Alaska was one of my all time favorite trips. Since there was so much do and see there and since we did both a cruise and land tour, I am going to make multiple posts on this trip. I will start with Vancouver. Our cruise originated out of Vancouver so we decided to go there before the cruise for a couple of nights to sight-see a bit. We went in August of 2010 and the Olympics were held in Vancouver in February of that year.
I’m pretty much obsessed by the Olympics so I was pretty excited to be seeing a city that had held the ceremonies only a few months prior to our visit there.
The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron
Canada Place is a building on the waterfront of Vancouver. It is the home of the Vancouver Convention Center, the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, and Vancouver’s World Trade Center . The building’s exterior is covered by fabric roofs resembling sails (at night these sails turn different colors). It is also the main cruise ship terminal for the region, where most of Vancouver’s cruises to Alaska originate.
A group of our friends took a bus tour of Vancouver which gave them a nice overview of the city. Another group went to Stanley Park which is a large urban park. It is designated a national historic site of Canada and you can enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky and trees along the seawall. There are also lots of hiking trails.
We stayed at the Terminal City Tower Hotel which is within walking distance of the pier. This hotel was very nice, but we picked it for it’s close proximity to the pier and restaurants.
I would recommend going to Vancouver at least one night prior to your cruise departure date to see some of this city’s sights. Our trip there was very enjoyable.
We cruised with Royal Caribbean and went on the Radiance of the Seas which I would also recommend especially for cruising to Alaska as the Radiance has floor to ceiling windows that offers you incredible views.
Come back next week when we go into our first port; Ketchikan which is called the salmon capital of the world.