Cruise Vancouver

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Gateway to Alaska and the perfect complement to the trip of a lifetime

Perfectly situated and easily accessible, Vancouver is the ideal home port to begin or end an Alaskan adventure. Blessed with stunning vistas and exciting activities, Vancouver offers the perfect blend of urban and natural experiences to suit any set of expectations.

Regarded as one of the best airports in the world, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is served daily with direct flights from airports around the globe and allows you to easily and quickly arrive in Vancouver to begin your vacation.

Consistently recognized as the “Best City to Live in the World” by the Economist Intelligence Unit and “Best City in the Americas” by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Vancouver is a must for any cruise itinerary and a stay of two or three nights will allow you to truly appreciate one of the world’s finest cities.

Why Sail from Vancouver?

Recognized as the most passenger-friendly cruise port in North America, Vancouver is the only homeport offering both one-way and round-trip itineraries through the picturesque Inside Passage along the west coast of British Columbia to Alaska. Departing from Vancouver, the closest home port to Alaska waters, provides you with more time to spend in Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and Glacier Bay. You have the option to choose from a variety of ships, departure dates and itineraries.

Cruise lines sailing out of Vancouver include Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises and many others.

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Endless Possibilities

Home to some of the best attractions and activities in the Pacific Northwest with a unique and exciting urban scene that is both dynamic and culturally colourful, Vancouver is more than just a port. You will love spending an extra couple of days to explore Vancouver’s natural and cultural charms before continuing onwards. Whether you’re planning a family retreat, romantic getaway or one with outdoor adventures, Vancouver has it all.

For more information on what to see and do in the city, please take a look at our suggested itineraries.

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Sightseeing Tours

Vancouver has many pre-existing products in place to help make your trip planning easier and more affordable. From city tours of Vancouver, day trips to Whistler and Victoria, neighbourhood walking tours and culinary tours, there really is something for everybody.

> Find a Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver

Accommodations - Abundance of Choice

One of the great things about a stay in Vancouver is that it offers astounding natural adventure coupled with big-city choice, and choice is abundant when it comes to accommodations. With 25,000 rooms in Metro Vancouver, including 13,000 in the downtown core, Vancouver has the perfect fit for any budget and any visitors.

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Cruise Ship Facilities

Consistently receiving high passenger satisfaction survey scores and top marks for user friendliness and luggage handling, Port Metro Vancouver is the ideal homeport to start your Alaska cruise vacation. The Port’s cruise terminal Canada Place offers passengers all the modern conveniences and services for a positive and safe cruise experience.

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s waterfront at 999 Canada Place Way, Canada Place is the city’s premier cruise terminal and can service up to three luxury cruise ships at any given time.

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Baggage Storage & Parking Information

Short-term baggage storage services are available at the Canada Place pier only and only for cruise passengers. For more information, please visit Priority Baggage.

Both terminals provide parking facilities.

Short-Term Parking Facilities
Canada Place has plenty of short-term parking available for picking up and dropping off cruise passengers.

Long-Term Parking Facilities
Vinci Park operates the two-level parkade at Canada Place and offers both short- and long-term parking for regular and over height vehicles. Call 1.866.856.8080 or visit Vinci Park to book your reservation online.

Transportation Services

For those arriving and departing from the Vancouver International Airport, the trip from the airport to the downtown core and both cruise terminals is about 30 minutes. Taxis, car rentals, limousines and scheduled coach services are readily available at or near the cruise terminals. Alternatively, for those considering the additional journey from Seattle’s SEATAC airport, regular bus service is available between the airport and Vancouver’s cruise facilities. The typical travel time from SEATAC to downtown Vancouver is approximately four hours.

Taking advantage of Vancouver’s airport is highly recommended because it allows you more time to spend in Vancouver. YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States. Visit our Map Section to see Non-Stop Destinations and Flight Time Estimates for an estimate of how long it might take you to fly to Vancouver. For more information on Vancouver International Airport, visit

Long-Term Parking Facilities
Vinci Park operates the two-level parkade at Canada Place and offers both short- and long-term parking for regular and over height vehicles. Call 1.866.856.8080 or visit Vinci Park to book your reservation online.

Public Transit
The Canada Line is a rapid-rail transit system that whisks visitors from the airport to three stops in downtown Vancouver in less than 25 minutes. The terminal station, which is close to Canada Place, is the Waterfront Station. Tickets from the airport are $8.75 CAD per adult during peak periods, including a $5 airport surcharge which is only charged in one direction when leaving YVR. Tickets can also be used for connecting journeys throughout the public transit system. For most of the day, the train runs every eight minutes and less frequently during off-peak hours, trains start at 5:00 am and run until 1:00am, seven days a week.

Taxis, including plenty of hybrid and wheelchair accessible vehicles, are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area of the Vancouver International Airport. They are available 24-hours a day and seven days a week. There are guaranteed zone fares to destinations in Richmond and Vancouver; and all other destinations throughout Metro Vancouver, including inbound trips to YVR, are based on a metered rate charged based on time and distance. The cost to Canada Place cruise ship terminal is approximately $35 CAD.

Sedans & Limousines
Aerocar Service is the airport’s licensed sedan and limousine provider complete with luxury sedans, stretch SUV’s or limos to suit any taste.

Shuttles and Coach Services
Pacific Coach Lines provides shuttle service between the cruise ship terminal and Victoria and Whistler.


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