Over 150 sailings in Alaska start in the Emerald City in 2014 and in general, these tend to be the most affordable options. Not only are sailings usually priced lower when compared to Vancouver, but so are flights. You’ll even find some Vancouverites (British Columbians, not Washingtonians) start their cruise in Seattle to save the extra couple hundred bucks per person.
But Alaska cruises from Vancouver are popular despite the extra cost because it is closer to Alaska, visitors get to spend more time at port and while at Glacier Bay (note: not all Alaska itineraries include a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site). As well, there’s the famed inside passage. All cruises headed to Alaska from Vancouver sail the full passage, which means more scenic cruising and calmer waters as the ship sails the east coast of Vancouver Island rather than the unprotected west coast.
Do any Alaska cruises from Seattle cruise the full inside passage? The short answer is yes, but not both ways. Typically, sailings that start in Seattle also end there. The industry lingo is “Seattle roundtrip Alaska cruise” and all these cruises sail the outside of Vancouver Island, that is the west coast of the island.
You’ll find ones from Norwegian, however, sailing from Seattle outside Vancouver Island north to Alaska then when the ship heads south, it sails the inside passage and ends in Vancouver or Victoria.
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