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Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

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Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

We will be going on an Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver and are planning to spend a few days on Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) before.

Our cruise departs on a Monday and we would like to return to Vancouver on Sunday night. Any recommendations for a place to stay? Are we best to book a hotel near the ferry terminal, downtown Vancouver or near the cruise ship terminal? We are looking for something affordable but decent in a safe area of town.

Also - which is the best ferry to take to/from Nanaimo?

Any comments / suggestions are welcome!

Thanks in advance...

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1. Re: Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

You'd want to take the ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay. From Horseshoe Bay it' s a short drive before you're in downtown Vancouver. Then, stay somewhere - anywhere - downtown. The next morning it will be a short cab ride (or depending on the hotel) a walk to Canada Place before departing on your cruise. Of course, if your cruise departs at Ballentyne Pier, then you'll have to take a cab - it's too far (and too ugly/industrial/seedy) to walk.

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2. Re: Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

The ferry to Nanaimo, or at least the closest one to the cruise terminal, is at Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, on the North Shore. Its not a very long trip from the ferry terminal to Downtown Vancouver. I'd suggest you look there for your evening stay, and then it is really just a question of budget. The Pan Pacific is right at the cruise terminal, as are several other high end hotels, but they are expensive. Really, if you book a hotel in Vancouver you'll be in a safe area, and all will be within a reasonable taxi ride to the cruise terminal. The only area to avoid is the downtown east side and there are no hotels there you'd be staying at.

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3. Re: Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

Also, there really aren't any hotels next to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. Only some expensive B&B's.

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4. Re: Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

Thank you both!

What are some of the better moderately priced hotels in the downtown area? Also, what areas are best to avoid? I'd rather pay a little more than be somewhere on the 'seedy' side!

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5. Re: Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

If you are near the cruise terminal then you won't have any worries about not getting there on time. Days Inn might be a choice. If you have time Monday morning then go around Stanley Park maybe visit the shops and see a view from the Harbor Center Tower.

If you like arty things then Granville Island Hotel maybe fun - but not low budget - you can walk from there to the maritime museum - its a bit out of the way but not too far with a taxi.

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6. Re: Vancouver hotel after Nanaimo Ferry before Alaska Cruise??

Try the Blue Horizon.. good location you can walk down to pier if you are leaving from Canada Place..check reviews this forum then ask about specific hotels.. area to avoid is around Main st & Hastings..

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