Most Cruise ships dock in Vancouver at the Canada Place Terminal, which is the primary port facility. Other vessels tie up at the Ballantyne Pier. The main facility is located in the downtown area, next to the convention center. Most ships anchor here, and mostly likely you will embark and/or disembark at Canada Place. Waterfront Station is less than 10 minutes’ walk away.
Downtown Vancouver is quite compact so you will not be far from the cruise ship terminal.
Very handy for boarding is the Pan Pacific Hotel, located on Vancouver’s waterfront and adjacent to Canada Place cruise ship terminal. It’s a beautiful property, boasting amazing views. From the hotel you can see ships sail in. There is also the Fairmont Waterfront hotel across the street. These are the closest hotels from the terminal, both located within easy walking distance (no shuttle required).
There are quite a few first class hotels that are within four or five blocks, within walking distance, or a short inexpensive taxi ride away from the cruise docks. Most downtown hotels are only a $10 to $15 ride to the cruise port, accommodation so close to the pier that you can consider a more budget friendly hotel without a free shuttle service and pay a small fee for the cab.
Excellent 4 star hotel within walking distance of Canada Place Cruise Passenger Terminal.
Vancouver BC Cruise Port in Canada
Cruise ships dock in either Canada Place or Ballantyne passenger terminals
Port Metro Vancouver in Canada – Where to Stay ?
Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal Canada Place resembles a ship with its motif of five large sails. Located in the heart of the city, the terminal is right beside downtown hotels, restaurants and shops. Ballantyne cruise terminal, mainly used by Norwegian Cruise Line, is located east of downtown Vancouver (10 minutes). Many accommodation is located within close distance of the cruise terminal.
Hotel prices are somewhat cheaper around the airport, Richmond area than in downtown. Many discounted hotels or cheap motels are located close to Vancouver’s international airport, most properties offer a free airport shuttle service too, and free car parking. Next morning take a taxi or shuttle to the cruise port terminal. Alternatively you can take the Sky-Train (subway) to downtown.
Vancouver Canada Place Cruise Terminal — most ocean liners tie up right at the waterfront in downtown Vancouver, at the Canada Place cruise terminal. Canada Place consists out of the five-star Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel and the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Vancouver Float Plane (Seaplane) terminal is 2 blocks away.
The facility is owned and operated by Port Metro Vancouver and can service up to 4 luxury cruise ships. Plenty of affordable and more luxurious hotels can be found within close distance. The terminal is directly across the street from the Fairmont Waterfront hotel and one block from the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.
The facility is located in the heart of downtown, right by Waterfront station. The Waterfront station is frequently served by buses, the SeaBus (to North Vancouver), the West Coast Express commuter train and the SkyTrain.
Berths : 3
Address : 999 Canada Place
Taxi Rates to Canada Place Terminal
From Vancouver International Airport (YVR) – $30-$35
From Downtown Hotels – $5-$8
From Stanley Park/Vancouver Aquarium – $13-$15
From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal – $65-$70
From Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal – $40-$45
From the Bus Depot – $11-$13
Ballantyne Pier Cruise Terminal — the cruise pier at Ballantyne is located east of the city centre, not far from Canada Place. The Ballantyne pier is frequently used by NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line).
The pier is about 10 minutes by taxi from most downtown Vancouver BC hotels. Ballantyne is about 40 minutes from Vancouver YVR international airport (approximate driving time 45 minutes).
Berths : 2 (East Berth and West Berth)
Address : 851 Centennial Road
How to get to Ballantyne cruise facility from downtown
Driving : from downtown proceed east on Hastings Street to Clark Drive. Turn left on Clark to the foot of Clark and turn right on Stewart Street. Proceed to Ballantyne which is almost 1KM west of the foot of Clark. Ballantyne pier is on your right-hand side.
Ships leaving the harbor of Vancouver sail pass the massive green of Stanley Park, beneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge to the natural wonders of the Inside Passage and Alaska. For many years the port of Vancouver is a leading homeport for Alaska cruises.
Several cruise companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean (RCL), and Princess Cruises offer roundtrip or one-way cruises to Alaska (Anchorage Whittier, Seward Alaska).
Vessels berth at either Canada Place or Ballantyne passenger piers. Amenities for cruiseship passengers include individual baggage carts, food and drink concessions, full wheelchair access, full customs service, car and bus parking and taxis.
Some motels and hotels or located within walking distance, many properties are only a short cab ride away.
Guests staying downtown can visit a variety of city centre attractions, shopping on Robson Street is within easy reach. The Vancouver Art Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Theater are within walking distance of many establishments.
Western Canada’s largest City, located in British Columbia
Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest city. The city, located in British Columbia, is sheltered by Vancouver Island and the Pacific Range mountains. Vancouver boasts superb outdoor activities and great shopping opportunities, fine dining and lively nightlife. From affordable place to stay, to luxury 4 and 5 star hotels, to comfortable b&b’s, to self-catered apartments, we can offer you great value accommodations before or after your cruise vacation out of Vancouver in BC Canada.
Nearby the Canada Place passenger terminal is Gastown, the oldest part of the city. A must see is the steam powered clock standing at the corner of Cambie and Water Street.
Vancouver is a multicultural city with a rich ethnic mix of Canadians and foreign immigrants. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture in North America’s second largest Chinatown, after San Francisco. It’s centred on Pender Street near Gastown in downtown Vancouver BC, a few blocks east of the cruise terminal.
Do not miss a visit to Stanley Park with its totem poles, miles of walking trails and spectacular views of the city and the bay. Definitely worth is renting a bike to see everything in this huge park. Situated right on the waterfront on Vancouver’s west side is Granville island. It’s a fun place to visit, shop and to grab a quick bite. You can get there by aqua seabus or false creek ferry. The view from the boat is worth the trip.
Take the free shuttle from Canada Place to get to the top of Grouse Mountain by gondola. Reachable by cable car, Grouse Mountain is a favourite spot for skiing, paragliding and hiking. By the end of the day take a harbour cruise along the coast of Vancouver. Admire the wonderful skyline of the city and see seaplanes taking off and landing. During the cruise you will get also a great insight into Vancouver’s port and other maritime industries.
Whistler — 80 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, lies the resort municipality of Whistler. This world renowned town offers world class ski and mountain bike facilities. Take a ride with the Whistler Gondola to admire the spectacular scenery. Whistler boasts also a wide variety of first class restaurants, shops and luxury hotels.
Vancouver Intercontinental Airport (YVR) — YVR airport is appoximately 30 minutes away from the cruise terminals. The airport is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 12 km or 7.5 miles from Downtown Vancouver.
Shuttles, taxis and limousines are readily available to transport passengers to downtown hotels.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — 162 miles to pier, approximate driving time 4 hours. See hotels nearby.
Parking — both Canada Place and Ballantyne Pier offer plenty of short-term parking for picking up and dropping off cruise passengers and their luggage.
More than 750 car spaces for long-Term overnight parking near Canada Place are available at the VINCI Park 2 level parking garage, located at the North end of Howe Street at Canada Place Way. It is accessible 24 hours per day.
Reasonable priced lodging with shuttle service transport
Pre or Post cruise accommodation with free shuttle service to the piers — only a few hotels offer a shuttle service to the Canada Place embarkation terminal.
Hotels with free shuttle service to/from the Airport — many places to stay around Vancouver airport provides a free complimentary 24hour shuttle transportation service to and from international airport.
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