Join us to experience the American West Coast sailing port by port from Vancouver to San Diego via Victoria, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. Take in sweeping natural vistas and iconic sites. During our voyage we will visit natural and technical wonders. Taste wines and coffee, and stand in awe at Mount St. Helen. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada –
Victoria’s waters are famous for orcas and gray, humpback or minke whales. There is also the excellent Royal BC Museum where three main galleries give insights into the natural history, first peoples and the modern history of British Columbia. Plant lovers can stroll through the botanical wonders of Butchart Gardens.
Seattle, Washington, USA –
Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s largest city, is known for its rain, coffee, Pike Place Market, and the Boeing factory with its assembly of 747s, 767s, 777s and Dreamliners as well as the “Future of Flight” interpretive center. The city is also famous for the Seattle Space Needle and Chihuly Garden. Dale Chihuly’s multi-colored flower-like sculptures hanging from the ceiling of a 40-foot glass-covered building or his work in the outdoor Garden are overwhelming.
Portland, Oregon, USA –
Silver Cloud will travel upriver on the Columbia River to reach Portland, Oregon’s largest city. South of Portland is the Willamette Valley, the final destination of the famous “Oregon Trail”. Located within this valley that runs parallel to the Pacific is Oregon’s prime wine region with more than 500 vineyards. The local Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are considered among the best produced anywhere.
Rainier (Gateway for Mt. Rainier), USA –
We will 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. On a hike diverse birdlife and possibly deer, elk and beavers can be observed.
San Francisco, California, USA –
San Francisco and the Bay Area are famous for the Muir Woods, the rolling hills of the Marin County Headland and the Golden Gate with its world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Park with adjacent Haight-Ashbury and Fisherman’s Wharf are some of the city’s attractions.
- Visit the Royal BC Museum in Victoria
- Compare the iconic west coast cities of Seattle and San Francisco
Wildlife Watch List:
- Birds of note: Brown Pelican, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, Black Scoter, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture
- Humpback, blue and fin whales
- Harbour porpoises, harbour seals and California sea lions
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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