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    Seattle and Vancouver Pre- and Post-Alaska Cruise Excursions on Clipper Vacations

    Seattle and Vancouver Pre- and Post-Alaska Cruise Excursions on Clipper Vacations

    PHOTO: Set sail with Clipper Vacations but enjoy two of the most exciting cities in the world before or after your trip. (Courtesy Clipper Vacations)

    Seattle and Vancouver are the departure points for all Alaska cruises, but many people skip out on enjoying these two unique destinations. On many occasions, I’ve heard travel agents direct clients to make their own arrangements for pre- and post-Alaska cruise excursions simply because they are not aware of a supplier who can help.  Here are seven reasons why you should contact Clipper Vacations and encourage your clients to extend their stay!

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    Pike Place Market - Seattle

    Pike Place Market is visited by more than 10 million people each year.  The market was founded by farmers in 1907 who wanted to sell their goods direct to the public.  In the 1960’s there were plans to tear down the market and the new plans included a hockey rink and parking lot. Luckily people protested and the market was turned into a 17 acre historic district in 1971.  Today, the market is a “must see” hot spot frequented by both locals and tourists.  Also, for clients coming from far away destinations, Pike Place Market can pack and ship any fish, crab or salmon with dry ice for excellent transport!  Learn more:

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    Woodinville Wine Country - Seattle

    Did you know that Washington is the second largest producer of wine outside of Napa in the US? In recent years, Washington has quickly elevated its reputation as a top player among wine aficionados. If you head east from Seattle over the Cascade mountain range, you’ll discover that 2/3 of our state is home to incredibly rich, dry soil perfect for vineyards!  Lucky for visitors, more than 100 of those wineries have opened up small tasting rooms in a little city called Woodinville located about 30 minutes east of Seattle.  Wine tours operate daily from downtown Seattle with hotel pickups.

    Stanley Park – Vancouver

    Stanley Park is considered one of the greatest urban parks in the world.  Encouraging your clients to take a hike through this majestic park will expose them to everything that defines the great Pacific Northwest – mountain views, beautiful bodies of water and a temperate rainforest.  Stanley Park is a designated national historic site of Canada that includes miles of trails, beaches and wildlife along with natural and cultural landmarks.  Stanley Park is also home to the largest aquarium in Canada.

    Capilano Suspension Bridge - Vancouver

    Capilano Suspension bridge has been captivating thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts since 1889. A classic local landmark, the bridge is a short drive from Vancouver and is also accessible in the summer season as a day tour. 

    In 2004 Treetops Adventure was added to Capilano Suspension Bridge.  This adventure will take your clients 100 feet into the middle of coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges that are attached to old-growth forest.  There are naturalists guiding guests hourly, or clients can explore on their own.

    Beautiful, Stunning, Breathtaking … Whistler!

    While ultimately recognized as a winter wonderland, one of the great kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest is that Whistler Blackcomb is a summer paradise!  If your clients are traveling a great distance to the Pacific Northwest, adding on Whistler should be a no-brainer.  Whistler is approximately a 4.5 hour drive from Seattle or a 2 hour drive from Whistler. In the summer, your clients can take an ATV or Jeep tour culminating in a salmon bake dinner or play a round of golf at the Chateau Whistler Golf Club. Year-round, they can also enjoy an adventurous ziplining or TreeTrek tour. For more information:

    San Juan Islands – Seattle

    One place your cruise clients will not experience on their Alaska cruise are the San Juan Islands, one of the most beautiful areas of the Pacific Northwest.  The San Juan Islands are well known for the resident orca pods and other sealife that reside in the surrounding waters. Clipper Vacations offers a day tour between May and October that departs directly from Pier 69 in downtown Seattle and heads up to the picturesque summer town of Friday Harbor for a 2.5 hour Whale Watch and Sealife Search before dropping passengers off in Friday Harbor for 2.5 hours to explore on their own.  This tour can also be extended to an overnight excursion, which I highly recommend!  Friday Harbor is perfect for clients looking for a fun daytrip or fun and romantic overnight adventure.

    This summer there will be well over a million passengers traveling through Vancouver and Seattle for their Alaska cruise. Encourage them to stay longer to enjoy all of the great options afforded by summer in the Pacific Northwest!


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