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  1. Well that's not going to be an option. They are removing all of their long-haul fleet.
  2. When departing Canada to the United States, from an airport with a pre-clearance facility, you clear UNITED STATES Customs and Immigration, prior to reaching a sterile area in the Canadian Airport. (the E gates at Vancouver for example). This allows the US the option to not have to clear you when you reach the USA. (although they can if they want). There are no exit immigration checks leaving Canada. Interesting side affect is that Toronto is the 4th busiest UNITED STATES airport immigration facility (after JFK, LAX and MIA) Also when departing for Alaska cruises, y
  3. Presumably they would be clearing in Toronto (IAD-YYZ-YVR).
  4. I'm glad the airlines are making a stand here. The abuse of benefits for the disabled, being used by greedy people who just want them, drive me crazy. As someone who had a father who spent 40 years in a wheelchair, I lost count how many times I saw reserved parking spots occupied by people who did not need them. When the cruise lines had to start offering their disabled cabins online for booking, it actually caused a problem for people with disabilities. People would grab "disabled access cabins" because they liked the bigger bathrooms, and it actually res
  5. As a shareholder of CCL (Princess), I would encourage you to take the overpriced transfers from ship/hotel/airport. As a local, I wouldn't. You can get from downtown (2 blocks from dock) to the airport, directly on the subway (all of our subway system is called Skytrain - you wantthe Canada Line) for C$4.25 (about US$3.25). with roll on roll off carriages and elevators at the stations. Not only is it way cheaper than a transfer, it's also faster.
  6. Worst case scenario, fly to London Gatwick and take the direct (hourly) train to Southampton Central. However, SOU is a great little airport in and out, and 100 metres from the door of the terminal to the train station
  7. You're much better to have a layover in Europe than in the US. If flight 1 is late, and you miss your connection, there's going to be waaaay more options for an alternate AMS-FCO flight than there would be say a EWR/Newark-FCO/Rome or ORD/Chicago-FCO/Rome. Most airports in the US that do have a flight to Rome, are just a single flight per day; most major european cities are going to have 10+/day
  8. Without this act, the Staten Island ferry would be operated by a foreign company, paying foreign wages, equipping vessels to foreign standards. It exists to prevent foreign companies operating purely domestic routes within the United States.
  9. The 'best' airline for this routing would be Porter. YQG/Windsor -> YTZ/Toronto Island -> YQB/Quebec City That will also mean you avoid paying the (mostly) US taxes for crossing the border by air.
  10. No, it's not what I said, and you're assuming that cruise ships are faster than they are. Assume something like just over 400 miles/day for a cruise ship, and it's not like they can sail "as the crow flies". To put that in perspective, Juneau to Ensenada is right around 2000 miles as the crow flies. Ensenada is a good DAY AND A HALF SOUTH of San Francisco (the opposite direction to Alaska); Victoria is pretty close to along the way from Alaska to San Francisco. You'd need to bypass Victoria, sail straight to San Francisco, sail an ADDITIONAL 1½ days to Ensenada, stop, sail 1½ da
  11. LOL. You'd be looking at adding 3 days to your cruise to get down to Mexico and back to San Francisco.
  12. Full press release from Transport Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/government-of-canada-announces-intention-to-defer-the-start-of-cruise-ship-season-in-canada-as-covid-19-response-measure.html This will also affect (Seattle/San Fran) US based Alaska cruises, as the (required by the PVSA) foreign port stop (normally Victoria) will be unavailable
  13. To expand on why this is important, even to Seattle based vessels, in order for a foreign flagged ship to sail to Alaska (and back), it needs to make a foreign port stop to comply with the PVSA. For Seattle based Alaska cruises that means Victoria (mostly) or Vancouver. Both ports will be closed to vessels of more than 500 persons until July 1 Full Transport Canada press release here: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/government-of-canada-announces-intention-to-defer-the-start-of-cruise-ship-season-in-canada-as-covid-19-response-measure.html
  14. Nope. It's called a 'concession' ticket, "...seniors 65 years and older and youth 14 to 18 years with valid photo identification proving age..." https://www.translink.ca/Fares-and-Passes/Fare-Pricing.aspx and you'll only need the ID if you're inspected by a fare inspector on the train (unlikely) Just select it on the ticket machine.
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