Cruise West (www.cruisewest.com), the world’s leading provider of small-ship explorations to the most fascinating destinations on earth, announces 2010 departures of the popular and diverse Pacific Northwest Coastal Escape itinerary. The voyage highlights the picturesque waterways of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, charming Victoria, bustling Vancouver, B.C., and more. Rare beauty of temperate rainforests and solitude of the islands, combined with enlivening zodiac excursions and port calls to quaint seaports top off a perfect week of exploration.
The seven-night Pacific Northwest Coastal Escape cruise, with departure dates of April 25, May 2, September 11, 18 and 25, 2010, will sail on the nimble 102-guest Spirit of Endeavour. Cruising round trip from Seattle, ports of call will include: Nanaimo, which began as a trading post in the early 1800s; Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park, accessible only by small ship and considered one of the most beautiful cruising destinations in British Columbia; Victoria, the capital of Vancouver Island; and historic Port Townsend known for its Victorian architecture. Guests will also experience the local flavor of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island; and the art galleries and lively public market at Granville Island in Vancouver.
Guests are offered a variety of adventures, such as walking the meandering pathways at renowned Butchart Gardens; exploring the majestic Puget Sound in search of wildlife and sea life; visiting Vancouver’s 1,000 acre Stanley Park known for its old growth forest; and optional excursions including kayaking and High Tea at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. Guests will also enjoy cruising the archipelago of the San Juan Islands that boasts three resident pods of orca whales roaming the area.
Cruise West delivers a memorable travel experience where genuine encounters with nature and the local people enlighten and enrich. Engaging topical and thought-provoking presentations from experienced Exploration Leaders covering topics such as Marine wildlife, local industry, native culture, history and more, complete this awe inspiring adventure.