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Old 09-30-2010, 09:03 PM   #1
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We are planning on an Alaskan cruise next May . The one cruise we are considering leaves from Vancouver . How do you get from Seattle to Vancouver and recommendations on things to see in Vancouver ?
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Vancouver is a very very nice place We stayed in English Bay and it is just charming.
Aquarium is super
Friends have taken the shuttle to vancouver from SEATAC http://www.quickcoach.com/
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Why not fly from your home to Vancouver?

See Stanley Park.
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Why not fly from your home to Vancouver?

See Stanley Park.
i concur w/ kumquat. vancouver airport is big enough
that you should be able to find a flight to vancouver
through some west coast us city at a minimum..
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We are planning on an Alaskan cruise next May . The one cruise we are considering leaves from Vancouver . How do you get from Seattle to Vancouver and recommendations on things to see in Vancouver ?
the museum of anthropology at the university of BC is unique
if i had to pick one place to visit in vancouver, that would be it for me..

Welcome to MOA! A place of world arts + cultures | Museum of Anthropology at UBC
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Our Alaska trip originated from Vancouver. We were scheduled to fly into Vancouver but a last minute passport problem forced me to fly to Seattle, rent a car, and then drive up to Vancouver where I met up with my wife and the rest of my party.
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When we last cruised in Alaska (That is our favorite cruise to date) we left from Vancouver also. To get there we flew to Seattle and then took the jet boat to Vancouver. We spent a couple of days in Seattle and really enjoyed them. After the cruise we spent a few days in Vancouver and also Victoria. You really should look into seeing Victoria it is a beautiful coastal town.

Have a great cruise!
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Thanks everybody ! We will probably fly into Seattle and take the jet boat or fly into vancouver if we can find a decent flight most of them have several connections . We are also adding a few days in Vancouver & Victoria.
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In Victoria check out Butchart Gardens and Royal Museum
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The short flight from Seattle to Vancouver is just gorgeous--particularly on a sunny day. You get to see the beauty of the Pacific Northwest from above, and the many islands along the way.
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Another option is to take Amtrak. The "Cascades" train runs several times a day from Seattle to Vancouver, costs less than $40 if you book this far in advance, and winds along Puget Sound most of the way. It takes about 4 hours and you can take in the stunning scenery as you go.

Train travel is very civilized and relaxing, compared to flying or driving, IMHO.

http://media.wsdot.wa.gov/media/Amtr...akCascades.wmv
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I flew from FL to Vancouver last May for the Alaska cruise. It was wonderful weather...not too cool or warm. Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and would like to go back!
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As others have said, Vancouver is a great city. Second Buchart Gardens. If you are a foodie, Vancouver has some of the greatest dining especially asian fusion. Great China town with some great dimsum places. Also include Grandville Island on your list for super sidewalk/people watching and food as well.
Not sure they are still offerring the jet boat but it is a great Amtrak trip or easy drive.
Lots to do in Seattle as well, especially if it is your first trip.
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Upon arriving, we thumbed through one of the tourist/current events magazines.

Went to a very cute/entertaining play in a small venue. Also went to one of the museums.

Lucked out and saw the fireworks on barges competition (set to music) from our hotel balcony.

The next morning, there were a few "treasure hunters" with metal detectors walking the beach looking for change and jewelry where the crowd had been the night before for the event. We decided to walk there ourselves and look for treasure.

We didn't find treasure, but we found someone's drivers license and turned it in. The person was not yet aware she'd lost it.
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Did a Alaska cruise/tour in August

We flew into Fairbanks, and came south through Denali/McKinley. We boarded a Princess cruise ship in Whittier, and came south to Vancouver on a seven day itinerary. In Vancouver we stayed at a wonderful, classy smaller hotel, L'Hermitage. We flew out of Vancouver back to Michigan.

It all worked out really well. The best scenery was on the cruise, from Whittier to Hubbard Glacier, and on to Glacier Bay. Nothing was cheap, be prepared for that (a trip to Europe might have been cheaper).

Have a great time! Drop me a message if you want more info. I strongly suggest that you join Cruise Critic, and use the information and sources on that site.
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Also include Grandville Island on your list for super sidewalk/people watching and food as well.
I second Granville Island...loved that place just to walk around and look. If you get to Victoria, you might want to do "tea" at the Fairmont. That was fun for my daughter and me a few years ago when we went on our Alaskan cruise.
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Victoria was one of the absolute top highlights of our Alaskan cruise. Others were the helicopter flight to walk on a glacier at Juneau, and cruising around Glacier Bay to watch the glaciers calving.

Actually, the southeast Alaska cruise was our first cruise ever, and the overall experience made me decide that it would also be the last one. Nevertheless, the highlights were good enough that it was almost worthwhile.

Really, I'm not trying to be negative. Some people love cruising, others don't. You don't really know which group you're in until you've done it.
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Thanks again , All the suggestions are great . I do already belong to Cruise Critic and find it a valuable source of info. Braumeister , sorry you did not like cruising . It is not for everybody . I like it but I like almost any form of travel . Lot's of good suggestions on Vancouver .
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I have to third Grandville Island and I'm not much of a foodie. It is quite an experience, it is beyond a farmer's market. I'm not sure what to really call it.
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it's kinda like pike place market in seattle or farmers market in LA.. (+ more besides food oriented stuff)
not an exact analogy but you'll get the idea if you know those places..
it's not really an island either so don't worry about how to get there
it's another section of the city of vancouver
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