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Best time to cruise Alaska

2nd December 2019

With so much to do across the Last Frontier, you may be wondering when is the best time to make the journey. Whether you’re eager to hike or are hoping to spot some whales, find out the best time to cruise to Alaska in our helpful guide. [More]

5 Things to do in Seattle

30th April 2018

Seattle is famous for many things, from Starbucks, to Frasier, and Microsoft, and it unsurprisingly offers a huge range of things to do and see. If your North America cruise includes a stop here, it can seem daunting to decide what to choose – particularly if you only have a day or so. For a little help and guidance, find out what our Marketing Manager Nicole recommends are the 5 top things to do in Seattle.

 

 

Seattle is so much more than Starbucks coffee and music. During my 4 days there I experienced a variety of activities and adventures giving me a good overview of the city. Here are my top recommendations.

1. See the Chihuly Garden and Glass

This is a must when visiting the city of Seattle. It showcases the artwork of Dale Chihuly - an internationally acclaimed artist. His collection contains 8 exhibition galleries and 3 Drawing Walls. Be prepared to be gobsmacked by the creations of blown-glass in various colours and shapes hanging from the roof, suspended in mid-air and growing out of the ground.

2. Dine at the Edgewater Hotel

Please, please order their King Crab platter, truly suited for a king. The restaurant is situated on the water and overlooking the marine, so diners can enjoy beautiful sunsets while indulging their palette. This is the same hotel The Beatles were infamously photographed fishing from their hotel window!

 

 

3. A Ride the Ducks Tour

This is a great one-of-a-kind experience, giving tourists an hour or two of great laughs and sightseeing through the city. After a land tour the bus-come-boat then heads for the water on which you’ll be treated to a gentle cruise, before riding back out on to dry land.

4. A Whale-Watching Tour

One of the most memorable experiences was the Puget Sound Express whale watching tour. We were fortunate enough to see an Orca, humpback whale, minke and sperm whale. The crew onboard is very quick to respond, and they do their utmost to get you as close to the whales as possible. It’s an experience I will truly never forget.

 

 

5. The Savour Seattle Food Tour

This tour introduced us to the history of Pike Place Market; a spot where people come from all over the world to experience the ambience and taste of fresh produce. Pike Place market is also home to the first Starbucks Coffee - where they still use the original logo. On an average day people queue for up to four hours to buy a cup of coffee and their souvenir mug from the first ever Starbucks coffee shop.

Many cruise lines include a stop in Seattle on itineraries in the northwest corner of North America. Discover more about cruising in Alaska and Canada, and combining your cruise with the fantastic Rocky Mountaineer train ride. This exhilarating experience links Canada to the United States – from Seattle to Vancouver – a journey which Nicole was lucky enough to take. Discover her helpful hints and tips for things to do in Vancouver next.


5 Things to do in Vancouver

26th April 2018

The northwest corner of the North American continent boasts a fabulous array of things to see and do in each city, so much so that visitors might feel a little overwhelmed with their choices. If your cruise includes a stop in Vancouver, why not get some inspiration from someone who has been there to explore? Our Marketing Manager Nicole is here to tell you her top 5 things to do in Vancouver.

1. Capilano Supsension Park Bridge

This was one of my absolute favourite sites. Suspended 70 meters above the ground and 137 meters across the Capilano River, it’s one of the oldest attractions in Vancouver. Once you get across the bridge there is a network of platforms enabling you to walk about amongst the tree tops, with some of the trees being over 100 years old. Or you can opt for a cliff side walk and see the river in all its glory.

 

 

2. The FlyOver Canada Simulator

I would recommend this to every tourist in the city, as it gives you a clear impression of everything the country has to offer. Once strapped into your rollercoaster-like seat, you are elevated towards a 180 degree screen, before a unique film begins. All your senses are awakened by smells, wind, and mist as you soar over Canada’s incredible landscapes.

3. The Vancouver Foodie Tour

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I also thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It was held in the Granville Island Public Market, where we had the opportunity to taste artisan breads, cured meats, Canadian Maple syrup, and the freshest doughnuts I’ve ever had! And this is only to mention but a few of the amazing palette-tantalising wares. This tour is rated TripAdvisor’s number 1 tour to do in Vancouver.

 

 

4. Dine at the Four Seasons

After a long day touring and exploring Vancouver, we were hosted for dinner at the Luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver for an extravagant meal at their seafood restaurant, YEW, which is said to serve the freshest flavour in the city.

5. Take a Vancouver Brewery Tour

Craft beer is a big deal in Vancouver – and rightly so. With some incredible varieties all over the city, one of the best ways to sample a few is on a brewery tour. The guides are extremely helpful and informative, taking the time to answer all the questions asked as thoroughly as possible.

 

 

Vancouver is a popular segue port for Seattle, in fact both are often included on a number of Alaska and Canada cruises. As well as this, they are conveniently linked by the mighty Rocky Mountaineer – an historic train which transports passengers through some incredible scenery in this part of the world. In fact this is just what Nicole was able to do. Discover her advice for things to do in Seattle, and find out more about combining a cruise with the Rocky Mountaineer experience.


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