Sail the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition ship to the southernmost continent, stopping in Alaska, Miami, Panama, Chile, Colombia and many amazing places along the way.
Vancouverites looking for a life-changing travel experience might want to check out this inspired ocean itinerary — but they better be prepared to spend a lot of money and put in a lot of time, too.
Operating in polar waters since 1893, Hurtigruten Expeditions offers some of the most impressive options for those wishing to sail in less traveled waters.
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Described as the “Ultimate Bucket List Cruise”, the 94-day cruise Pole to Pole Adventure takes Vancouver guests on a journey to Earth’s southernmost continent and many exciting destinations along the way.
After spending the night in Vancouver on August 3, 2023, passengers will cruise through the scenic Inside Passage to Alaska before making several stops in this popular state. Next, the ship sails through the Bering Strait, where passengers can observe up to 30 species of seabirds.
“Going through the Bering Strait, we will have Russia to the west and the United States to the east. It is also the international date line, which means that we will have ‘tomorrow’ at our left and ‘today’ on the right. At this point we will also pass through the Arctic Circle,” the cruise line explains.
After passing through the Northwest Passage, the ship heads into Baffin Bay towards Greenland and Atlantic Canada. After that, the itinerary includes stops in the eastern United States, such as Bar Harbor and Boston.
The ship calls in Miami before heading south to Belize, Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama and Colón. After crossing the Panama Canal, passengers will be able to make a few stops in Ecuador before making several stops in Chile.
Finally, passengers will experience the magic of Antarctica: “Nowhere else on Earth can we find a place comparable to this otherworldly landscape of snow and ice,” says Hurtigruten.
Cruise from Vancouver to Antarctica with Hurtigruten: Breaking down the cost
Guests will sail on the MS Roald Amundsen, which is the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition ship, named after the first explorer to successfully reach the North and South Poles.
Polar Outside cabins are typically 215 square feet and are located on the middle deck, with windows and flexible sleeping arrangements. The total cost for two people is US$115,360, which equates to approximately CAD$148,259.52. The total price per person is US$57,680 or CAD$74,129.76.
While this may seem like a jaw-dropping price, it also includes flights, accommodation, onboard activities, and landing activities. You’ll get an economy class flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, plus an overnight stay in Vancouver with breakfast at the start of the cruise.
For a higher price, customers can sail in an Arctic Superior cabin, which includes a balcony and extra space. Those who want to cruise in ultimate style can stay in large, well-appointed Expedition Suites, which have large windows and most have balconies. Some have a private outdoor hot tub.
Looking for more affordable options? Experience this cruise that visits magical Hawaii in no time and also sails to Vancouver round-trip. In other words, you never have to catch a flight: you can just walk around the ship at Place du Canada and walk around when you get home.
If you’re looking to try cruising but aren’t committing too long, a repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Francisco costs less than C$500.
I recently participated in the Koningsdam’s first trip to Vancouver. Read my experience sailing from San Diego in April.
All cruise passengers must enter their personal and travel information into the ArriveCAN app prior to disembarking in Vancouver. Learn more about the process with VIA’s tutorial.