Cruising to Alaska from Vancouver? Three secrets you need to know


1.Arrive in Vancouver, at least one day before the cruise sails. Of course, I may be a little biased, but Vancouver is one of your main ports of call on this cruise. So often I & # 39; I saw the cruiser fly to Vancouver on the day of their cruise out and completely miss this beautiful city. In addition, an extra layer of stress to make your ship on time, there is no way to start your vacation, if everything does not go according to plan. All it takes is one missed the connection plane, a mechanical difficulty, the problem at the border, or bad out & # 39; s and your right to leave may be spoiled. Believe me, the ship will not wait for you in Vancouver, if you are late and you are solely responsible for his ship on time. Not only that, but the ebb and flow of sailing from Vancouver make it so that the captain, in many cases you must leave on time, or at risk held in port for a few hours until he and # 39; s safe to leave again. There are incredible tours and attractions in Vancouver, and if you can swing while it is certainly worth it. The same applies to your day of & # 39; Out – why end quite good cruise vacation, highlighting or not you will be doing his ship in time to make it ridiculously early flight home?

2. How to get to the ship. There are several ways to do this depending on whether or not you will be totally ignored tip number one and try to go straight to the ship, or wherever you're going to go straight to the hotel. 2015 is the first season in a long time that only Canada Place will be used for cruise departures and thank God for that! Those of you who may have cruised on the "other" pier known as Pier Ballantyne in the past, no doubt agree with me that it was a disappointing start to cruise, to say the least. Ballantyne Pier is bad outside of the downtown core and away from the main hotels in the city. Fortunately for you, Canada Place, where your ships departure destination is almost certain to be this year. The cruise terminal is located in Canada, a place that is very close to many hotels, taxis and the Canadian line; Vancouver & # 39; first fully automated rapid transit train line. Some cruise lines offer bus transfers in the ship or in a hotel, but my recommendation is to do the math first. A taxi from the Vancouver airport in Canada with 15% tip will run you around $ 35 to $ 45 dollars Canadian, and takes about 30 minutes. Most of the ships purchased bus transfers will cost you about the same to the people, so they may not be the best deal if you are traveling solo. If you do not mind dragging your luggage all around and a few blocks to the train costs Canada Line just under $ 10 per person and is about 30 minutes trip to pier- not bad if you have a backpack, but with luggage and I # 39 ; d recommend against it. After you leave the train, you have to go to the ship, which is located about ten minutes from the train to the drop point Luggage ship. My first choice would be to organize the transfer of the pre-cruise tour agency, or perhaps private sedan to take you to the hotel. There are many tours and luxury trips that are available online or at the airport, and you have to organize it before you get on the plane. A private sedan or limousine, usually you about $ 60- $ 80 Canadian plus tip. If you are coming in early to know that most of the hotels to check the time between 3pm and 4pm, but any decent hotel will try to accommodate you early, or at least offer to keep your luggage on arrival until your room is ready.

3. When is the best time to come to the ship? Well, if you want to sit, to stand in line or wait in immigration go first thing in the morning. If you & # 39; re like me and would like to spend your day enjoying Vancouver or sleep in a bit you should carefully about what time you arrive at the cruise terminal at Canada Place board your ship to think. The time it takes you to get to the ship, from being dropped off at the dock can Var & # 39; iravatstsa from 20 minutes to 4 hours, depending on when you arrive and how many ships in port. Keep in mind that the ship is more than likely lose a few thousand visitors, who have just completed their cruise. It usually takes at least 10 hours to clear the ship from the departure of guests, and another hour before they once again arriving guests to start the test process. If your first port of call with the & # 39 is a Canadian port, such as Victoria or Prince Rupert, you're likely to be spared going through the United States immigration on the docks at Canada Place. If your cruise, but, like most Alaskan cruises, and your first port of Alaska, you will be more likely to go through US immigration inspection shortly before the courts to check in at Canada Place, so you need to have your passport handy. This procedure is usually performed in this order; baggage drop, search, US immigration processing, check the cruise line, and then, at that point, you & # 39; We have been waiting for all this time and landing on ships! Even if you are the first person on board the ship at 11 am, most of the ship including your cabin will not be available to you until around 1pm, when the staff finished cleaning of vessels and training of all for you. What this means is that the first two or three hours checking, you will have to sit or stand in a huge line, and then when you get on board when it is before 1pm, you will have to wait in public ship with hand luggage as long as they do not declare that your rooms are ready for ship and # 39; s PA. My advice is to enjoy Vancouver, and show a little later, in the early afternoon to check in instead of having to get to Canada Place at 9 am, so you can stand in line with 2,000 other guests. Having said that, make very sure, of course, that you check your sail single time and not leave it until the last minute either. You must be at berth for at least 90 minutes until the sail away in the end, like checking in, usually closed for at least one hour prior to departure.

So there you have it, the first of many tips for this year's cruise season in Alaska. Do not miss the next time I will tell you about what to expect on the first day on board, from how to get the upgrade room to what needs to be done on the first day of the cruise, and what can wait up to two days. By then, thanks for reading and Bon Voyage!