Friday, June 23, 2006

Port Information

Hello Everybody!

I just wanted to provide you with some additional information about the embarkation and disembarkation port to assist you with your travel planning.

The ship will be departing from The Port of Los Angeles - San Pedro, which is approximately 25 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Royal Caribbean estimates it to be about a 1 hour transit time from LAX to the port. LAX is served by most major domestic and itnernational airlines.

Currently the cruise line only offers transfers to the port from LAX.

There are two other alternate airports to consider as well.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is aproximately 15 miles away from the port,
currenlty only JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, AmericaWest/USAir, and Delta offer service to LGB. Royal Caribbean does not offer transfers from LGB!

Bob Hope Airport also known as the Burbank Pasadena Airport (BUR) is approximately 40 miles away from the pier. Currently Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, America West, Delta, JetBlue, SouthWest, and United offer service to BUR. As with LGB, Royal Caribbean does not offer transfers from BUR!

No matter which airport you choose to fly into, we recommend that you arrive in LA the day before departure if at all possible. This allows you to unwind and relax a little before you get on to the ship. It also gives you a nice cushion should you encounter flight delays enroute, and should the airline misplace your bag in transit, arriving the day before gives your bag plenty of time to catch up to you prior to embarkation.

If you can't arrive the day before embarkation we recommend you schedule your arrival in LA as early as possible but no later than 12 noon for LAX or LGB arrivals, and 10 AM for arrivals into BUR. We do not recommend flying into Ontario, Orange County or any other airport in the greater Los Angeles area unless you can arrive the day before embarkation and are willing to arrainge your own transfers to the port.

As of this moment, if you choose to fly into either Long Beach (LGB) or Bob Hope (BUR) you would be responsible for finding your own way to the pier... However, if there at at least 15 people considering flying in to either of these two airports and they coordinate their schedules with each other and us, we will arrange a transfer for you. Just as if you were purchasing the bus transfer from LAX to the port, there would still be an added charge.

By rail, The Port of Los Angeles - San Pedro has Amtrak California Bus service from the San Pedro Thruway Bus Stop at the Catalina Terminal located at Berth 95. There is a free shuttle bus from World Cruise Center. This station is unstaffed and there is no ticket, baggage or package express services. This bus service can be used to connect with nationwide Amtrak service at the Los Angeles Union Station.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the only option for flights out of Vancouver. YVR is served by most major US domestic and international airlines, however no US low cost airline (JetBlue, Southwest, AirTran etc...) offer service from YVR.

Bus transfers are available from the cruise line to Vancouver International, and Royal Caribbean also offers their Onboard Check-In and Luggage Valet service. The service which will run $10 to $20 per passenger will allow you to check in for your flight and check your bags for your flight... before you disembark the ship! This means you won't have to haul your luggage from the ship to the airport and then have to wait at the airport to check in... All of this will be handled for you by the cruise line. That means that you'll disembark with your carry-on luggage, head to the airport and go directly to security. You don't even have to go directly to the airport, instead you spend a few hours shopping in the city before you go to the airport.

In order to allow for enough time for the ship to clear immigration and customs and for you to make it to the airport, we recommend that you schedule your departure from Vancouver no earlier than 12 noon.

By rail... Amtrak offers service from the Pacific Central Station in Vancouver. From there you can take Amtrak's Cascades down to Seattle WA or Portland OR where you can connect to Amtrak's services to the rest of the United States. While this trip is incredibly scenic and a fantastic way to end your cruise, transfers are not available from the cruise line to Pacific Central station.

3 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

I would love any detailed info on the Amtrak back to L.A if you have such. Preferably a berth.

I would also be willing to share.

6:46 AM  
Blogger The Queen said...

Karen:
Before looking at the pricing I think I should talk about the schedule — cause it isn’t perfect. The train from Vancouver to Seattle (the Cascades) leaves Vancouver at 6pm and arrives in Seattle at 10pm that evening. Then to get the train from Seattle to LA, it would leave at 9:45am the following morning and would arrive in LA at 9pm the following day. So if you leave Vancouver on the 4th, you would spend the night in Seattle and then arrive into LA on the 6th. Is this what you are thinking?
If you need more information please e-mail me at seasocks@REMOVETHISgmail.com

9:23 AM  
Blogger AuntyNin said...

According to the Amtrak website, there's also a train (or maybe a bus) that leaves Vancouver at noon, arriving around 4:30 PM in Seattle. You'd still have to stay in Seattle overnight and get a train out the next day.

I'm giving some serious thought to trains, possibly taking the Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago, then another train from there back home.

11:52 AM  

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