U.S. West Coast – Highlights and National Parks of the Pacific (Southbound)

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Departure date
September 22, 2023
9 days

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.

What's Included


Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

Day 1

Vancouver Overnight

Day 2

Start of the Expedition

Day 3

The views of the Pacific North West

Day 4

Sub-alpine splendour

Day 5

Scanning for sea life

Day 6

Walk among ancient giants

Day 7

Leisure cruising

Day 8

The American Riviera

Day 9

The start of an adventure

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Activities

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

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

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U.S. West Coast – Highlights and National Parks of the Pacific (Southbound)