By Jennifer Stuart
Disembarkation day is always sad but it needn't be confusing. Read on to find out what you need to know about disembarking from your Disney Cruise in Vancouver. Many things will be the same as disembarking (leaving the ships) in other ports but some things will be unique to Vancouver, Canada.
As on any other Disney Cruise, you will need to have the luggage that you do not want to carry off the ship ready to go in the hallway outside your stateroom door the night before. (between 8:30pm and 10pm). You will be given character colour-coded luggage tags to attach to your checked suitcases. These tags will match the area to which you will go to find your luggage once you are off the ship. They will also will determine the order in which you leave the ship. (Passengers who have early flights or port adventures will be getting off first).
Keep in mind all of the usual rules and guidelines when deciding whether an item should be in your checked luggage or your carry-off. (i.e. all medications and valuables should be in your carry-off). In addition, you need to remember that you will not have access to your suitcases once they have been picked up from outside your stateroom by 10pm. This means that you will want to make sure that you leave out a change of clothes for the next day. Even while knowing this, mistakes can happen-- someone MIGHT have had to wear her teenaged son's t-shirt off the boat at one time. At least it wasn't pyjamas!
Any luggage that is not placed outside will have to be carried off the ship by you. (There are no luggage carts until you reach the checked bags).
Read your Debarkation Information Sheet that will be left on your bed by your Stateroom Host. It will give you the location and times to pick up any duty-free alcohol that you have purchased on disembarkation morning.
See Ya Real Soon Breakfast
For more information on the See Ya Real Soon Breakfast read our post here for menus and food pictures.
Check out our post on How to Read your Key to the World Card post for more information on how to figure out your dining rotation.
Customs and Checked Luggage
Once you are in the terminal and have picked up any checked bags (this is where you will find luggage carts if you need them) you are ready to clear Canadian Customs and Border Security. Your Stateroom Host will have left a customs declaration form on your bed the night before for you to fill out and have ready to present to the officer. There are extra forms at Guest Services if you need one, but make sure that you have it filled out and signed before leaving the ship.
Once you have cleared Canadian Customs you are ready to meet your transportation. The different routes are well sign-posted Taxis are the most popular option and are lined up ready and waiting to take you to either your hotel or the airport.
If you are waiting for a private pick up there is a cruise passenger waiting area oddly located in the middle of the parking garage. Follow the green footsteps to the green painted waiting space.
Hopefully you have booked time after your cruise to explore Vancouver. It is a beautiful city and well deserving of at least 2 days of touring time.
If you enjoyed this post you may be interested in some of our other Disney Cruise Line posts.
All Photos by Jennifer Stuart
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