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Old 04-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #1996
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what we could do either with our luggage till we leave that evening of the train or what we could do while we have our luggage with us till we leave that evening on the train? Make sense? LOL
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what we could do either with our luggage till we leave that evening of the train or what we could do while we have our luggage with us till we leave that evening on the train? Make sense? LOL
You might want to eat in a hotel restaurant and ask if you could check your luggage for awhile after your meal. Then it would be safe and you wouldn't be encumbered with it.
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Can someone recommend a hotel for 5? Me, DH, and 3 children 10, 7, and 7. I don't want to have to get 2 rooms, but I want to be close to Canada Place.

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I would love some recommendations for a moderately place to stay here as well that is close to public transportation and sight seeing. It's just 3 people here though.
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I would love some recommendations for a moderately place to stay here as well that is close to public transportation and sight seeing. It's just 3 people here though.
My family and I usually stay in Richmond--it's a really interesting little city just outside Vancouver. We usually stay at the Four Points Sheraton Vancouver Airport. They have a free shuttle from the airport, and are across the street from a mall with a nice food court, a Zellers (think Target), a Toys R Us, a provincial liquor store, and a "Farm Market"--kind of a small grocery store.

The Lansdowne Shopping Centre (the name of the mall) has a Canada Line Skytrain stop, so it's pretty easy to get into downtown Vancouver, and there is a laundromat about a block away.

The Richmond area is kind of neat to explore in and of itself--it is very like Hong Kong. A lot of immigrants from Hong Kong came to BC in the 80's and 90's in advance of Hong Kong returning to the Chinese. Most of the shopping malls have signs in both English and Chinese, and you'll hear Chinese spoken everywhere.

One of my favorite places to visit in the area is the International Buddhist Temple Gardens They are a wonder, but please be respectful. There are areas in which photography is not allowed, and some people have littered in the temple area. This is an active place of worship--some of our cousins are members. This is not necessarily a place for the tour books, but I love it.

You'll probably want to hire a car or take a taxi to the ship, but that's not hard to do.
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Thanks for that info! We are actually sailing out of Seattle but going to Vancouver afterwards so it would not really have to be near Canada Place...just centrally located to the sites.
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My family and I usually stay in Richmond--it's a really interesting little city just outside Vancouver. We usually stay at the Four Points Sheraton Vancouver Airport. They have a free shuttle from the airport, and are across the street from a mall with a nice food court, a Zellers (think Target), a Toys R Us, a provincial liquor store, and a "Farm Market"--kind of a small grocery store.

The Lansdowne Shopping Centre (the name of the mall) has a Canada Line Skytrain stop, so it's pretty easy to get into downtown Vancouver, and there is a laundromat about a block away.

The Richmond area is kind of neat to explore in and of itself--it is very like Hong Kong. A lot of immigrants from Hong Kong came to BC in the 80's and 90's in advance of Hong Kong returning to the Chinese. Most of the shopping malls have signs in both English and Chinese, and you'll hear Chinese spoken everywhere.

One of my favorite places to visit in the area is the International Buddhist Temple Gardens They are a wonder, but please be respectful. There are areas in which photography is not allowed, and some people have littered in the temple area. This is an active place of worship--some of our cousins are members. This is not necessarily a place for the tour books, but I love it.

You'll probably want to hire a car or take a taxi to the ship, but that's not hard to do.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #2002
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Thank you for that idea, I didn't think of that. I think we might just stay that night in Seattle and then go that morning so that gives us the whole day there to sight see. Can someone recommend to me, where they would stay an extra day? We have 3 days in Seattle and the 3 day in Vancouver but one day left over. We have considered Whistler. Has anyone been? Will they have snow in June? We have got to find some snow on this trip for my dd. LOL
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Can someone recommend a hotel for 5? Me, DH, and 3 children 10, 7, and 7. I don't want to have to get 2 rooms, but I want to be close to Canada Place.

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We are a family of six and last summer we stayed at the Comfort Inn Downtown at 654 Nelson St. It was nothing fancy, but it was clean and it was close to public transportation. It was maybe 1/2 mile from Canada Place, not really within walking distance with bags. We wound up having to take 2 cabs to Canada Place the morning of our cruise. I had the hardest time finding a room that would accommodate 6 people, but I found a room at the Comfort Inn that had 2 queen beds and a sofabed. The price wasn't outrageous (compared to a lot of other hotels I had looked at), but probably one of the best things about the Comfort Inn was the free continental breakfast which was offered each day in the pub connected to the restaurant. I feel that alone saved us a lot of money!

I was looking for a clean place that wouldn't break the bank, and I was not disappointed with the Comfort Inn. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again with my family.

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Seattle does have the ticket kiosks, I printed our's there last August.
Huh, interesting. When I checked on the Amtrak site, it said no kiosk and I even printed the page to remind me. Then when I called to check with Amtrak, they said no kiosk. Someone needs to update their staff
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Huh, interesting. When I checked on the Amtrak site, it said no kiosk and I even printed the page to remind me. Then when I called to check with Amtrak, they said no kiosk. Someone needs to update their staff
Sounds like they have the same training staff that DCL uses. I think there were 2 or 3 kiosks over by the baggage check in area, which is by the ticket windows.
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Sounds like they have the same training staff that DCL uses. I think there were 2 or 3 kiosks over by the baggage check in area, which is by the ticket windows.
We saw them too, but had already printed as well.
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Hello all,

I noticed the exchange rate from USD to CAD is almost 1:1 (actually 1 to .9923). Forgive my ignorance as I've never been to Canada but should we exchange currency or is the exchange rate close enough that USD are accepted everywhere?

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Old 04-20-2012, 05:22 PM   #2008
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Just about every place will take your credit cards; living just south of the border I have noticed that a lot of shops are not willing to take US currency.

I always carry Canadian currency when I am crossing the border, and have suggested to everybody on my cruise meet thread that they get some Canadian cash before our cruise - if you are going to Alaska this summer, you won't find any banks open in Victoria on a Sunday evening!
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I noticed the exchange rate from USD to CAD is almost 1:1 (actually 1 to .9923). Forgive my ignorance as I've never been to Canada but should we exchange currency or is the exchange rate close enough that USD are accepted everywhere?

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My suggestion, if you want the best exchange rate, is to use your ATM card at an ATM as soon as you get to Canada.
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I noticed the exchange rate from USD to CAD is almost 1:1 (actually 1 to .9923). Forgive my ignorance as I've never been to Canada but should we exchange currency or is the exchange rate close enough that USD are accepted everywhere?

Thanks all!
Depends on how long you are staying. We were only in Vancouver one night before our cruise so didn't worry about exchanging currency and we were fine, but know the exchange rate before you go as some places accepted US dollars but tried to overcharge us or not give us back enough change.
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