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Old 02-24-2013, 06:05 PM   #2131
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Thanks so much!

We're still waiting to book the hotel, as we really want to stay at the Pan Pacific but the price tag makes me dizzy. I might take a gamble with the name your own price on Priceline.

And now for something completely different, but I was printing the reservation confirmations for one of our excursions in Skagway and with the 7:30 departure time, realized ... what do we do for breakfast? Kind of a silly question, but how early is breakfast served on the ship? I never paid attention before because we always get room service for coffee and pastries first before going to breakfast later in the morning.
Priceline wound up working well for us - I got $145/night at the Westin Grand downtown (near Granville/Yaletown/Robson St.) for the 4th of July/Canada Day weekend. Since it's an all-suite hotel, I think it's a pretty good deal. I don't think we're going to be seeing the rates people got in 2011 at the Pan Pacific...at least maybe not until very close to sailing time.

As far as breakfast...I agree with room service
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:54 PM   #2132
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Priceline wound up working well for us - I got $145/night at the Westin Grand downtown (near Granville/Yaletown/Robson St.) for the 4th of July/Canada Day weekend. Since it's an all-suite hotel, I think it's a pretty good deal. I don't think we're going to be seeing the rates people got in 2011 at the Pan Pacific...at least maybe not until very close to sailing time.

As far as breakfast...I agree with room service
After doing some research, some folks lucked out last summer getting the Pan for $135/night using Hotwire. It's so hard this year since they sailed out of Seattle last year, so asking DIS folks what happened last year doesn't really help those of us going out of Vancouver. I'm a little nervous about waiting long enough for last minute deals.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:03 PM   #2133
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After doing some research, some folks lucked out last summer getting the Pan for $135/night using Hotwire. It's so hard this year since they sailed out of Seattle last year, so asking DIS folks what happened last year doesn't really help those of us going out of Vancouver. I'm a little nervous about waiting long enough for last minute deals.
I agree - I didn't want to wait that long. I'm a little confused about your comments re: last year, as we are going this year and staying in Vancouver from June 28-July 1. I hoped that posting what i had found so far for this ear would be helpful.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:33 PM   #2134
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I agree - I didn't want to wait that long. I'm a little confused about your comments re: last year, as we are going this year and staying in Vancouver from June 28-July 1. I hoped that posting what i had found so far for this ear would be helpful.
I mean in regards to hotel deals in Vancouver that DCL cruisers got last year. Since the cruises were out of Seattle, there's no feedback on deals last year for the Pan Pacific from those who cruised Disney. I found a site that apparently tries to figure out what hotels go with what criteria when trying to make a bid or do the blind deals through Hotwire and someone managed to snag the Pan last July for $130/night. But I don't know when they booked. The deal you got is great, though. I'll keep it in mind!
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:37 PM   #2135
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I mean in regards to hotel deals in Vancouver that DCL cruisers got last year. Since the cruises were out of Seattle, there's no feedback on deals last year for the Pan Pacific from those who cruised Disney. I found a site that apparently tries to figure out what hotels go with what criteria when trying to make a bid or do the blind deals through Hotwire and someone managed to snag the Pan last July for $130/night. But I don't know when they booked. The deal you got is great, though. I'll keep it in mind!
That's good info, as well! Best of luck finding your hotel.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:39 AM   #2136
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Amtrack Question

How easy is it to get from the ship to the train station, would we need a taxi?

Also, is it worth paying extra for the business class seats

Thanks for the help
We did Amtrak round trip from Seattle and Vancouver, but only bought business seats for the trip to Vancouver (mostly because it was such an early train and we wanted less hassle by getting the special car with fewer people). If we could have afforded it, we would have gotten it both ways. The seats are more comfortable with wider seats and more leg room and a leg rest. The cars don't hold as many people so it is much quieter and our car was only half full. Plus it was only one car away from the cafe car.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:04 AM   #2138
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I havent read thru the entire thread so if this has been discussed I apologize.

I'm thinking of flying to Seattle then taking the train over to Vancouver.
is it thru Amtrak?
How long will this take?
Is it scenic?

Thanks, Lori
We did this last year and it was one of our best decisions. The flights into Seattle saved us hundreds, and the train ride was spectacular. It goes alone the water (be sure to sit on the left side going up) and we saw seals and eagles along the way. It was very comfortable and we were very relaxed. As an example of how much we liked it -- because of that experience and loving the train so much, we are taking a 10-1/2 train trip from NYC to Montreal rather than fly! More great scenery and 1/3 the price of flying.

RE: PAN PACIFIC We got a great deal last year by going on their website and looking for deals. We did the one that you pay up front. We waited until the month before we left to book it and got a great deal, plus AAA. We got a fantastic room for 3 on a higher floor with the bay & mountain view with two queen beds and a sitting area.
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You will find the Pan Pacific puts their stuff on hotwire fairly late - 2 weeks out, sometimes only a week to 10 days
The Sutton Place (the other 5*) puts thiers out on there further in advance, especially lately because they rely on the film industry to fill their rooms, and our film industry here is in trouble right now.
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You will find the Pan Pacific puts their stuff on hotwire fairly late - 2 weeks out, sometimes only a week to 10 days
The Sutton Place (the other 5*) puts thiers out on there further in advance, especially lately because they rely on the film industry to fill their rooms, and our film industry here is in trouble right now.
Thanks, that helps alot!
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You will find the Pan Pacific puts their stuff on hotwire fairly late - 2 weeks out, sometimes only a week to 10 days
The Sutton Place (the other 5*) puts thiers out on there further in advance, especially lately because they rely on the film industry to fill their rooms, and our film industry here is in trouble right now.
Exactly what I wanted to know--thanks so much!
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:30 PM   #2142
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Has anyone had luck with the Priceline "Name Your Own Price"? I placed a bid for $100 for a 5 star hotel yesterday in downtown Vancouver and got it. It does make me nervous because that is so cheap. Has anyone else done this? Were you happy/unhappy with the result? Thanks so much!
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Has anyone had luck with the Priceline "Name Your Own Price"? I placed a bid for $100 for a 5 star hotel yesterday in downtown Vancouver and got it. It does make me nervous because that is so cheap. Has anyone else done this? Were you happy/unhappy with the result? Thanks so much!
When your bid was accepted, which hotel were you given? (I've never bidded before)
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #2144
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I am going to guess she got sutton place? I wouldn't be nervous with any 4-5 star in Vancouver -they are all fantastic.
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When your bid was accepted, which hotel were you given? (I've never bidded before)
I didn't purchase it so I didn't find out what hotel it was. I chickened out after they told me i could have a room at that price. Made me nervous because I saw that Priceline only guarantees double occupancy and we have 4 total for the room. I am holding off for now. May end up going with Hotwire. At least they know how many will be in the room.
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