Enjoy a cornucopia of variety from sizzling LA and cosmopolitan Vancouver to the old world charm of Victoria … from the scenic hills of San Francisco to the windswept rugged coastline of Oregon and Washington… to Canada’s unforgettable fjord like channels where eagles soar and orcas frolic… this is a cruise of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Home - Los Angeles, CA
Arrive at the airport and board your flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, we transfer to the pier for check-in on the Ruby Princess. Once onboard and settled into our staterooms, we get together and have a welcome cocktail.
The City of Angels always hovers between dream and reality. Once a near-forgotten colonial outpost, the pueblo metamorphosed into an agrarian paradise before reinventing itself as a movie colony. Perhaps no other city owes so much to the technological innovations of the 20th century, from the automobile to the airplane. Little wonder that LA is oft described as the “dream machine.” In LA, reinvention is a way of life. Yet this talent for change has created a city with a rich ethnic diversity and a sizzling culture. LA is the source for trends that migrate across the country and then the world. Where else can you enjoy a Thai taco or munch on a kosher burrito? Or travel from downtown’s high rises to the beaches of Malibu, shopping in Beverly Hills along the way?
Day 2 - Day at Sea
Day at sea. Take advantage of all the Ruby Princess has to offer! Try your luck at the casino, enjoy some time at the spa, or hit the Princess Links.
Day 3 - San Francisco, CA
Cable cars, the Golden Gate rising from the fog - welcome to San Francisco, arguably the most romantic and cosmopolitan city in the United States. San Francisco has it all: a colorful history, superb restaurants, sophisticated museums, world-class shopping, and that elusive air of romance and abandon that’s part of the tang of the city.
Day 4 - Day at Sea
Day at sea. Take advantage of all the Majestic Princess has to offer! Relax in the spa, sing-a-song karaoke style or explore the freshwater pool.
Day 5 - Astoria, OR
As the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria offers a rich history for your exploration. It was first visited by Captain Robert Gray in 1792, by the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery in 1805, then adventuresome pioneers by the thousands. Now its your turn to experience the excitement of exploring Astoria.
Within a 20 mile radius, one can see dozens of exciting attractions including Fort Stevens State Park, Fort Astoria, Heritage Center Museum, Flavel House Museum, Uppertown Fire Fighters Museum, Astoria Column and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, home to one of the nation’s finest displays of model ships and nautical artifacts.
Astoria offers other fun discoveries, such as historic Victorian homes and the beautiful 4.1 mile-long Astoria Bridge.
Day 6 - Victoria, Canada
Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.
In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.
Although it’s a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.
Day 7 - Vancouver, Canada
This morning, we disembark after breakfast and embark on a city tour of Vancouver. After, we check-in to our hotel.
It seems unlikely that a character named “Gassy Jack” Deighton would be responsible for one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. But that’s history for you!
During the gold rush, Gassy Jack saw a chance to make money from the hordes of miners on their way to the Yukon. The saloon he built became the focus of the shanty town known as Gastown. From that ragtag group of shacks, modern Vancouver was born. The provincial government persuaded settlers to change the name of the town to Vancouver, after Captain George Vancouver, who sailed the region’s waters in 1792.
Canada’s third-largest city, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan place with a European feel and a personality all its own. It’s a community with a rich ethnic mix - including the second-largest Chinatown in North America - and stunningly beautiful parks.
Day 8 - Vancouver - Home
The cruise may be over, but the memories of all the beautiful places we have visited will stay with you forever as we transfer to the airport this morning after breakfast and check-in for the flight home.