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  1. Where was the ship before it arrives in Vancouver? If it was a US port, then you will need time to clear Canada customs and immigration in Vancouver. The process shouldn't take that long for a US citizen but the compulsory line-up to get to see the official could take a while, especially since you may need to go to the baggage hall first. If your previous port is Victoria BC, this won't be a problem (you''ll clear customs there) or if you're very lucky (check with the cruise line) you may have immigration officers on board to pre-clear you. If it was me, I'd carry my own bags off the ship, be at the gangway at least 15 minutes before docking time and hopefully the line-ups won't be too bad at that point in the morning (the early bird...) The subway goes directly to the airport from the Waterfront station near the ship and takes about 40 minutes, door to door. And, yes, the subway will be quicker than by road - and less likely to be delayed. Things you can do ahead of time: 1. buy your subway tickets before you board the ship in Vancouver to save more time and to know where the station is located. 2. Check with your airline about check-in times at YVR for a flight into the US (you will need time to pre-clear US immigration at YVR). 3. Get your boarding passes before you get to the airport. So, yes, if the ship offloads on time and 'the creek don't rise', I'd say you'll make your flight.
  2. Don't forget the local railways as a way to get around and see quite a lot in a short time.
  3. "Yukon Rail"? Tick. "Inside Passage"? Tick (though much of it may be transited in darkness). "Northern Lights"? No. Please don't go expecting to see them. You may well be disappointed, either that they didn't appear at all or weren't the big show that you expected. And, unless you start the cruise in Anchorage, a 7-day round-trip cruise isn't going to go too far north (Juneau is around the same latitude as Edinburgh). If you see them at all, call it a bonus.
  4. Having been there, I'd agree with Aquahound. Also, the quality of NOLA sidewalks and crosswalks leaves a lot to be desired! Not that far, but quite bumpy. Many ship's excursions offer grandstand packages that include transport to/from the ship. Usually overpriced for what they offer, but it would solve your mobility issues. I'm hesitant to suggest a taxi. If you're going to a grandstand, then it's parade time? So taxis will be scarce, may get stuck in gridlock and may not be able to drop you right at the grandstand entrance. Also, the 'grandstands' themselves are essentially just tiered bleachers and just getting to/from your seat (strip of aluminum) may also be a challenge. Sorry to be rather negative but NOLA parades are a challenge for those not nimble on their pins. An alternative is to book a balcony spot with one of the hotels (a taxi will drop you off at the door) that overlook the parade route, then you can use your scooter as a comfortable seat and have a high-up grand view of things.
  5. This isn't a question, but it may help answer one that comes up a lot on CC. Here is a map of the London subway ("tube") system that highlights stations - and routes - with step-free access between street and platform. It may help travelers with heavy baggage, strollers, mobility issues, etc. It takes a bit of studying, but a green blob indicates a station with at least some step-free access. For example: passengers traveling to/from Southampton will likely transit through Victoria (by bus or train, map square D4) or Waterloo (train, map square D5) or Paddington (train, map square C3). All 3 tube routes through Victoria are step-free but only some are at Waterloo or Paddington, depending on which line you take, as shown. The map also highlights stations where you can also switch tube lines step-free, within the station (white circles or black "=" signs ), without having to exit to the street.
  6. Endorsing navybackerteacher. In some ways, Quebec City (confusingly often just called 'Quebec') is, visually, more French than France, since it did not suffer the wholesale destruction of multiple world wars. So architecturally, it is somewhat unique - and very old, at least by North American standards. Be sure to look up as you stroll. La langue c'est très francais et tout le monde la parle là. In the tourist areas you should be fine with english but do try to make an effort to speak, even if only the tiniest amount, of french. It goes a long way, as they appreciate your effort to be a 'local' quand vous êtes chez ils. And you'll feel much more at home there too. Alors, bon voyage.
  7. If you identify the time and distance to the next port of call, you can work out the average speed of the segment. Based on where your desired location is on that route, you should get a reasonable estimate of the time you'll pass by. As Crew News states, if you need to navigate any tidal narrows en route, then things get more complicated and you'll need local tide tables... But you should be able to fix on a window of minimum and maximum times of passage. Bon voyage.
  8. Many thanks, Martincath. Just what I was looking for. Your experience is much appreciated. And, as you suggest, if Heidi or BudgetQueen - or anyone else - has input, please jump in here.
  9. 1st time Alaska cruisers. Our ship takes the Inside Passage at least part of the way and we are keen to take in the scenery. Unfortunately, leaving Vancouver at 5:00pm, I'm guessing much of it will be in darkness, even in early July. If you've sailed the I.P. like this, is it worth staying up after dark and/or getting up before dawn? Is there a "must see" location that we need to be awake for? Or will it be just too dark to see much of the scenery?
  10. Basic price: about US$125 per day per person.
  11. Disney Wonder sails to Alaska.
  12. Yes, there is no cruise terminal, per se, in Anchorage. Cruise ships dock along with other commercial vessels at the main wharf. It's about 1.5 miles / 2 km. from the city centre, in a dockland area. Why not email a taxi company there and ask them your question. Maybe even book your cab at the same time.
  13. Doesn't sound like the best fit to me either. Take 'em on a cruise, but somewhere they can be - and enjoy - themselves.
  14. Could it be said that gambling at a cruise ship casino is essentially using a credit card to gamble?
  15. As a Canadian using the Cunard website, I've come to figure out that the prices shown are in C$. But I've yet to find anything on such pages that clearly shows the currency used. Given that the default is US$, it would be quite easy for someone to presume that the prices are in US$ - and get scared away. So it's in Cunard's interests to make it clear which currency is being shown. For trading across borders, clearly stating the currency of the contract - up front - is vital. God forbid someone would pay US$ instead and then have to go through the red tape of a refund - assuming they discovered the error. Another shortcoming to add to the long list for Cunard's website.
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