World-class legal cannabis
and some decadent places to smoke it
await West Coast cruise-ship travelers
in 10 North American pot ports
BY ED MURRIETA
This year, North American cruise-ship travelers can disembark to legal cannabis on the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
Cruise ships docking along the West Coast today through the end of the year — in Juneau, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Long Beach and San Diego are just gangways away from legal ganja. In September, Vancouver, BC, will become the West Coast’s 10th significant legal pot port.
Pull into a North American West Coast port on almost any major cruise line and immerse yourself in the best cannabis stores and activities. In premier markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles you’ll find the best cannabis lounges and the best cannabis-food activities. Book tours or DIY day, overnight and multi-day excursions depending on how long your ship berths in a pot port. In San Diego, California’s defacto craft beer capital, visit the brewery that crafted CannaCraft, the nation’s first non-alcoholic beer infused with THC.
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 10 West Coast port cities.