U.S. West Coast

Highlights and National Parks of the Pacific (Southbound)

Departure date
9 days

Cruise Overview

Explore North America’s West Coast, sailing from Vancouver to San Diego

Join us as we sail down America’s Pacific coast from Vancouver to San Diego via Santa Barbara and explore Olympic and Redwood national parks along the way.

You’ll spot whales around the San Juan Islands, walk sub-alpine Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park and admire some of the oldest trees in the world at Redwood National Park. See marine life on the Californian coast and enjoy the warm charm of Santa Barbara.

Olympic National Park and Vancouver

Embarking hybrid-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen in Vancouver, you’ll explore Hurricane Ridge, the sub-alpine region of Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go on a guided hike through the park to spot its rich flora and birdlife.

Redwood National Park, Eureka, and San Juan Islands

You’ll have an opportunity to walk around the seaport city of Eureka which boasts splendid Victorian architecture and do some whale-watching around the spectacular San Juan Islands near Olympic National Park. Prepare to be amazed as you enter the old-growth forest of Redwood National Park. These are some of the tallest trees in the world, over 100 metres in some cases, and around 1,500 years old.

Santa Barbara

We then set course for Santa Barbara, which has a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it, from terracotta-tiled architecture to inviting beaches. Look for whales and seabirds as we sail past the surrounding Channel Islands and all along our way down the Pacific Coast.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Vancouver Overnight

Day 1

Start of the Expedition

Day 2

The views of the Pacific North West

Day 3

Sub-alpine splendour

Day 4

Scanning for sea life

Day 5

Walk among ancient giants

Day 6

Leisure cruising

Day 7

The American Riviera

Day 8

The start of an adventure

Day 9

What's included


  • Overnight in Vancouver before the expedition cruise, including breakfast


  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Vancouver including an excursion before the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

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