Explore Canada with Princess Cruises

05 April 2019

As the second largest country in the world, Canada can be a daunting place for anyone wanting to explore this vast and wonderous land. Naturally, there are many ways to tackle this mammoth 9.984 million sq km country, but one of the most remarkable ways to experience Canada is with Princess Cruises.

Canada saw a record number of tourists for the second year running in 2018, attracting 21.13 million travellers. there is an abundance of things to see and do in Canada, from the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and bright blue waters of Lake Louise to Niagara Falls and the 47 national parks and reserves via vibrant cities like Toronto and Montreal.

Newcomers to Canada can be overwhelmed by the mass of must-see attractions. However, at Princess, every cruise has been designed to ensure guests make the most of every destination, both onshore and on board helping travellers ensure no stone is left unturned.

With Princess Cruises, you can visit the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove in Halifax, return to the Gilded Age in Newport, stroll down Boston's historic Freedom Trail or ascend Cadillac Mountain in the picturesque Acadia National Park. Meanwhile, on board, you'll dine like a New Englander on succulent crab cakes and lobster.

Begin in Banff

Anyone keen to experience the many aspects of Canada will be intrigued by this 13-night package from Princess Cruises commencing after this summer.

Flying out from London Heathrow to Calgary on 13 September 2019, you’ll transfer to Banff for a two-night stay at Elk and Avenue Hotel. Offering a contemporary twist on classic mountain accommodation, this newly renovated hotel sits in the heart of downtown Banff, a few steps from the quaint streets and ample restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

After a day exploring and enjoying Banff at your leisure, you’ll step aboard Rocky Mountaineer for a train ride like no other with gourmet cuisine, excellent service and awe-inspiring scenery including Vancouver’s coastal rainforests and the epic Canadian Rockies.

Arriving in Vancouver, you’ll have some time to soak up Canada’s third-largest city before setting sail for Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard Coral Princess – named best mid-size ship by Cruise Critic. Here, you’ll find out first hand why Princess Cruises has been deemed Cruise International’s best cruise line for three years running.

“Fill your itinerary with Vancouver’s fascinating hidden gems for a unique getaway. Head to Stanley Park to tour idyllic sites like Beaver Lake and Siwash Rock or spot the intriguing creatures which call this area home including northern flying squirrels. Sip delicious cappuccinos at Cardero Bottega, a popular coffee house with the locals, or taste craft beers at out-of-the-way haunt The Boxcar. A must for families is Town & Country Bowl on Marine Drive which features proper old-school bowling alleys.”

Neil, Travel Counsellor

The ship

Every one of the 700+ balcony staterooms on Coral Princess has been designed to feel like a home away from home, complemented by attentive service from friendly staff that know what hospitality means.

Tuck in the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which serves up New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and movies under the stars by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café.

Where you’ll go

Following a day at sea to exploit all the spoils of Coral Princess, you’ll arrive at the Alaskan capital of Juneau, famous for gold, government and glorious glaciers, before heading to Skagway, the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands of people who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the dream of striking it rich.

Another two days at sea are split by a stop-off at Ketchikan, a city known for its feisty salmon, idyllic scenery and incredibly rich Alaska Native culture. Finally, it’s back to Vancouver for the return flight home.

“Skagway is the furthest point north and west that I have been in my lifetime. Skagway is a gold rush town. There are some good clothes and souvenir bargains here as well as the usual cruise port shops. In Skagway, this has been very tastefully done as any new shops have blended in with the old and in the old gold rush style with a mountainous backdrop. Fortunately, it has not had its beautiful landscape ruined by ugly shopping malls.”

Cathie, Travel Counsellor

Itinerary at a glance:

Ship: Coral Princess | Date: 13 September 2019 | Duration: 13 nights 

From £3,906 per person

What’s included?: Five-night pre-cruise stay including the Rocky Mountaineer experience | Transfers throughout | Return flights from London Heathrow 


Contact your Travel Counsellor to book your Canada adventure and take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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