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ALASKA, CRUISE DESTINATIONS

PORT OF CALL SPOTLIGHT: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

APRIL 26, 2016

What to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, has an enviable position on the west coast of Canada on a bank of land that extends into the Salish Sea. Also close to the city are the North Shore Mountains, causing Vancouver to be beautifully surrounded by both glistening water and towering peaks. This means that not only is there a scenic view to behold from practically wherever you are in Vancouver, there are also many activities to do both by the waterfront and in the bustling city center.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s answer to NYC’s Central Park, only instead of being surrounded by the city, Stanley Park is right next to downtown and is connected to it by a narrow strip of land, meaning it is nearly completely surrounded by gorgeous sea water. Stanley Park has hiking, bike trails, water activities, and even an aquarium, but one thing you can’t miss doing while there is to walk around the totem poles on display. These historic totem poles are impressive to behold and date back as far as the 1880s. You’ll be able to learn about the history and meaning behind each totem pole during your visit.

Vancouver’s Water Activities

Vancouver has a wide range of cuisine and you can experience a diverse sample of it on a culinary walking tour. Such a tour will also give you the chance to explore the pretty streets of downtown Vancouver and its impressive architecture.

The Beaches of Vancouver

It might seem odd to think of going to the beach when you’re visiting such a cosmopolitan city, but Vancouver’s beaches shouldn’t be overlooked. They’re sandy and many have mesmerizing views of the Vancouver skyline. For an upbeat atmosphere, check out Kitsilano Beach with its volleyball nets, adjacent saltwater pool, and socializing sunbathers. For a more relaxing time, head to Spanish Banks beach, where you’ll have a panoramic view of Vancouver and escape some of the crowds.

Cuisine and Shopping in Vancouver

Vancouver has a wide range of cuisine and you can experience a diverse sample of it on a culinary walking tour. Such a tour will also give you the chance to explore the pretty streets of downtown Vancouver and its impressive architecture.

Once you’ve fueled up with some food, shop ’til you drop in one of Vancouver’s downtown malls. The Waterfront Centre Shops is conveniently located close to the cruise ship terminal. Pacific Centre Mall on busy Granville Street is also a hot spot for shoppers, especially those looking for the latest fashions.

It’s easy to explore Vancouver before or after an Alaska cruise since many itineraries depart from and end in the city. Arrive a few days early or extend your stay after your cruise to explore this magnificent city more and discover which part you like best — the glamorous downtown Vancouver vibe or the prevalent nature surrounding the skyscrapers.

This summer, the Celebrity Millennium will be doing sailings from the port of Vancouver, just after it has gotten released from dryadic, where it underwent an $8 million refurbishment. The ship now has updated Suite Class staterooms, an Italian steakhouse specialty restaurant, a new Rooftop Terrace with chaise lounges, cabanas, and an outdoor movie screen.

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