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  1. I live in Vancouver. The Amtrack train is very scenic but there are only two trains a day and it is a taxi ride to any hotel. There is a shuttle bus that is awesome. It picks you up at the airport and drops you off right at most major downtown hotels.

     

    http://www.quickcoach.com/

     

    I would not rent a car because parking downtown is expensive and you could wait at the border for up to three hours during a busy day.

     

    Most downtown hotels are walking distance to the pier. The Pan Pacific is right at the pier and the Fairmont Waterfront is right across the street. You can stay in Richmond by the airport and use Translink/Skytrain to go downtown. Hotels are cheaper there and it's only 20 minutes by train.

     

    Whatever you do, this is a gorgeous city so enjoy!

  2. I live in Vancouver. The Amtrack train is very scenic but there are only two trains a day and it is a taxi ride to any hotel. There is a shuttle bus that is awesome. It picks you up at the airport and drops you off right at most major downtown hotels.

     

    http://www.quickcoach.com/

     

    I would not rent a car because parking downtown is expensive and you could wait at the border for up to three hours during a busy day.

     

    Most downtown hotels are walking distance to the pier. The Pan Pacific is right at the pier and the Fairmont Waterfront is right across the street. You can stay in Richmond by the airport and use Translink/Skytrain to go downtown. Hotels are cheaper there and it's only 20 minutes by train.

     

    Whatever you do, this is a gorgeous city so enjoy!

  3. I was on the Zuiderdam in September and paid about $299 unlimited use for a 21-day cruise.(Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale). Mostly needed for business coverage. Reception and speed wasn't too bad.

     

    We are on the Noordam April 20/15 repo from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver. Did you purchase it before you left or onboard?

  4. I am really disappointed with Celebrity. The Transpacific from Vancouver on September 11, 2015 ends in Shanghai. We've got a deposit on this cruise, however there are no shore excursions in Shanghai or post hotels. I wish Celebrity would offer something post cruise. Thinking of cancelling and moving to Princess. :(

     

    Can't speak the language and not comfortable doing this on my own.

  5. They stock the Cranberry with sugar so it's not the pure stuff. On RCCL it's a bar drink and they charge you! That was about five years ago and I stopped going on that line for that reason as petty as it may be. I have ordered it at meals with no problems on Celebrity!

  6. Another good way to search is go to Google. Type in "Solstice (room#)9100" and see what pops up. I did that with Holland America and found a wonderful site with pictures of the cabin we were looking at. You never know what Google will find.

  7. I live in Vancouver and I've lost track of the Alaska cruises I've been on. Almost every line and I've done the back to back. One thing I learned is to go on two different cruise lines. If I was to book for next year I would take Princess or Celebrity out of Vancouver seven day northbound and take the southbound on Holland America's Statendam. The reason I say this is because you will visit all different ports! Holland America on the Statendam southbound visits: Homer, Kodiak, Sitka and Victoria. Princess and Celebrity will take you to Ketchikan, Juneau and either Icy Strait or Skagway. I think there is more to see in Skagway but it depends on what you want. You will have different entertainment and see more of Alaska than taking the same cruise twice! Transport between Seattle and Vancouver is easy. You can take Quick Coach.com from Seattle's Pier 91 or the airport direct to the Vancouver airport or pier.

  8. I just completed their survey after returning from our cruise.

     

    I was very clear that I felt the 30 minute show is rediculous and I, for one, do not like it.

     

    I feel it's really insulting to go to a theater that holds a thousand plus people to see a 30 minute show. We have sailed on many cruises on several lines and I have never seen this before.

     

    If this is the norm, it's a step in the wrong direction. That's just my opinion and that of many people we met over the last 2 weeks.

    Steve

     

    I agree! If they return to 45 minute shows I will return to Princess. Until then I will give my cruising dollars to Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Sorry Princess I really like your longer shows and guest entertainers but I don't like the shorter version. I wasn't the only one complaining on my very last cruise with you.

  9. We are considering this one day cruise as a weekend getaway. Are you saying that Adventure Ocean for kids is open on that day? That would be great as I will be travelling with my son. Thanks.

     

    Last year they opened the Adventure Ocean up at 7PM. If you have a child and want a cheap getaway with free babysitting this is the way to go! My 9 year old granddaughter has done 5 of them and loves it! I'm driving them to Seattle on Sunday! We all did it last year. It's too short for me but it was a lot of fun.

  10. The shorter shows are a huge disappointment for me. Also, getting to the theatre 30 minutes before the show to ensure you get a seat is also a huge disappointment. That's why I cancelled my Princess Cruise and moved over to Celebrity. Not disappointed at all. Great entertainment and the free drinks package. It will take a lot for Princess to win me back. Sorry Princess, I really loved your product. Your short shows and small balconies on your newer class ships are a downer for me.

  11. We did this cruise last year. While it was fun I found it exhausting as we didn't sleep much. Look at it this way, you get three meals, ship entertainment (we had a good show), a bed and transport to Vancouver. Rolling your luggage off the ship is easy, you take the elevator to the debark ramp and go down the ramp into Canada Place to clear customs. There are escalators and elevators in Canada Place. You only need to roll your luggage up to the Pan Pacific. No stairs, no worry. If you have too much luggage, pay a porter as they would be happy to help you. You miss the taxi lineup at Canada Place and are right in the hotel!

     

    My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter do this cruise twice a year. They are almost Elite as it gives them one cruise credit. They love it as it includes babysitting for them! They couldn't go to a resort hotel in Canada and get the same amenities for the price they pay. Enjoy your one day cruise and I'll see you on the Solstice on the 23rd!

  12. We've eaten in the Samba Grill on the Radiance and Allure. I loved it both times. I am not a big meat eater but the men I traveled with were and were not disappointed. On the Radiance a vegetarian joined us. They were most accommodating in giving her a nice piece of fish. The salad bar and bread are amazing! I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

  13. We were on the Eclipse last year out of Southampton for 28 days. At every port they were selling water as you disembarked. You showed your card and got a large bottle of cold water. I love the Classic Package. I don't drink hard alcohol but love wine, fresh squeezed orange juice, fancy coffee and unlimited bottled water! We are going to Hawaii in September. I moved my reservation from Princess to Celebrity when they brought back the 123 GO Promotion!

  14. I can't believe that I'm posting to a smoking thread!

     

    HAL's smoking policy is a deterrent for us to book HAL. We would never book a veranda on HAL with the current policy. We are giving HAL another try this summer despite the smoking policy - in two OVs. I'm hoping that with the changes that limited inside smoking since our last cruise that the clouds of smoke that swore us off HAL the last time are gone. Because we aren't in veranda cabins, I think we will be fine and might book again. I'm concerned long term, however, that as other lines eliminate smoking, HAL will increasingly become the line of the nicotine addicts and oxygen tanks.

     

    This thread requesting one-sided responses is meaningless. HAL will keep or change its policy based on end of cruise survey results, insurance issues, and cost of compliance with SOLAS requirements. A one-sided request for comments carries no weight at all.

     

    Smoking is personal to me. My mother was addicted. She tried to quit for 30 years and sometimes did so successfully for a few years at a time. In times of stress, however, she would return to the vice. Emphysema took her at 63 - a wonderful woman taken way too soon. Lung cancer took my father in law too. It would crush me if either of my sons started to smoke. ALL OF YOU SHOULD QUIT, but I know that's difficult.

     

    And to those who think that smoking is only an issue on cruise critic, IMHO you couldn't be more wrong.

     

    As of now: 79 posts, 2,449 views. My father, mother and sister all died of smoking related illnesses. I rest my case!

  15. We get BBC America here (which is BBC1) so I'm hoping that this will be shown over here at some point. I did download HOLA on Chrome, so will give that a try.

     

    In the meantime, the new season of Doctor Who starts in the USA next month, so I'm looking forward to that!

     

    Maureen

     

    If you wait until after it's aired they seem to put every show on ITV Player for 30 days after, then it disappears. We get BBC Canada (same as BBC America) and never see ITV programs as it's a competitive network.

  16. I was just checking my guide to see if by chance I got this channel (I get some international) but don't :(

     

    I'll be sailing on the Royal at the end of Oct so it would be interesting to watch this.

     

    I looked online and they do have an online player, but it's only available for UK residents as it checks your zip code and IP. With a UK VPN or Proxy it could be watched though.

     

    Maybe the travel channel will pick it up at some point.

     

    If you use Chrome and load Hola Unblocker (choose UK site) it will hide your IP address and you can watch everything on ITV and BBC. I do it from Canada and it works great! Never had a problem.

  17. Our cruise is July 13, 2014 sailing from Vancouver. Yes, I know that the piers are located near Canada Place, where we have booked a pre stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. But I cannot see anything in the online check in that tells me exactly which pier, what time, etc. of course, I haven't printed the Xpress Pass yet, but if anyone could tell me specifically where to find the pier, I'd appreciate it. I want to know if I need a taxi or to arrange transfer from hotel. My husband is disabled with a service dog, so I cannot carry all the luggage!

     

    Almost every ship sails from Canada Place. Ballentyne is used as an overflow. Here is the link from the Port of Vancouver website. It's Canada Place! We get to the terminal about 11 AM no matter what the documents say. Usually we are on by 11:30 unless there is a delay by customs. Enjoy your visit to our wonderful city.

     

    http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/about/cruiseandtourism/cruiselineschedules.aspx

  18. We are taking a cruise leaving from Canada Place on July 1st, Canada Day. I understand festivities start in the morning, lasting all day near the terminal. I am guessing it will be pretty busy as we check in. I did post this on the Pacific Princess Roll Call too, but there are not too many of us on there, despite this cruise being sold out in several categories for some time now.

     

    The activities are on the pier itself. You will enter into the underground bypassing all the activities. However, before you check in you can check it out. Lots of fun stuff happens. Here is the website:

     

    http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/

  19. I logged into my celebrity and found that there is no transports arrangement available after disembarkation to the airport after my Alaska tip. However, i do remember celebrity does offer coach to the airport on the last day. Could anyone please tell me how can I arrange that or I can buy a ticket after I board the ship on the first day. If I can buy a ticket after I board, can I determine when to get off ship, like 7:30 or 8:00?

    thanks.

     

     

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    Most cruiselines offer coach service to the airport. However, Vancouver has a train that runs from Canada Place to the airport! It's $4.00 for adults and $2.75 over 65 weekdays, $2.75/$1.75 weekends. If you can roll your luggage one block to the station I wouldn't hesitate to do this!!!! We live here and it's the best and fastest way to the airport. The airport trains end right at the terminal. If you are leaving from the airport to the cruise terminal, purchase your ticket inside the terminal to eliminate the $5.00 airport surcharge. It's only charged on departures from the airport. It takes 26 minutes and you want the Canada Line. Faster than any cab or bus and so much cheaper. Here is the link: http://www.translink.ca/

     

    I've been on the Celebrity Century twice in the past two years. If you take off your luggage you will be first off. If you leave your luggage for Celebrity it can be up to 10 AM. The lineups at Customs can sometimes be long. I suggest you take off your luggage and roll it out to the street. There are no steps and it's what we do. We are 70 & 66! If you think the lineups at Customs are long you should see the taxi lineup!

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