Every fall and spring, one of cruising’s best values takes place on the West Coast. We’re talking, of course, about Pacific Coastal Cruises that typically sail between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, or reverse during the spring.
Of course, you won’t want to fly across the country for one of these, just as those of us who reside on the West Coast aren’t likely to fly to Florida just for a three-day jaunt to the Bahamas. But for those who are close, or who are planning a longer trip to the Pacific Northwest, there’s a lot to like about these special, unique and shockingly affordable voyages.
As a resident of Vancouver, I’ve been taking Pacific Coastal cruises for a decade now. In fact, my very first voyage back in 2005 was a three-day departure from Vancouver to Seattle aboard Holland America Line’s Oosterdam that I liked so much that I got home and immediately booked a five-night voyage aboard Veendam to Los Angeles for that fall.
Here are five things I like most about these twice-yearly Pacific Coastal cruises: