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WINGS Birding Tours – Itinerary

Pacific Coast Seabird Cruises from Southern California to Vancouver

Albatrosses, Pterodromas, and Seabirding in Comfort

Tuesday 28 April to Saturday 2 May 2020
with Paul Lehman as leader
Thursday 14 May to Sunday 17 May 2020
with Paul Lehman as leader
Monday 3 May to Friday 7 May 2021
with Skye Haas as leader

Price: $325 (04/2020)

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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 this cruise we have a reasonable chance of encountering Hawaiian, Murphy’s and Cook’s Petrels among many others.

28 April-2 May 2020, on Holland America Cruises (Koningsdam) from San Diego to Vancouver: The 4-Day cruise on Holland America Cruises departs from San Diego in the afternoon, has two full days at sea, and then arrives in Victoria on the afternoon of 1 May. The cruise then departs Victoria that evening and arrives in Vancouver on the morning of 2 May. Cost is $325 plus the cost of your berth which should be booked directly with the cruise company.  Non-birders traveling with you are exempt from the $325 WINGS charge. Berth prices for this cruise start at only about $350 per person plus tax, gratuity, and port charges.

14-17 May 2020, on Princess Cruises (Emerald Princess) from Los Angeles (San Pedro) to Vancouver: The 3-Day cruise on Princess Cruises departs from Los Angeles in the afternoon, has two full days at sea, and then arrives in Vancouver in the morning on day 3. Cost is $325 plus the cost of your berth which should be booked directly with the cruise company.  Non-birders traveling with you are exempt from the $325 WINGS charge. Berth prices for this cruise start at only about $350 per person plus tax, gratuity, and port charges.

3-7 May 2021, on Princess Cruises (Coral Princess) from Los Angeles (San Pedro) to Vancouver: The 4-Day cruise on Princess Cruises departs from Los Angeles in the afternoon, has two full days at sea, and then arrives in in Victoria on the morning of 6 May. The cruise then departs Victoria that evening and arrives in Vancouver on the morning of 7 May.  No land excusion will be organized in Victoria. Cost is $435 plus the cost of your berth which should be booked directly with Princess at the number below.  Non-birders traveling with you are exempt from the $435 WINGS charge. Berth prices for this cruise start at only about $239 per person plus tax, gratuity, and port charges based on double occupancy.  Details on booking a berth can be found here.

Created: 07 February 2020

Prices

  • April 2020 Cruise price : $325
  • May 2020 Cruise Price : $325
  • May 2021 Tour Price : $435

Notes

Questions? The Tour Manager for this tour is Kim Dean. Call 1-866-547-9868 or 520-320-9868 or click here to email.

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 these cruises is 12.

** Note that a WINGS deposit or payment is not required of non-birding companions who should not expect to join the daytime birding activities. Non-birding companions must of course book their cruise berth with the cruise line.

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