Sampler Cruises on West Coast


Inside cabin or oceanview? Oceanview or balcony? These are always part of the decision-making process when going on a cruise.

And almost always, we opt for balcony.

On the other hand…the other hand is a one-night cruise. For people on or near the Pacific Northwest, this kind of "cruise sampler" or "two-day break" is part of re-positioning cruises and two cruise lines — Princess or Holland America — offer them.

You spend 22 hours or so on a cruise ship. You sail from Seattle to Vancouver. You can eat, be entertained and enjoy watching the water go by like all passengers on all cruise ships.

For $79, max.

If it's the Star Princess, the price is $69. The other two ships on this route — the Golden Princess (above) and Holland America's Oosterdam — are both $79. All three ships need to port in Canada (for different reasons) as they re-position south for the winter.

In all three cases, of course, you have to factor in the cost of getting to (or back to) Seattle. By train, that's about $65.

The prices are all for inside cabins. No balcony. No window. But really, in 22 hours all you're really going to do in your room is sleep. And if it was a hotel room and not a cabin on a cruise ship, what are the chances the hotel room would have a view?

Sapphire Princess
7 nights
July 21, 2012
Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver
Inside: $599
Cost per day: $85

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