silversea

San Diego, California To Vancouver

AMERICAN WEST COAST expedition cruise Silver Explorer

ENHANCED WHALE WATCHING VOYAGE - Head for Jack Kerouac country – with a thrilling twist and perhaps encounter and engage with the ocean’s most majestic inhabitants en route. Take in Monterey, the inspirational coastline of Big Sur and San Francisco with her iconic bridge, and let little-visited, authentic small towns take you back to life as it used to be “on the road”.
Voyage 7809

Book by 15 May, 2018 and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade*

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Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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San Diego is a vacationer's paradise, complete with idyllic year-round temperatures and 70 miles of pristine coastline. Recognized as one of the nation's leading family destinations, with SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and the San Diego Zoo, San Diego is equally attractive to those in search of art, culture, world-class shopping, and culinary exploration.

Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the eight islands that make up the Channel Islands, being 22 miles long and up to 6 miles wide. It is home to an amazing array of natural features, including three mountain ranges with the highest peak above 2000 feet, a large central valley/fault system, deep canyons, year round springs and streams, 77 miles of craggy coastline cliffs, giant sea caves, pristine tide pools and expansive beaches. Bald eagles, one locally extinct, have been reintroduced and are recovering nicely, as are the endangered island fox.
Monterey is one of the more beautiful coastal cities in California. It is located on the central coast and is known for its magnificent natural beauty, world famous Aquarium, and temperate year-round climate. It was originally the state capital of California, and has more historic buildings in its downtown than any other city west of Santa Fe, including California's first theatre, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper. Monterey was established in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra and soon became a Spanish military base.
With its myriad hills and spectacular bay, San Francisco beguiles with natural beauty, vibrant neighborhoods, and contagious energy. From the hipster Mission District to the sassy Castro, from bustling Union Square to enduring Chinatown, this dynamic town thrives on variety. The city makes it wonderfully easy to tap into the good life, too: between San Francisco's hot arts scene, tempting boutiques, parks perfect for jogging or biking, and all those stellar locavore restaurants and cocktail bars, it's the ultimate destination for relaxed self-indulgence.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Astoria is a quaint little town located along the Oregon coast. It is extremely picturesque with miles of secluded beaches, sand dunes, crashing waves, lighthouses and towering forests. The town itself is a unique combination of rustic fishing village with Victorian-era houses tucked into the hills overlooking the southern shores of the mouth of the Columbia River. It was the first permanent United States settlement on the Pacific coast, established in 1811, and was home to the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains.

Rainier is a quaint little town nestled on the southern shore of the Columbia River with only about 2000 people living there year round. It was founded in 1851 by Charles E. Fox, the town's first postman and named Eminence, then renamed Fox's Landing. It was further changed to its current name Rainier in 1852 in recognition of nearby Mt Rainier, and was incorporated in 1881. Mt. St Helens, one of the most famous volcanoes in the US for its catastrophic explosion of May 18, 1980, lies just over the Washington border to the south of Rainier.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Port Angeles is located at the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula on the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, across from the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The area was occupied by indigenous Americans for thousands of years. The Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza entered the harbour in 1791 and named it Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Port of Our Lady of the Angels), claiming it for Spain. Later, in the mid 1800’s, settlers from the United States shortened and anglicized the name to Port Angeles harbour.
Olympia is located at the farthest southerly section of Puget Sound. It is the capitol of Washington State, but it is not the largest city - the largest city is Seattle, located 60 miles to the northeast. The site of Olympia has been home indigenous Americans for thousands of years before the first European visited the area in 1792. It was Peter Puget and a crew from the British Vancouver Expedition that first charted the site. In 1846, Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith jointly claimed the land that now comprises downtown Olympia.
Anacortes is a thriving seaside town located on the beautiful Fidalgo Island in the San Juan archipelago in the Pacific Northwest. It is equidistant between Seattle, Washington to the south and Vancouver, B.C. to the north (approx. 80 miles from each). First known as Ship Harbour, Anacortes was established in 1879 by settler Amos Bowman in the vain hope that it would be selected as the terminus for the transcontinental Northern Pacific Railroad. It was renamed “Anacortes” after Amos Bowman’s wife Anna Curtis.
Friday Harbor is a small town on San Juan Island, one of the largest islands in the San Juan Archipelago. It is the major commercial centre of this region, but remains a quaint, tranquil, slow-paced seaport. The town was named after Joseph Poalie Friday who was a native Hawaiian employed as a shepherd by the Hudson Bay Company. When sailers cruised past the coastline and saw smoke from his campfire, they knew they were close to “Friday’s Harbor”. The main street leading up from the port is called Spring Street. It is the oldest street in Friday Harbor, dating back to 1873.
Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the city an outdoor playground for hiking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and sailing—and so much more—while the cuisine and arts scenes are equally diverse, reflecting the makeup of Vancouver's ethnic (predominantly Asian) mosaic. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and it's easy for visitors to see why. It's beautiful, it's outdoorsy, and there's a laidback West Coast vibe.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

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Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 17,500
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 15,600
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 10,800
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 8,800
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 8,300
Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 7,700
Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 6,400
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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *If the one-category upgrade is not available, guests receive instead $500 onboard credit per suite for a total of $1,500 onboard credit per suite.

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Land programmes and 3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Day 1 — San Diego, California, USA
Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition — “Wild Coast of the Pacific USA”.

Once you have settled in and before Silver Explorer leaves San Diego, you will attend a mandatory safety drill. Later this afternoon you will be introduced to important members of the crew and to your Expedition Team. In the evening enjoy the delights of a specially prepared menu in The Restaurant.

Day 2 — Santa Cruz, California, USA
Our first stop will be in the Channel Islands National Park on Santa Cruz -the largest of the islands. Using a local catamaran we will head for Prisoners Harbor and the Central Valley, which despite its name is located on the northern shore. The island used to have a ranch, but is now partly owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, while the pier, the beach and the eastern part of Santa Cruz Island are owned by the National Park Service. You can view the historic Prisoners Harbor area and search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay which is generally found in nearby trees or stream-side vegetation, and is especially abundant in canyons and on north facing slopes with oaks. There will be different options for hikes –from short to long, from easy to strenuous. Walk up the Navy Road for a short distance to get a nice view from above. The Pelican Bay Trail will head in a northwesterly direction. During the moderate to strenuous hike we will pass California lilac bushes and will be on the look-out for Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, the Island Scrub Jay and the Santa Cruz Island Fox.

Day 3 — Monterey, California, USA
Our next stop promises an interesting day on California’s coast. We will drive along spectacular Highway 1 to Big Sur south of Monterey. During this full day excursion we will see Pebble Beach with its gorgeous coastline and homes, will stroll quaint Carmel-By-The-Sea, reach the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge and will enjoy the area’s secluded beaches, hopefully spotting Northern elephant seals hauled out on land or swimming in the adjacent surf. Lunch will be had in Carmel.
If you prefer to do a half day excursion only, then you can choose to either see the Monterey Aquarium with a VIP behind-the-scenes experience and hear about the Aquarium's groundbreaking research efforts with marine wildlife, or choose a more active afternoon of hiking or a 3-hour kayaking experience.

An optional excursion will be to play one round of golf at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Day 4 — San Francisco, California, USA
Today a full day tour of San Francisco and the Bay Area will take you to Muir Woods and the rolling hills of the Marin County Headlands. On the return to the city of San Francisco you will cross the Golden Gate on the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. The highlights in San Francisco will include Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and Haight-Ashbury.

If you prefer to see San Francisco’s highlights during the morning for an afternoon of your own, take the morning excursion to explore eclectic neighbourhoods, visit Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Recreation Area’s Land’s End and finish at the ferry Building Market for further independent exploration.

Once Silver Explorer leaves the berth you should be out on deck as we pass Alcatraz Island and will head out to sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge shortly before sunset.

Day 5 — At sea
During our day at sea, let our lecturers recap the things seen and done in California and prepare you for the natural wonders and historical sites we will see in Oregon and Washington. Enjoy a cigar in the Connoisseurs Corner or scones in the Panorama Lounge.

Day 6 — Astoria, Oregon, USA
Our next stop on this voyage is at the mouth of the Columbia River. Here we will have the option to see Fort Stevens, the only military installation in the continental United States to be fired upon since the War of 1812, in either an in-depth behind-the-scenes visit or doing a bike tour focusing on the historical and geographical attraction, including Battery Russel with its great panoramic views. Another half day excursion will visit the mouth of the Columbia River and from Fort Stevens will continue south to Cannon Beach for magnificent views of an iconic monolith known as Haystack Rock. Alternatively join a tour to Fort Clatsop State Park – where Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805-1806 and tour a re-creation of the Fort.  Enjoy an interpretive walk through coastal rainforest before enjoying a beer tasting at Fort George Brewery with a special presentation by a Lewis and Clark historian.
In the evening Silver Explorer will start our cruise up the Columbia River.

Day 7 — Rainier, Oregon, USA
Rainier is due west of Mount St. Helens and during our morning we will take the Lewis and Clark Bridge, crossing into Washington to explore Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument. This monument certainly is one of the most powerful reminders of nature’s forces, and naturalists will share stories of the drama of the May 18, 1980 eruption –the most deadly and destructive eruption in the history of the United States. You will experience how volcanoes are monitored and what Mt. St. Helens has taught. At the Johnston Ridge Observatory birds-eye views into the still-steaming crater can be had and on a hike diverse birdlife and possibly deer, elk and beavers can be observed.

Day 8 — At sea
Silver Explorer will sail downstream to reach the Pacific and head north.
Have a leisurely breakfast, attend a lecture, seminar or workshop, and take the time on the outer decks to look for seabirds, dolphins and whales. Relax in one of the lounges, enjoy a cocktail with fellow travellers or read a book in the well-stocked library.

Our culinary team will prepare and offer delicious choices using local produce.

Day 9 — Port Angeles, Washington, USA
Port Angeles is located on the southern side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca opposite Victoria and next to Olympic National Park. To make the most of the day we will drive to the summit of Hurricane Ridge at 1,598 meters above sea level for stunning views of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Interpretive hikes will be offered to spot wildlife in this unique alpine habitat. Afterwards you can either head for an old-growth forest at Lake Crescent and end the day soaking in the Sol Duc Hot Springs, or explore Dungeness Spit beach walking and getting to know about the local shellfish farms, concluding at the Finn River Farm to learn about organic farming on the peninsula with a chance to sample the local wine with light appetizers.

Day 10 — Olympia, Washington, USA
From Washington State’s capital Olympia we will be heading west on a full day excursion to see and hike at iconic Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park. After a two-hour drive we will be able to see Alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, old growth forests, all combined with geology and volcanology –the 14,410 foot iconic Mount Rainier is an active volcano.

If you prefer to hike a little closer to Olympia, you can choose to do so at the Mima Mounds, a National Natural Landmark some 30 miles south of Olympia. You will hike a 1.5-mile loop trail through low-growing prairie grasses and learn about the Native Americans who inhabited this area. This half-day excursion will end with a scenic walk through various habitat types out to the tidal flats of Puget Sound at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 11 — Anacortes and Friday Harbour, San Juan Island, Washington, USA
Heading north, Silver Explorer will reach the San Juan Islands and Anacortes.
Anacortes is the main city on Fidalgo Island and a starting point for a visit to most other San Juan Islands. Fidalgo Island is the eastern-most island of the San Juan Archipelago and has an easy access via bridge to the mainland. Of Fidalgo’s 15.4 square miles almost half are public park and recreational lands. The 67 miles of trails throughout Anacortes and Fidalgo Island encompass Mount Erie, four fresh-water lakes, one of the last old-growth forested areas on the coast and a variety of wildlife, including Bald Eagles. This is a place to explore the northern woods at your own or you can choose between a visit Deception State Park for nature walks, continue on to Whidbey Island and Fort Casey State Park, a coast artillery post featuring two 10-inch and two 3-inch historic guns and have a look at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse with sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as visiting Penn Cove mussel farms to sample this local delicacy or to see the wildlife-rich waters of Deception Pass in between the two islands by local boat.

If that is not enough of a workout for you, how about kayaking to see seals, porpoises, eagles and possibly killer whales? 

During lunch Silver Explorer will relocate a short distance and will anchor between Shaw and San Juan Island for a visit to Friday Harbour. Wander the docks in Friday Harbor during an afternoon of self-exploration and relaxation. Watch at the boats, enjoy a walk down the waterfront, and look for the sculpture of Popeye, a female harbor seal that has been a frequent visitor to Friday Harbor.
                                                                                                           
Day 12 — Vancouver, Canada
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.
                                                                                                                           
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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