Originally Posted by Donna
I know the air fare to Vancouver is usually more over landing in Seattle. I think you'd have to figure in the cost of getting from Seattle to Vancouver and is time an issue?? For me, it was simplier and cost saving to just fly to Vancouver and take a cab to the port.
The logistics of Seattle vs. Vancouver are complicated. We have done it several ways.
The basic issue is that choice of flights to Vancouver is very limited compared to Seattle. Fares can also be much better flying in to Seattle. That is why many people do their research, compare the options, and wind up flying to Seattle.
From there you have several choices. The cruise line will probably offer a bus transfer. This works well and is convenient. It usually involves a lot of sitting around waiting. Our DD and SIL took the train. It was easy, comfortable and scenic. On one trip we rented a car. This is a nice easy scenic drive but you spend from one to two hours waiting at the border crossing. There are some scenic options and some great oyster restaurants to try on the way home.
Check out our trip reports and pictures at
-- disembark Seattle, post cruise tour
-- disembark Anchorage, take train in
Cruising to Alaska on HAL Zuiderdam
-- round trip Vancouver with air in Seattle, rental car
Sapphire Princess Cruise Review
-- round trip Seattle, transfer in a Town Car
Sun Princess Review
-- round trip Seattle, using ship's transfers
At the risk of getting slammed for repeating myself, this is a complex question with a lot of choices. The best advice I can give is find a good local Travel Agent who is a CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor (look for the agent's diploma on the wall, not just an agency sticker). Ask your friends and co-workers for a recommendation. The service is entirely free to you. ACC's are trained to find the very best cruise for you, after learning your personal situation and preferences, and work hard to get you the very best rate.