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Start or End your Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

The Alaska cruise from Vancouver is one of the most popular cruises in the world.

During cruise ship season from May to October the city swells by thousands whenever there is a cruise ship in town and a lot of times there'll be two or three ships at a time.

The radio and television stations will even give a little blurb about it to remind everyone to have patience because it's going to take a little extra time to get a cab.

You'll be embarking or disembarking from one of two cruise ship facilities that make up the Port of Vancouver.

The bigger of the two is the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place and the smaller terminal is Ballantyne Pier. Both terminals are completely up to date with state of the art facilities.

Canada Place Vancouver

The terminal at Canada Place is a great looking building especially when you get a look at it from the Stanley Park seawall or from even farther away like across the harbour at the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. From a distance you can really appreciate the design of the roof which was made to look like the sails of a ship.

The Canada Place terminal shares a building with the Pan Pacific Hotel, the Vancouver Convention Center and the Imax Theatre.

Right across the street there's also The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.  If you're staying at Waterfront before you leave on your trip you can even get the hotel to transfer your bags to the ship for you.

There is also tons of other downtown Vancouver hotels within walking distance of the terminal.

The Ballantyne Pier is about a 15 or 20 minute taxi ride from downtown. It's not as pretty as Canada Place and it's a little out of the way.

The area between the pier and downtown is not exactly the best part of the city so if you leaving from Ballantyne you'll definitely want to stay in a downtown Vancouver hotel and take a cab.

Your Alaska cruise from Vancouver will be on some of the largest and most luxurious ships including:

  • Celebrity Cruise Line
  • Disney Cruises
  • Holland America
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Every year close to a million people begin and end their Alaska cruise from Vancouver. To get the most of your vacation you may want to tack on a couple of extra days either before you go or after you get back from your Alaska cruise to see some of Vancouver's must-see attractions or do some shopping.

Vancouver is an excellent place to start or end a cruise. Even if you're only here for an extra day you could spend some time at the crown jewel of Vancouver otherwise known as Stanley Park or stroll to Gastown where you will discover souvenir shops that sell Native Indian Art, art galleries, museums, cafes and some great places to eat like Steamworks.

With two or more days to explore consider a ferry ride daytrip to Victoria or a drive along the spectacularly beautiful sea to sky highway to Whistler ski resort

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