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Old 11-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question Earliest Flight Out of Vancouver?

Hello. We are planning for our upcoming AK cruise in July. We have booked the cruise and now we are trying to book the flights. We are facing an issue that most people probably have faced - when to return. The ship docks at 8:30. Would it be possible to make an 11:30 AM flight out of YVR?

We are familiar with the disembarkation procedure and the fact that we can carry our own bags. I am just not sure if we can make it off the ship and to the airport (and through customs) in time for an 11:30 AM departure. There are no flights after that without us flying over night.

I'd appreciate any advice from those of you who have been on this cruise. Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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I think that would be cutting it close. The airport is easily 45 minutes and you never know about traffic and what you'll encounter once you get to the airport. I forget what time our flight left in '11 but it was later than that. I don't care to spend more time in airports than I need to however I'd rather do that than be rushed and potentially miss a flight especially if there are connections that would be messed up too.
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Also don't forget flying out of Vancouver you will go threw US Customs in Vancouver. In Toronto the airport recommends to be there at least tow to three hours ahead of time for a US flight and I'm sure Vancouver is the same.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Hello,

Sorry i didn't reply earlier. I live in Vancouver and I think 11:30 will be tight. I travel a lot in and out of YVR and can tell you:
1 - traffic to the airport can be very busy (approx 45 min drive)
2 - check in lines at YVR always seem to be long
3 - once though check in, if you don't have Nexus then customs lineups also can be very long.

I've only been on 3 cruises and I have been late off the boat every time.

My suggestion would be to take a little later of a flight. The airport is quite nice and very relaxing once you get onto "Secure" side. Hope this helps.
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To the OP, DW and I arranged it to where we stayed one more night in Vancouver before flying out. That gave us a good night's sleep and most of the day we disembarked to look around one last time. We got a flight out the next morning at around 6:30am. I think it worked out very well. Yes, it was one more night hotel stay, but I believe it was worth it.
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Thanks all. I was hoping to travel home on disembarkation day, but it looks as though we may stay until the next day. Thanks everyone for the advice.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #7
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Stay the extra day. Vancouver is beautiful. Look into the Big Red Bus, you can see most of what Vancouver has to offer in a day.
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Abbotsford Airport

Have you looked at departures from the Abbotsford (YVX) airport? It's not that far from Vancouver if you were set on leaving on departure day.
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