Cannabis boutiques, lounges, dinners and other excursions
await West Coast cruise-ship travelers from Juneau to San Diego
BY ED MURRIETA
This year, North American cruise-ship travelers will disembark to legal cannabis on the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
Cruise ships docking in Juneau, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego today are just gangways away from legal ganja. By mid-summer, you can add Vancouver and Victoria, BC, to the West Coast’s legal pot ports.
Pull into port on almost any major cruise line and immerse yourself in the best cannabis stores, the best cannabis lounges, the best cannabis dinners and the best cannabis activities in legal cannabis states and Canada. You can book tours or DIY day, overnight and multi-day excursions.
But just don’t carry or use cannabis on board cruise ships, whether in port or sailing the Pacific. Here’s the bottom line from one major cruise line servicing the West Coast:
No illegal drugs or other illegal substances are allowed onboard or may be utilized during a Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation, including during transfers to and from ships, inside terminals, while onboard, at our ports of call, during shore excursions or at our private destinations. Illegal drugs or substances will be confiscated and appropriate action taken, which may include removal from the ship …
Royal Caribbean says its interpretation of illegal is based on international law, not Alaska’s, not Washington’s, not California’s and not Canada’s. Expect similar rules from Princess, Norwegian, Holland America and other major cruise lines sailing the Pacific from Juneau to San Diego.
Of course, what paying adult passengers do in port is totally up to paying adult passengers. Go ashore. Local cannabis and cannabis culture are expecting you.
Here’s a cruise-ship travelers’ guide to buying, consuming and experiencing cannabis in West Coast port cities.
A dozen major cruise lines enter the Golden Gate and dock at Pier 27’s James R. Herman Cruise Ship Terminal — in the heart of San Francisco’s smartly developed, touristy waterfront, a short ride-share car trip from world-class restaurants, museums and cannabis. California’s most sophisticated city is chock full of chic cannabis stores, decadent smoking and vaping lounges, ganja yoga classes, pot-paired dinners and immersive tours that explore San Francisco’s ingrained connection to cannabis, from Beats to hippies to foodies to techies.
MUST HIT: If your time in port is limited, you’ll want to visit Barbary Coast Collective, San Francisco’s all-in-one cannabis store and cannabis lounge that harkens to the city’s most decadent days. Barbary Coast sells fine flowers and choice concentrates. Enjoy them in a state-of-the-art lounge vibing classic steakhouse and vintage bordello, appointed with quartz glass dab rigs, leather banquettes and smoke-scrubbing exhaust systems. Located South of Market near Union Square, convenient to museums, entertainment and shopping.
SHOP AROUND: The Apothecarium provides the best boutique cannabis experience you’ll find among San Francisco’s high-end pot shops. Great for: Edibles, topicals, vape pens. Three locations, near popular attractions and neighborhoods like AT&T Park, the Castro District and the Marina District.
DO IT: Got a little more time in port? Take a ganja yoga class from yogini Dee Dussalt or try pot-paired brunch or dinner at The Cannaisseur Series. The Urban Farm launches its immersive cannabis culture-commerce-food-entertainment tours this spring.
LEAVE TOWN: In port for a few days or continuing your travels in San Francisco? Do what wine tourists do and book a tour — a cannabis tour. Tour operators from Northern California’s famous cannabis growing regions will pick you up at Pier 27’s James R. Herman Cruise Ship Terminal and take you immersive tours of cannabis culture hours north of San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES & LONG BEACH
Celebrity cannabis stores. Cannabis dinners. Gray-area cannabis coffeeshops. Watch for Lord Jones edibles store in The Standard Hotel West Hollywood. Not for day excursions. You’ll need some time.
VANCOUVER & VICTORIA, BC
Already, three cannabis consumption cafes reside within 1 mile of Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal. Explain summer legalization. Continuance of current dispensaries, opening of new stores.
Set sail for an intimate tour of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard a state of Alaska Marine Highway Ferry launching in Bellingham, Wash., a scruffy post-industrial college town two hours north of Seattle where stores like Name One and Name Two showcase local cultivators and carry Washington’s leading edibles and concentrates. Ships feature restaurants, bars and play rooms. Rent a cabin or pitch a tent topside. Cars, RVs and pets allowed. Disembark at any destination for any length of time and resume sailing at your own pace. In Skagway, Hit Remedy Shoppe. In Ketchikan, hit Stoney Moose and Rainforest Cannabis.