Featured Attraction of the Week: Harbour Cruises (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Harbour Cruises

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

Carol Ships set sail December 1st!

Join Harbour Cruises this holiday season as the local waters come alive with luminous colour during the Carol Ships Parade of Lights Festival. Sing Christmas carols or dance the night away on one of Harbour Cruises’ beautifully decorated boats.

Offering the most extensive and festive selection of Carol Ship departures in Vancouver, Harbour Cruises is proud to continue this Vancouver tradition. Sing along at your table with live Christmas Carollers who will lead you in all the Yuletide favourites, whilst feasting on a professionally catered holiday menu.

Vessels participating in the Parade of Lights Festival meet at Canada Place before setting off on the nights designated route. The flotilla of brightly coloured vessels sail various routes including journeys to False Creek, past North and West Vancouver, Deep Cove and Port Moody. Don’t miss out as this is the only time of year vessels are allowed to display coloured exterior lighting.

Weeknight Carol Ship Dinner Cruises 2012
Sunday through Thursday
December 2nd to 6th, 9th to 13th, 16th to 20th & 23rd
2.5 hour cruise with traditional Christmas dinner buffet and live carollers on board

Weekend Carol Ship Dinner & Dance Cruises 2012
Friday & Saturday evenings
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22
4 hour cruise with traditional Christmas dinner buffet, live carollers and DJ

Contact Information:
Harbour Cruises
501 Denman St
Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
P: 604-688-7246
Website: www.boatcruises.com
Email: tours@boatcruises.com

Getting Here: Please click here for directions to the marina.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to experience an on-board Carol Ship Dinner Cruise valid Sundays through Thursdays for the 2012 and 2013 holiday season (prize worth $129.90).

Congratulations Anna!  Check your email inbox for prize details!

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139 Responses to Featured Attraction of the Week: Harbour Cruises (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

  1. Lorraine Kelly

    What an amazing way to enjoy an evening during the festive season!

    • Lee

      Such a festive event!!

  2. Samantha

    Wahoo! I want to go on a harbour cruise!

    • Ron

      I know this place which guarantees to serve a beautiful evening…

      Would you like to have a cup of coffee on a cruise ship…

  3. Been wanting to do this for a while – looks like a great way to spend an evening with a loved one!

  4. Wen

    This is awesome!

  5. Diane

    So cool. Sounds like fun

  6. April

    I want to have a great experience this Christmas !
    Let me be on the Harbour Cruse !

  7. anna rematore

    wow a fun way to spend a night !! sounds like fun… Pick meeeeeeee !!! would love to go and sing some carols

  8. anna rematore

    ……….wow a fun way to spend a night !! sounds like fun… Pick meeeeeeee !!! would love to go and sing some carols

  9. anna rematore

    dec 2 wow a fun way to spend a night !! sounds like fun… Pick meeeeeeee !!! would love to go and sing some carols

  10. Karin

    It is on our to do list – REALLY want some tickets.

  11. Keeley

    My mom is coming for Xmas from Ontario….would love to take her, she would love it!

  12. My husband and I walked the seawall before the Jack Poole X-mas tree lighting last week, and noticed the Habour Cruises…sounds so fun! All the boats with x-mas lights light up the habour.

  13. Masumi

    Would love to win!! Sounds fun!

  14. LC

    Pretty please…it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet and this just might help. :)

  15. Looks like good date night fun!

  16. Megan

    I have never been on a winter harbour cruise and I would love to experience it!

  17. mark

    Would be amazing to see the city from a cruise ship and especially with a festive atmosphere!

  18. Luisa

    I hope this activity continue for long time and I would love to do it this year with my son to share that great time of warmest holidays in our hearts.

  19. Kristin

    We would absolutely love to go! :)

  20. Maristel

    it must be a wonderful experience shared with a special person in your life… a beautiful Christmas gift ever!!!!

  21. Miranda

    Nothing says Christmas like twinkly lights sparkling off the ocean, carols and dinner on a boat. Ho ho ho!

  22. teresa jeang

    that’s awesome!

  23. Binnie

    Would love to try this!

  24. Christie M

    Sounds amazing!!!

  25. i’m on a boat

  26. Tara

    I’ve never been on any kind of cruise before! This would be so fun and festive :)

  27. Sounds so festive!

  28. Karen Li

    Christmas carols and buffet on a cruise? That sounds amazing!

  29. Colleen

    This would be the best Christmas gift.

  30. Raquel Santos

    This will definitely be a night to remember!

  31. Heather M.

    This sounds like the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit!

  32. Idy Leung

    This is so great!

  33. Hilma Sinkinson

    What an amazing gift you are to all who ride with you! Cheers!

  34. julie

    I am also wondering if the cruises are available at other times of the year and how many people can be accommodated? It has been many years since I was on one of these.

    • @Julie

      We also offer sightseeing and dining cruises throughout the summer. They include the Vancouver Harbour Tour, Sunset Dinner Cruise and Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise. Visit our website for more information.

  35. Jeff

    Hope you pick my name :)

  36. Olivia

    It is going to be great christmas gift for us, thanks inside Vancouver!!

  37. Eleanor

    This would be an amazing experience!

  38. Diana

    Would love to win…. :o)

  39. I look forward to a wonderful experience on the cruise!

  40. Anita

    This is such a great Vancouver tradition. It would be great to sail with them!

  41. shannon steele

    Pick me Pick me :) This looks like fun. Perfect for the holidays.

  42. katie

    Oh would love to surprise my guy w/this:)

  43. Jill

    My hubby and I will be in Vancouver this weekend – this will definitely be on our list of “to-do’s” :)

  44. Jen

    What a great way to get into the holiday spirit…I’d love to go!!!

  45. Melanie

    This would put the cherry on the cake for Christmas!

  46. Alison

    Would LOVE this for my husband and me, it’ll be our first christmas away from home and we are looking for something special to do!!

  47. Emma

    I did the caroling cruise a few years ago and LOVED it! Laughed and sang the whole time.
    I would LOVE to go again! :)

    • shells

      Yay..I night out would be great for this new mom!!

  48. Jess

    I always wanted to try this! Awesome!

  49. This would be a special experience, especially because is our first Christmas away from home, family and friends…It will be a special gift for us! Let us Christmas wish come true! :)

  50. Shirley

    I would love to win this to celebrate just getting married wedding! *hint hint* it’s on the 9th!

  51. David

    would love to go with my finance!

  52. Kestutis

    Would love to get there! Amazing cruise :)

  53. Caitlin

    This sounds like an amazing evening!!:). Thanks for entering me into the contest for a chance to experience it!:)

  54. BalaMeenakshi

    I have never been on this harbour cruise ! what a wonderful way to celebrate christmas ! wud luv to go on that with my hubby..

  55. Jennifer

    What a lovely holiday activity!

  56. karen

    I missed out on the be a tourist in your own city last year. I would love to take one of my kids on this.

  57. Craig

    Would love to go!

  58. This would be awesome to win ^_^

  59. Angela

    This sounds amazing! It would be a really romantic date for my anniversary

  60. Rachel

    I’d love to go with my bf!

  61. caroline

    this would be an amazing christmas gift!!

  62. Jessie

    pick me, please!!!

  63. Gail Ferrier

    We have enjoyed the Harbour Cruises during all seasons but we are particularly fond of the Carol Ships tours over the last 30 years. Would love to do it again this year but budgets being particularly challenged it can only happen if we were to win. Thank you ever so much for all the wonderful memories!

    • @Gail Ferrier

      Thank you for the wonderful comment and being such a great loyal Harbour Cruises passenger.
      Make sure you keep your eye out on our Web Specials as you just might see a date with a fantastic price offered! http://www.boatcruises.com/flyer.php

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  65. Lydia

    This would be a great gift!

  66. Lauren Joy

    Did a New Years cruise last year and it was amazing! Love to do it again. If you haven’t experienced one of these Harbour Cruises you have to try it now! Happy Holidays.

  67. Celine

    Sounds like a fun evening! Hope I get a chance to go :)

  68. Anna

    It woud be wonderful if I could get the free ticket. Love that caroling dinner cruise

  69. Teresa Komorski

    Wow… That would be awesome!

  70. Wendy

    Oh…pretty please! We would absolutely love to go! Happy Holidays!

  71. S

    All I want for Christmas is a Harbour Cruise!

  72. Jessica

    Truly an amazing gift to give away!

  73. Chaitanya

    looks amazing!

  74. Freed

    Seems really pleasant and awesome! I would love to win this and let my parents enjoy the night as they have never been on a cruise before!

  75. Jojie Misenas

    it would be nice to go on a dinner cruise; a break from being in the kitchen after work and on the weekends baking Christmas goodies for giveaways…

  76. Marian

    I’d love another excuse to be out on the water.

  77. Angie

    can’t wait to board the harbour cruises!:)

  78. Yudianto

    It must be wonderful to have dinner with Vancouver views on this Christmas season.

  79. Vaida

    Wow, What a great and fantastic way to enjoy an evening, see spectacular views with lovely company during this christmas season! I wish I could experience that!

  80. Anganette Lugo

    Wow fabulous, I love the idea, I with my husband on the boat, enjoying a beautiful dinner, a wonderful view, Super romantic, to melt the snow.

  81. Nilos

    Would be a great experience!!

  82. Jessica

    This is fantastic! Would love to win these.

  83. KW

    I’d love to take my family on a habour cruise!

  84. Gordon

    I would love to try a Harbour Cruise!

  85. Linda

    This sounds lovely. I would love to go.

  86. Michelle K

    A nice treat!!

  87. Linda

    Sounds romantic :)

  88. maria

    This sounds like so much fun!

  89. Hanka

    I would LOVE to go on this cruise!

  90. Mark

    This would be amazing!

  91. Maenard

    This looks sweet!

  92. Pawel

    Done their Indian Arm cruise before, would love to go again!

  93. Ron


  94. KY


  95. Andrew

    Cruise cruise cruise cruise cruise

  96. Isabel

    Wow! This would be an awesome getaway!

  97. Tina

    This would be great to see all the Christmas lights at night.

  98. Christine Jensen-Ross

    To experience Vancouver at Christmas would be an amazing experience not to be missed!

  99. Ebony

    What a beautiful experience, we have just been joined by our family from the uk in time for our December wedding. This would be a lovely welcome to Vancouver treat for them

  100. YANG JI SON

    It’s gonna be the best christmas present for my parents.

  101. bogdan

    A perfect present for my wife.

  102. Eugene

    Nice way to celebrate the festive cheer!

  103. Jason

    I miss home! Glad to be coming back in time for the holidays, hope it will be complemented with a harbour cruise!

  104. Tracey

    Happy Holidays to you Inside Vancouver!! So glad to be getting your FB posts! Keep ’em coming!!

  105. Gabriella Schmidt

    Caroling, cruises and Christmas. What an awesome time of the year! I would love to win this cool prize to share with my Mom. What a wonderful surprise that would be for her. Thanks.

  106. karen

    I just arrived in Vancouver. Would be sooo great to make the Harbour Cruise!

  107. Courtney

    Pick me please!! I’d love to go on a harbour cruise! :D

  108. Yoo

    I’ve never been on a cruise before and it’s going to be unforgettable experience for me and my mom!

  109. Kat

    Pick me please! What a lovely prize! :)

  110. lucy kabatoff

    This is Awesome! would love to go.

  111. I’ve never done a harbour cruise. I’d realy like to go!

  112. Traia

    Coming to visit for my honeymoon! Sounds like fun!

  113. Hana

    Sounds like so much fun!

  114. Czari

    What a great give away!!! Would love to experience this! THANKS!

  115. Cindy

    Would live to take my husband!

  116. Marlene

    I have often seen the carol ships in our harbour over the years, but never have had the chance to go. I know its a popular event, and thanks for offering the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for some lucky person!

  117. Jonathan

    wow, this looks sweet!

  118. El

    Never gotten to experience this in vancouver before.

  119. I swear I’m not on the naughty list! Would love to spend the evening on this cruise!

  120. I’ve been haunting a couple of listed sailing locations hoping for a glimpse of the ships this week… with not much luck (and lots of rain ;)).

    I like the featured attraction series, it’s been handy for suggestions on what Christmassy things to do in Vancouver while I am in the city. Keep the ideas coming.

  121. I’ve been haunting a couple of listed sailing locations hoping for a glimpse of the ships this week… with not much luck (but lots of rain ;)).

    I like the featured attraction series, it’s been handy for suggestions on what Christmassy things to do in Vancouver while I am in the city. Keep the ideas coming.

  122. anna

    let’s dream on a cruise during xmas season :)

  123. Veronica

    Looks awesome! *fingers crossed*

  124. Christmas carolling is the activity I most look forward to doing in December — it just makes me happy. :)

  125. Nicky

    Too good to be true.:))

  126. Mihoko

    Would love to be on that ship!!!

  127. Myomi

    Yes please, thank you.

  128. Peggy

    Me me me me. Pick MEEEEE please!!

  129. Sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to enjoy the holidays!

  130. Michelle

    This sounds like so much fun! Hope I get a chance to go. :)

  131. Kevin

    I’d love to check out Harbour Cruises. It would make a great night out.

  132. marisa p

    Deck the Halls! This would be fun :)

  133. linda

    Nice way to get into the Christmas spirit!

  134. jessica

    I haven’t been on a harbor cruise since elementary school for caroling.