Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man's triumphs with today's Groupon: for $29, you get two tickets for a Carol Ship Cruise that includes hot chocolates, teas, or coffees from Vancouver Cruises (a $65.40 value). This Groupon is valid Sunday through Thursday. All scheduled tours board at Plaza of Nations at 5:30 p.m., depart at 6:30 p.m., and return at 9:30 p.m.
Aboard Vancouver Cruises' Carol Ships, a chorus of up to 400 guests sings well-known Christmas carols and mingles in the spirit of holiday merriment. As the captain navigates the festively bedecked Queen of Diamonds out of port, a pianist and singer belt out venerated Christmas tunes accompanied by an on-board chipmunk choir. Passengers dance and sing along in the fully heated cabin or rehydrate with an included cup of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. Throughout the evening, Santa Claus saunters about the ship, spreading good cheer and sharing tips on avoiding injury when chimney diving.
Passengers who wish to dine aboard the ship may use their Groupon toward an upgrade for either the light dinner package (additional $12), featuring turkey-stuffed croissants and chocolate truffle bars, or the full Christmas buffet (additional $35 for adults; $30 for children and seniors), which quells belly rumblings with twice-baked boneless ham and golden turkey oven-roasted on-board and sliced by the ship's chef. Families and friends sip selections from the boat's bar and converse at linen-dressed tables as the feast transpires.
Coasting throughout Vancouver's harbors since 1981, Vancouver Cruises affixes sea legs to locals and tourists alike while serving up dazzling views of the city and its neighbouring waterways. One of three luxurious boats ferries groups as large as 400 people throughout the popular Vancouver harbour and False Creek waters, including the nightclub-inspired Abitibi, which features large sun decks, and the Queen of Diamonds, which provides 360-degree panoramas of passing sights. Gourmet chefs are on hand on all three ships, accompanying memorable occasions such as weddings, graduations, and company outings with equally memorable eats. During the holiday season, Vancouver Cruises also fuels festive spirits with its Carol Ships rife with decorations and singing.