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Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

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Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

Went against better judgement, but traveling with others, booked air on day of cruise to Vancouver.

How long will it take to go through Customs in Vancouver and get luggage?

Are there any priority lanes? Booked transfers through Celebrity.

Will they speed you through?

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1. Re: Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

Hi Seashell ~

Without knowing your date and flight arrival/boarding times, it's hard to tell you if you will have enough time to navigate from your arrival at the airport to boarding the ship.

It might take anywhere from 30 min to 1.5 hours to get through Canadian Customs. Then you pick up your luggage and are either free to leave or are directed into secondary. There are no priority lanes. They will not speed you through. Your Celebrity transfers will very likely wait for you. As far as I know, you will not be able to use a cell phone until you are out of arrivals into the meet and greet area.

How much time do you have between an on time flight arrival and when you should be boarding your ship?

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2. Re: Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

You can use your cell phone once your inside the terminal, no need to wait until you're in the meet and greet area.

If you have a Nexus pass there is a priority line. Obviously customs will depend on how many flights are arriving at the same time.

Came back on Sunday and the automated passport line was very quick for Canadian residents however we waited for around 15-20 minutes for our luggage to show up.

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3. Re: Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

Thank you. We will be flying in on a Friday Sept 14 from DFW, arriving 1:10pm. Ship departs at 4:30p. They told me it would be fine, but I'm worrrying now.

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4. Re: Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

You should be fine assuming your plane is on time even if it's a bit late should be okay..longest customs lineup I've ever had was 1 hour..lines have shortened considerably since they instituted the self serve lanes for Canadian citizens. So if the worst happens and you have 1 hour at customs the upside is your baggage will have already arrived ( you clear immigration/customs then walk past booth into baggage arirvals.. get your bags then take the custom card that immigration have given you and walk past another set of border officials who collect the card from you.) At this point you exit into a long hall.. straight ahead is usually where the cruise ship pick up people are located.. to the right is the exit into the airport arrivals.

land 1:10

exit into arrivals area 2:10 met by Celebrity

board bus drive into downtown cruise ship terminal 1/2 hr drive

arrive ship before 3 pm so lots of time ;) if you're in line for boarding by 3 I don't think they'll sail without you. just too bad you didn't book for a few days to enjoy Vancouver but next time

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5. Re: Flying in Day of Cruise - How Long Through Customs

Once you've met the Celebrity shuttle people, you will be on the cruise. No worries. It's not as though you've booked a shuttle with an independent company. Hopefully your flight will arrive on time. If Celebrity has your flight arrival information: airline, flight #, they will figure it out by reading the flight arrivals board. At the pier, you will have to go through US Customs, as onboard ship is in US territority, but really, you only have to have your bodies and luggage on board for them to be able to get going. lolol You have 7 days to find your cabin after that. :-)

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