Seattle Gray Whale Watching Deal

Just in time for our first Whale Watching trip of the season kicking off this Saturday, we are hearing lots of reports of Gray whales spotted in the area. Hooray! The Seattle Times first reported the return of the Gray whales to the Puget Sound a few weeks ago, but in just the past week the frequency of reported sightings has picked up.

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You know spring has finally come to the Pacific Northwest as soon as the cherry blossoms come out! This April, celebrate the season with Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival, race with Victoria’s Times Colonist 10k or the Vancouver Sun Run; visit Miro: The Experience of Seeing at the Seattle Art Museum or Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music at the Portland Art Museum; go wine tasting at STEM: Science Uncorked in Seattle, Portland’s Spring Beer & Wine Fest or Victoria’s Uncork Your Palate. Plus, there are many other events throughout the Pacific Northwest happening in April. Click through for all the best events and a picture of cherry blossoms in each city.

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Crystal Ladies Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Crystal Ladies Photo: Cirque du Soleil

Prepare to escape into a fantastical world showing the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly in Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM. The show promises a variety of impressive performances including devil sticks, a trapeze duo, hand balancing, unicycles and many more. In addition to impressive acrobatics, Cirque du Soleil always features amazing costumes. TOTEM costumes are designed by Kym Barrett, famous for costuming the Matrix movies. Barrett researched animals, plants and birds as well as cultural and tribal designs while making the costumes and sourcing materials.

Dates and Tickets for TOTEM

Portland: March 27-May 4, buy tickets here

Vancouver: May 15-June 29 buy tickets here

About Cirque du Soleil

Guy Laliberte, a street performer and fire-eater, created Cirque du Soleil in 1984 in Quebec City for the province’s 450th anniversary celebrations. The event traveled all over Quebec to bring the festivities to everyone in the tradition of traveling circuses. Since its original show, the organization has grown internationally and is now in five continents. To see what you can expect from a Cirque du Soleil show, watch Worlds Away.

To plan a trip from Seattle or Victoria to visit Vancouver or Portland for the show, visit

We love hearing from our guests and we just want to take a moment to acknowledge some of the fantastic recent feedback and reviews left for Victoria Clipper. A big thanks to everyone who took the time to share their experience!



“Great way to get to Victoria, BC”

Reviewed February 12, 2014

Dnkpowell (Wrangell, Alaska)

We flew into Seattle and caught the Clipper Ship to Victoria the next morning. It was too foggy to enjoy the scenery but the process for getting through customs and onto the ship was streamlined and uneventful. The ship was comfortable and the service good.



“Nice, quick trip from Seattle to Victoria, BC”

Reviewed March 1, 2014

Andrew V

The was a very nice, clean boat that took us from Seattle to Victoria, BC. The rates were reasonable and staff friendly.




Reviewed January 15, 2014

MacIzakov (Toronto, Canada)

Our second visit to Seattle via the Clipper was as expeditious as the first. Their service is excellent, the catamarans are well appointed and fast, and both the Victoria and Seattle docks are walkable to the downtown cores. If you’re prone to seasickness, they sell pills onboard for $0.25 that work a charm. I don’t know why anyone would fly between Victoria and Seattle, to be honest, and its a great way to make your trip a 2 city visit.



Reviewed January 28, 2014

Kandice T.

We recently took the clipper for a day trip to Victoria. No complaints. The staff (on and off the boat) were great, very friendly and helpful. Loved the free tea (husband loved the free coffee).  Very cool that the staff comes around to take food and drink orders.

Gray Whale Photo: Captain Jason Mihok

Gray whale tail spotted from the Victoria Clipper III (Photo by Captain Jason Mihok / Clipper Vacations)

Spring means the start of gray whale watching season in the Pacific Northwest! Every year over 20,000 gray whales migrate from California to Alaska and prime time for whale watching in the Seattle area is March-May. About 200 of those whales return for a stop near Whidbey Island, WA every spring to feed including one nicknamed “Little Patch” who has been the first to arrive the past few years as covered in a great article in the Seattle Times last week.

If you’d like to go gray whale watching from downtown Seattle, Clipper Vacations offers select departures in April and May. In addition to departing from right downtown, the tour includes a stop in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. The seaport town includes shops and restaurants and is famous for Penn Cove Mussels. This year, we’ve added two afternoon departures for people who aren’t interested in an early start.

Seattle Gray Whale Watching

Gray Whale near Seattle, WA (Photo by Justine Buckmaster / Clipper Vacations)

If you’re coming from outside of the Seattle area, combine your Gray Whale Watching Day Trip with other fun activities in Seattle. Departure from Pier 69 makes waterfront attractions like Pike Place Market, the Great Wheel, Seattle Aquarium and the Sculpture Park easy to visit. Or consider adding Emerald City Trolley, the Space Needle or EMP Museum. See our list of 50 things to do for more ideas.

Gray Whale Watching Details

  • Dates: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 26, 27, May 4, 10, 11 and afternoon departures May 17 & 18
  • Price: Adults are $55 with kids (1-11) $27.50 with 3-day advance purchase

Visit our website or call 800-888-2535 to book your Gray Whale Watching from Seattle with Stop in Coupeville on Whidbey Island today!

Coupeville Whidbey Island Photo: Captain Jason Mihok

Coupeville Whidbey Island (Photo by Captain Jason Mihok / Clipper Vacations)

(Photo by Captain Jason Mihok / Clipper Vacations)

The Victoria Flower Count ended with a tally of 1,392,393,203 blooms for 2014! Every year, The Butchart Gardens and Tourism Victoria team up with Victoria residents to count how many blooms are in their community. This year, the City of Colwood won the title of “Bloomingest Community” with more than a billion blooms!

Victoria is known as the City of Gardens because the climate is ideal for growing flowers, so naturally their world famous The Butchart Gardens has been nominated as one of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards for Best Public Garden. In addition to The Butchart Gardens, the list also includes other northwest favorites The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island and the Portland Japanese Gardens as well as the Huntington Botanical Gardens, one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited! You have until March 31 to vote for your favorite public garden.

Photo Creative Commons Licensed by Rick Phillips

Photo Creative Commons Licensed by Rick Phillips

March is the time of year when most people are ready for the snow to melt and the sun to come out. Hopefully we’ll be lucky enough to receive some early spring sunshine in the Pacific Northwest and there are plenty of fun activities this month (indoor and outdoor) in Victoria, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. Whether you’re looking for live music, art, food and wine events, theater or comic book conventions, March has a little bit of everything!

Victoria: There’s still a little time to catch Dine Around Victoria where participating restaurants offer 3 course meals for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person. Also, Pacific Baroque Festival is celebrating the music of J.S. Bach with several notable performers who specialize in the Baroque period.

Seattle: If you’re interested in seeing a musical, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or dressing up for Comicon– Seattle has a little bit of everything in March. Food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy Taste Washington showcasing Washington food and wine and if you’re interested in art you’ll enjoy SAM’s Miro exhibit.

CelticFest Vancouver

Photo: Donald McKillican courtesy of CelticFest Vancouver

Everyone’s favorite drinking holiday is quickly approaching and Vancouver has just the festival to lead up to St. Patrick’s Day with 9 days of Celtic celebration. The 10th annual CelticFest Vancouver starts March 8 and has events leading up to the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 16.

Ticketed events include an all-Irish night of music called The Irish Edge including Hermitage Green and Vagabonds on March 8, Ceili’s Kitchen Party featuring Tom Landa and Kalissa Hernandez March 13, and CelticFest Ceilidh March 15. In addition to live music, you can also purchase tickets to A Whisky Kiss scotch tasting event on March 12 and the musical Something Sort of Grandish.

The festival also includes free events for people of all ages including the Celtic Village and Street Market which takes over Granville Street between Robson and Nelson as well as Robson Square with music, dancing, street entertainment, sword fighting, workshops, food and jewelry and clothing vendors.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 16 at 11 am and starts at Howe and Davie heading toward Georgia and Granville. Hundreds of thousands of people come out to the parade every year to celebrate the holiday and Celtic culture. This year’s 10th anniversary festivities are sure to impress!

Visit to book a trip from Seattle, Portland or Victoria to Vancouver for CelticFest.

Beer at Spinnakers Brewpub

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Image by Deddeda Stemler courtesy Tourism Victoria

One of the best parts of visiting anywhere in the Pacific Northwest is that you can always find amazing local craft beer. British Columbia has over 30 craft breweries, with 9 craft breweries and brewpubs in Victoria which are being celebrated March 1-9 for Victoria Beer Week.

The schedule of events for Victoria Beer Week 2014 begin with Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market. Also happening are several workshops, specials, and tasting events including a celebration of International Women’s Day with a Women and Beer event. Many events are sold out, but there are still tickets available to some and anyone can take advantage of the specials at local pubs.

For more information on Victoria Beer Week visit

To plan a trip to Victoria during Victoria Beer Week visit

The fourth longest-running Broadway show in history is coming to Seattle at The Paramount March 12-April 6, 2014. The musical is a lively stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 The Lion King. In the off chance you’ve never seen The Lion King, it’s the story of a young lion prince living in the African Pride Land. The story focuses on Simba who struggles when he loses his father and has to fight to claim his rightful place on the throne.

The stage adaptation opened in 1997 directed by Julie Taymor with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Shortly after celebrating its 16th anniversary, it became the first Broadway show in history to gross over $1 billion.

Other upcoming Broadway in Seattle shows include Once May 27-June 8 and The Book of Mormon June 22-August 10.

To purchase tickets visit and for information on traveling from Portland, Victoria or Vancouver to Seattle to catch these spectacular musicals visit

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