Earlier in December, my friend BW and I went on a Carol Ship tour with Vancouver Cruises. We enjoyed sight-seeing the most. Vancouver’s harbour looks completely different all lit up for night. Unfortunately my camera died abut 20 minutes into the 2-hour cruise, so most of these photos are with BW’s iPhone 4.
Once we were out of English Bay and into more open water beside Stanley Park, the captain and crew invited anyone to come try driving the boat. Sounded like fun to me, and a cute captain didn’t hurt at all.
It was a little anti-climatic driving the boat as we didn’t go very fast, and I had to turn the wheel lots just to adjust our direction a few degrees. But it was still neat — I enjoyed talking with the captain and crew and having them explain everything on the instrument panel.
The only confusing/disappointing part of the cruise was the name “Carol Ships”. We were one of only 4 ships out cruising that night, and we only sang carols for about 20 minutes near the end of the voyage. For some reason, having heard for several years about the Carol Ships Parade of Lights Society, I thought that it was more impressive (from the shoreline). Or, perhaps, since we went in the first week of December, we were too early for all the events and most of the ships. Either way, I’m certainly glad we opted to go on a cruise to see the harbour lights as I love bridges and going under four of them, twice each, was awesome.