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Old 08-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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We're thinking about doing an Alaskan cruise for our anniversary next year and I (being the obsessive planner) need some information!

1) Hotel recommendations. We're planning on arriving the day before the cruise- maybe 2 days before (never been to Canada), and would like some ideas on where to stay.

2) Transportation. How would you suggest getting from the airport to the pier/hotel area?

3) Sights. What would the 'must do's' be for while we're in Vancouver before the cruise?

As you can see- I need HELP!! LOL
I'm good at planning connections out of Port Canaveral, Galveston, Miami and Barcelona- but Vancouver is a whole other thing!

TIA....
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Wendy! I'll take a look. Of course if anyone has any personal preferences- I'd be happy to check those out too.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:44 PM   #4
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We stayed at the Pan Pacific which is right above the terminal. It could not have been more easy. After you pick up your luggage you go out the door and a bell cap is a few yards away to take your luggage upstairs to the lobby. The prices seem a little high, but they have a lot of discounts, ask.

You can take a taxi for about $35 or the DCL transportation which is very convenient. I think that was $25 each for a one way ticket.

We did the Big Red Bus, their Hop-on-Hop-off and the Capilano Bridge park. I could recommend both and you can get the buses right at Canada Place. Check out Group-On for discount deals.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:30 PM   #5
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1) Hotel recommendations. We're planning on arriving the day before the cruise- maybe 2 days before (never been to Canada), and would like some ideas on where to stay.

As another poster suggested, the Pan Pacific is right by the terminal. But there are lots of other options. We stayed at a generic Sheraton in the financial district and it was fine.

2) Transportation. How would you suggest getting from the airport to the pier/hotel area?

We cabbed from the airport to our hotel and from our hotel to the port. It was easy, but I think there is also an Airlink train.

3) Sights. What would the 'must do's' be for while we're in Vancouver before the cruise?

We went to Granville Island - it has a beautiful public market, entertainers and restaurants.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:15 AM   #6
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Thanks Val- believe it or not, we'd already scoped out the Pan Pacific... they're ALREADY FULL for the night that we're looking for!

I'm sure that everything will work out in the end though!

lisettemac- thanks so much for the suggestions, I'll be checking those suggestions out!

I'm open to more though, because we might be coming in even earlier- depending on the powers that be!
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We stayed at the Blue Horizon Hotel.

We got the train from the airport into town.

We went to the suspension bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park.

You can read more in my TR if your interested, we stayed in Vancouver for 4 nights.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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Thanks Val- believe it or not, we'd already scoped out the Pan Pacific... they're ALREADY FULL for the night that we're looking for!
I'm sure that everything will work out in the end though!

lisettemac- thanks so much for the suggestions, I'll be checking those suggestions out!

I'm open to more though, because we might be coming in even earlier- depending on the powers that be!
It could be that they haven't started accepting reservations for next summer. Check back after the first of the year.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:25 AM   #9
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We're thinking about doing an Alaskan cruise for our anniversary next year and I (being the obsessive planner) need some information!

1) Hotel recommendations. We're planning on arriving the day before the cruise- maybe 2 days before (never been to Canada), and would like some ideas on where to stay.

2) Transportation. How would you suggest getting from the airport to the pier/hotel area?

3) Sights. What would the 'must do's' be for while we're in Vancouver before the cruise?

As you can see- I need HELP!! LOL
I'm good at planning connections out of Port Canaveral, Galveston, Miami and Barcelona- but Vancouver is a whole other thing!

TIA....

As other posters have recommended - we knew we wanted to stay at the Pan Pacific this past June when we cruised and we were very pleased. We know next time we will definitely stay there again. We booked the room about 3 months out and had no issues. I think as another poster mentioned, check back again later as I don't believe they've opened all the dates yet.

We used a taxi to and from the airport/Canada Place and had no issues at all. We paid roughly $25-$30 for the three of us, with tip. I wouldn't hesitate to use a taxi again.

We also arrived two days prior to our cruise and LOVED Vancouver. We walked along the sea wall to Stanley Park and loved it. We also walked around locally near the Pan Pacific and ate out locally. We have so much to still do and that's why there has to be a NEXT time for us!

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Old 08-29-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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We had a wonderful time. I booked the PanPacific right at 11months out. It is pricy but so easy. I flew SW so I got the train from Seattle which was very easy as well. My mom met me in Vancouver and her taxi was $35 from the airport. We loved Vancouver it was so and lots of great places to see and eat. The am of the cruise I got up at 6am and watched the wonder sail in! That was one of the highlights of the vacation.
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We had a wonderful time. I booked the PanPacific right at 11months out. It is pricy but so easy. I flew SW so I got the train from Seattle which was very easy as well. My mom met me in Vancouver and her taxi was $35 from the airport. We loved Vancouver it was so and lots of great places to see and eat. The am of the cruise I got up at 6am and watched the wonder sail in! That was one of the highlights of the vacation.
Lexi, I remember seeing several of your posts regarding your recent cruise, but I don't remember if you had a harbor view room at the Pan Pacific. If not, where did you watch the Wonder come into port from at 6 AM?
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:55 PM   #12
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I walked outside the Pan and walked almost to the Flying over Canada area second level I think. Grabbed a chair and sat and waited. I asked the night before where the wonder would dock there are 2 docks she also told me that If I get there around 615am I could watch her sail in. She was completely docked by 7am. Right around 615am I could see her smoke stack go under the bridge. Very cool. We also later saw in our friends room whom had the harbour corner room the characters practicing for the sail away party. I would not hesitate to book the Pan Again.
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We stayed 4 nights at the Pan Pacific, we had a harbour view room and it was worth every penny watching the sea planes taking off and landing and the cruise ships coming in every morning, including the Wonder on embarkation day!

If you don't have a harbour view room at any of the hotels you can watch it come in from Canada Place.

We also took the sky train to/from the airport - so easy and very inexpensive.

We had three full days in Vancouver - the first one was spent walking the sea wall to Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, second was to Gastown, Capilano Suspension Bridge and shopping (got a teenager who was desperate to get to American Eagle and Forever 21) and in the evening we walked to English beach to see the fireworks, and on the final day we spent it at Grouse Mountain and then back in Vancouver went up the Lookout twice, once in daylight and again at night (tickets are good for all day). Capilano and Grouse are easy to do in the same day if you prefer.
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We booked the Pan Pacific using Hotwire and it was amazing! The Sheraton Wall is also very nice and around the same price on Hotwire.
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We had a wonderful time. I booked the PanPacific right at 11months out. It is pricy but so easy. I flew SW so I got the train from Seattle which was very easy as well. My mom met me in Vancouver and her taxi was $35 from the airport. We loved Vancouver it was so and lots of great places to see and eat. The am of the cruise I got up at 6am and watched the wonder sail in! That was one of the highlights of the vacation.
I feel better about not being able to book the Pan Pacific right now. Hopefully everything will work out and I'll be able to see the Wonder sail in!

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Lexi, I remember seeing several of your posts regarding your recent cruise, but I don't remember if you had a harbor view room at the Pan Pacific. If not, where did you watch the Wonder come into port from at 6 AM?
Lexie, do you have a link to your trip report (or did you do one)?

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I walked outside the Pan and walked almost to the Flying over Canada area second level I think. Grabbed a chair and sat and waited. I asked the night before where the wonder would dock there are 2 docks she also told me that If I get there around 615am I could watch her sail in. She was completely docked by 7am. Right around 615am I could see her smoke stack go under the bridge. Very cool. We also later saw in our friends room whom had the harbour corner room the characters practicing for the sail away party. I would not hesitate to book the Pan Again.
This sounds amazing!

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We stayed 4 nights at the Pan Pacific, we had a harbour view room and it was worth every penny watching the sea planes taking off and landing and the cruise ships coming in every morning, including the Wonder on embarkation day!

If you don't have a harbour view room at any of the hotels you can watch it come in from Canada Place.

We also took the sky train to/from the airport - so easy and very inexpensive.

We had three full days in Vancouver - the first one was spent walking the sea wall to Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, second was to Gastown, Capilano Suspension Bridge and shopping (got a teenager who was desperate to get to American Eagle and Forever 21) and in the evening we walked to English beach to see the fireworks, and on the final day we spent it at Grouse Mountain and then back in Vancouver went up the Lookout twice, once in daylight and again at night (tickets are good for all day). Capilano and Grouse are easy to do in the same day if you prefer.
I'm hoping that we can get in a couple of days early so that we can sightsee and get used to the time zone.

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We booked the Pan Pacific using Hotwire and it was amazing! The Sheraton Wall is also very nice and around the same price on Hotwire.
How could you tell that you were bidding on the Pan Pacific on Hotwire? I have yet to give them a try, but am SO tempted!
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