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Ruby Princess arrives in Juneau
Ruby Princess is welcomed to the port of Juneau by a dog sled team
led by Maliko Ubl from the TEMSCO Helicopters Mendenhall Glacier Dog Sledding Tours.
It was the ship's maiden voyage in Southeast Alaska, May 2015. Photo Courtesy Princess Cruises

2015 Vancouver-Alaska Cruise Season: Essential Info - The season got into full swing in May with ships sailing to Alaska through September. 2015 will be similar to last year when 29 cruise ships sailed from Vancouver carrying 812,000 passengers.

Cruise lines sailing a regular schedule of Alaska cruises from Vancouver are Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney, Carnival Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Silversea.

Passengers have a wide choice of ships from budget to luxury in a variety of sizes. Silversea's Silver Shadow (382 passengers), Oceania's Regatta (684 passengers) and Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess (688 passengers) being amongst the smallest while Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas (2,500 passengers) is amongst the biggest with a regular schedule of Alaska sailings from Vancouver.


  • Cruise from Vancouver on one week, round-trip sailings or one way to Whittier or Seward (for Anchorage).
  • There are many longer sailings of nine, ten or fourteen nights which show you more of spectacular Alaska and British Columbia's Inside Passage.
  • Shorter cruises in May give you a taste of Alaska or position the ship from Vancouver to Seattle via Alaska.
  • The reverse positioning sailings are available in September when many ships sail from Seattle to Alaska, ending their cruise in Vancouver.
  • Fall positioning sailings from Vancouver to California, through the Panama Canal to Florida and across the Pacific to Hawaii or Australia are also available along with some Hawaii sailings round-trip from Vancouver.

Ship Schedule - See the schedule of cruise ship departures at Port Metro Vancouver.

Airport to Ship Sky Train - Light rail airport service

Reasons to cruise Alaska and sail from/to Vancouver:

  • The port of Vancouver is one of the most scenic for arriving or departing.
  • Vancouver gives you the best cruise experience as you have a better chance of sailing the British Columbia Inside Passage surrounded by scenic beauty.
  • Vancouver is the only West Coast home port offering both one way or round-trip sailings.
  • Since many Alaska towns can only be reached by boat or plane, cruising is the ideal way to reach these remote spots.
  • Alaska is one of the few places in the world where you can cruise close to spectacular, tidewater glaciers.
  • Ports of call provide the perfect jumping off point for adventures into the great Alaskan wilderness.
  • The peace and silence of Alaska make it a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

See photos of sailing from Vancouver.

Zuiderdam & Sapphire Princess sail for Alaska
ms Zuiderdam and Sapphire Princess sail from Vancouver.

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Additional photos Copyright © Julian Egelstaff, 2001.