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Pride of Vancouver carol ship cruise

Surrounded by flotillas of ships bedecked in multi coloured Christmas lights, the Pride of Vancouver Charters embarks on carol ships dinner cruises set to holiday music. After boarding the Pride of Vancouver (one of two ships in the fleet), we were led to our reserved table where we ordered a bottle of wine to go with our meal. There’s cocktails, beer, and several wines available.

Pride of Vancouver carol ship cruise

The ship was filled on its two indoor passenger levels with several groups of varying sizes, from holiday company parties to couples and a few groups of friends. Once everyone had boarded, we set sail for a four hour relaxed cruise set to holiday music and gorgeous Vancouver scenery.

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From Coal Harbour, the ship navigated past Canada Place, eventually travelling under the Lions Gate Bridge, all the way around Point Grey to the Burrard Bridge, through False Creek to Science World, and eventually worked its way back to Coal Harbour.

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The dinner buffet was set up on both levels. We were called up sporadically in groups to enjoy unlimited portions of salads, roasted chicken, salmon, carved beef, steamed vegetables, rice pilaf and pasta. Later in the evening, slices of delicious cheesecake with raspberry coulis were brought to the tables, while self-service coffee and tea were available throughout the evening.

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After supper, guests took part in a round of caroling led by one of the ship’s staff. The caroling morphed into a disco towards the last hour of the cruise.

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All cruises include a gourmet buffet, dessert brought to your table, plus caroling and holiday music on Vancouver’s largest luxury dinner cruise ship. The views and relaxing pace of the cruise make it so worthwhile to book during the holidays, as other colourfully decorated carol ships pass by during the course of the evening. Many of Vancouver’s landmark buildings and several boats are also illuminated this time of year.

Pride of Vancouver carol ship cruise

The staff is outgoing and friendly, the food was very tasty, and the atmosphere welcoming. Both the Pride of Vancouver and Star of Vancouver carol ship cruises run daily to December 23, 2011.

Holiday cruise schedule of remaining sailings:

Fridays and Saturdays
4-hour cruise with gourmet buffet
Boards at 6:30 pm, departs at 7 pm, returns at 11 pm
Remaining dates: December 16, 17, 23
$74.95 (15% gratuity and HST not included)

Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
3-hour cruise with BBQ Salmon buffet
Boards at 6:30 pm, departs at 7 pm, returns at 10 pm
Remaining dates: December 14, 15, 18, 21, 22
$69.95 (15% gratuity and HST not included)

Mondays and Tuesdays
2 1/2-hour cruise with special holiday buffet
Boards at 6:30 pm, departs at 7 pm, returns at 9:30 pm
Remaining dates: December 12, 13, 19, 20
$44.95 (15% gratuity and HST not included)

The Pride of Vancouver Charters Ltd. is located at 450 Denman (Bayshore West Marina) at West Georgia Street. We parked at a nearby lot for $10 that covered the evening.

Phone 604.687.5533 for more information. More photos of this experience can be found in my Flickr photo set.

We were invited guests of the Pride of Vancouver Charters for the purpose of experiencing the cruise.

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2 Comments

  • Comment by Steve — December 17, 2015 @ 6:00 am

    God bless if you take a cruise with this Pride of Vancouver ship. I was told that this is family run business who loves to scam your money. It was a cold buffet dinner and there was no service except for expire dated cheese cake delivered to the table. But they charge for gratuity for nothing. It’s not value for your money. Crew has no knowledge of customer service or politeness. I was told that the food was prepared by the dish washer and food was terrible. Boat was cold, smelly, long waited line up for the bar. Met a very arrogant 2nd officer and the captain who was wearing a BC ferry uniform cap (As he thinks that he is a BC Ferry Captain? lol) When all the other vessels went on a carol ship flotilla to False Creek and back this oriental captain stayed inside the harbor steaming back and forth near the container terminal making with many loud noises banging steel on the dock. Captain didn’t know where to go or he had no idea about carol ship parade. He blamed the weather. Then how come the other vessels went towards to lions Gate Bridge and to Falls Creak? Captain and the other arrogant 2nd officer (His uniform shows 2 cross stripes which shows he is the 2nd officer who needs a good hair cut and dry cleaned cloths) was trying to fix something in the wheel room and having a big argument with a passenger. Never saw the first officer or maybe he was bar tending or cooking. Captain and the 2nd officer should be bit more knowledgeable in English language and the local area. I heard that this is a new owner who was a tip top tailor who bought this junk vessel and the company which was on sale for 8 years for a skyrocketing price and waiting to go bankruptcy soon. So be careful when you book a cruise with this vessel as it might not get you anywhere. At one point I was on the upper deck and saw one of the crew from the kitchen threw a large bag. Next time take your own life jacket when you go there on a cruise. It’s a highly paid headache

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — December 17, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    Oh man! Sounds like the ship’s ‘sunk’ over the years! Thanks Steve for pointing that out. I had no idea that this level of quality had sunk to a new low. I hope our readers will take caution before booking. Did you find any TripAdvisor reviews on this cruise company, good or bad?

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