• On Jul 23, 2020
    Courtney from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are taking an Alaksan cruise next summer, and want to utilize ground transportation from the airport. If we fly in the night before our cruise, and stay at an airpot hotel, can we still book ground transportation from the airport the day of the cruise?

    Ahoy Courtney!

    What fabulous news that you’ll be sailing to Alaska! My family couldn't wait to set foot onboard the Disney Wonder for our Alaskan itinerary. Hands down, this voyage was our number one cruise destination so far. It’s hard to beat seeing whales and glaciers and getting to take photos with Disney characters with snow-capped mountains in the background. Best days ever!

    Did you know that you can book your pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel stay directly with Disney Cruise Line? Current partner hotels include the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, the Fairmont Waterfront, and the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel is actually IN the Vancouver International Airport and steps away from U.S. and International arrivals, so that makes a great choice for Guests arriving late in the day. When you book a hotel stay with Disney Cruise Line before your cruise, you will receive additional information about transportation to the Canada Place Cruise Terminal upon check-in. Just one less thing to worry about so you can concentrate on exploring Vancouver in your free time!

    Alternatively, you can make hotel arrangements and book ground transfers from Vancouver International Airport to the Vancouver Port Terminal for embarkation. Current pricing for a one-way transfer is $25 per person and can be added to your reservation by contacting Disney Cruise Line at least three days prior to your sailing. Be sure to add ground transfers in advance because availability is limited. Since you are arriving a day early, you will have to figure out logistically how to get from your airport hotel back to the airport if you plan on using Disney Cruise Line ground transportation.

    The third option is to choose a downtown Vancouver hotel that is in close proximity to the Canada Place Cruise Terminal. My family chose the St. Regis, a boutique hotel located a few blocks away from the port so we could walk around Vancouver the day before our cruise. But we did have to use private transportation to get to the port the next morning with all our luggage. Many hotels are within walking distance to the cruise terminal, but they may also have a premium price tag. So look at all the options and decide what works best for your family!

    Believe me, Vancouver is so worth the extra time if you can work it into your schedule. We had a glorious day touring Stanley Park, visiting the Vancouver Aquarium, and walking around the waterfront the day before our Disney Wonder departure. You have a great idea to come in a day early for your cruise, so why not explore the area?

    This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cruise planning...or should I say glacier because we're talking Alaska? Either way, cruise back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have any additional questions about Port Adventures, special events, and naturalist presentations. Wishing you a WONDERful adventure in Alaska!

    Happy Sailing!

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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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