Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Pacific Coach Lines takes us from Victoria across the water on BC Ferries to the Canada Place Cruise Terminal in Vancouver without a hitch. They drop us off right inside the terminal, and our bags are delivered to our cabin aboard ship…what terrific service!
Boarding the Volendam is pretty easy, despite having to go through three stages to actually step aboard: security screening (like airports), US Customs and Immigration, then Holland America's own check-in.
Somehow I manage to leave my dress jacket at home, so I make a quick dash to Dunn's Tailors on lower Georgia Street and quickly buy a new dress jacket. So now I have two…but at least I will be ready for the seven formal nights we have on board this cruise. I arrive back on board just in time for the compulsory lifejacket drill just before departure.
The Volendam slips away from the dock at 5PM, and we are on our way! There are some folks who boarded today in Vancouver and will leave the ship tomorrow in Seattle – a one day overnight cruise! No doubt they will party hard tonight to take advantage of all the fun stuff aboard.