Alaska cruise, Vancouver
The system in place at the Canada Place cruise terminal is very efficient and there are people ready to help at any point you may be confused, which is important if turning the wrong way would end you up on the wrong ship. However there is a LOT of walking involved, so the mobility-challenged should make arrangements. On departure you also leave Canada and enter the United States, and on the return trip do it in reverse. I kept getting confused.
We stayed a few blocks from the terminal and thought we'd walk, but chickened out and were we glad. You enter the cruise terminal from the bottom level. Down in the "bowels" it is efficient, but not attractive. Serviceable is a kind desciption.The beauty is when see the lovely "sails" on the building from the ship's deck.
It's quite amazing how many people visit Vancouver for the sole purpose of using it as a departure port city for their Alaskan cruise. Hopefully some of them stick around for a few days to explore Vancouver before they make their way north! Cruises are quite the luxurious way of travelling - generally over $2000 for one person, these things are floating hotel that make their way up to Alaska and back within 6 days. Maybe one day I'll get to experience them! Until then I'll just hang out at Canada Place here and watch the cruise ships sail under the Lions Gate Bridge off into the sunset!
Scenically speaking, the BEST way to arrive in Vancouver is by cruiseship. Pictured left is the Canada Place cruiseship facility.
More likely, however, that you'll arrive at YVR Vancouver International Airport.