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The Pacific Coast of the United States offers many opportunities for holiday both by land and by sea. Because of its close proximity to Canada, many cruise lines run short cruises that either begin or end in Vancouver, British Columbia, and visit west coast ports such as San Diego, San Francisco or Los Angeles (either Long Beach or San Pedro). Some will even venture to Ensenada, Mexico or perhaps even Astoria, Oregon.  

Generally, a Pacific Coast cruise will run anywhere from four to ten days, with all combinations in between. These shorter lengths make them perfect for folks who just want to get away for a few days or want to add a cruise at the end of a land stay. They are also great for people wanting to try a new ship or cruise line with a short cruise first.

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A Pacific Coast cruise will run anywhere from four to ten days

Regardless of the length and specific port stops, Pacific Coast voyages provide an excellent opportunity to see a bit of the west coast of the United States, as well as a Canadian or Mexican port or two. Generally Pacific Coast cruises will run at times when the weather is still mild. This is so that passengers can disembark the ship at the various ports and see a bit of the countryside.  

Many Pacific Coast cruises will stop in a Los Angeles port. If time permits, take a trip to Disneyland, the place where we can all become children again. While it is certainly nothing like the scale of Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in Anaheim, California can provide a full day of fun for people of all ages. If Disneyland is not your thing, take a tour of a movie studio and see just how those television shows and movies you’ve always enjoyed were made.  

Visit the Queen Mary cruise ship, which is permanently moored in Long Beach. In fact, if your ship docked there, then you are in the same cruise terminal with her. The Queen Mary now serves as a hotel and a unique one at that. There is much to see there and tours can be arranged.  

If your cruise stops in San Diego, take the opportunity to visit Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant located right across the street from the cruise ship pier. The food there is amazing, and they are best known for their special New England clam chowder. Sit down service is offered in the formal restaurant, as well as a more casual venue that is open in the afternoons.  

If you have enough time, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo. One of the landmark zoos in the United States, this facility can provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family.  

If you are making a stop in Victoria, British Columbia, then certainly don’t miss the opportunity to visit the world famous Buchart Gardens. Acres upon acres of flowers and plants adorn these grounds and one could spend an entire day there and not get bored.  

Vancouver is also a place that offers plenty to see and do. Since that could very well be your embarkation or disembarkation point on one of these Pacific Coast Cruises, plan to spend a couple of days there. If finances allow, stay at the famous Pan Pacific Hotel, which is located right in the cruise terminal. The bell hops will gladly assist you in getting your luggage to the cruise ship, by taking the elevator with down with you. The concierge desk can easily set you up with tours and other activities to suit your interests. Be sure to ask for recommendations for dining where the locals eat.  

Be sure to visit Vancouver’s Stanley Park and its other outdoor gardens. Don’t miss seeing the Gastown District or taking a walking tour of the city itself. Vancouver clearly is worth at least one day if not several.

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