Cruise from Vancouver to Alaska? Three secrets you must know

1. Arrive in Vancouver at least one day before the cruise. Of course, I may be slightly biased, but Vancouver will be one of your preferred ports of call on this voyage. Therefore, I often see the cruiser arrive in Vancouver on the day the cruiser departs, completely missing this beautiful city. In addition, if everything does not go according to plan, then the stress level of taking the boat on time will not be able to start your vacation. All it needs is a missed airplane connection, mechanical difficulties, border issues or bad weather, and your entire vacation may be ruined. Believe me, if you are late, the ship will not wait for you in Vancouver, and you will be solely responsible for arriving at the ship on time. Not only that, the tides and currents sailing from Vancouver make it necessary to leave on time in many cases, or risk being locked in the port for several hours until it can leave safely again. Vancouver has many incredible travel and sightseeing options, and if you can spend some time, it is definitely worth it. The same is true for your departure day-why end a perfect cruise vacation and emphasize whether you will leave the ship in time to make this ridiculous return home early?

2. Board the ship. There are several ways to do this, depending on whether you completely ignore the first tip and try to board the boat directly, or whether you want to go directly to the hotel. 2015 is the first season in a long time, only Canada Place will be used for boat trips, thank God for that! Those of you who have sailed on the “other” pier called the “Balanthan Pier” in the past will certainly agree with me, to say the least this is a disappointing start. Ballantyne Pier (Ballantyne Pier) is poorly located, outside the core of the city, and far from most hotels in the city. Fortunately for you, it is almost certain that Canada Place will be your destination this year. The cruise terminal is located in Canada Place, close to many hotels, taxis and Canada Line. Vancouver’s fully automated rapid transit train line. Some cruise companies provide bus transfers to ships or hotels, but my suggestion is to do mathematical calculations first. Tipping a taxi from Vancouver Airport to Canada Place is an additional 15%, it will cost you about 35 to 45 US dollars in Canadian dollars, and it takes about 30 minutes. Most buses purchased on board will cost you about the same amount per person, so unless you travel alone, they may not be the best option. If you don’t mind dragging all your luggage for a few blocks, the Canadian line train costs less than $10 per person, and it takes about 30 minutes to get to the terminal-if you have a backpack, it’s not bad, but I’d suggest not to do this with luggage. After getting off the bus, you must walk to the ship, which is a ten-minute journey from the train to the ship’s consignment point. My first choice is to arrange a cruise or private car to pick you up to your hotel. There are plenty of travel and luxury rides online or at the airport, and you should make arrangements before boarding the plane. A private car or limousine will usually bring you about 60 to 80 Canadian dollars in premium. If you want to check in early, please note that the check-in time of most hotels is between 3pm and 4pm, but any good hotel will try to provide you with accommodation, or at least provide you with luggage storage upon arrival, until you are ready So far as the room is good.

3. When is the best time to arrive at the ship? Well, if you like to sit around, line up or wait for immigration, then do the first thing in the morning. If you are like me and you are willing to spend a day in Vancouver playing or sleeping for a while, you should carefully consider when you arrive at the cruise terminal in Canada Place to embark. The time required from arrival at the dock to disembarkation varies from 20 minutes to 4 hours, depending on your arrival time and how many ships there are in the port. Keep in mind that this ship is likely to drop thousands of guests who have just completed the voyage. Usually, it takes at least 10 o’clock in the morning to clean up passengers who disembarked, and it takes another hour before they can allow newly arrived passengers to start check-in procedures. If your first port of call is a Canadian port, such as Victoria or Prince Rupert, you may be spared the US Immigration Service at the Canada Place terminal. However, if your cruise ship is like most cruise ships in Alaska, and your first port is in Alaska, you are likely to pass the US immigration inspection before the ship inspection in Canada Place, which is why you need to have a passport The reason is convenient. The process usually runs in this order. Baggage check, security check, US immigration processing, cruise check-in, and then you have been waiting all the time to board! Even if you are the first person on the boat at 11 am, most of your boat (including VIP rooms) will be unavailable until your crew finishes cleaning and prepares everything for you, until around 1 pm. This means that you will sit or stand in a row two to three hours before boarding, and then board the plane. If it is before 1 pm, you will be forced to wait in a public area. Take your carry-on luggage with you until they announce that your room is ready to pass the PA on board. My suggestion is to enjoy Vancouver and show up in the late afternoon for check-in instead of trying to arrive at Canada Place at 9 AM so you can stand with 2,000 other guests. Having said that, please make sure that you check the sailing time and do not leave it at the last minute. You should arrive at the terminal at least 90 minutes before the departure time at the latest, as the boarding process is usually closed at least one hour before the departure time.

So this is one of the many tricks of this year’s Alaska cruise season. Next time I will tell you about your expectations on the first day of boarding, please don’t miss it, from how to upgrade the room to what you need to do on the first day of the cruise, and you can wait until the second day. Before that, thank you for reading and a safe journey!