We just did a May cruise on RC. We flew in to Seattle and used the RC transportation to Vancouver. We saved almost $300 each on air insread of flying into Vancouver...although the RC transportation was $100ppRT and took 3 12 hours. So you have to decide the trade off
Where you fly to/from depends on your itinerary. If you choose an Inside Passage cruise, you'll either sail round trip Vancouver or round trip Seattle. As Sue pointed out above, fares to/from Seattle are usually much cheaper than those to Vancouver. Unless you're sailing from Seattle, you'll have a several-hour trip to get to/from Vancouver, and need to add in that cost. If you're planning on a "Glacier Route" itinerary, that's one-way heading north or south between Vancouver (South) and Anchorage (ports of Whittier or Seward). One of your airports would then be Anchorage, and that's a LONG flight.
Anyway, your airports will either be Seattle, Vancouver or Anchorage.
like shipmaven stated it depends on what ship you will be on and what route you are going to take. i am going on the carnival spirit out of vancouver again to glacier bay. i loved it so much the first time i am making a 2nd trip. this time i am going to save over $300 by flying into seattle and taking the quick shuttle for $75 roundtrip to vancouver. make sure you plan on going the day before so there is no chance of missing the ship ( you never know what is going to happen at the airport to delay you ). and when you come home give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport to make your flight. if you do some research you can decide what ship interest you the most, fits your finances and is the route you want to take. may and sept are the cheapest months to go and the kids are still in school so the ship is not full of them.
No I haven't I think kadeo was trying to make a funny ;-)
I am just starting to look into all of this thats why I thought I would ask my fellow cruisers that have done this trip before. And yes saving money is a good thing so I will do my homework and take your advise.
We are leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Alaska in 3 weeks. From FLL airport we're flying into Anchorage and back out of Vancouver on United for $510 each. We booked it many months ago. There may have been cheaper airfares, but we were using frequent traveler points so we had to take the itinerary they offered us. In Anchorage we'll first do 7 days on our own, then take the train to Whittier where we'll board the Dawn Princess for a 7-day southbound cruise ending in Vancouver. As you have already been told there are many different ways to fly there, but that's how we are doing it.
We just went last week to Alaska on an inside passage cruise from Vancouver to Vancouver. We live in South Florida. Went from West Palm Beach to Atlanta then straight to Vancouver. It's a long flight, but part of the "adventure". Tired when you arrive but we stayed in Vancouver overnight, had a wonderful dinner and lots of wine, then shipped off the next day!
Going back, it was Vancouver to Salt Lake City, then to Atlanta, then to West Palm Beach. It seems alot of travel at first, but all the flights were just great, and thank goodness weather was good so everything was on time.
Oops - Sorry Trish - someday I will learn to read.
In any event, as stated by a few,you will fly into either Seattle or Vancouver for a Northbound or Roundtrip cruise. The cruise then would leave from either Vancouver or Seattle. There are various options for transport to Vancouver. See some related threads. The cruise then either leave and return to the same port, or they head north to Anchorage area.
If you do a southbound, they will leave Anchorage and end up in either Vancouver or Seattle. You will then fly out of Vancouver or Seattle.