We will be sailing on Serenade of the Seas June 5 2005, and will be driving, we were wondering if it would be better to spend Sat. night in Seattle, then get up Sun. To go through customs, and board. (Serenade sails on Sunday at 5:00) or if we should plan on driving to Vancouver and spending Sat night. Also does any one have any info on where to park your car. And if we only drive to Seattle is there some kind of transportation that we can take from there to the port in Vancouver?
Thanks for your help
Serenade of the Seas 6/05
Mariner of the Seas 5/04
Voyager of the Seas 9/02
IF you mean is there a place to leave your car while you are cruising there is a secure cruise park lot next door to Canada Place - which will provide you with a shuttle as it appears that you will be leaving from Ballantyne Pier rather than Canada Place.
RCL ships seems to use Ballantyne even when space is available at Canada Place
Keep in mind that while it is usually only a short wait at Canada customs events can cause long line-ups and you wouldn't want to be waiting in line at clock watching on the Sunday so stay overnight in Vancouver - by the time you convert to CDN $$ your hotel room probably won't be any more than what you pay in Seattle
If you must stay in seattle you could take Amtrak to Vancouver - i beleive the morning service will get you into vancouver in plenty of time and it's only a short taxi ride to the pier
Hope this helps
I have stayed in Bellingham many times. Plenty of hotels and only an hour+++ drive into Vancouver. If you leave in the morning- you beat most of the border lines AND get to see some of Vancouver before you sail. http://www.portvancouver.com/vanAlaC...s/parking.html
We checked into this as we will be staying in Seattle for a couple of days prior (hubby's never been there). Amtrak does go from Seattle to Vancouver and is close to the port BUT it leaves realy early (I think 7 a.m.) and there is always the chance of delays with train travel.
We are traveling from Northern California and when I shopped air fares it was much better for us to fly into Seattle and fly back home from Vancouver ($1000 savings for 4) which is why we were going to use Amtrak. I went onto Alaska Air the other day and found some great deals for Seattle to Vancouver so we are going to fly in a couple of nights prior to departure.
On the issue of leaving your car-if you plan on spending at least one night in Seattle you might consider checking into the different hotels that offer extended free parking with an overnight stay (these are usualy around the airport and are used by air travelers, but you could do the same thing if you were using either Amtrak or a shuttle company).