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Old 07-07-2011, 10:13 AM   #736
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What to do with less than a day...

Our family is taking the Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle on the evening of August 2. We've been wondering what we could do during that day - given that we have 3 kids and 5 suitcases. I thought others might be in a similar situation, so figured I'd post what I've found here:

There is luggage storage at Canada Place:
http://www.prioritybaggage.ca/servic...storageservice

It costs $6 per bag per day for your average suitcase size.

From Canada Place http://www.canadaplace.ca/ you have several options if you don’t want to do the “guided tour” thing:
- You can walk about 2 miles along the sea wall and visit Stanley Park http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley/ and the Vancouver Aquarium http://www.vanaqua.org/.
- If you are going to walk to Stanley Park, you can also visit the Klahowya Village http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village for a visit into Aboriginal life, legends, and artistry. You can also take the #19 bus to get here or the aquarium.
- You can take the shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge http://www.capbridge.com/index.php. The shuttles are free and start at 9am. They start returning at 10:45am.
- You can take a free shuttle to Grouse Mountain http://www.grousemountain.com/. You must purchase a general admission ticket ($39.95/adult) to ride the shuttle.

There are also several tour companies that operate out of Canada Place:
West Coast Sightseeing (aka GreyLine) offers a 4-hour Highlights of Vancouver Tour especially for Post (and Pre) Cruise travelers.
http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/...ghlights-tour/
They will take you and your luggage and drop you at the Train Station following the tour.
The website says they also offer other tours, but I haven’t heard back from them to see if any would work Post-Cruise. For example the site suggests adding on the Aquarium Post-cruise, but not sure about the logistics on this one yet.

Landsea Tours & Adventures http://www.vancouvertours.com/tours also offers various city tours. They will pick-up at the Pan Pacific, which is across the street from Canada Place, and drop you at the Train Station. They tour they recommended for this was their 2-hour Vancouver Snap Shots tour, which departs the Pan Pacific at 11am. I have asked them if there are any other options, but haven’t heard back yet.

If you want to do your own private tour, you can book a private car through http://www.ridebooker.com/. They will pick you and your luggage up at the terminal and take you anywhere you want to go for $90/hour. You can choose from stretch limos to 10 pax vans to luxury sedans on this site.

I hope this is helpful to everyone!
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:25 AM   #737
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I am very sorry for everyone's loss. I am glad they will still go on the cruise. Are they part of the FE Group?
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Our family is taking the Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle on the evening of August 2. We've been wondering what we could do during that day - given that we have 3 kids and 5 suitcases. I thought others might be in a similar situation, so figured I'd post what I've found here:

There is luggage storage at Canada Place:
http://www.prioritybaggage.ca/servic...storageservice

It costs $6 per bag per day for your average suitcase size.

From Canada Place http://www.canadaplace.ca/ you have several options if you don’t want to do the “guided tour” thing:
- You can walk about 2 miles along the sea wall and visit Stanley Park http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley/ and the Vancouver Aquarium http://www.vanaqua.org/.
- If you are going to walk to Stanley Park, you can also visit the Klahowya Village http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village for a visit into Aboriginal life, legends, and artistry. You can also take the #19 bus to get here or the aquarium.
- You can take the shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge http://www.capbridge.com/index.php. The shuttles are free and start at 9am. They start returning at 10:45am.
- You can take a free shuttle to Grouse Mountain http://www.grousemountain.com/. You must purchase a general admission ticket ($39.95/adult) to ride the shuttle.

There are also several tour companies that operate out of Canada Place:
West Coast Sightseeing (aka GreyLine) offers a 4-hour Highlights of Vancouver Tour especially for Post (and Pre) Cruise travelers.
http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/...ghlights-tour/
They will take you and your luggage and drop you at the Train Station following the tour.
The website says they also offer other tours, but I haven’t heard back from them to see if any would work Post-Cruise. For example the site suggests adding on the Aquarium Post-cruise, but not sure about the logistics on this one yet.

Landsea Tours & Adventures http://www.vancouvertours.com/tours also offers various city tours. They will pick-up at the Pan Pacific, which is across the street from Canada Place, and drop you at the Train Station. They tour they recommended for this was their 2-hour Vancouver Snap Shots tour, which departs the Pan Pacific at 11am. I have asked them if there are any other options, but haven’t heard back yet.

If you want to do your own private tour, you can book a private car through http://www.ridebooker.com/. They will pick you and your luggage up at the terminal and take you anywhere you want to go for $90/hour. You can choose from stretch limos to 10 pax vans to luxury sedans on this site.

I hope this is helpful to everyone!
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:35 AM   #738
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I never enjoy wearing the life vests...but...not sure it is a good idea not to be prepared "where and how" in case of emergency. Not everyone is an experienced cruiser.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:08 PM   #739
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Just found four more families cruising with us on cruisecritic's roll call for our cruise. don't know if any of them are already in this group...Thought it would be nice to invite them to join our group since they all appear to be DCL newbies.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:21 PM   #740
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This is a very bad news/good news post.
Our life long friends, Bill and Anita, were sailing with us this trip. Unfortunately Bill passed away on Saturday. That is the very bad news. Before he passed he told Anita that he absolutely wanted her to go ahead with the trip with us. So, the good news, even at this late date DCL let us put their daughter, Ginger, in his place and so she and her 2 year old son, Ike, will be sailing with us. So, we are excited for Ike to see Mickey and friends up close and personal for the very first time.
MrsMork - We are so sorry to hear the news about your friend. Sending our condolences.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:32 PM   #741
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I have tried to reach Shellie to get the details for her family, including the cabin number. She hasn't been on this board for a while, so I'm wondering if they are still coming with us. Other than that, this is updated with everything that's been posted:

ScreenName.........................Names.......... ...Cabin #...Adults...child......Ages...Girls/Boys........... Names............Restrictions
3PrincessMommy/BigAWL...Joann & Aaron.....6024/6026......2..........3......9, 7, & 4....3g.....Caitlin/Alexandra/Grace.....none
Brack...............................Brack & Annette.....2515..........2
" .....................................Brack & Jennifer.......6323........2
Kate2961...........................Kate & Randall ......7552..........2..........1... .....10.........1b...................Aidan........ ...........none
Memowse9.......................Lori & Dennis..........7130..........2
Mikash.................................Shellie.... ................................
MrsMork........................Dennis & Angie..........6319..........2......... .1 ........11.........1b...................Aaron….... ...........none
Plutojudy...........................Fred &Judy............5122..........2
Kwm...................................Cindi & Dan.........7564...........2....... ..2.......7 & 9......1g/1b..............Kaili/William.......no princesses/loves Pooh & Cars
"....................................Grdma/Grdpa/Myk....7560...........3..........1. .......11.........1g.................Mikela. ...............no princesses/loves Stitch
Ariel 39...........................Teri & Jennifer.........5142...........2..........1...... ....9..........1g
"...................................Danny & Kathie.........5144...........2
"...................................Nishelle & Breanna....5146...........1......... .1.........15.........1g
"..................................Ron & Kristina............5148...........2
Sorry! Forgot to tell who was staying in each of the cabins. Kaili is in Cabin 7560 and Mikela is in 7564.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #742
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This is REALLY good stuff!
Thanks! I hope it's helpful!
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:55 PM   #743
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[QUOTE=MrsMork;41750075]They are not.[\QUOTE]

I was just wondering because I have extra FE gifts and I thought they may enjoy them. I don't expect or want anything in return. Could I just give you extra for them?
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:54 PM   #744
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I know, Brack!!! How are we going to get those really cool photos with the life vests and Mickey hands? And what if I can't figure out where mine is or how to put it on if a real emergency happens!!!!
LOL! They did this on our 1/8/11 cruise and William heard the video on the TV say this. He got so upset that it was wrong info. He went out in the hall and told the room host that they were telling people not to wear them to the drill. LOL! They were better than the really stiff once DCL had in 2003 when we started cruising.

Angie, you can still take the pictures in the stateroom.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:25 PM   #745
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Just sent you a PM.

Don't forget about the 3pm kids' DisMeet on Embarkation Day at the Mickey Pool!!!!!
Thank you for the reminder (and the update to the FE list).

Can't wait to meet everyone. And thanks to all for the great information about Hotwire, etc. It really made planning our trip so much easier.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:46 PM   #746
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Thank you so much for posting this - great ideas. We are also on the late train to Seattle!

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Our family is taking the Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle on the evening of August 2. We've been wondering what we could do during that day - given that we have 3 kids and 5 suitcases. I thought others might be in a similar situation, so figured I'd post what I've found here:

There is luggage storage at Canada Place:
http://www.prioritybaggage.ca/servic...storageservice

It costs $6 per bag per day for your average suitcase size.

From Canada Place http://www.canadaplace.ca/ you have several options if you don’t want to do the “guided tour” thing:
- You can walk about 2 miles along the sea wall and visit Stanley Park http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley/ and the Vancouver Aquarium http://www.vanaqua.org/.
- If you are going to walk to Stanley Park, you can also visit the Klahowya Village http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village for a visit into Aboriginal life, legends, and artistry. You can also take the #19 bus to get here or the aquarium.
- You can take the shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge http://www.capbridge.com/index.php. The shuttles are free and start at 9am. They start returning at 10:45am.
- You can take a free shuttle to Grouse Mountain http://www.grousemountain.com/. You must purchase a general admission ticket ($39.95/adult) to ride the shuttle.

There are also several tour companies that operate out of Canada Place:
West Coast Sightseeing (aka GreyLine) offers a 4-hour Highlights of Vancouver Tour especially for Post (and Pre) Cruise travelers.
http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/...ghlights-tour/
They will take you and your luggage and drop you at the Train Station following the tour.
The website says they also offer other tours, but I haven’t heard back from them to see if any would work Post-Cruise. For example the site suggests adding on the Aquarium Post-cruise, but not sure about the logistics on this one yet.

Landsea Tours & Adventures http://www.vancouvertours.com/tours also offers various city tours. They will pick-up at the Pan Pacific, which is across the street from Canada Place, and drop you at the Train Station. They tour they recommended for this was their 2-hour Vancouver Snap Shots tour, which departs the Pan Pacific at 11am. I have asked them if there are any other options, but haven’t heard back yet.

If you want to do your own private tour, you can book a private car through http://www.ridebooker.com/. They will pick you and your luggage up at the terminal and take you anywhere you want to go for $90/hour. You can choose from stretch limos to 10 pax vans to luxury sedans on this site.

I hope this is helpful to everyone!
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:02 AM   #747
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They are not.[\QUOTE]

I was just wondering because I have extra FE gifts and I thought they may enjoy them. I don't expect or want anything in return. Could I just give you extra for them?
That would be so sweet!

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LOL! They did this on our 1/8/11 cruise and William heard the video on the TV say this. He got so upset that it was wrong info. He went out in the hall and told the room host that they were telling people not to wear them to the drill. LOL! They were better than the really stiff once DCL had in 2003 when we started cruising.

Angie, you can still take the pictures in the stateroom.
Funny, Lisa. We are not THAT desperate to wear them.
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I never enjoy wearing the life vests...but...not sure it is a good idea not to be prepared "where and how" in case of emergency. Not everyone is an experienced cruiser.
While wearing the life jackets was cumbersome it was fun to take the photos! I will miss it.

One of my favorite DISGeek memories took place during the drill with the life jackets on.
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Funny, Lisa. We are not THAT desperate to wear them.
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Formal or Semi-Formal?

Hey you guys -

So, is there a formal night on the cruise? Or only semi-formal? The other DCL cruises I've been on have had a particular FORMAL night.. but not this one?

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