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Old 06-28-2014, 01:54 PM   #2581
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Can anyone recommend a good restaurant near Canada Place for families ?
A very family friendly restaurant nearby is The Old Spaghetti Factory. The food quality is just ok, but the price and quantity is good. Other restaurants in the area are more adult-friendly bistro style selections. Your hotel concierge may be more helpful.
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:16 PM   #2582
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FYI - I booked the Pan Pacific just this week for June 13th-15th of 2015 the day the rates came out. I thought it was pricey then at 237.00 USd and after taxes it came out to around 553.00, but Ijust checked again to see if a package would be cheaper and the rate has already gone up about 45.00 a night USD. So if you are thinking about planning on booking that hotel for 2015 I would book sooner rather then later...it seems like a very large jump in just a few days.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:47 AM   #2583
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We are planning to come into Vancouver a couple of days early. We want to rent a car but is there anywhere close to the port to return it? And if so, what company it is?
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:33 PM   #2584
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Alamo has a site at the port and 3/4 miles away. Avis is nearby and has a shuttle. I used both for one-way rentals in June.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #2585
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Alamo has a site at the port and 3/4 miles away. Avis is nearby and has a shuttle. I used both for one-way rentals in June.
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How far in advance did you make the reservation? Did you call direct or book it online?

Thank you so much! Trying to figure out a way back to Seattle. The train gets in so late.


(Just went back and read earlier posts...You used Avis from Vancouver to Seattle)
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:00 PM   #2586
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Hi!

How far in advance did you make the reservation? Did you call direct or book it online?

Thank you so much! Trying to figure out a way back to Seattle. The train gets in so late.


(Just went back and read earlier posts...You used Avis from Vancouver to Seattle)
We used Avis from Vancouver to Seattle as we had a flight out that evening. I tried contact Avis numerous times to find out about a shuttle and could NEVER get an answer. So we stood in the VERY LONG taxi line but still managed.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:28 PM   #2587
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Hi!

How far in advance did you make the reservation? Did you call direct or book it online?

Thank you so much! Trying to figure out a way back to Seattle. The train gets in so late.

(Just went back and read earlier posts...You used Avis from Vancouver to Seattle)
I booked Alamo several months in advance online both ways. The return price was high so I'd check prices frequently. Eventually I found a deal on the return trip with Avis on line. Avis did have a shuttle and a kiosk at Canada Place.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:39 PM   #2588
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went to a restaurant called Nuba which offered a great meal for $23 per person (small children free). Array of hot and cold appitizers (all you can eat) along with choice of a main (very small portion but the all you can eat appetizers more than made up for it).
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:02 PM   #2589
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I booked Alamo several months in advance online both ways. The return price was high so I'd check prices frequently. Eventually I found a deal on the return trip with Avis on line. Avis did have a shuttle and a kiosk at Canada Place.
Thank you!
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:37 PM   #2590
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Phone service?

Sorry if I've missed a prior post/thread, but I'm wondering about how phone service is in Vancouver (and the rest of the cruise, also...). I

'm sure this varies by carrier, but has anyone had a good experience just using their normal carrier (I have AT&T)? I guess I can look up rates, but I'm wondering how expensive it is? I normally have unlimited talk+text plus more data than I can use, so I'm wondering how much I will need to just shut off the phone.

What about buying a new sim card - are they easy to find, and did you get good rates for phone/internet?

I'd be curious as to peoples' experience on the ship, also - did you get reception in the ports or even while sailing (I think the ship stays close to shore)?
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:08 PM   #2591
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I'm wondering about how phone service is in Vancouver (and the rest of the cruise, also...)
We were in the Vancouver area for one night before the cruise and didn't do any significant activities. So we avoided signing up for an international plan for that brief time. We looked into it a bit. But the cost just didn't make sense for our needs. I did use an AT&T/iPhone for GPS maps to get to the hotel and then to the port. I turned off data roaming, so the Google maps app I used just relied on the cached data downloaded in the USA before driving to the hotel or in the hotel before going to the port terminal. I couldn't keep the phone in airplane mode, or the GPS wouldn't work. The phone connected to the Rogers network while we were in Canada. But I didn't make any phone calls or text. Hopefully others have more information about international plans or SIM cards local to Canada if you need that. I suspect that if you want to go the route of swapping SIMs, you need to make sure your device is carrier unlocked by AT&T prior to traveling.

As for Alaska, I didn't have any trouble connecting to AT&T in the three ports. I actually forgot to turn on cellular data in Skagway, so I don't know for sure how it would have performed there. But the data worked great in Juneau and Ketchikan, even from the ship in port.

I actually didn't try to connect to the AT&T network while at sea. We were always so busy with the many awesome activities onboard. And honestly, it was so nice to just get off the grid for a while. We did sign up for the free 50 MB of Connect @Sea WiFi data. We had two staterooms, so we had a total of 100 MB we could use. But we used it so rarely that we didn't even come close to using up that much data. Again, we were plenty occupied with activities on the ship that spending time online was one of the last things we were interested in doing. The Connect @Sea connection was a little bit confusing to use at first. I just needed to figure out the difference between using the WiFi for Internet access versus for Navigator app access. But once we got the hang of it, it did work quite well, and was only a bit sluggish for our uses. We used it on an iPhone and an iPad.

We did make extensive use of the onboard WiFi to connect to the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. That worked very well for us. It was great to be able to see maps of the ship, dinner menus, and activity schedules. We used it to make sure we didn't miss any of our favorite character meet-and-greets and to keep our children updated on the current club/lab/Edge activities.

After the cruise, we drove straight from the port to the USA. I had cached map data on my phone from the shipboard WiFi prior to disembarkation. So, once again, we didn't really need international phone service at that time.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:00 PM   #2592
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Verizon Wireless voice coverage was fine in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, on the extended network (still part of my plan). Data coverage was spotty in Skagway, fine in Juneau (LTE even at Mendenhall Glacier) and Ketchikan (LTE)
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:05 PM   #2593
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[reusing duplicate post for another topic]
A note of caution if you don't have your own phone to use for calls in Vancouver, and you're using a limo service for pickup at Canada Place:
The limo attendant was incompetent in handling reservations and notifying waiting limousines when we arrived in port on July 21st. I gave her my name and limo company name so she could notify the company. That was at 9:05am. It wasn't until I bugged her again at about 10:00am that she actually called the dispatch lot to have our limo released to come into port!

So, if you're reserving a limo, wait at the attendant's stand until he/she gets the limo dispatched to come to port.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:44 PM   #2594
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Regarding phone service. We stayed at the Pan Pacific and had access to free wi-fi so that worked well over the 2 days there. We had one small "accident" when my husband turned ON data roaming to access his voicemail. He didn't know that was a bad thing and I didn't know he turned it on. Thankfully AT&T contacted me less than 2 hours later to alert me that his line had accessed international data roaming and we had accrued a charge of $504!!!! They figured something was wrong, told us to turn off data roaming and reversed the charges. (Lucky husband!!). They turned on an Intl Roaming package at $30 just in case we needed to use it again (he left his phone in the safe until we left!!) and I wasn't about to argue that since they spared us the 500!!!! The guy who called said it happens more often than not and the worst he had seen was $40,000!!!! That would have given me a heart attack.
Just be aware of what you do. Free wi-fi and if you're from the US, as soon as you get to the 3 port towns, AT&T just uses your regular data plan.
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Old 09-25-2014, 02:25 PM   #2595
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Is there still such a thing as US Direct if you get the Disney transfer back to YVR?
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