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Old 09-23-2009, 04:59 PM   #91
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Is Canada Place the cruise terminal? I am trying to figure out which hotel is the closest in to the ship. If we go in a couple days early I don't want to pay for transfers with DCL if I can walk across the street.

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Which of the three Fairmont hotels that DCL is offering for pre-post stays do you recommend if we add a few days for touring?
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Please see the first main post that I am updating. It has all of this info there for everyone to avoid tons of repeat questions.
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It's not a fun drive through downtown Seattle from the airport headed north to Vancouver.
Ugh, I'm not sure that I would even call it a "drive". During morning and afternoon rush hours I-5 traffic from the airport through downtown and beyond is nothing more than a glorified parking lot.

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Living in Bellingham, my plan would be to drive to the Vancouver airport and use long-term parking there, then take the Skytrain to Canada Place to board.
That's a great idea. It looks like it's about half the cost of parking at the port. To avoid the schlepping of mountains of luggage on the Skytrain, the driver can drop off passengers and luggage at the Port, go park at the airport, and take the Skytrain back.


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And a note about SeaTac baggage claim.... its a bit slow. We have never lost a bag, but we have several family jokes about the speed at which our bags appear
To say that SeaTac baggage claim is a bit slow is like saying that childbirth is a bit painful. I swear that they hand-carry each piece of luggage from the plane to baggage claim.

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I would totally agree, especially if you are flying into Seattle, do NOT go day of. In the AM traffic from the airport through Seattle on a weekday morning would not be fun, and you don't want to be late. Thinking about it, the Amtrak is a morning train, you would probably want to arrive in Seattle Sunday evening, Amtrak it Monday, cruise Tuesday. That is if you are flying into Seattle.
Currently, Amtrak runs 2 trains from Seattle - Vancouver. The first leaves downtown Seattle at 7:40 am and arrives in Vancouver at 11:35 am. The second leaves Seattle at 6:50 pm and arrives in Vancouver at 10:45 pm. So, if you time your Monday flight right, you could land in Seattle, take light rail/cab/shared van etc to the Amtrak station, and Amtrak to Vancouver all in one day. It sure would be an awfully long day, though.

For the return trip, Amtrak doesn't really look do-able in 1 day. The first train from Vancouver to Seattle leaves at 6:40 am, so that's out. The second train doesn't leave until 5:45 pm and arrives in Seattle at 10:05 pm. Looks like QuickCoach would be the better return option, as they run buses throughout the day.
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Currently, Amtrak runs 2 trains from Seattle - Vancouver. The first leaves downtown Seattle at 7:40 am and arrives in Vancouver at 11:35 am. The second leaves Seattle at 6:50 pm and arrives in Vancouver at 10:45 pm. So, if you time your Monday flight right, you could land in Seattle, take light rail/cab/shared van etc to the Amtrak station, and Amtrak to Vancouver all in one day. It sure would be an awfully long day, though.

For the return trip, Amtrak doesn't really look do-able in 1 day. The first train from Vancouver to Seattle leaves at 6:40 am, so that's out. The second train doesn't leave until 5:45 pm and arrives in Seattle at 10:05 pm. Looks like QuickCoach would be the better return option, as they run buses throughout the day.
what would be a good time frame to get into bellingham or even seattle to get to the amtrak before the 7:40 one leaves? we still prefer bellingham but we are checking into seattle now as we since we will be flying to pheonix after the cruise. need to compare prices.
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what would be a good time frame to get into bellingham or even seattle to get to the amtrak before the 7:40 one leaves? we still prefer bellingham but we are checking into seattle now as we since we will be flying to pheonix after the cruise. need to compare prices.
To be safe, I would give myself a couple of hours, start to finish, I would rather hang in the Amtrak station a bit then get stuck in traffic. There are a couple of different ways to get from the airport to the station, so if you are in a towncar or shuttle, I would hope they would use alternatives. Also, if you have a carpool, there is a designated lane on I-5. If you choose to do light rail, I would add a bit more time, it is not done yet, so don't know how often will run.
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Currently, Amtrak runs 2 trains from Seattle - Vancouver. The first leaves downtown Seattle at 7:40 am and arrives in Vancouver at 11:35 am. The second leaves Seattle at 6:50 pm and arrives in Vancouver at 10:45 pm. So, if you time your Monday flight right, you could land in Seattle, take light rail/cab/shared van etc to the Amtrak station, and Amtrak to Vancouver all in one day. It sure would be an awfully long day, though.

For the return trip, Amtrak doesn't really look do-able in 1 day. The first train from Vancouver to Seattle leaves at 6:40 am, so that's out. The second train doesn't leave until 5:45 pm and arrives in Seattle at 10:05 pm. Looks like QuickCoach would be the better return option, as they run buses throughout the day.
Sorry, I did not know there was two. I would much rather wait for the 5:45 pm train, since we will get off in Everett or Edmonds, then the quick coach, I don't like the idea of having to get off and back on the bus at the border.
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To be safe, I would give myself a couple of hours, start to finish, I would rather hang in the Amtrak station a bit then get stuck in traffic. There are a couple of different ways to get from the airport to the station, so if you are in a towncar or shuttle, I would hope they would use alternatives. Also, if you have a carpool, there is a designated lane on I-5. If you choose to do light rail, I would add a bit more time, it is not done yet, so don't know how often will run.
thinking we might be better off coming in nite before and staying in seattle or bellingham and then catching amtrak the next morning.. i have a feeling this going from east coast to west coast is going to be a rough one
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thinking we might be better off coming in nite before and staying in seattle or bellingham and then catching amtrak the next morning.. i have a feeling this going from east coast to west coast is going to be a rough one
If you do stay overnight in Seattle I'd recommend giving Priceline a try. We got one night at the Westin Seattle (4 stars) for $79. It was an easy walk to Pike Place Market and a short cab ride to the Amtrak station in the morning.
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thinking we might be better off coming in nite before and staying in seattle or bellingham and then catching amtrak the next morning.. i have a feeling this going from east coast to west coast is going to be a rough one
If flying into Bellingham isn't that much different from Seattle, I would do that. Only $13 each way on Amtrak from Bellingham, well, atleast for tomorrow! Tuesday won't be that bad, weekends on Amtrak tend to go up in price just a bit.
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If you do stay overnight in Seattle I'd recommend giving Priceline a try. We got one night at the Westin Seattle (4 stars) for $79. It was an easy walk to Pike Place Market and a short cab ride to the Amtrak station in the morning.
That is a great price!! The lucky deal with the Tuesday cruise, is even if flying into Seattle, can probably find decent hotel rates in Seattle and Vancouver.

We found a great deal on a weekend, in Vancouver, at the Hyatt, only $69 for a view room. I found the deal hidden on their website.
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For those that are DVC members....I was looking in the book to see what DVC may have to offer in Vancouver. So I found that through exchanges you can stay at Club Intrawest at the Vancouver Resort and also at Club Intrawest if going up Whistler at the Whistler resort....

I will do some resarch on this and get back to you. The rate exchange is really really good.

Just look in your DVC book for 2009....page 123

http://www.clubintrawest.com/public/.../vancouver.asp
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That is a great price!! The lucky deal with the Tuesday cruise, is even if flying into Seattle, can probably find decent hotel rates in Seattle and Vancouver.

We found a great deal on a weekend, in Vancouver, at the Hyatt, only $69 for a view room. I found the deal hidden on their website.
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Can you share how you found the hidden deal? I could only find rooms for $300+.

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