One of the best-kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest are the repositioning sailings that occur in the spring before the Alaska cruise season kicks off, and again in September and October as the ships that have headed “up north” return to the warmer climates of Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean for the winter months. And one of the lines to offer the most Pacific Coastal sailings each year is none other than Seattle-based Holland America Line.

Holland America's Statendam docked at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC. Photo © Aaron Saunders

One sailing in particular is already going fast: the 4-day Pacific Coastal sailing operated onboard the venerable Statendam. Departing May 17, 2012, this Statendam sailing is noteworthy because it sails round-trip from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Calling on the picturesque city of Astoria, Oregon, the Statendam also sails to Victoria, British Columbia, famous for its Fairmont Empress Hotel, Butchart Gardens, and friendly, old English charm.  Guests can spend a full afternoon and evening in this quaint city before setting sail one last time, bound for Vancouver and its iconic Canada Place cruise ship terminal.

Enjoying High Tea at Victoria's Butchart Gardens. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The full itinerary:

Veendam's Cuban-Caribbean Cruise

February 14, 2018Fort Lauderdale, FLEmbark5:00pm
February 15At Sea
February 16Havana, Cuba8:00am2:00am Feb 17
February 17At Sea
February 18Cienfuegos, Cuba8:00am5:00 pm
February 19Georgetown, Grand Cayman8:00am5:00pm
February 20At Sea
February 21, 2018Fort Lauderdale, FL7:00amDisembark

Although it may just be the beginning of January, staterooms aboard this quick four-day getaway are going fast, with only Oceanview and Verandah categories remaining.

It may be only four days, but a Pacific Coastal sailing can be amazingly enjoyable at any length.  After all, a cruise is a cruise!

The Promenade deck of the Oosterdam in the crimson glow of sunset during a Pacific Coastal sailing. Photo © Aaron Saunders

More information about this and other Pacific Coastal sailings can be found by visiting the Holland America website, or by checking out our Statendam profile on our sister-site, The Avid Cruiser.


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