Taking a boat ride is a refreshing and much safer way to see fireworks than climbing up the tallest building or hijacking a helicopter from government officials. Witness the sky's nighttime drama with today's Groupon: for $38, you one adult admission to the Celebration of Light Fireworks Casual Cruise on August 3 from Harbour Cruises & Events (a $76.16 value, including HST; no reserved seating). Cruises begin boarding at 8:15 p.m and depart at 9 p.m.
Named one of Vancouver's 10 top-rated stops by Vancouver Attractions, Harbour Cruises & Events invites passengers on a night cruise lit by Celebration of Light fireworks aboard the majestic MV Harbour Princess. Over a 2.5 to 3-hour cruise, guests lounge on their luxury raft's outdoor deck as the 2010 festival winner, Spain's "Odyssey," envelops the sky in a display representing a journey from Barcelona to Vancouver. Cruises drift through English Bay and past two massive off-shore barges as they spout showers of pyrotechnic sequences, light effects, and firefly brigades set to pulse-tingling synchronized music. Throughout the cruise, attentive on-board staff assembles a light appetizer menu of sundried tomato and zucchini quiche mingling with roasted Thai chicken drumsticks basting in sweet chili sauce and toasting to a crowd of assorted cookies. Sojourners can also further explore their ship's decks, where a bar, professional DJ, and snoring beat boxer keep travellers entertained on dance floors.
Spain challenges both China and Canada with new fireworks arrangements and even larger birthday candles. "Odyssey" begins at 10 p.m. and lasts until 10:25 p.m., granting passengers a brief wondrous glimpse at what onions see while being sautéed.
Harbour Cruises & Events
Harbour Cruises & Events has ferried aquanauts across the waters of Vancouver Harbour for more than a century, elucidating the city's history and granting seldom-seen views of the skyline. On the MPV Constitution, one of Vancouver's only authentic paddlewheelers, guests can enjoy views of the city on the open-air deck, or below on the A and B decks where the luxuries of a fine-dining restaurant take to sea. The Sunset dinner cruise and the Indian Arm luncheon cruise, departing from headquarters at 501 Denman Street in Vancouver, make use of such fine settings to create floating meals of beef bordelaise and fresh British Columbian salmon accompanied by live music. Fireworks cruises, also departing from headquarters, celebrate the waning of summer with a buffet dinner and live DJ, letting couples get close and practice their breakdancing moves when everyone else is looking to the sky. All cruises sail out from headquarters at 501 Denman Street.
501 Denman St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2W9