Best deal to get to Vancouver, Canada June 2, 2012...????

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#1
Nevada
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Joined Jan 2012
Looking at flying, cruising, shuttle, train, bus etc. from Nevada to Vancouver, Canada for a cruise through Alaska and back to Vancouver.

I see a 2 day Princess cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver for $99 each. There is a 11 day gap before getting on the Princess for the cruise through Alaska.

Train is out of the question, husband doesn't want that.

Shuttle from SeaTac Airport/Pier 66/Pier 91 to Vancouver and back is $98 per person. Flight to Seattle is $285 per person.

Trying to add more cruises under the Princess name, so I can eventually get free Internet, but would consider any cruise. Already have the Alaska cruise locked up for a great price, two of them, so it is round trip, Vancouver to Alaska and back to Vancouver. We did that so that if we drive we will have the car in Vancouver. If we fly, it is cheaper round trip.

My question to those who cruise the Alaska, are there tours in Vancouver that make sense to fill up the 11 days before the cruise? that are cost efficient? Is there a way to get to Vancouver early enough to board 6/2 and not break the bank? If we fly, we could fly to L.A. or such to cruise to Vancouver or Seattle and then shuttle... No cheap flight it seems to Seattle or Vancouver (Alaska/Air Canada).

What's the options out there? I looked at cruises from San Francisco... etc.

Trying to find a solution... any help would be most appreciated.

I think the drive would be two days, about 10 hours each. I maybe wrong. Also, I understand there are two piers/ports in Vancouver quite the distance from each other. Which does Princess use?
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We always fly direct to Vegas from either Vancouver or Bellingham. There is a shuttle from Bellingham. Usually can fine a good deal.
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#3
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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Originally posted by Linda the Adventurer
Looking at flying, cruising, shuttle, train, bus etc. from Nevada to Vancouver, Canada for a cruise through Alaska and back to Vancouver.

I see a 2 day Princess cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver for $99 each. There is a 11 day gap before getting on the Princess for the cruise through Alaska.

Train is out of the question, husband doesn't want that.

Shuttle from SeaTac Airport/Pier 66/Pier 91 to Vancouver and back is $98 per person. Flight to Seattle is $285 per person.

Trying to add more cruises under the Princess name, so I can eventually get free Internet, but would consider any cruise. Already have the Alaska cruise locked up for a great price, two of them, so it is round trip, Vancouver to Alaska and back to Vancouver. We did that so that if we drive we will have the car in Vancouver. If we fly, it is cheaper round trip.

My question to those who cruise the Alaska, are there tours in Vancouver that make sense to fill up the 11 days before the cruise? that are cost efficient? Is there a way to get to Vancouver early enough to board 6/2 and not break the bank? If we fly, we could fly to L.A. or such to cruise to Vancouver or Seattle and then shuttle... No cheap flight it seems to Seattle or Vancouver (Alaska/Air Canada).

What's the options out there? I looked at cruises from San Francisco... etc.

Trying to find a solution... any help would be most appreciated.

I think the drive would be two days, about 10 hours each. I maybe wrong. Also, I understand there are two piers/ports in Vancouver quite the distance from each other. Which does Princess use?
Your drive time to Vancouver will be about 20 to 23 hours depending where you are starting from in NV. I am a native Vancouverite but 11 days precruise maybe just a little much, particularly with hotel rooms running $150 to $200/night. You could spend a couple of nights up at Whistler and another couple over on Vancouver Island and Victoria...but 11 days would be a bit hard to fill.

If you are anywhere close to Las Vegas, Allegiant offers some pretty inexpensive fares to Bellingham, WA and then it is an easy shuttle ride to Vancouver.
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Surrey BC Canada
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Check out Allegiant Air. It flies out of Las Vegas to Bellingham and you can sometimes get incredibly low priced flights (as low as $19.00 or $39.00)
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Vancouver, BC Canada
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Originally posted by Putterdude
If you are anywhere close to Las Vegas, Allegiant offers some pretty inexpensive fares to Bellingham, WA and then it is an easy shuttle ride to Vancouver.
For example:
You can fly Allegiant LAS-BLI June 1 and return June 9 for $140 (closer to $200 by the time luggage etc is added) Alaska is about $250.
The same shuttle will be porportionately cheaper as well.
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Originally posted by Linda the Adventurer
Looking at flying, cruising, shuttle, train, bus etc. from Nevada to Vancouver, Canada for a cruise through Alaska and back to Vancouver.

I see a 2 day Princess cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver for $99 each. There is a 11 day gap before getting on the Princess for the cruise through Alaska.

Train is out of the question, husband doesn't want that.

Shuttle from SeaTac Airport/Pier 66/Pier 91 to Vancouver and back is $98 per person. Flight to Seattle is $285 per person.

Trying to add more cruises under the Princess name, so I can eventually get free Internet, but would consider any cruise. Already have the Alaska cruise locked up for a great price, two of them, so it is round trip, Vancouver to Alaska and back to Vancouver. We did that so that if we drive we will have the car in Vancouver. If we fly, it is cheaper round trip.

My question to those who cruise the Alaska, are there tours in Vancouver that make sense to fill up the 11 days before the cruise? that are cost efficient? Is there a way to get to Vancouver early enough to board 6/2 and not break the bank? If we fly, we could fly to L.A. or such to cruise to Vancouver or Seattle and then shuttle... No cheap flight it seems to Seattle or Vancouver (Alaska/Air Canada).

What's the options out there? I looked at cruises from San Francisco... etc.

Trying to find a solution... any help would be most appreciated.

I think the drive would be two days, about 10 hours each. I maybe wrong. Also, I understand there are two piers/ports in Vancouver quite the distance from each other. Which does Princess use?

Check out West Jet (a Canadian economy airline). I just did a dummy res LAX to Vancouver & return, and it came back at close to $300 pp including all taxes.
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Eleanor
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Originally posted by Linda the Adventurer
He booked a flight through Princess, at a reasonable price. If there is any flight delays on the 3 legs, Princess will fly us to the next port.
Are you sure this is true? Was this cheaper than just booking the flights directly with the airline yourself?
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#10
Nevada
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Originally posted by 6rugrats
Are you sure this is true? Was this cheaper than just booking the flights directly with the airline yourself?
Husband is happy and I am happy we are flying. The fare is fair, perhaps a few dollars more, but we have the BIG plus if there are flight problems Princess will fix it .... to me that is worth another $100+.