Wednesday, 16 September 2015
16.09.2015 - 16.09.2015
After a quick breakfast we caught up with some of the people we had got to know on the land tour portion of this outing. They were headed home and we exchanged email addresses. Not sure how many passengers are continuing on to the next leg of the cruise but it looked like just about everyone had luggage out last night.
Today is a 'turn around' day where almost all of the passengers leave the ship and a whole new manifest is brought aboard. We were not obliged to go ashore as there was a change of policy in the US Border Protection organisation. We had our passports ready anyway 'just in case'. The 'Canada Place' terminal combines both ship berths and convention and hotel facilities. All access is under cover and the whole facility is a far cry from what we've experienced in Sydney. The process of going ashore was simplified even further because as 'Passengers In Transit' we were able to walk straight through. The return to the ship was equally simple.
With some time to fill in and memories to refresh we found or way to the SeaBus ferry and sailed across to North Vancouver. At CN$ 5.50 (for the two of us) we could travel on the ferry, the buses and trains for about 90 minutes. We visited the "Q" Markets and again admired the wealth of food and goods available. Returned to the ferry and sailed back across the harbour. Almost managed to walk past the RCMP gift shop but Jenny tricked me and we walked out with a Beaver Mountie.
Back on the ship for a quick lunch before all the new passengers swarmed into the Horizon Court. Picked up a printout of our account and confirmed that the On Board Credits were correct and that the shore excursions had been charged.
Just waiting for the Muster Drill due at 15:45. Read again the Transit Passenger FAQ. It states there that we DO NOT need to attend the drill. That's great because I can then be in position to see the ship sail out of the port. Not sure who makes the rules but we had to attend the drill on three occasions aboard the Ruby last February.
At the scheduled departure time I found my way to the mini-deck under the bridge. It faces forward and provides unrestricted views not available from anywhere else on the ship. While waiting for the departure I was intrigued to watch float-planes land and take off. Watched the ship sail out of the harbour and under the Lion Head Bridge as we dawdle our way to Victoria on Vancouver Island at the blistering speed of 11 knots. It is a ridiculously short distance and lots of time to fill in. Didn't bother to make our way to the dining room and ate a light meal in the Horizon Court. From there we worked our way to the Theatre where the Cruise Director introduced her staff and the comedian provided us with a taste of what's in store.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view one of those float-planes taking off by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony