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Old August 7th, 2001, 02:38 AM
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Default West Coast Cruises

Hello everyone,
Got an idea. Florida has an abundance of cruises, but on the West Coast not much at all, Mexican Riv and Baja. Once in awhile Hawaii.
So let us put our heads together and come up with an itinerary for the West Coastal cruises. More than a reposition.

How about we start with this?
San Diego, Los Angelus, San Francisco, Columbia River, Portland, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver, of course with sea time inbetween.

Anyone else to add ... subtract? Extend for more days what ever you like. It is your itinerary.

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Old August 7th, 2001, 07:33 PM
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sounds good to me!!!!!!
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Old August 9th, 2001, 11:39 PM
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SoundsGreat, Could posibly tie in to winery tours etc.
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Old August 10th, 2001, 06:24 PM
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For those with sea-legs, why not a few Alaska winter cruises? There must be a ship-load or two who have wondered what Glacier Bay or the Lynn Canal might be like on an icy clear January day. It's cool, but there's little open sea on the Inside Passage route.

The protected waters of the southern Inside Passage/Georgia Strait/Puget Sound area could offer year-round 3-5-7 day cruises for both large and small ships. Ports would at least include Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, with some ships able to get into Port Townsend, Port Angeles and La Conner, the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands, Campbell River, etc., and venturing further north to to Alert Bay. In the winter, Whistler Resort packages would offer a great combination for those into skiing. Or combine with Amtrak's Coast Starlight train. Or the Rocky Mountaineer out of Vancouver. Or...lots of choices and not just in the peak summer season.

A Vancouver - Hawaii cruise would be great, especially if there were a choice between the round trip [like those originating in San Diego] and one-way, so that one could combine a week or two in the islands with a cruise home. Surely the Canadian and North-West markets would be large enough to warrant a few cruises in January/February/March.

For small-ship cruises in the summer season, the central coast of British Columbia holds promise for those with an interest in wildlife [whales, grizzly bears, eagles, sea birds] and in First Nations culture and arts, combined with beautiful fjords that are unseen on the major lines. If you're not familiar with this area, on a good map of BC look for Bella Bella, Alert Bay, Port Hardy and Campbell River - and the surrounding fjords. This area would attract those who have loved Alaska cruises but are looking for something a little different.

I'd love to see Holland America develop more of a year-round presence in its own back yard.
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