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victoriabcharbour.jpgThe Luxury With more personal space than larger ships, Holland America’s midsize MS Zaandam is offering a one-time repositioning cruise. Embarking October 4 from Vancouver, the four-night Pacific cruise casts its first anchor in Victoria, British Columbia (pictured), where passengers can spend a day exploring the city’s colonial streets and brewpubs. Before reaching the final port of call in San Diego, passengers will have spent two leisurely days at sea, perhaps relaxing in the old-fashioned Explorers Lounge or joining the late-night crowd at the piano bar or nightclub. The dining options include Pacific Northwest cuisine at the Pinnacle Grill. Guests can also take part in a live cooking demonstration at the onboard Culinary Arts Center.

The Value Veranda cabin berths are priced at $299, more than 60 percent below rack rates.

The Catch Although the coastline is breathtaking in the fall, the weather can be unpredictable.

The Details 877-724-5425, www.hollandamerica.com

From the fall issue of Sherman’s Travel magazine.

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