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  1. Hotel Georgia has also now gone on strike.
  2. While I have been to Nanaimo many times over the years as a Vancouver resident I have also twice come in by cruise ship. The first time we tendered and next time time we docked at the new terminal. Agree with Heidi13 - nothing wrong with Nanaimo - and they do roll out the red carpet and you might even see the Mounties in there ceremonial red serge uniforms. The walk along the waterfront promenade has signs telling the history of the area - from coal to lumber to tourism. A short little boat ride you are at Newcastle Island park - lots of trails and scenery there. I took ship's excursions up to the Horne Lake caves and really enjoyed it. Oh - and there is a small casino close to the port. Hopes this helps people decide what to do with this port stop. Dennis
  3. Just an quick add on to Martincath's post - there are three ship in port on Sept 22 so if you are boarding any tour or charter buses outside the terminal- you will likely board them one block south of the port on Cordova rather than on Canada Place Way. There will be plenty of signs and staff/volunteers directing you to the buses. Thanks Dennis
  4. I was downtown yesterday for some tests at St Paul's and went by the former Fish Shack site - it definitely WON'T be reopening as the first shack - looks like it will be called the Heaven and become more of bar with all day drink specials. I think if you look at the dining options along Granville the upper end of the pricing scale is scarce and I think that reflects the people who come down to the entertainment area are in a drinking mood and not a more refined dining mood. Cheers! Dennis
  5. Glad to have been able to help - there is also a Shopper's Drug Mart about three blocks further up Denman from the Safeway in case you want those Optimum points. Dennis
  6. Yes getting to Capilano Suspension Bridge is fairly easy from Canada Place - there is a free shuttle that is outside the terminal that will take you there. As for the Stanley Park shuttle - to my knowledge there isn't one operating and if it is it is no longer free. Only real way other than renting a bike to see the park is to use one of the hop-on hop-off bus services. Hope this helps Dennis
  7. If the ports in Alaska are too touristy what is your opinion of some of the Caribbean ports where there are two blocks of diamond and jewellery stores right off of the ship. There is lots of history in all of the ports in Alaska with Sitka and Skagway being two of the best. Icy Strait Point is run by a First Nations corporation and certainly doesn't bore me and I have been there several times. Cruising through the waters of Glacier Bay, Hubbard or Sawyer glacier is anything but boring. Ketchikan in the autumn with the salmon trying to get upstream to spawn is a sight to be seem. Juneau is the state capital and the most commercial of the ports but still has less diamond stores than most Caribbean ports. ALASKA BORING!!!! NOT!!! Dennis
  8. September is a very busy cruise month as it is when the ships start there transitioning from Alaska to points south and east so many of them who don't home port in Vancouver stop there to meet requirements of US Law. There are a number of major events on The RBC Grand Fondo bike race to Whistler - a Canada/USA rugby match both on the same weekend plus the usual collection of conventions etc. Pinnacle Harbourside is an good choice and you can walk to the port if you so wish. Hope this helps some more and have a great cruise. Dennis
  9. There is a Safeway grocery store at Robson and Denman - a short walk from the Bayshore - they should have just about everything you need for your trip - they also have a pharmacy and there is a government liquor store in the same shopping complex. Hope this helps and have a great cruise. Dennis
  10. You don't mention a city but since this is posted on the West Coast boards I assume you are referring to the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Yes it is about a mile walk to the cruise terminal at Canada Place and it is a slightly downhill walk. There is no Uber or Lyft in Vancouver yet so a taxi is your best way to get there if you don't walk. It shouldn't be much more than $10 taxi fare to the port - just a tip on the taxi - there can often be a long line of taxis waiting to get down the ramp to the taxi area of the port and this can added considerably to you fare. If this is the case have your driver drop you off outside the Pan Pacific which is a few feet from the ramp and then walk down the ramp to the porters and leave your luggage, Hope this helps and have a great cruise. Dennis
  11. Martincath - since we are talking seafood - it looks like the fish shack has reopened on Granville - the format they replaced it with obviously didn't work as it has been closed for a few months - now that I live in Surrey I am no longer around the corner from it but on a recent visit to the downtown core I saw the Fish Shack signs up and what look like staff training ahead of a reopening. Thought you might be interested. Dennis
  12. Reasonable priced hotel in Vancouver is an oxymoron - September is still the cruise reason and very little inexpensive hotel rooms will be available. Shared bathroom is an other term for meaning it's in the hallway and others will also be able to use it. Have you looked at staying at the YWCA on Beatty street - not your normal Y type of accommodation - full service rooms and reasonable pricing. https://ywcavan.org/hotel - they are adding a second tower - that is how much demand they have. Hope this helps Dennis
  13. Yes you will be able to use that walkway. As for baggage - I will let some of the other locals answer that one - pretty sure they will give the bags to the porters and the next time you see them is at your cabin. As a side note - I usually volunteer for the Sea Wheeze race so should be in the area. I believe that the Sea wheeze race actually starts next door at Jack Poole Plaza so it shouldn't have a big impact on Canada Place. Dennis
  14. The Fairmont Waterfront hotel is across the street from the Pan Pacific and Canada Place - you can access the port by way of an underground passage. The Fairmont Pacific Rim and the Marriott Pinnacle are a couple of blocks away and easy to walk to the Port as is the Coast Coal Harbour. Hope this helps! Dennis
  15. Try this - https://aerocar.ca/ - they are the official limo car service for the airport. Hope this helps Dennis
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