Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to do
main southern embarkation and disembarkation point for seven-day Gulf
of Alaska cruises and round-trip Inside Passage cruises, Vancouver is
sometimes a port of call for longer cruises sailing from United States
ports of embarkation. Located
in the southwestern corner of British Columbia, Vancouver is
surrounded by mountains and the sea.
passengers arriving at Vancouver International Airport (eight miles
from downtown), transportation is available by taxi, bus, and limo.
Most cruise ships dock at Canada Place, but with the growth of
Alaska cruising it may be necessary to embark at Ballantyne Cruise
Terminal, about a five-minute ride away.
and Alexander Streets from Richard Street east to Columbus Street
border Gastown, named for saloonkeeper “Gassy” Jack Deighton.
It’s a charming historic district filled with shops and other
touristy things located on cobblestone streets lit by gaslights.
It’s also close to Canada Place and considered a must-see by
within walking distance of the pier is Granville Island, a shopper’s
Mecca. Robson Street (a portion
of Pacific Centre Mall) is crammed with boutiques, souvenir shops, art
studios, and coffee houses.
Chinatown is one of North America’s largest.
Bordered by East Pender and Keefer Streets from Carrall Street
to Gore Avenue, like Gastown, it’s a historic district notable for
Chinese architecture and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden.
Park’s 1,000 acres in downtown Vancouver contain totem poles, rose
gardens, a children’s water park, hiking trails, and a yacht club.
A rented bicycle is a great way to explore the park and its
vantage points for views of Lions Gate Bridge.
you find yourself with limited time, a city tour offers the advantage
of seeing the major sights listed above and usually includes a stop at
Queen Elizabeth Park. Located
at the highest southern vantage point in the city, the park offers
breathtaking views as well as an enclosed tropical rain forest and
Cruising-- Spring! It's
in the air and cruisers' fancies turn north. North to Alaska, with
thoughts of majestic scenery, frontiers to explore, and what to
Return to Alaska
Ports of Call