Vancouver Cruise Ship Season in 2017

According to Port Vancouver, in the past 30 years over 17.5 MILLION passengers have embarked and disembarked at the Canada Place cruise ship terminal. Just last year alone 228 cruise ships and 826820 passengers came through Vancouver, a modest 3% increase from 2015! And while some look to the cherry blossoms as the first sign... Continue Reading →

Pacific Coastal Cruise on Royal Caribbean

Having caught the cruise bug, our next sail is a 7 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas in September. Sailing out of Seattle on September 16, 2016, our boat will take us down to San Francisco (where we get to overnight) with a stop in Astoria and then back... Continue Reading →

Radiance of the Seas Live Blog – Chops Grille Review

Having received a complimentary speciality restaurant dinner for two with our cruise package, the folks, wife and I decided on Chops Grille. Upon arrival, we were seated next to a window with a solid view of the ocean and figured this would be the first of many impressive components to a wonderful experience. Little did... Continue Reading →

Radiance of the Seas Live Blog – Day Three – Sea Day

Having spent the first couple days getting accustomed to the ship, we collectively decided that today was to be a rest day. As if life on a cruise ship wasn't designed around rest in the first place. First there was "pre-breakfast" out on the balcony followed by a more filling breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe.... Continue Reading →

Radiance of the Seas Live Blog – Day Two – Sea Day

After enjoying the Southern Gulf Island sunset last night, we turned in and found ourselves drifting away to sleep in a rocking boat. How good is that? We awoke to find ourselves immersed in a combination of marine cloud, fog and every-so-often, a flash of blue sky. We also found ourselves in some rockier seas,... Continue Reading →

Radiance of the Seas Live Blog – Day One – Embarkation Day

It's somewhat surreal that I'm sitting here on the balcony of Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, somewhere in the middle of the north Pacific Ocean, typing up this post. Un-freaking-real! Anywho, having never taken a cruise from Vancouver before, I was blown away by the size of the two crowds looking to board the... Continue Reading →

Cruising to Hawaii on Royal Caribbean

Someone asked me at work if I was excited to be hopping on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas on Friday. I took a moment to consider my response. At first, I thought I'd try to play the trip to Hawaii down and suggest it's not different from coming into work. Or maybe suggest that... Continue Reading →

Discounted Onboard Credit with Royal Caribbean

UPDATE - with the Canadian dollar even further below the US greenback, Royal Caribbean has adjusted their exchange rate and you will likely find this deal no longer available. If there's one thing we Canadian travelers are sensitive to, it's how much our dollar relates to the dollar of our neighbours to the south.  While... Continue Reading →

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