While you might not pair the massive glaciers in Alaska with L.A.'s Hollywood sign, a popular cruise line allows you to see both on a lavish, "freestyle" cruise from Vancouver.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a favourite among cruisers who enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere on board, without sacrificing quality and style. There's no dress code or scheduled dining times but guests can still enjoy elegant dinners in specialty restaurants onboard.
NCL also offers world-class entertainment, luxurious spa facilities, and areas designated for kids and teens.
The nine-day cruise is called "Alaska: Glacier Bay & Juneau to Los Angeles" but it actually kicks off in Vancouver. Guests board the breathtaking Norwegian Jewel cruise ship at Canada Place Terminal on Oct. 10 and then sail to several stops in Alaska before heading back down the Pacific Coast en route to the "City of Angels."
In Alaska, the cruise will stop in Juneau, sail through Glacier Bay National Park, and stop in Ketchikan. After a couple of days at sea, the cruise will stop in San Francisco before spending its final day at sea en route to its final destination: Los Angeles.
The cruise line is also offering an incredible 40 per cent off all of its cruises, as well as a promotion that allows third and fourth guests in a stateroom to sail for free.
|Monday, Oct. 10||Vancouver, BC, Canada||5:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Oct. 11||At Sea|
|Wednesday, Oct. 12||Juneau, AK||9:00 a.m.||6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct.13||Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, AK (Cruising)|
|Friday, Oct. 14||Ketchikan, AK||9:00 a.m.||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 15||At Sea|
|Sunday, Oct. 16||At Sea|
|Monday, Oct. 17||San Francisco, CA||8:00 a.m.||8:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Oct. 18||At Sea|
|Wednesday, Oct. 19||Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA||7:00 a.m.|
Cruise from Vancouver with Norwegian Cruise Line to Los Angeles
The total for two guests in an interior stateroom works out to $3,308.84 CAD including all taxes and fees, which works out to $1654.42 CAD per person. Since the cruise is nine days long, this works out to a per diem cost of $183.82.
Not only does that cost include your transportation on a beautiful five-star vessel, but it also includes meals, entertainment, snacks, and lodging.
While this price might seem steep, it includes a great deal, particularly because Norwegian is throwing in the "Free at Sea" promotion. The promo offers significant value, including:
- Free, unlimited open bar: Enjoy all the spirits and cocktails, wines, draft beer, juice and pop for all guests 21 years or older.
Free specialty dining: Enjoy meals at the specialty dining venues for free
Free excursions: Receive $50 USD for shore excursion credit per tour
Free WIFI package: Stay connected to the internet you can use throughout the ship.
For folks who haven't cruised, the WIFI packages can work out to be quick a bit of money. If you plan on checking emails, logging into social media, or surfing the web on board, you'll need the WIFI package. If you plan on having drinks, they are not regularly included on almost any regular cruise line and end up being quite expensive.
Included in the stateroom total are the open bar gratuities ($492.88 CAD) as well as the ones for the specialty dining ($27.66 CAD).
If you put four guests into your stateroom, the per-person cost for an interior stateroom is even lower. The total cost for the cabin works out to $4,350.54, which breaks down to $1087.50 CAD including all taxes and fees.
Book your cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line online.
Early this year, I sailed on another cruise line's first voyage to Vancouver since the onset of the pandemic. Read my experience sailing from San Diego in April.