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WINGS Birding Tours – Itinerary

Pacific Coast Seabird Cruises from Southern California to Vancouver

Albatrosses, Pterodromas, and Seabirding in Comfort

Thursday 9 May to Sunday 12 May 2019
with Paul Lehman as leader
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

Price: $300 (05/2019)

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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.

May 9-12, 2019, on Princess Cruises (Star 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 $300 plus the cost of your berth which should be booked directly with the cruise company.  Non-birders traveling with you are exempt from the $300 WINGS charge. Berth prices for this cruise start at only about $350 per person plus tax, gratuity, and port charges. Details on booking a berth can be found here.

April 28 – May 2, 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 May 1. The cruise then departs Victoria that evening and arrives in Vancouver on the morning of May 2. 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. Details on booking a berth can be found here.

May 14 - 17, 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. Details on booking a berth can be found here.

Updated: 05 March 2019

Prices

  • 2019 Cruise Price : $300
  • April 2020 Cruise price : $325
  • May 2020 Cruise Price : $325
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Notes

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.

There is no limit to non-birders.