Today we boarded Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Luckily, for us, we stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel last night so getting to the cruise terminal was super easy (it was inside the hotel!). A cool service that the hotel offers cruise guests that stay there pre-cruise is that they collect your bags inside your room on embarkation morning and deliver them to the ship. The next time you see your bag will be in your stateroom onboard. I love that. Holland America also does that on their land tours in Alaska.
Embarkation was easy and I’m glad we got there early with two ships in port. We checked-in, made our way past security, through Canadian customs, and into the waiting area. I didn’t realize we had to clear customs before getting on the ship in Canada but now that I think about it, it makes sense. You’d have to do the same thing flying out of Vancouver.
There were two ships in port today, Coral Princess and Nieuw Amsterdam (our ship), so customs had to process over 5,000 guests embarking between the two