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Check-In and Embarkation at the Port of Vancouver

Check-In and Embarkation at the Port of Vancouver

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Canada Place is a vibrant waterfront area filled with hotels, restaurants, offices, and the Vancouver Convention Center. On the pier above the cruise terminal are the convention center, the Pan Pacific Hotel, an IMAX theater, and a pedestrian promenade where folks view the cruise ships and wave to the passengers. You can walk down a ramp and right into the terminal from the street, take an elevator from the hotel lobby, or be dropped off inside the terminal by bus or car. Baggage can be dropped off curbside. This is not a comfy terminal if you want to sit down and wait, but you can deposit your luggage and stroll Canada Place before you board.

Vancouver’s cruise terminal is shared with other cruise lines. In 2017, the Disney Wonder usually shares the terminal with one other ship. The schedule can be found at http://www.portmetrovancouver.com. Alaska-bound passengers clear U.S. Customs before boarding, and check-in follows Customs.

Be alert when you queue up for Customs and check-in. There may be several lines separating passengers by cruise ship, nationality, and/or customs status. While you stand in line you may shuffle past souvenir and gift kiosks offering typical travel goods plus an Alaskan itinerary specialty, binoculars—you’ll be viewing whales and other wildlife from the ship. Buy these in advance, on the ship, or in your first port of call, as you won’t have time here to shop wisely. The queue area also houses Care Vacations (http://www.carevacations.com, 877-478-7827), a wheelchair/ECV/medical equipment rental company. Book in advance!

Once you clear the customs area, the check-in/embarkation procedure moves quickly, especially if you fill out the cruise forms before arrival, which you can do online. Check your Travel Booklet (which comes in your cruise document package—see page 64) for the forms to be completed in advance.

The check-in queue begins to gather around 10:30 or 11:00 am, but Customs and check-in won’t begin until the ship is ready to board, at around noon. Have your cruise travel booklets and passports (see page 66) handy. Be sure to bring original or official documents. Immigration forms may not be included in your cruise documents, but you can complete those online or in-terminal.

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