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.

Science World reflecting in Vancouver's False Creek harbour

Science World reflecting in Vancouver’s False Creek harbour

Queen of Diamonds, our vessel for the evening

Queen of Diamonds, our vessel for the evening

Boats moored in False Creek all lit up

Boats moored in False Creek all lit up

Approaching the Burrard Street Bridge

Approaching the Burrard Street Bridge

English Bay with festive lights in the willow tree

English Bay with festive lights in the willow tree


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.

Me driving the Carol Ship

Me driving the Carol Ship

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.

Lion's Gate Bridge

Lion’s Gate Bridge — with the North Shore on the left and Stanley Park on the right

Lion's Gate Bridge

Going under Lion’s Gate Bridge

Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver — view from the inner harbour with Canada Place on the left

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.