Trip log, day ten. Debarkation day in Vancouver.
9-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver
August 1, 2017
Disney Wonder Welcome to Vancouver Debarkation Information
We are back in Vancouver and mentally preparing ourselves. The last few days of the cruise had spotty internet service so a decent chunk of my data package went unused. I experienced some similar connection issues a few years ago when we were on the Magic in Norway and Europe. I’m sure knowing what I know now with regard to AT&T cellular service in the ports that I could have gone with a smaller data plan.
I find it helpful to save some of the Connect@Sea data package for the final morning when we are not sailing from a US cruise port with cellular data service just incase we need to get online or contact someone. I’d rather waste 50-100 MB than scramble that last morning looking for free wifi.
As the scum of the Café Fanatic card holders, I went up to Cove Cafe to redeem our free Pumpkin Pie Latte before heading to our final breakfast in Animator’s Palate. I think I need to talk to the good people behind The Unofficial Guides because the bookcase in the Cove Café needs some copies of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line.
Traditionally, we skip out on the breakfast as the first dinner seating starts breakfast at 6:45 am & head to Cabana’s instead. We were delighted to see that the first breakfast seating was a 7:15 AM & decided to give it a try.
Our driver was scheduled to pick us up at Canada Place at 8:30 AM, so we had time. Emily and I both received cold omelets. In fact, the cheese in Emily’s was unmelted. I went with the Chef’s Farewell, which once you got past the serving temperature it was flavorful.
I’d order this again. However, I don’t think we will be attending the farewell breakfast again in a long time & will just stick to Cabanas from here on out.
As soon we finished our breakfast, we made our way to the atrium for express walk-off. From the time we scanned our KTTW cards, spoke to the Canadian customs agent and walked to the private transportation pickup area at Canada Place, a whopping 5 minutes had spanned.
Emily checked in with the transportation agent and we waited for our ride. Well before we left for the cruise, Emily pre-arranged a driver through Aerocar for transportation from Canada Place to Vancouver Airport. They sent us an email and all I had to do was call them back to pay with a credit card. This could have been done via the email, but I’m not one to email my credit card information to a company, let alone one I’ve never used before.
This was great as we were able to pre-pay for the ride including the gratuity, which is automatically added on. Others have suggested taking the train to YVR from a station a couple blocks from Canada Place, but we had an early flight and wanted to lock in guaranteed transportation that would pick us up and get us to the airport by a specific time since we would have to clear customs.
Based on what others have said they paid for the train, it would be something I’d consider in the future if we have an afternoon flight and needed to pass time in Vancouver.
It was Wednesday morning, and we had no idea what to expect once we arrived at the airport. We quickly checked our bags (even one that was a pound overweight!), but the United agent was cool and let it slide. It took all of 30 minutes to check our luggage, go through security and pass through US Customs. It would have been even shorter if my name wasn’t flagged after scanning my passport. Time to pay for Global Entry – we were going to do this anyway to deal with the lines at MCO. Now knowing that I’ll likely need to go into the special line to get my passport reviewed each time I’m motivated.
Our flights from YRV to IAH and IAH to MCO were uneventful and we made it home shortly before midnight.
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