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Sail on a luxury cruise ship from Vancouver to Los Angeles for a steal

The cost includes transportation on a beautiful 5-star vessel plus meals, entertainment, snacks, and lodging.

Locals can sail from Vancouver to Los Angeles for just over $100 per day on a five-star cruise ship in the fall. 

Sailings down the Pacific Coast offer some of the lowest prices for locals looking to try a cruise without breaking the bank. These repositioning cruises tend to price significantly lower than other sailings from the city, including the popular Alaskan voyages departing from Canada Place terminal over the summer. 

Princess Cruises has a four-night sailing that departs from Vancouver on Sept. 25 and spends a few nights at sea before sailing into sunny Los Angeles on Sept. 29.

Guests will sail on the Grand Princess, which carries 2,600 passengers and offers four swimming pools, eight hot tubs, a live theatre, mini-golf, renowned spa treatments, movies under the stars, a jogging track, and much more. 

Date Port Arrive Depart

Wednesday, September 25          

Vancouver, B.C., Canada   4 p.m.
Thursday, September 26 At Sea    
Friday, September 27 At Sea    
Saturday, September 28 At Sea    
Sunday, September 29 Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA      6:15 a.m.

Princess Cruises voyage from Vancouver to Los Angeles

Princess Cruises' current promotion includes complimentary dining and entertainment and its MedallionClass experience for the first and second passengers in a stateroom. Guests wear a medallion to enjoy expedited boarding, WiFi at sea, easy navigation around the ship, and other services. 

An interior stateroom for two people costs $854.30 or $427.15 per person (see slide two). This price works out to $106.79 per diem for the four-night cruise. Third and fourth guests sail free on this cruise (an interior cabin holds up to four). 

Not only does that cost include your transportation on a beautiful five-star vessel, but it also includes meals, entertainment, snacks, and lodging. The only thing it doesn’t factor in is alcohol, but you may opt to purchase a drink package that can reduce the cost of your spending.

Travellers have several low-cost options for flights back to Vancouver from L.A. but they should choose a flight that departs several hours after they disembark the ship.

Flair Airlines offers the cheapest flight following the cruise, with a 10:45 a.m. departure from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for $98. However, this doesn't provide much time to make it to the airport after disembarkation (see slide five). 

WestJet has a direct flight departing at 9 p.m. that costs only slightly more at $106. Alternatively, travellers may wish to bundle their cruise with a few nights in the City of Angels.

Accommodation costs vary dramatically across L.A., with prices ranging from $70 for hostels up to several thousand for lavish hotels.