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  1. Just announced... https://www.richmond-news.com/living/first-capsule-hotel-in-lower-mainland-opening-in-richmond-1.23768447 Minutes from airport.
  2. https://www.richmond-news.com/living/first-capsule-hotel-in-lower-mainland-opening-in-richmond-1.23768447 Short walk to Canada Line subway to cruise terminal.
  3. fyi... here's a Part 2 followup. https://komonews.com/news/local/local-officials-react-to-komo-news-special
  4. I'm a Sandisk lover. I hate Lexar. Can't believe how cheap 32gb cards are today.
  5. For general travel... I've gotten lazy and use my phone. Love the compactness. On excursions from boat or bus.... I so love my Nikon 18-300mm zoom lens. I can capture wildlife effortlessly from long distances with quick autofocus and detail. Phone can't keep up especially waiting to focus. Another benefit is my DSLR flash when I need to daylight shadows.
  6. Thoughts... wheels down at 1pm will have you at your hotel around 2pm. This leaves you with lots of time to explore Richmond and possibly Vancouver. Not sure which date you are in Richmond, but expect daylight until 9:30pm in June. A popular tourist idea is Steveston Village, or what some like to call Storybrooke. It's about an hour by bus away. from the hotel at 2pm, you still have time to catch a bus to Granville island or downtown to explore if you are in Richmond, be aware you lots of opportunity explore Asian foods on No 3 or Food street. have you heard about "Dim Sum"? It's an Asian high tea served at brunch. Your hotel is located close to the Continental restaurant to the East. It offers the rare opportunity with push carts. It's like a buffet on wheels presented to you. in addition to Micky Dee's and Fogg 'n Suds. There are several eateries close by the Sandmann Inn to the North along Bridgeport. Lansdowne Mall has a food court, but it's outside of the 3km limitation. Pepper Lunch is where I like to go eat for economic eats in the area. Just over 2km from the hotel. https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Holiday+Inn+Vancouver+Airport-+Richmond,+10720+Cambie+Rd,+Richmond,+BC+V6X+1K8/Pepper+Lunch,+Mcclelland+Road,+Richmond,+BC/@49.1809264,-123.1167445,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x54867510b4526f3d:0xa8eee28a0541ab56!2m2!1d-123.1043263!2d49.1836761!1m5!1m1!1s0x5486753b06050ee9:0x216a89d9a1b8f760!2m2!1d-123.1217613!2d49.1780604!3e0!5m1!1e1
  7. I'm another Glacier Bay lover. BTW.... some cruise lines allow you to do BOTH on one trip. You do Glacier Bay one day and on another day you do a morning excursion in Tracy Arm that puts you in Juneau in the afternoon. https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/find-a-cruise/A9G07B/I940.html
  8. Doing a quick check on Expedia for a May 23 one-way flight into Vancouver and Seattle. It appears to be the same or the savings are trivial... especially when you add in the cost of Quick Shuttle. I recommend flying direct to Vancouver.
  9. I would do the last pre cruise night in Vancouver. If there is a rock slide on that highway.... it can be a few hours or over a day to clear it.
  10. I vote for CDS dropoff at the cruise terminal and then pickup your luggage at the airport.
  11. To clarify.... where are you staying pre-cruise? Do you plan to land in Seattle and bus into the Vancouver terminal the same day?
  12. I'm on the Seattle to Vancouver Emerald Princess right now. There's a card in my room. Sent from my BBB100-1 using Forums mobile app
  13. Traffic usually thins around 9am. I recommend enjoying your cruise breakfast and try to be last off the ship. You can confirm the situation checking the Google Traffic link here... https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1532985,-122.9864052,11z/data=!5m1!1e1
  14. the train is the cheapest, but with a week long cruise luggage.... I recommend a cab. You are saving only USD$7 to skip door to door convenience. Taxi's leaving the airport are on a fixed rate... http://www.ptboard.bc.ca/documents/BoardRuleRespectingLowerMainlandTaxicabRates.pdf
  15. Another vote for doable with a 4 block luggage drag... the Seabus ferry will be busy with commuters between 4pm and 6pm if you are arriving in Vancouver late afternoon. You will have minimal issues for the morning ferry to the cruise terminal. Normally I recommend the cab, but North Vancouver is premium priced with the bridges... especially with congestion.
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