Another program aimed at improving the passenger experience will be re-christened today at YVR, as we see the return of US Direct for qualifying cruise ship passengers.
Cruisers are a unique visitor to Vancouver, often arriving and departing within 24 hours, our fair city a pit stop on their way to the high seas and onwards to Alaska. A fair amount of folks even arrive on the same day as their cruise departs, touching down in the AM and shoving off in the PM. And for a select group of these travellers arriving directly from the United States, US Direct has significantly streamlined this process.
The US Direct program allows eligible guests arriving directly from the U.S. on the day of their sailing to utilize an expedited and secure in-transit transfer between the airport and port. Spearheaded by the Vancouver Airport Authority, in coordination with Port Metro Vancouver, participating cruise lines (see below), as well as Canada and U.S. Customs, US Direct could save traveling guests up to 2 hours of customs and immigration wait times.
To particpate in US Direct you must meet the following requirements:
- US citizen
- Arrive in Vancouver on a direct flight from the United States prior to 2 p.m. on the day of your cruise
- Possess an airport to pier bus transfer. If you do not have a transfer, please contact your cruise line or travel agent before arriving
- Place ship baggage tags on your checked baggage prior to airline check-in; tagged luggage is transferred directly from the aircraft to the cruise ship. If you do not pre-tag your baggage you will not be eligible to particpate
- Participating cruise lines for 2013 are Princess, Holland America, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport, follow the US Direct signage (as indicated below) and look out for YVR customer care staff. Passengers should have their proof of citizenship and bus transfer readily available. US Direct runs from late-May until mid-September.
Our Customer Care team is always available to help. Look for our Customer Care and volunteer ambassadors in their distinctive green jackets or vests.