As former vendors to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines we have always loved traveling by ship. Going into 2016 we had travel points on RCCL that we had to use or lose. We had enough for a 4 or 5 night cruise so we thought “no problem”. Having frequently cruised out of Florida we thought it would be no trouble finding a cruise to use our points. Wrong! On the west coast there was only ONE cruise, one date available. Fortunately for us the cruise was out of Seattle where we planned on arriving anyway.
The ship was Explorer of the Seas, one of the huge Voyager Class of ships that has become all the rage. With over 3000 passengers and 2000 crew it is a floating city. The central promenade is a Disney like fantasy town with near constant entertainment.
We visited Victoria BC and Nanaimo BC. We had been to Victoria before and love the walkability of the place. We walked all around including Craigdarrock Castle. Nanaimo has to be the friendliest town we’ve ever visited by cruise ship. Small town atmosphere, very clean with a vibrant waterfront. The promenade was a great venue on this cruise as the temperatures in mid-May in the Straits of Juan de Fuca were too cool for the pool deck.
We had a great time on the cruise but we think we prefer to stay on the smaller ships.