Vancouver is a perfect travel destination. Whether you visit pre-cruise or post-cruise, Vancouver will add more vacation to your Alaska vacation.
For the upcoming 2014 cruise season, Port Metro Vancouver is expecting about 810,000 passengers to pass through the Port’s two cruise terminals. The Port is also looking forward to welcoming two new vessels that will be homeported in Vancouver: the Crown Princess, and the Pacific Princess. Also new for this season, Port Metro Vancouver welcomes one of the largest cruise ships to sail the Pacific Ocean, the Celebrity Solstice, in Vancouver for two calls on May 8 and September 23.
Why choose a Vancouver-based cruise?
Ranked as a Top City in the Americas
Vancouver is ranked one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and the Economist’s Global Livability Survey. A vibrant and exciting city that is like no other, Vancouver is renowned for its blend of cultures, international cuisine, fabulous festivals, exciting nightlife and shopping, and attractions like Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain. From the mountains that watch over the city to the pristine waterfront that skirts it, Vancouver is a natural wonder your guests will love.
Award-winning and world-class facilities and operations
Port Metro Vancouver's cruise facilities have been recognized on a global stage as award winning. For the second year in a row, Vancouver was named the ”Top North American Home Port” by TripAdvisor’s Cruise Critic in the 2013 Editors’ Picks Awards, and also won two Cruise Insight Awards: “Most Efficient Terminal Operation” and “Best Turnaround Port Operations” for 2013.
The Port’s two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne, offer passengers all the modern conveniences and services for a positive and safe cruise experience. The terminals’ facilities and services (baggage storage, parking, wheelchair/scooter rentals, accessible ground transfers and convenient shopping) are designed to enhance a traveller’s cruising experience. Port Metro Vancouver consistently receives high passenger satisfaction survey scores and top marks for user friendliness and luggage handling.
Port Metro Vancouver also launched the Blue Circle Award for the EcoAction Program for Shipping”. The program offers financial incentives to cruise and shipping lines that reduce emissions of their oceangoing vessels. This award is reserved for only the highest emissions reduction achievements. The current cruise line recipients are Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.
Easy to get here
The Port's two conveniently located cruise terminals are only 30 minutes from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) by car or taxi. Canada Place, Vancouver’s premier cruise facility, is in the city centre, near excellent hotels, shopping, dining and entertainment. Ballantyne, the Port’s second facility, is just minutes from Canada Place.
The terminals are close to public transportation, including a rapid transit line between downtown and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The line runs every 4-6 minutes and it takes less than 30 minutes to get from the airport to the Port. There is also easy access to transcontinental railroad connections and to the Trans-Canada Highway and cross-border highway systems. In addition, Amtrak Cascades offers service into Vancouver from the U.S. twice daily.
The only Alaskan homeport offering one-way trips through the Inside Passage
Vancouver offers a variety of itineraries, including the choice of round-trips or one-way trips through the scenic Inside Passage. The Inside Passage, which runs along the west coast of British Columbia, allows passengers to fully experience the glaciers, mountains, wildlife and culture of America's last frontier. The shorter travel distance to Alaska via the Inside Passage gives your guests more time to spend in Alaskan ports. The Inside Passage route also offers the unique option of an itinerary that calls at other British Columbian ports, such as Victoria, Nanaimo and Prince Rupert.
We care about our community and the environment
The Port is also a leader in sustainability conducting operations in a responsible and sustainable manner that safeguards and promotes continual protection of the environment. One area of focus is air quality through emissions reduction initiatives like shore power at Canada Place.
The 2013 season also marked another year with the award-winning shore power installation at Canada Place, the first of its kind in Canada. Shore power-equipped cruise ships can plug into the electrical grid and shut off their engines while in port to eliminate air emissions. During the past cruise season, the Port saw 82 vessel shore power connections, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 3,046 tonnes.