High Cruise Passenger Volumes Expected on May 14

Port Metro Vancouver Issues Transportation Alert

VANCOUVER, May 11 /CNW/ - On Saturday, May 14, 2011, cruise passenger volumes at Canada Place and Ballantyne cruise terminals are expected to peak, reaching 19,000 embarking and disembarking passengers between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Due to this one day, high volume event, 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, 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, or to consider alternative transportation.

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 nations, and generating 129,500 jobs nationally. The Cruise industry plays an important role in Metro Vancouver, stimulating over $2 million in economic activity for every cruise ship call in Vancouver.


Transportation Options from Vancouver Cruise Terminals for Saturday, May 14, 2011 


Cruise Line
Est. Arrival - Est. Departure

Golden Princess
07:00 -16:30

Holland America Line
07:00 -17:00

Sapphire Princess
07:00 - 16:30

If passengers have not made previous transportation arrangements with their cruise line, the following transportation options are available:  

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: $33.45 (one way) or $64.90 (round trip)
    For more info & reservations, please visit:  www.pacificcoach.com or call 1.800.661.1725 (Toll free)


Canada Place is serviced by the following Vancouver taxi companies:

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


From Canada Place Terminal 

  • To Vancouver International Airport (YVR) - $30-$35
  • To Downtown Hotels - $5-$8
  • To Stanley Park/Vancouver Aquarium - $13-$15
  • To Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal - $65-$70
  • To Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal  -  $40-$45
  • To Bus Depot - $11-$13

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.




SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver

For further information:

Barbara Joy-Kinsella
Media Relations, Port Metro Vancouver,

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