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Old 02-02-2011, 09:07 PM   #751
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Prior to our DCL Alaskan cruise this summer, will be traveling cross country in a 31 foot motorhome. We are planning to arrive in Vancouver a few days before the cruise and would like to find a campground will electric, sewer, and water hook up. The only one that I can find is on Victoria Island. That would be very cool but not very accessible to the sites that we would like to visit while we are in Vancouver. I have rented a parking spot during the cruise so it would just be for a few days of camping. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Would this help? It seems to be the closest to Vancouver; it's just outside the city limits:

http://capilanorvpark.com/
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:44 AM   #752
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Can anyone tell me if the La Qunita at Vancouver airport is a good option for a pre cruise stay? Is it in a safe area?
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:59 AM   #753
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Does anyone have any suggestions of where to stay in Seattle that might offer airport Shuttle service or be closed to Amtrak for catching the train to Vancouver?

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:06 PM   #754
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Does anyone have any suggestions of where to stay in Seattle that might offer airport Shuttle service or be closed to Amtrak for catching the train to Vancouver?

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There are plenty of hotels around the airport that will offer shuttle service to the hotel. The issue will be that the airport and Amtrak stations are not near each other at all. You will likely have to choose a cab/limo/SuperShuttle for one part of the trip. The Silver Cloud (next to Safeco Field) is probably the closest hotel to the Amtrak station -- maybe 3 blocks to walk.

One thing you might want to check is if there are trains for Vancouver that depart from the Tukwila station (If there is a Vancouver train that originates in Portland rather than Seattle, it may stop there). This is a closer station to the airport, and with a little calling around, you might find a hotel that offers a shuttle to both the airport and the Tukwila amtrak station. (But also double check that Tukwila will accept checked baggage -- some smaller Amtrak stations do not).
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There are plenty of hotels around the airport that will offer shuttle service to the hotel. The issue will be that the airport and Amtrak stations are not near each other at all. You will likely have to choose a cab/limo/SuperShuttle for one part of the trip. The Silver Cloud (next to Safeco Field) is probably the closest hotel to the Amtrak station -- maybe 3 blocks to walk.

One thing you might want to check is if there are trains for Vancouver that depart from the Tukwila station (If there is a Vancouver train that originates in Portland rather than Seattle, it may stop there). This is a closer station to the airport, and with a little calling around, you might find a hotel that offers a shuttle to both the airport and the Tukwila amtrak station. (But also double check that Tukwila will accept checked baggage -- some smaller Amtrak stations do not).
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:34 PM   #756
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Can anyone tell me if the La Qunita at Vancouver airport is a good option for a pre cruise stay? Is it in a safe area?
It is a safe area. My family and I are staying at the Four Points Sheraton, less than half a block away, before our cruise. We've stayed there quite a lot--my husband's family lives in that area.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #757
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There are plenty of hotels around the airport that will offer shuttle service to the hotel. The issue will be that the airport and Amtrak stations are not near each other at all. You will likely have to choose a cab/limo/SuperShuttle for one part of the trip. The Silver Cloud (next to Safeco Field) is probably the closest hotel to the Amtrak station -- maybe 3 blocks to walk.

One thing you might want to check is if there are trains for Vancouver that depart from the Tukwila station (If there is a Vancouver train that originates in Portland rather than Seattle, it may stop there). This is a closer station to the airport, and with a little calling around, you might find a hotel that offers a shuttle to both the airport and the Tukwila amtrak station. (But also double check that Tukwila will accept checked baggage -- some smaller Amtrak stations do not).
No place I know of will offer shuttle service to both, but the Mayflower Park Hotel at Westlake Center is connected to Westlake Center, which is one of the endpoints of the Seattle Transit Tunnel. You can take the light rail to International District to catch Amtrak, or to the airport. You still may have to roll your luggage a block or so to Amtrak,so if you're trying to avoid luggage schlepping, this probably isn't your best bet.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:46 PM   #758
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It is a safe area. My family and I are staying at the Four Points Sheraton, less than half a block away, before our cruise. We've stayed there quite a lot--my husband's family lives in that area.
Thank you very much.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:03 PM   #759
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Capilano RV park is in a great location right across the Lions Gate bridge from downtown Vancouver.

Victoria is located on Vancouver Island a 1.5 hr/ approx $70 (with RV) ferry ride away.
there are great number of awesome campground on Vancouver Island - but that is alsmost a seperate vacation in itself.

There are also many many campgrounds on the outskirts of Vancouver in the *Fraser Valley* area

http://www.camping.bc.ca/
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Has anyone stayed at the Holiday Inn downtown? Also, is it close to the port and other attractions. I am debating on a rental as I will be in two days before the cruise and wanted to see the aquarium, etc. Thanks.
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Thanks!

Thank you, Mellers and Tanyaewa! I can now check arranging for the campsite off my list!
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Can anyone tell me if the La Qunita at Vancouver airport is a good option for a pre cruise stay? Is it in a safe area?
A few notes about the area:

You will be right next door to a large mall with a Zellers (it's just like a Target), and a Toys R Us. They also often have neat performances from the community--the local Chinese School did a performance when we were there one time. There is a nice, large food court that is a great place for inexpensive meals.

Next door to the mall is a SkyTrain station, Lansdowne Station. You can take it into Vancouver proper. Also, if you have a membership to your local science museum, you may be able to take your kids to Telus Science World (http://www.scienceworld.ca/) for free. If you want to know how to get somewhere on Vancouver public transit, go here: (http://tripplanning.translink.bc.ca/)

The La Quinta has a nice little pool, but it's DEEP! Make sure you stay with any children at the pool. It has a nice breakfast, too.
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Does anyone have any suggestions of where to stay in Seattle that might offer airport Shuttle service or be closed to Amtrak for catching the train to Vancouver?

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We are taking the Amtrak Cascades, and We have booked the Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel (77 Yesler Way) for the night before .... I believe it is very close to the Amtrak station and has decent reviews.... I wonder if the Silver Cloud would be better/closer....
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We are taking the Amtrak Cascades, and We have booked the Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel (77 Yesler Way) for the night before .... I believe it is very close to the Amtrak station and has decent reviews.... I wonder if the Silver Cloud would be better/closer....
Pioneer Square is okay in the daytime, but I wouldn't be out with the kiddos after dark (of course, it won't get dark until past 9, so that's probably not too hard to do).
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Where in Vancouver would be a good place to pick up a couple bottles of wine and maybe a bottle of Vodka before the cruise? We are staying at the Pan Pacific and will not have a car. Thanks!
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