Any recommendations for getting from Vancouver, where we will have to disembark the Island Princess, to Seattle where our plane home is? It is sorta pricey to get a car for that - getting from the dock to the airport to get the car - then the car to Seattle. Just didn't know how the rest of you might have done that - if you did.....
this is a delema that has been asked many times. a good site too find out is the alaska port of call thread on cruise critic.com.
you save so much money by not flying into vancouver. we are saving almost $300 each by flying into and out of seattle. some play it save and get a room for the night in seattle and fly out the next day after the cruise. this is what my friend and i are going to do. also, a save way is to get set up with the ship any transportation they have to get you too the seattle airport the same day as you get off. that way you are assured of being one of the first passengers off the ship and they take care of your luggage. they say not to book a flight out of seattle before 2pm if you are going out of seatac the same day. others swear by renting a car close to canadian peir and driving yourself. we are going to take the quick shuttle ( www.quickshuttle.com) from seattle airport to vancouver the day before the cruise and then be picked up by them the day we get off the ship right at the pier and go to a seattle hotel and spend 2 days. the roundtrip is $70. it is confusing i know. that is why im glad i have the opportunity to go a day before and have a few days after the cruise too get home. what i save in air fare will be an extra day or two of vacation in seattle. good luck.
OK - you have several options for the Vancouver - Seatac transfer. For clairfication- you do NOT want a Vancouver AIRPORT car, you want a downtown Vancouver pickup. Several companies I have rented from , all walkable from Canada Place without luggage or mobility limitateions. National, Hertz, Avis, Budget. Offers the MOST freedom especially if leaving the next day. It gives you many more lodging and dining opportunities then public transportation. Also the bonus of touring. Other options- cruise shuttle, independent bus- Quick Shuttle- allow 4 hours as the bus makes several stops. Amtrak- one train per day leaving around 6pm from Vancouver, add at least $30++ for cabs. You are NOT guaranteed first off the ship with a bus transfer. Driving I have beat many buses- still loading in Canada Place.
Just came back off the Sun. We rented a van to drive both ways. The cost was fairly expensive, but we saved $1200 in airfare. Driving back from Vancouver to Seattle, we were renting a van from Hertz. There is a Hertz counter in the cruise terminal, and you can get a shuttle car that takes you to their downtown location, so you don't need transportation to the airport. The other option is to take a taxi, which they said would be about $15.00 and they would reimburse you the cost of the taxi fare.
We ended up waiting for the shuttle, as the line waiting for the taxis was VERY long. We had originally booked an intermediate car, for about $60 one way, but we realized we were never going to get all the luggage for 4 of us in the car.