Posted November 22nd, 2004, 01:57 AM
Another possiblity that you may consider is taking the train from Seattle to Vancouver. The trip is along Puget Sound, is so beatiful. And you don't have to drive.
We did the reverse. Took fhe train from Vancouver to Seattle. So we boarded the train around 5 PM. We immediately signed up for dinner in the dining car. We watchied eagles swooping down into the Sound for their dinner as we were eating ours.
To get from the train station to the Cruise dock is another great part of the trip. Right across the street and up a quarter of a block is a Sky train station. Take the elevator to the station platform. You will take the Sky train which is a monorail system to the cruise port. The Cruise terminal is right across the street from the final Sky train terminal. The amtrack station is only about 3 Sky train stops from the cruise terminal
A few things you need to know. You will need Canadian money to purchase your Sky train ticket. It was about 5 dollars in American money for an all day pass for the Vancouver transportation system which includes the Sky train, water taxis and the bus system.
The Sky train looked similiar to the Monorail system at Disneyland.
Amtrack let us check our luggage for the evening train at noon. But this was a pre 9-11 trip, so I don't know if you could still do that at either end. Also we had to have our passport ready when we crossed the US/Canadian border. They actually stop the train and come aboard and do a walk through checking ID's and passports.
And like I said this is from a pre 9-11 trip, so I'm sure that security is even tighter these days.