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Old March 12th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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I see where the Spirit will be sailing from Seattle to Alaska next year.
I've done Vancouver to Alaska one year and Seattle to Alaska the next.
This move is a great thing for most Americans based on my experiences.
1) cost of flight is cheaper
2) no airport customs/immigration queue :evil: YVR was a pain for me.
3) convenient same day flights. I departed an airport 20 minutes from my home @ 0630 and arrived at 1130 in SEA. Ship departed 1700 or so.
One week later arrived home same day.... that evening.
In Vancouver I needed an extra day.
4) Victoria is a wonderful port of call. It's quit different than Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, or Skagway. It provides some urban charm to the otherwise rugged beauty seen prior. Call it a balance of diverse cruise destinations.
5) Canada can be savored and appreciated far better as a port of call than as a embarkation/debarkation. Vancouver is a lovely city, but I always felt rush rush, rush. Hurry through the airport, hurry towards to the hotel, hurry to the ship, hurry off the ship, hurry to the hotel again, hurry to the airport.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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I'm so excited to hear this news! We live in the Portland metro area, so Seattle is just a 3 hour drive away. RCL sails from Seattle, but as my SO reminds me, we're pretty much Carnival people and RCL is just not our style.

Looks like I may finally get to take that Alaskan cruise next year after all!
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I'm so excited to hear this news! We live in the Portland metro area, so Seattle is just a 3 hour drive away. RCL sails from Seattle, but as my SO reminds me, we're pretty much Carnival people and RCL is just not our style.

Looks like I may finally get to take that Alaskan cruise next year after all!
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Thanks for the information. We are considering this cruise for 2010. I like the idea of a roundtrip cruise. Keep the informaiton coming. We have never been to this part of the country and are looking forward to it.
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2) no airport customs/immigration queue :evil: YVR was a pain for me.
4) Victoria is a wonderful port of call.
5) Canada can be savored and appreciated far better as a port of call than as a embarkation/debarkation.
Re #2. We agree completely! When we arrived for our Alaska cruise we spent 2 hrs in Vancouver airport. Turned out 3 flights from Korea arrived at the same time we did. :evil:

Re #4 Be sure to visit Buchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel.

Re #5 One could easily spend a week in a Canadian city and have a wonderful time. I have always enjoyed the time I've spent in Canada, except the Vancouver airport !

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2) no airport customs/immigration queue :evil: YVR was a pain for me.
4) Victoria is a wonderful port of call.
5) Canada can be savored and appreciated far better as a port of call than as a embarkation/debarkation.
Re #2. We agree completely! When we arrived for our Alaska cruise we spent 2 hrs in Vancouver airport. Turned out 3 flights from Korea arrived at the same time we did. :evil:

Re #4 Be sure to visit Buchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel.

Re #5 One could easily spend a week in a Canadian city and have a wonderful time. I have always enjoyed the time I've spent in Canada, except the Vancouver airport !

Phil & Liz
Thanks for backing me up,,Phil & Liz !
Actually I've flown into London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, among other places and had an easier time than YVR . It was my first visit to lovely Canada and who was the first person I met? an in-your-face security guy interrogating me on why I left the luggage carousel to go to the bathroom. He said I left my luggage behind, YET I hadn't received any luggage yet. I had been queued up for quit some time, had something to drink on the plane an well nature called...
I appreciate him doing his job, but perhaps he could have said " Welcome to Canada my friend...now show me your passport dirt-bag!"
Moral of the story...don't go to the YVR restroom until they tell you that you can.
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