High cruise passenger volumes expected on September 25

Port Metro Vancouver issues transportation alert

VANCOUVER, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - On Sunday, September 25, 2011, cruise passenger volumes at Canada Place and Ballantyne cruise terminals are expected to peak, reaching an estimated 21,000 embarking and disembarking passengers between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Due to the increased number of passengers, higher than normal vehicle traffic volumes are anticipated in the downtown core, along with increased demand on taxis and the use of public transportation.

In an effort to accommodate the high number of passengers, Port Metro Vancouver is working closely with the cruise lines, the City of Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver taxi companies and other transportation service providers to raise awareness about the significantly increased demand.

The high demand for taxis results from the large number of travelers arriving on repositioning cruises, which occur at the beginning and end of the cruise season. In order to minimize congestion, given the significant number of passengers utilizing these facilities, Port Metro Vancouver is advising those going to the terminals to make transportation arrangements in advance.

It is also particularly important that arriving passengers do not come to Canada Place or Ballantyne cruise terminals prior to their scheduled embarkation time in order to avoid further congestion while disembarking passengers are leaving their ships.

Port Metro Vancouver will have additional staff on site at the two cruise terminals to assist with passenger inquiries. The Port's traffic staff will also be assisting with managing traffic and pedestrian flows at nearby crossways.

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified Port, trading $75 billion in goods annually with more than 160 economies, and generating 129,500 jobs nationally. The Cruise industry plays an important role in Metro Vancouver, stimulating $2 million in economic activity for every cruise ship call in Vancouver.


BACKGROUNDER

Transportation Options from Vancouver Cruise Terminals for Sunday, September 25, 2011

CANADA PLACE = EST 4,500 DISEMBARKING
& 4,500 EMBARKING PASSENGERS

Berth Ship Cruise Line Est. Arrival - Est. Departure
East Westerdam Holland America Line 07:00 -16:30
North Zaandam Holland America Line 07:00 -16:30
West Statendam Holland America Line 07:00 -16:30

BALLANTYNE PIER = EST. 6,000 DISEMBARKING
& 6,000 EMBARKING PASSENGERS

Berth Ship Cruise Line Est. Arrival - Est. Departure
East Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Cruise Line 07:00 -16:00
North Golden Princess* Princess Cruise Line 05:00 -16:30
  • All vehicles must access Ballantyne Pier through Clark Drive overpass.  The Heatley Avenue ramp will be used as 2 lane exit only.  Traffic flow is one way on Centennial Road from Rogers Street (East Side of Lantic Sugar Building) west to Heatley Overpass
  • Passenger pick up for Norwegian Pearl only at Ballantyne Pier.

GOLDEN PRINCESS PASSENGER PROCESSING AT
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE WEST (VCC)

  • Passenger Pick Up: Please meet your party on street level in front of Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • All private vehicles attempting to pick up Golden Princess passengers from Ballantyne Pier will be redirected to Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Passenger Drop Off: Please drop your party and their luggage on street level at Vancouver Convention Centre West.  Follow directions of Princess Cruise staff and proceed to Hall A (on lower level) for cruise line check-in
  • All private vehicles attempting to drop off Golden Princess passengers at Ballantyne Pier will be redirected to Vancouver Convention Centre West

Passenger Transportation Options to/from Canada Place

If passengers have not made previous transportation arrangements with their cruise line, the following transportation options are available at the Canada Place Ground Transportation Desk in the main lobby of the cruise terminal:

Shuttles to/from Canada Place (prices for a one-way ticket and in Canadian dollars)

  • Vancouver International Airport & Richmond hotels: $14
    For more info & reservations, please visit: www.vancouvershuttle.ca or call 1.888.941.2121 (Toll free)
  • Bellingham Airport: $28
    For more info & reservations, please visit: www.quickcoach.com or call 1.800.665.2122 (Toll free)
  • SeaTac Airport: $57
    For more info & reservations, please visit:  www.quickcoach.com or call 1.800.665.2122 (Toll free)
  • Victoria: $48.72 ($34.72 BC Senior)
    For more info & reservations, please visit:  www.pacificcoach.com or call 1.800.661.1725 (Toll free)

Taxis

Canada Place is serviced by the following Vancouver taxi companies:

  • Black Top & Checker Cabs - Tel:  604.681.2181 or 604.731.1111
  • Maclure's Cabs (1984) Ltd  - Tel: 604.683.6666
  • Vancouver Taxi Ltd  - Tel:  604.871-1111
  • Yellow Cab Co Ltd - 604.681.1111

For a list of estimated taxi fares to various locations, see summary below.

Public Transportation to/from Canada Place

  • Canada Line to Vancouver International Airport and Richmond: 2 zones $3.75
  • Skytrain to Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, and Burnaby: from 1 to 3 zones $2.50 - $5.00
  • For customer information and schedules, please visit: www.translink.ca or call 1.604.953.3333

Passenger Pick-up

  • Private vehicles are not allowed to enter the Porte Cochere area during passenger disembark.  Please make previous arrangements to pick up your party at either at P1 or P2 of Canada Place or at a designated meeting place outside Canada Place.
  • Shuttles, buses, limos and taxis are able to pick up passengers in the Porte Cochere area.

ESTIMATED TAXI FARES FROM CANADA PLACE

FROM: Canada Place
PRICE RANGE:
TO: Downtown Hotels (range trom 3 - 6 blocks)
$8 to $10 (tip not included)
Hotels Cross Streets
Days Inn Pender St. Render- Hornby
Delta Vancouver Suites Hastings- Seymour 
Four Seasons Georgia - Howe
Hotel Vancouver Burrard-Georgia 
Hyatt Burrard- Melville 
Le Soleil Dusmuir- Hornby 
Marriott Pinnacle Hastings-Thurlow 
Metropolitan Dunsmuir-Howe 
Ramada Pender Render- Homer 
Renaissance Hastings-Thurlow 

FROM: Canada Place
PRICE RANGE:
TO: Downtown Hotels (range trom 7-13 blocks)
$10 to $14 (tip not included
Hotels Cross Streets
Quality Hotel Howe- Drake
Blue Horizon Robson - Bute 
Bosmans Howe- Nelson 
Buchan Haro - Guiford 
Burrard Motor Hotel Burrard - Helmeken
Century Plaza Burrard- Comox
Executive Hotel Howe- Pacific 
Georgian Court Beatty - Robson 
Greenbrier Robson - Broughton
Hamprton Inn & Suites Robson - Beatty 
Holiday Inn Howe Howe- Helmeken 
Landmark Robson - Broughton
Listel Robson - Jervis
Robson Suites Robson - Bidwell
Rosedale Hamilton - Robson
Sandman Georgia - Cambie
Tropicana Robson - Broughton
Westin Bayshore Georgia - Cadero
Westin Grand Homer- Robson

FROM: Canada Place  TO: Downtown Hotels more than 13 blocks $10 - $15
FROM: Canada Place TO: PRICE RANGE:

Bus Deport $13
  Airport $35
  Richmond Hotels  $35-$40
  Tsawwassen Ferry  $70
  Horseshoe Bay Ferry  $45
(Tourism Vancouver Recommended Tip 20x (or Outstsanding Service)

 Please contact taxi companies directly, to confirm fares

Passenger Transportation Options to/from Ballantyne Pier

If passengers have not made previous transportation arrangements with their cruise line, the following transportation options are available at the Ground Transportation Desk in the main lobby of Ballantyne Pier:

Shuttles to/from Ballantyne

  • Vancouver International Airport & Richmond hotels: $14
    For more info & reservations, please visit: www.vancouvershuttle.ca or call 1.888.941.2121 (Toll free)
  • Bellingham Airport: $57
    For more info & reservations, please visit: www.quickcoach.com or call 1.800.665.2122 (Toll free)
  • SeaTac Airport: $28
    For more info & reservations, please visit:  www.quickcoach.com or call 1.800.665.2122 (Toll free)
  • Victoria: $48.72 ($34.72 BC Senior)
    For more info & reservations, please visit:  www.pacificcoach.com or call 1.800.661.1725 (Toll free)

Taxis

Ballantyne is serviced by the following Vancouver taxi companies:

  • Black Top & Checker Cabs - Tel:  604.681.2181 or 604.731.1111
  • Maclure's Cabs (1984) Ltd  - Tel: 604.683.6666
  • Vancouver Taxi Ltd  - Tel:  604.871-1111
  • Yellow Cab Co Ltd - Tel:  604.681.1111

ESTIMATED TAXI FARES FROM BALLANTYNE

FROM: Ballantyne Pier TO: PRICE RANGE:
  Downtown Hotels  $15
  Airport $40
  Bus Depot  $15
  Metrotown - Burnaby  $35
  New Westminister  $50
  UBC - Point Grey $45
  US Border - White Rock  $100
  North Surrey $70
  Langley  $110
  Tsawwassen Ferry  $75
  Horseshoe Bay Ferry  $60
  Stanley Park  $20

Please contact taxi companies directly, to confirm fares

Public Transportation to/from Ballantyne

  • To access the Skytrain and Canada Line, passengers at Ballantyne are able to take the following buses:
    • 7 Dunbar (Westbound):  This bus stops on the corner of Heatley Avenue and Powell Street and can drop off passengers at Pender Street and Richards Street which is one block from the Waterfront Station.   The first stop is at 6:30 am with service at this location every 30 minutes.
    • 4 Blanca (Westbound):  This bus stops on the corner of Heatley Avenue and Powell Street and can drop off passengers at Pender Street and Richards Street which is one block from the Waterfront Station.   The first stop is at 6:45 am with service at this location every 30 minutes.
  • To access the Powell/Heatley bus stop, passengers are required to utilize the stairs located below the overpass and on the South end of Centennial Rd.  Passengers are strongly urged to follow directions/instructions given by port or cruise line personnel to ensure safe entry to the overpass.
  • For more detailed information and specific schedules, please visit: www.translink.ca or call 1.604.953.3333.

Passenger Pick-Up & Drop Off

  • All vehicles must access Ballantyne Pier through Clark Drive overpassThe Heatley Avenue ramp will be used as 2 lane exit only. Traffic flow is one way on Centennial Road from Rogers Street (East Side of Lantic Sugar Building) west to Heatley Overpass
  • Passenger pick up and drop off for Norwegian Pearl only at Ballantyne Pier.
  • All private vehicles attempting to pick up or drop off Golden Princess passengers will be redirected to Vancouver Convention Centre West

SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver

For further information:

Barbara Joy-Kinsella, Media Relations
Port Metro Vancouver
604-219-8250

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