Discover urban sprawl and outdoorsy scenery with an Alaska cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia.
You’re in for an off-the-grid explore-a-thon cruise that departs from Vancouver. Forge a trail through America’s Last Frontier all onboard Radiance of the Seas®, a ship designed for edge-of-the-map exploration. Boasting the most glass of any Royal Caribbean ship, it’s perfect for glacier-gazing and whale-watching in Alaska. Go from hanging out with huskies in Denali to scaling glaciers in Alyeska.
Sail roundtrip from Vancouver on Brilliance of the Seas® to get you up close and personal with the glacial giants. From the expansive Hubbard to the calving Dawes. Plus, with stops at snow-capped spots across the best of Alaska, you can add once-in-a-lifetime to the itinerary for your wildest week ever. Like wildlife-spotting in Juneau, peak-seeking in Sitka and culture-craving in Ketchikan.
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Gastown Mason Square, Vancouver, British Columbia
Walk the cobbled streets of Gastown, admiring 20th-century brick buildings and taking a selfie with the whistling Steam Clock. Explore Maple Tree Square, site of ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton’s first tavern, and then stroll under the elaborate Chinatown Millennium Gate. Eat Asian delights – or escape the bustle amid Dr Su Yat-Sen’s peaceful gardens.
Stanley Park Urban Greenspace, Vancouver, British Columbia
Breathe in the 1,000-acre greenspace of Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Hike along the red cedar forest trails, relax beachside, take a horse-drawn carriage ride,or view the Brockton Point totem poles. Then walk along the Seawall, with the city centre skyline as your backdrop.
Take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Get lost in the romance of its English-inspired traditions with a proper afternoon tea at the Empress hotel. Wander Butchart Gardens’ gorgeous topiaries and admire Craigdarroch Castle’s Victorian architecture. Victoria Public Market is an excellent dining and shopping spot.
Vancouver’s cultural diversity is the key ingredient to its unique culinary scene. Dozens of food trucks, street food stalls and farmers’ markets offer something for every taste. Farm-to-table dishes feature Fraser Valley duck and spot prawns. Enjoy an assortment of Asian cuisine, from Chinese dim sum to Japanese ramen. Then sip Okanagan Valley wine or Granville Island beer from Canada’s first micro-brewery.
Head to Robson Street for mainstream chain stores, or hit the quirky indie shops of Gastown, Main Street and Commercial Drive. Lonsdale Quay Market is home to 80 unique shops, while Granville Island’s art studios sell First Nations carvings and jewellery – plus its public market is known for gourmet goods.