A Cook’s Petrel arcs over the Pacific off Santa Barbara, California Photo: Tony Leukering
When major cruise companies reposition their boats from winter to summer cruising schedules, the cost of these staging cruises are often remarkably reasonable. Recently West Coast birders have used these cruises as a comfortable platform to look for offshore species, including several pterodroma petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels. On our Holland America cruise we have a reasonable chance of encountering Hawaiian, Murphy’s and Cook’s Petrels among many others. A list of bird possibilities can be found here.
April 22-26, 2017: The 4 Day cruise on Holland America departs from San Diego in the afternoon, stops in Victoria, and then arrives in Vancouver in the early morning. Cost is $290 plus the cost of your berth which should be booked directly with the cruise company. Non-birders traveling with you are exempt from the $290 WINGS charge. Berth prices for this cruise start at only about $250 per person plus tax, gratuity, and port charges. Details on booking a berth will be announced with the 2017 dates for the cruise.
Updated: 21 June 2016
- Per Person : $290
- 2018 dates are not yet available
- 2018 cruise prices are not yet available
The “Tour Information” tab at the top of this page links to details on booking berths, deposit and payment dates and other relevant information.
* The maximum number of birders for the 4-Day, April 22-26, 2017 San Diego to Vancouver cruise is nine.
There is no limit to non-birders.