West Coast Highlights - San Diego to Vancouver

Join us on this expedition cruise along North America’s west coast. Enjoy late spring in legendary cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Admire the views of rugged natural beauty and see some of the world´s most iconic landmarks as we sail north along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

  • Experience a fantastic expedition cruise giving you the best of the west
  • Enjoy late spring´s pleasant temperatures and blooming flowers
  • See the full west coast: starting in San Diego and ending in Vancouver, Canada
  • Watch for abundant marine wildlife and sea birds
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Cruise Itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Departure May 10, 2020

Departs from San Diego, USA

American Dream

Spend one week discovering the Pacific west coast of North America as we call on modern cities and charming towns along the way.

California's Golden Coast

We sail from colorful San Diego to explore California's golden beaches, rolling hills, and award-winning wine regions. We visit the iconic sights of Los Angeles before making our way to the small port city of Monterey, where you can wander through the historic quarter and enjoy a range of uniquely Californian experiences. Next up is the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, where you can explore the hills and valleys of this elegant “City by the Bay.”  

North to Rugged Beauty

We continue north along the Pacific coast to enjoy two full days at sea. Many whales, various marine species and sea birds thrive in these nutrient-rich waters, so keep a sharp watch out from deck!

We sail past Washington State's rugged coastline and mist-shrouded mountains into the Pacific Northwest’s largest city, Seattle, where we enjoy its many exciting attractions and explore nearby natural beauty.

Vibrant Vancouver

Finally, we sail northbound into British Columbia, Canada, a province of vast rainforests and fjord-like channels, and end our cruise in cosmopolitan Vancouver.

Day 1: San Diego, USA

America’s Finest City


San Diego is the second-largest city in California and often described as “America’s Finest City,” due to the high quality of life here. Before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen, we recommend visiting Balboa Park’s museums, art galleries, zoo and beautiful gardens.

Day 2: Los Angeles, USA

Hollywood & Walk of Fame

Full Day

LA is known for the beach life in Santa Monica and Venice Beach, for its many theme parks and, of course, for Hollywood, the film industry mecca. Spend the day enjoying the city’s many attractions or join the expedition team to discover some of the area’s natural gems.  

Day 3: Monterey, USA

Living History

Half Day

In the afternoon, we arrive in Monterey, a picturesque small port city known for its beautifully renovated buildings, Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Spend the afternoon and evening in downtown Monterey, wander through the historic quarter or join one of our optional excursions featuring iconic California experiences.

Day 4: San Francisco, USA

City by the Bay

Full Day

Enjoy a full day in San Francisco! Ride a cable car up steep hills, enjoy Victorian architecture, visit Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz, and enjoy the city's incredible food scene. Our optional excursion program will take you to the city's top sights and hidden treasures.

Day 5-6: At sea

North Along the Pacific Coast

Days at sea mean you can join the expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty time to chat with fellow explorers.

Day 7: Seattle, USA

The Emerald City

Full Day

We will have a full day here to discover Seattle´s sights at your leisure or on optional excursions. Visit Pike Place Market and the iconic Space Needle. Seattle is often referred to as the “Emerald City,” because of nearby evergreen forests. You also get opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Day 8: Vancouver, Canada
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver Photo

Welcome to Canada!

Disembarkation - Hotel

In the morning, we arrive in beautiful Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. After disembarkation we transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. 

Day 9: Vancouver, Canada
West End is a neighborhood in Vancouver
West End is a neighborhood in Vancouver Photo

End of Your Expedition

We recommend spending some extra time to enjoy this big city with small town charm before flying home. Why not book one of our exciting post-cruise Land Adventures to extend your stay?

Arrival May 18, 2020

Location Vancouver, Canada
What's Included


  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Vancouver
  • One hotel night in Vancouver after the voyage including breakfast


  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail through  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling  


Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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