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Old 09-23-2009, 08:50 AM   #76
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Wow! Lots of great info in this thread. It would be great if this was a sticky so it can be easily found.

Thanks so much for starting this - it will come in handy.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:08 AM   #77
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I haven't been around to do much updating - sorry guys!

As for amtrak vs. quick shuttle - the quick shuttle is the easiest and most convienent - it will pick you up right outside the airport doors by baggage claim at both seatac and bellingham airports and drop you off right at the cruise port. No cabs to worry about, lugging your luggage around too much, etc...
It may cost a bit more but its worth it.
Also, there is a 50% off coupon available out there. I will add how to find this on the first post
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:22 PM   #78
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I haven't been around to do much updating - sorry guys!

As for amtrak vs. quick shuttle - the quick shuttle is the easiest and most convienent - it will pick you up right outside the airport doors by baggage claim at both seatac and bellingham airports and drop you off right at the cruise port. No cabs to worry about, lugging your luggage around too much, etc...
It may cost a bit more but its worth it.
Also, there is a 50% off coupon available out there. I will add how to find this on the first post
The quick shuttle that you are mentioning will take you to the port in Vancouver?
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:35 PM   #79
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The quick shuttle that you are mentioning will take you to the port in Vancouver?
One thing to clarify - I know it's hard when you've never been to a place. Everything is fairly close in downtown Vancouver. The hotels/bus terminal/port/attractions. Most things are essentially a $10 or so cab ride away.

The bus may take you to the Port - but please don't try and do it on the day OF the cruise! There are just too many factors that could make you late for the cruise. The border/tunnel/airport/flights. Not worth it. Come in the day before.
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One thing to clarify - I know it's hard when you've never been to a place. Everything is fairly close in downtown Vancouver. The hotels/bus terminal/port/attractions. Most things are essentially a $10 or so cab ride away.

The bus may take you to the Port - but please don't try and do it on the day OF the cruise! There are just too many factors that could make you late for the cruise. The border/tunnel/airport/flights. Not worth it. Come in the day before.
So the quick shuttle is a bus? I was thinking it was another type of train service.

We plan on coming in a couple of days ahead to see some sights.
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So the quick shuttle is a bus? I was thinking it was another type of train service.

We plan on coming in a couple of days ahead to see some sights.
Yes, the shuttle is a bus.
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OK, I am confused,

Isn't Bellingham in Washington? If it is, the shuttle will take you over the border to Vancouver?
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:24 PM   #83
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OK, I am confused,

Isn't Bellingham in Washington? If it is, the shuttle will take you over the border to Vancouver?
Yes, the bus takes you over the border if you are flying in/out of seattle or bellingham to save money.

Best bet is to go to the link I put on the first post www.quickcoach.com and take a look.
During cruise ship season they pick up at the port.
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OK, I am confused,

Isn't Bellingham in Washington? If it is, the shuttle will take you over the border to Vancouver?
Bellingham is in the upper northwest side of washington. it is the closest airport to the border to get to vancouver. Seattle is another one but it is farther south. We are planning on flying into bellingham over seattle and vancouver only cause it is cheaper in the long run for us.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:08 PM   #85
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Canada Place

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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Old 09-23-2009, 03:50 PM   #86
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It should also be noted that the price Disney is offering for pre-cruise nights at the Fairmont will possibly be higher than what you can book directly through the hotel yourself. I noticed that the Fairmont is offering a $269 per night rate for July, 2010. Who knows what prices will be in 2011, but I believe I read where Disney has already posted a price of $300+.

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Old 09-23-2009, 04:04 PM   #87
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oh ok was thinking you were saying from Virginia to seattle.. We are thinking same thing but was going to go into bellingham instead of seattle. although after checking prices for checked luggage price differences arent much into either airport now. if we could get a bedroom type suite on amtrak it would be way cheaper for the entire trip. good thing i have 2 yrs to plan this out
The Amtrak Cascades route does not have bedrooms, but the route between Seattle (or Bellingham) and Vancouver is so short you won't need one.

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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.
Yes, the cruise terminal is at Canada Place. And, unless Disney has very convenient transportation to and from the Seattle airport (which I doubt they will do) then Disney transfers are unnecessary. From Seattle or Vancouver, take a shuttle to Canada Place or the Vancouver airport. From Vancouver airport, take the Skytrain to Canada Place.

For those asking about flying into Bellingham, if you can get a good deal I say go for it - it's a beautiful airport and small enough that the TSA is usually very fast and very easy. If the price is a bit high, Seattle is still very convenient, but plan on at least three hours after baggage claim to get to Canada Place. With traffic or border waits it can easily take five hours. Bellingham or Seattle, there is no way I would fly in the day of the cruise.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:11 PM   #88
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If the price is a bit high, Seattle is still very convenient, but plan on at least three hours after baggage claim to get to Canada Place. With traffic or border waits it can easily take five hours. Bellingham or Seattle, there is no way I would fly in the day of the cruise.
I'm forgetting where I've posted things, so I just want to say again that IF SOMEONE MISSES THE SHIP IN VANCOUVER, THEY WON'T BE ALLOWED TO BOARD IN ANY PORT! DCL said it has something to do with foreign port regulations. You better bet my butt will be there at least the day before!

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The Amtrak Cascades route does not have bedrooms, but the route between Seattle (or Bellingham) and Vancouver is so short you won't need one.



Yes, the cruise terminal is at Canada Place. And, unless Disney has very convenient transportation to and from the Seattle airport (which I doubt they will do) then Disney transfers are unnecessary. From Seattle or Vancouver, take a shuttle to Canada Place or the Vancouver airport. From Vancouver airport, take the Skytrain to Canada Place.

For those asking about flying into Bellingham, if you can get a good deal I say go for it - it's a beautiful airport and small enough that the TSA is usually very fast and very easy. If the price is a bit high, Seattle is still very convenient, but plan on at least three hours after baggage claim to get to Canada Place. With traffic or border waits it can easily take five hours. Bellingham or Seattle, there is no way I would fly in the day of the cruise.

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.
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I don't know if this link is posted yet, but it has some good information for cruisers going to vancouver port .

http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/ab...ndtourism.aspx
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