beaches, and a vibrant cultural scene.

A city that balances relaxation with adventure, San Diego’s allure extends from its oceanfront boardwalks to its historic heart.

Unmissable Attractions:

  • Balboa Park: Often called the “Smithsonian of the West”, this vast urban cultural park houses 17 museums, lush gardens, and the renowned San Diego Zoo. Every corner of this park offers a slice of history, art, or natural beauty.
  • USS Midway Museum: Step aboard the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Explore the decks, witness restored aircraft, and hear tales of its illustrious service.
  • La Jolla Cove: A picturesque beach enclave surrounded by cliffs, it’s the perfect spot for snorkeling, sea lion watching, or just basking under the Californian sun.

Neighborhood Highlights:

  • Gaslamp Quarter: San Diego’s historic heart, with its Victorian-era buildings now hosting a lively collection of boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife.
  • Old Town San Diego: Travel back in time as you stroll through historic buildings, visit museums, and indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine in the birthplace of California.
  • Little Italy: A buzzing neighborhood that promises the best Italian cuisine, bustling farmers’ markets, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

Outdoor Pursuits:

  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: Hike amidst rare Torrey pine trees, sandstone canyons, and enjoy unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Surfing at Pacific Beach: Grab a surfboard and ride the waves, or lounge on the sandy shores and soak in the laid-back beach vibe.
  • Harbor Cruise: Get a new perspective of San Diego by taking a scenic harbor cruise, offering views of the skyline, naval vessels, and the iconic Coronado Bridge.

San Diego, with its mix of natural beauty and urban sophistication, exudes an aura of relaxation and exhilaration in equal measure.

As your ship drifts away from this gem of the west coast, the city’s blend of sun, sea, and culture will remain a cherished memory, prompting dreams of your next visit.

Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada, Mexico: A Coastal Gem with Authentic Charm

Journey a bit further south, and you’ll find yourself in the charismatic coastal town of Ensenada. Situated on the Baja California Peninsula, Ensenada is a harmonious blend of Mexican culture, tantalizing gastronomy, and breathtaking natural beauty.

From its bustling markets and vibrant street art to its serene beaches and renowned vineyards, Ensenada offers a taste of Mexico that’s both genuine and unforgettable.

Culinary Delights:

  • La Guerrerense: A humble street cart turned legendary eatery, this place offers some of the best seafood tostadas you’ll ever taste. Anthony Bourdain himself gave it his seal of approval!
  • Valle de Guadalupe: Often referred to as the “Napa Valley of Mexico”, this wine-producing region boasts exquisite vineyards and boutique wineries. Sample local wines and bask in the rustic charm of the valley.
  • Mercado Negro: This bustling fish market offers everything from fresh catches of the day to deliciously prepared seafood dishes.

Natural Attractions:

  • La Bufadora: One of the largest marine geysers in the world, this natural blowhole produces spectacular spouts of seawater, creating a visual and auditory spectacle.
  • Playa Hermosa: As the name suggests, this “beautiful beach” is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, or simply soaking in the serenity of the ocean.
  • Las Cañadas Campamento: For the adventurous, this park offers canopy tours, zip-lining, and suspension bridges amidst a forested backdrop.

Cultural Experiences:

  • Riviera del Pacifico: Once a glamorous casino frequented by Hollywood stars, it’s now a cultural center showcasing Ensenada’s history and hosting various events.
  • Downtown Ensenada: Walk the lively streets, admire murals, and shop for traditional crafts and souvenirs. Don’t forget to dance to the spontaneous beats of local mariachi bands!
  • Museo de Historia de Ensenada: Dive deep into the town’s history, from its pre-Hispanic origins to its contemporary significance.

Leaving Ensenada, the rich flavors of its cuisine, the warmth of its people, and the echoing sounds of mariachi will resonate in your memories.

This coastal town, with its authenticity and allure, captures the heart of every traveler, promising a call back to its sun-soaked shores and vibrant streets.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia: A Cosmopolitan Jewel Amidst Natural Grandeur

Nestled between towering mountains and the vast Pacific, Vancouver stands as a testament to how urban sophistication can harmoniously coexist with natural beauty.

This bustling metropolis, consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities, offers a cornucopia of experiences that blend the outdoors with cultural richness.

Must-Visit Attractions:

  • Stanley Park: Spanning over 1,000 acres, this urban oasis offers scenic views, totem poles, the famous Seawall, and the Vancouver Aquarium. Whether cycling, strolling, or horse-drawn carriage riding, the park is a serene escape from city life.
  • Granville Island: Once an industrial area, now a vibrant hub of arts, crafts, and gastronomy. Visit the Public Market, pick up local delicacies, and enjoy street performances.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: Walk this iconic suspension bridge that stretches across the Capilano River, offering breathtaking views of the rainforest below and mountains beyond.

Cultural Highlights:

  • Museum of Anthropology: Situated at the University of British Columbia, this museum offers insights into the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, showcasing intricate totem poles, carvings, and artifacts.
  • Gastown: Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, characterized by its historic buildings, the Gastown Steam Clock, and an array of boutiques, galleries, and eateries.
  • Chinatown: One of North America’s largest Chinatowns, immerse yourself in cultural festivals, explore Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden, and indulge in authentic dim sum.

Adventures in Nature:

  • Grouse Mountain: Accessible by the Skyride aerial tramway, the peak offers winter sports, wildlife encounters, and panoramic views of the city skyline.
  • Vancouver Whale Watch: Embark on a journey to witness orcas, gray whales, and minke whales, capturing the essence of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Biking the Seawall: A favorite local activity, cycle the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, taking in views of the skyline, beaches, and mountains.

As your ship sails away from Vancouver, the silhouette of its skyscrapers set against the backdrop of the Coast Mountains will etch a lasting memory.

Vancouver, with its blend of nature and culture, leaves an indelible mark, beckoning travelers to return and explore its multifaceted wonders once more.

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Cruise-Only Exclusive Spots: The Hidden Treasures of the West Coast

One of the true joys of cruising is the ability to reach those elusive destinations that are often inaccessible by conventional means.

The West Coast, in its vast expanse, hides a few such gems that are best (or sometimes, only) experienced aboard a cruise.

These exclusive stops are the secret highlights of many a journey, offering tranquility, untouched beauty, and a sense of being amidst the unexplored.

Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia:

  • Chatterbox Falls: The journey through the narrow fjord to arrive at the thunderous Chatterbox Falls is a mesmerizing experience. Surrounded by high cliffs and lush forests, this secluded waterfall is a spectacle of nature’s grandeur.
  • Marine Wildlife: The calm waters of the inlet are often graced by sea lions, bald eagles, and sometimes, the playful antics of dolphins.
  • Tranquil Anchorage: Many cruises drop anchor for a night here, allowing passengers to soak in the serenity under a starlit sky.

Catalina Island, California:

  • Avalon: The island’s main town, with its Mediterranean vibes, offers a unique mix of cafes, boutiques, and historic Casino building.
  • Underwater Adventures: Descend into the crystal-clear waters in a semi-submersible submarine or don a snorkel to explore the vibrant marine life.
  • Wildland Tours: Almost 90% of the island is preserved wildland. Take a guided tour to encounter the island’s unique flora and fauna, including the famed Catalina Island fox.

Channel Islands, California:

  • Isolated Beauty: Often called the “Galapagos of North America,” these islands host diverse ecosystems, from sea caves to kelp forests.
  • Kayaking and Snorkeling: The marine sanctuaries around the islands offer great spots for water-based activities, showcasing a diverse array of marine life.
  • Archaeological Treasures: Discover ancient Chumash Native American archaeological sites, which provide a window into the lives of the island’s original inhabitants.

Misty Fjords, Alaska:

  • Dramatic Landscapes: Towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and reflective waters – the scenery here is nothing short of theatrical.
  • Flightseeing Tours: Some cruises offer seaplane tours, granting a bird’s-eye view of this pristine wilderness.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Look out for brown bears, mountain goats, and bald eagles, who call this majestic wilderness home.

These cruise-exclusive destinations are truly the hidden pearls of the West Coast. While the major ports offer urban splendors, these secluded spots provide solace and unspoiled natural beauty, making them the unsung highlights of any cruise journey.

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Top Cruise Lines Covering the West Coast: Setting Sail in Style

When thinking of cruising the majestic West Coast, the next pivotal decision is picking the right cruise line.

The choices are plenty, with each bringing its own flavor to the voyage. Whether you’re after luxury pampering, family fun, or an eco-conscious adventure, there’s a ship for you.

Let’s delve into some of the most celebrated cruise lines that journey the West Coast waters.

Princess Cruises:

  • Why Choose Princess: Known for its romantic ambiance and top-notch entertainment, Princess offers a balanced mix of relaxation and activity.
  • Signature Experience: “Movies Under the Stars” – enjoy blockbuster hits on the top deck under the vast expanse of the open sky.
  • West Coast Routes: Explore routes like the Pacific Wine Country or the Classic California Coast, with stops in vibrant cities and secluded spots alike.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL):

  • Why Choose NCL : A fan favorite for its “Freestyle Cruising” concept, allowing guests to dine, entertain, and relax on their own schedules.
  • Signature Experience: The Waterfront – an open-air promenade designed to connect guests with the ocean like never before.
  • West Coast Routes: Their Pacific Coastal cruises are famed for showcasing the best of the West, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate to Alaska’s glaciers.

Holland America Line:

  • Why Choose Holland America: Renowned for its timeless elegance and commitment to enriching journeys.
  • Signature Experience: The Culinary Arts Center – a state-of-the-art kitchen for gourmet presentations, tastings, and intimate cooking classes.
  • West Coast Routes: Their Pacific Coastals often come with enriching onboard programs, focusing on the history, nature, and culture of the regions visited.

Celebrity Cruises:

  • Why Choose Celebrity: With a modern luxury vibe, Celebrity Cruises often attracts the chic and discerning traveler.
  • Signature Experience: Lawn Club – real grass on the top deck, where you can have a picnic or play lawn games amidst the sea.
  • West Coast Routes: Offering Pacific Coastal cruises, they often blend the best of urban stops with nature’s hideaways, all while ensuring a luxurious onboard experience.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic:

  • Why Choose Lindblad: If you’re eco-conscious and looking for a more intimate, educational experience, this partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic is your pick.
  • Signature Experience: Expert naturalists, undersea specialists, and a National Geographic photographer are onboard to enhance your voyage with lectures, workshops, and guided tours.
  • West Coast Routes: Their voyages often emphasize wildlife encounters, environmental conservation, and visits to lesser-trodden paths, making it ideal for nature lovers.

No matter your cruising style or preference, the West Coast promises a mesmerizing journey. Picking the right cruise line can amplify this experience, ensuring that your time on the sea is just as memorable as your time on land.

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Conclusion: The Alluring Call of the West Coast

As we’ve traversed the vast expanse of the West Coast through this guide, it’s evident why this region beckons to wanderlust souls year after year. From the sun-kissed beaches of California to the fog-laden forests of the Pacific Northwest, and up to the rugged beauty of Alaska – every port, every stop, every sight promises a unique tale.

Cruising, with its inherent magic of marrying the thrill of exploration with the comforts of luxury, emerges as the quintessential way to experience the West Coast. Whether you’re gazing at a secluded waterfall, walking through historic neighborhoods, or simply lounging on your ship’s deck watching the coastline glide by, there’s an undeniable romance to it all.

For those considering a cruise along the West Coast, take the plunge! The cities are vibrant, the cruise-exclusive spots are hidden gems, and the serenity of the open sea is unmatched. The diverse array of cruise lines ensures there’s something tailored for everyone, from the eco-conscious traveler to the luxury seeker.

So, here’s to setting sail, to embracing the horizon, and to all the adventures that await on the West Coast. May your journey be as boundless as the ocean and as enriching as the tales of old sailors. Bon voyage!

FAQ: West Coast Cruise Ports Unveiled

1. What is the best time of year to cruise the West Coast?

  • The optimal time for West Coast cruising depends on your destination. Spring and fall are typically ideal for Californian ports due to pleasant weather, while the Alaskan cruise season runs from late April to September, offering the best wildlife viewing opportunities.

2. How do I choose between the different West Coast cruise ports?

  • It largely depends on your interests. If you’re into vibrant city life, ports like San Francisco or Vancouver are a must. For nature enthusiasts, Alaskan ports or Ensenada, with their rich natural beauty, might be more appealing.

3. Is it safe to visit these ports?

  • Most West Coast ports are safe for tourists. However, like any travel, it’s essential to stay aware of your surroundings, keep valuables secure, and be cautious in unfamiliar areas.

4. Are there any visa requirements for West Coast cruises?

  • U.S. citizens don’t need a visa when cruising to U.S. ports. However, if your cruise stops in Canada or Mexico, different visa regulations may apply. Always check with your cruise line and the specific countries’ consular websites.

5. How can I explore the port cities in a limited time?

  • Many cruisers opt for shore excursions offered by their cruise line, as these are designed to maximize sightseeing in a short period. Alternatively, consider hop-on-hop-off bus tours or hire a local guide for a personalized experience.

6. Do I need a different currency in Canadian or Mexican ports?

  • Yes, Canada uses the Canadian Dollar, and Mexico uses the Mexican Peso. While many vendors in touristy areas accept U.S. dollars, it’s often better to use local currency to get the best exchange rate.

7. What should I pack for a West Coast cruise?

  • The West Coast has varied climates. For Californian ports, pack layers with sun protection. For Alaskan ports, bring warm clothing, even in summer. Always pack comfortable walking shoes for port explorations.

8. Are there any unique local delicacies I should try in these ports?

  • Absolutely! Indulge in clam chowder in San Francisco, sample fresh salmon in Seattle, savor wine in Ensenada, and don’t miss the poutine in Vancouver!

9. What’s the deal with cruise-only exclusive spots?

  • Some places are primarily or exclusively accessible by cruise ships, often due to their remote locations. These spots tend to be less commercialized, offering an authentic and often more tranquil experience.

10. Are West Coast cruises suitable for families?

  • Definitely. Many cruise lines offer family-friendly amenities and activities. Plus, the variety of destinations ensures there’s something for every age group at each port.

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a newbie, the West Coast offers a plethora of experiences. Ensure you’re well-prepared, and you’re guaranteed memories that will last a lifetime!

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Cruise Vancouver Island's Historic West Coast!

Cruise aboard the MV Uchuck III and marvel at the stunning scenery as you cruise along the remote northwest coast of Vancouver Island, BC. This 136-foot wooden hulled maritime vessel provides passenger and freight service through historic Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet, and Kyuquot Sound.

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Stops are made along the routes to offload freight at remote fish farms, logging camps, resorts and maritime villages that rely on the MV Uchuck III as a lifeline. Many of these remote destinations have no road access. Stops are also made at remote destinations to offload intrepid kayakers. Passengers enjoy watching the day-to-day activities, from maneuvering the vessel to remote docks and offloading freight from the cargo hold to watching intrepid kayakers paddle off after wet launching.

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We continue running our freight deliveries on our regularly scheduled runs. This is an essential service for remote villages, fish farms, logging operations and resorts. Our crew are up-to-date on COVID-19 safety protocols and are able to practise social distancing while operating the MV Uchuck III. The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. It is our goal to be open and transparent throughout this rapidly evolving situation. Please call or email for reservation requests.

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Wednesdays and Saturdays • Cruise Nootka Sound to Friendly Cove (Yuquot), historic birthplace of British Columbia and ancestral home to the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations people where European Traders made first contact. Visit the lighthouse and historic Catholic Church/Cultural Centre, hike the beaches and trails and learn about the significant native culture of the area.

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Tuesdays, Year Round   Witness the day to day activities of a working coastal vessel as she picks up and drops off supplies at fish farms, logging camps and remote resorts in Nootka Sound. Knowledgeable, friendly staff will enhance your trip with their insights. As well, informative announcements along the routes are made at significant locations. More

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2 Days (Thursday-Friday) This cruise gives passengers an opportunity to see a vast expanse of Vancouver Island's Wild West Coast and a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the spectacular coastal scenery and marine wildlife along the way. Cruise through Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and Kyuquot Sound with an overnight stay in the remote village of Kyuquot. Limited Availability .

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Departing from Gold River, BC on regularly scheduled runs, we offer transportation services and wet launching for fully-equipped kayakers to select remote locations in Nootka Sound and Kyuquot Sound along our route. This allows for more time to paddle the truly extraordinary and inaccessible regions of Nootka Sound and Kyuquot Sound.

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The best way to access the remote Nootka Island Trail is by flying in with Air Nootka to the North end of Nootka Island and hiking south along the coastal trail to Friendly Cove (Yuquot). Cruise back on fridays in comfort to Gold River aboard the MV Uchuck III and feast on fresh made fare! 

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Each year passengers submit cruise photos for submission in our Annual Photo Contest. The images you see throughout our website are chosen from these passenger submissions. This adds to the authenticity of the MV Uchuck III cruise experience. The images are also used throughout the Nootka Sounder, our onboard newsmagazine. Passengers also submit stories and photos which make it into the Nootka Sounder as well.

We'd like to thank the photographers who's photos grace the pages of the Get West website: Lewis Arnold • Claude Boyer • Dar Churcher • John Gray • Neil Havers • Shirley Martin • Lynne Richard • Emily Ridley • Rob Strawson • Barry Zabrack

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A Carnival cruise ship rescued 27 Cuban nationals found adrift and signalling for help roughly 20 miles west of Cuba this weekend.

The small wooden boat was in visibly poor condition, fitted with a makeshift sail and crowded with passengers, video shared with Fox 13 shows.

The cruise ship's bridge team turned around the Carnival Paradise on its route from Tampa to Roatan, Honduras to rescue the Cubans around 2:30 pm. Sunday.


All 27 passengers were taken aboard, fed and checked by medical personnel, the outlet reported.

Roatan officials and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West were notified. Neither the Coast Guard sector nor Carnival Cruise Line could immediately be reached for comment.



The ship's itinerary was not impacted, the liner wrote in a press release, and cruise-goers will reach Roatan's Mahogany Bay today on schedule. Before returning to port in Tampa on April 25, the ship is scheduled to stop in Cozumel, Mexico on April 23.


This wasn't the first rescue carried out by the more than 70,000 ton ship, Travel and Tour World reported. A sailor was saved by the liner's crew in 2019, and 20 stranded individuals were taken onto the ship in two separate 2022 incidents near Cuba , the outlet reported.

Original article source: Carnival Cruise Line ship rescues 27 migrants adrift off Cuba coast

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A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued nearly 30 people who were stuck at sea on Sunday.

The crew on Carnival Paradise saved 28 Cuban nationals who were signaling for help on a vessel that was adrift around 2:30 p.m. The cruise ship was headed from Tampa, Florida, to Roatan in Honduras at the time.

“The bridge team onboard spotted the vessel and turned the ship around to rescue them,” Carnival said in a news release . “All were taken aboard, given food and were seen by the medical team.” The cruise line also notified the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West and officials in Roatan.

The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

The ship was set to visit Roatan on Monday. Carnival Paradise is on a five-day Caribbean cruise that departed from Tampa on Saturday, according to CruiseMapper .

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Carnival Cruise Line ship rescues 27 migrants adrift off Cuba coast

Staff on the bridge of the carnival paradise turned the more than 70,000 ship when they spotted the cubans signaling for help 20 miles offshore..

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Cruise ship headed from Tampa makes rescue

A Carnival cruise ship that departed from Tampa rescued 27 Cuban nationals who were adrift at sea over the weekend. (Credit: Bart Wester)

A Carnival cruise ship rescued 27 Cuban nationals found adrift and signalling for help roughly 20 miles west of Cuba this weekend. 

The small wooden boat was in visibly poor condition, fitted with a makeshift sail and crowded with passengers, video shared with Fox 13 shows. 

The cruise ship's bridge team turned around the Carnival Paradise on its route from Tampa to Roatan, Honduras to rescue the Cubans around 2:30 pm. Sunday.


27 Cubans rescued by Carnival Paradise crew

Staff on the bridge of the Carnival Paradise turned the cruise liner around to rescue 27 Cuban nationals signaling for help aboard a small wooden boat floating 20 miles from shore.  (Bart Wester)

All 27 passengers were taken aboard, fed and checked by medical personnel, the outlet reported. 

Roatan officials and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West were notified. Neither the Coast Guard sector nor Carnival Cruise Line could immediately be reached for comment. 


27 Cubans rescued Carnival Cruise

The Cubans were taken aboard, fed and examined by medical personnel. It wasn't immediately clear where they are now. (Bart Wester)

The ship's itinerary was not impacted, the liner wrote in a press release, and cruise-goers will reach Roatan's Mahogany Bay today on schedule. Before returning to port in Tampa on April 25, the ship is scheduled to stop in Cozumel, Mexico on April 23. 


Carnival Paradise

The Carnival Paradise was on its way to Roatan, Honduras from Tampa, Florida when the Cubans were spotted. (Photo by ANDY NEWMAN/AFP via Getty Images)


This wasn't the first rescue carried out by the more than 70,000 ton ship, Travel and Tour World reported. A sailor was saved by the liner's crew in 2019, and 20 stranded individuals were taken onto the ship in two separate 2022 incidents near Cuba , the outlet reported. 

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