Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports

Profiles of cruise ship embarkation ports located around the world including terminal and parking information, and a preview of what to do around the area.

Tropical Weather

Atlantic - all clear for cruisers

Eastern Pacific - all clear for cruisers

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Good to know

Vancouver is known for having clean air, clean water, and a panoramic view of beautiful mountains.

Vancouver is considered to be one of the most livable cities in the world but one of the most expensive cities to live in North America.

Vancouver was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver currently has the second largest trolley bus fleet in North America after San Francisco.

Vancouver has been called a "city of neighborhoods", each with a distinct character and ethnic mix.

Getting around Vancouver 

Shuttle Service

Regular shuttle service is provided from both terminals to the airport and Richmond hotels as well as downtown hotels. Regular bus service from Vancouver to Seattle's SeaTac airport and to Victoria is also available.

Shuttle Reservations -  or call 604-251-3500

Taxi Service

All taxi vehicles serving Vancouver cruise ship terminals are six years old or newer, most of them hybrid, and drivers have completed comprehensive training courses in safe driving, customer service and assisting persons with special needs.

Terminal signage reflects the following rates (inclusive of all taxes):

The approximate fare to/from the airport is $30 and under normal conditions. Fares from Canada Place to hotels within 3-6 blocks can range from $5-$8 and from 7-13 blocks between $8-$12. The fares to downtown hotels from Ballantyne can range from $12-$15.   Please make sure to negotiate your fare with the driver before you leave.  Prices subject to change

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Port Metro Vancouver, BC

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Positioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, Port Metro Vancouver is North America’s gateway to the world’s most dynamic economies. Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport located in the Lower Mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The city is bounded by English Bay, Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River, the city of Burnaby, and the University Endowment Lands.

Port Metro Vancouver serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry.

Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight savings time is in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

It is recommended by the Vancouver Tourism Center that all visitors use Canadian currency when traveling within Canada.

Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre,200 Burrard St. Plaza level, Burrard & Cordova, (fax:604-682-6839. 8:30AM-6PM. Offers maps, brochures and other information for visitors.

Terminal Information

Port Metro Vancouver

100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place  Vancouver, BC  V6C 3T4. 1.866.284.4271

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Port Metro Vancouver is the only Alaskan homeport offering both one-way and round-trip cruises through the Inside Passage. Advanced transportation reservations are recommended when traveling from the cruise terminals in order to avoid potential delays. Both terminals are serviced by regular shuttles and buses to major destinations, as well as city taxis, car rental companies, limousines and public transit (Canada Place only).

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Short-Term Parking Facilities

Both Canada Place and Ballantyne have plenty of short-term parking available for picking up and dropping off cruise passengers.

Long-Term Parking Facilities

Vinci Park operates the two-level parkade at Canada Place and offers both short- and long-term parking for regular and overheight vehicles.

Things to do in the area

Vancouver Lookout

Get 360° aerial views from the tallest building in Vancouver.  Located at Harbour Center Tower.

Granville Island

Take the water-taxi over for shopping, restaurants, galleries and museums. At the The Public Market, browse the aisles and sample local and exotic flavors. Visit the Granville Island Brewing Company (Canada's first Microbrewery. There's kids stuff too including  the giant indoor "Adventure Zone" area featuring magic and juggling shows, live turtles, party gifts, Water Park, and more.

Galleries and Museums

Downtown Vancouver features the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC Sports Hall & Fame Museum, and the Roedde Museum. Vanier Park features the Vancouver Museum and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.


Vancouver's Chinatown is the third largest in North America. Visit the classical Chinese garden on Carrall St.


Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. Gastown is a national historic site located at the northeast end of Downtown.

Visit the official  Vancouver Tourism website for a complete list of things to do and see in the area.

Area Events

Abbotsford Air Show

Annual event since 1962 takes place in August. website

Bard on the Beach

Western Canada's largest professional Shakespeare Festival takes place June through September. website

Caribbean Days Festival

Annual July event sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society. of BC. website


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