Posted February 5th, 2018, 07:59 PM
Your post doesn't mention Global Entry. I thought that it was available for going through immigration and customs at Canada Place. I'm hoping that we will be able to use it to get through the process more quickly.
Just a small update for anyone researching Global Entry at Canada Place. Not sure if I've mentioned it anywhere on my previous postings, but there are a couple of small short cuts for GE holders during embarkation. During the actual check-in process there is no difference for GE or non GE holders, but once you have your set sail pass (or "keys") and head downstairs to security and customs/immigration/border control there sometimes is. For the security checkpoint look to see if there is a Global Entry/Nexus sign for the door to the left of the main entry point (usually marked as for "Crew"), if there is one there you can use that entrance and avoid the main line. Once through the scanners and entering the immigration area check for Global Entry/Nexus signage (also ask any of the staff) as there may be a separate line and officer doing the GE passengers.
Last year a friend and I did one of the end of season repositioning cruises from Canada Place - she was GE and I was not - she did manage to get through the process just a little quicker than me, not by much, but a little quicker. The non-GE holders get directed to use the machines for their customs/immigration declarations before going to an officer and the GE holders get directed straight to the officers.
Mind you I will add the caveat that this was last season, no indication as to what will happen this year as the season doesn't get started for a few months!
Hope that helps!
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