EFFECTIVE JANUARY 31, 2008 and applies to ALL PASSENGERS:
US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officers no longer accept oral declarations of US or Canadian citizenship from those traveling by land or sea.
Please visit the USCBP website for up-to-date information on required travel documents.
Boarding & Disembarkation
Strict security measures are in place to ensure a smooth boarding and disembarking process.
Passengers embarking in Vancouver should allow approximately one hour for examination of travel documents and luggage screening. Most ship embarkations begin at approximately 1 pm. Passengers are also encouraged to check travel documents before arriving at the terminal to avoid unnecessary waiting.
Once passengers arrive at the cruise terminal, Canada Place or Ballantyne, and are ready to board, they must go through passenger screening. At this point, passengers are required to provide attendants their cruise ticket and identification. If they leave the secure area after check-in, they must pass through passenger-screening again.
Identification and boarding information is verified and entered into the computer systems by cruise line staff in exchange for a boarding card. Prior to boarding, all passengers are required to complete a declaration card and clear US customs operated by US Customs and Border Protection.
Passengers who are disembarking in Vancouver are required to complete a declaration card and clear Canadian customs operated by the Canada Border Services Agency. Baggage can be claimed in the customs area in the terminal. Complimentary, individual baggage carts are readily available.
The facilities and services at the Port Metro Vancouver’s cruise ship terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne, are designed to enhance your travel experience.
US Direct - Expedited Transfer for US Passengers from Airport to Port
US Passengers can benefit from an expedited immigration and customs clearance process to from the airport to their cruise ship as quickly as possible. By participating in the US Direct program, eligible guests arriving directly from the US on the day of their sailing utilize an expedited and secure in-transit transfer between the Vancouver International Airport and Port Metro Vancouver. US Direct could save travelling guests up to two hours of customs and immigration wait times.
To participate in US Direct, you must meet the following requirements:
- US Citizen
- Arrive in Vancouver on a direct flight from the United States prior to 2:00pm on the day of sailing
- Possess an airport to pier bus transfer
- If you do not hold a bus transfer, please contact your cruise line or travel agent prior to departure
- Place ship baggage tags on your checked baggage prior to airline check-in; tagged luggage is transferred directly from the aircraft to the cruise ship
- If you do not pre-tag your baggage you will not be eligible to participate.
Please contact your cruise line or travel agent to sign up.
Participating cruise lines for 2013 are Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean.
Participating airlines for 2013 are Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways and Westjet.
At both terminals you will find connections to your post-cruise destinations via pre-arranged bus transfers and shore tours, taxi, limousine, airport and hotel shuttles with or without sightseeing, and bus service to Victoria. Nearby connections include public transit and floatplane and helicopter service to Vancouver Island destinations and Seattle. Advanced transportation reservations are recommended. See Transportation & Parking to learn more.
A selection of car rental agencies offer rentals with shuttle service to nearby pick-up locations. See Transportation & Parking to learn more.
Baggage handling is worry-free. Baggage can be checked upon arrival with the longshore staff at the cruise terminal for direct delivery to the passenger's cabin. Longshore staff begin receiving baggage at 10:30am. Passengers disembarking in Vancouver are able to claim their baggage in the Customs area in the terminal. Complimentary, individual baggage carts are readily available. Priority Baggage provides storage services at Canada Place only and can be reached at 604-683-3696. See Priority Baggage to learn more. For security reasons, short-term baggage storage is available to cruise passengers only. Storage services are not available at Ballantyne terminal.
Habano Cigar at Canada Place and Streamers at Ballantyne, offering snacks, refreshments, personal items and souvenirs. Binoculars are also for sale at both terminals to help you better enjoy the spectacular West Coast scenery.
Last minute Scooter/Wheelchair rental is available from Care Vacations in the main lobby of Canada Place. Prior arrangements for either terminal may also be made by calling 1-877-478-7827.