US West Coast - Highlights of the Pacific

Join us on this expedition cruise to the highlights of the American west coast. Enjoy late spring in legendary cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Take in the view of rugged natural beauty and see some of the world´s most iconic landmarks as we sail north along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

  • A fantastic expedition cruise giving you the best of the west
  • Enjoy late spring´s pleasant temperatures and blooming flowers
  • Experience the full coast: start in San Diego and end in Vancouver, Canada
  • Scan for abundant marine wildlife and sea birds
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £250 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 10 May 2020

Departs from San Diego, USA

American Dream

Spend one week discovering the Pacific west coast of North America on board MS Roald Amundsen, as we call on modern metropolises and charming towns along the way.

California´s Golden Coast

We sail from colourful San Diego to explore California´s golden beaches, rolling hills, and award-winning wine regions. We visit the iconic sights of Los Angeles before making our way to the small town of Monterey, where you can wander through the historic quarter and enjoy a range of uniquely Californian experiences. Next up is the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, where you can explore the hills and valleys of the elegant City by the Bay.  

North to Rugged Beauty

We continue north along the Pacific coast to enjoy two full days at sea. Many whales and marine species as well as sea birds travel in these nutrient-rich waters, so keep a sharp watch out from deck!

We arrive in Washington State´s rugged coast and its mist-shrouded mountains. We call on the largest city of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, where we will enjoy its many attractions end explore the nearby natural beauty.

Vibrant Vancouver

Finally, we sail northbound into British Columbia in Canada, a province of rainforests and fjord-like channels, to end our voyage in cosmopolitan Vancouver.

Day 1: San Diego, USA

America’s Finest City


San Diego is the second biggest city in California and is often described as `America’s Finest City´ due to the high quality of life here. Before embarking MS Roald Amundsen, we recommend visiting Balboa Park´s museums, art galleries, and beautiful gardens.

Day 2: Los Angeles, USA

Hollywood & Walk of Fame

Full day

LA is known for the beach life in Santa Monica and Venice Beach, for its many theme parks and of course for Hollywood, the film industry’s mecca. Spend the day enjoying the metropolis’ many attractions or join the Expedition Team to discover some of the natural gems of the area.  

Day 3: Monterey, USA

Living History

Half day

In the afternoon, we arrive in Monterey, a picturesque small town known for its beautifully renovated buildings, Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Spend the afternoon and evening in downtown Monterey, wander through the historic quarter or join one of our optional excursions offering iconic California experiences.

Day 4: San Francisco, USA

City by the Bay

Full day

Enjoy a full day in San Francisco! Take a cable car ride to climb the steep hills, enjoy Victorian architecture, visit the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz, and enjoy the city´s incredible food scene. Our optional excursion programme will take you to the city´s top sights and hidden treasures.

Day 5-6: At sea

North Along the Pacific Coast

Days at sea mean you can join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty time to chat with fellow explorers.

Day 7: Seattle, USA

The Emerald City

Full day

We will have a full day here to discover Seattle´s sights at your leisure or join one of our optional excursions. Visit the Pike Place Market and the iconic Space Needle. Seattle is often referred to as the `Emerald City´ due to the nearby evergreen forest. There will also be opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Day 8: Vancouver, Canada
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver Photo

Welcome to Canada!

Disembarkation - Hotel

In the morning, we arrive in beautiful Vancouver, Bristish Colombia, Canada. After disembarkation we transfer you to your hotel for the overnight stay. 

Day 9: Vancouver, Canada
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver Photo

End of your expedition

We recommend spending some time to enjoy this big city with small town charm before you fly home. Why not book one of our exciting Post-programmes to extend your stay?

Arrival 18 May 2020

Location Vancouver, Canada
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Vancouver
  • One hotel night in Vancouver after the voyage including breakfast


  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  


  • Visa for US (ESTA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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