ALASKA! One of the challenges of going on a vacation can be getting to the starting point of vacation. Most cruisers relate to all of the Florida departures. I am excited to try out the home port of Vancouver for my Alaska adventure. I wanted to talk about some of the options for getting to Vancouver.
My husband, children and I are flying. I looked at the price of contract air with booking through Disney. I also signed up for Kayak (an air planning and pricing app) to send me daily updates on prices so I could see the trends. What I discovered was that air into Vancouver was much less if we arrived early. I am happy to go to Vancouver two days prior to our cruise so that we can explore this tourist friendly city. After I stay in Vancouver I will blog about our hotel and the city.
My parents are not fans of air travel. They will be driving. On the way to the cruise they are heading west and then north but on the return they will travel east through Canada before heading back down to the midwest. They can’t wait to see countryside they have never seen. They are arriving one night prior to the cruise in order to keep their daughter (me) from fretting over anyone missing the ship’s departure. My husband and I were both in the Navy and missing ship's movement is a major no-no.
What other options are there? If coming from the east I think it might be a great opportunity to stop in Disneyland for a two or three night pre or post stay. A pre cruise stay would allow for some time to adjust to the time zone while enjoying Walt’s first park. Or, if time is of the essence, you can fly in and head directly over to the port and get on the ship.
What to pack? That is the question. Next post I will talk about how my packing list has changed as I adjusted it from Caribbean beach to icy glaciers. Regardless of how you decide to get there, I hope you will consider taking on Alaska!