U.S. West Coast

Highlights and National Parks of the Pacific (Southbound)

Departure date
8 days

Cruise Overview

Explore the west coast of Pacific North America

  • 8-day exploration of Pacific North America. Cruise from Vancouver to San Diego in California on board the hybrid-powered MS Fridtjof Nansen.

  • Look for humpback whales as you travel to San Juan Islands, and visit the sub-alpine Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • See the giant trees in Eureka's Redwood National Park, an international Biosphere Reserve, and enjoy whale and seabird watching around Santa Barbara.

Stunning nature

Begin your travels in bustling Vancouver, before hiking through the Olympic National Park. Experience the natural wonders of the San Juan Islands, the ancient trees of Redwood National Park, and Spanish-influenced Santa Barbara.

Wild wonders

Cruise down the Pacific coast to San Diego and take in its abundant marine wildlife, from majestic humpback whales to amazing seabirds.


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

Set sail from Vancouver

Day 1

Whales of San Juan

Day 2

Olympic National Park

Day 3

Leisure cruising

Day 4

Eureka's forest giants

Day 5

Whale spotting at sea

Day 6

The American Riviera

Day 7

Arrival in San Diego

Day 8

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 8-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Fine-dining in À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • 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

Excursions & Activities

Learn more about what you can experience when going with us

Pre-post programs

Ships on this expedition

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