Arrival in Vancouver
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The flight to Vancouver, BC was only about 1/2 hour. Contrary to the promise, the bags didn't make it so we had to wait an hour for the next plane but all the bags came through. The pre-cruise info from Princess was really sketchy about whether all of the bags would come through or the ones with the Princess tags would go to the ship. All came out on the belt so we schlepped them through customs and out to a Princess rep who put us in a cab, giving the driver a chit for the fare.
They had a special check-in at the Pan Pacific Hotel for cruise ship passengers so we were in quickly and had the bags promptly. The Pacpac is located right at the cruise pier, there is a berth on each side of the hotel and boarding is done from below the hotel. We decided to look at the ships docked on either side of the hotel and get lunch. Holland America's Statendam was on one side of the hotel and the Regal Princess on the other. We had a very expensive lunch in the hotel atrium and went up to the room for a nap, then woke and walked to Vancouver's "Gas Town" for dinner. It wasn't the nicest place and we walked many blocks, turned around and walked back on the other side. There were lots pretty scary people down there. It seemed we were accosted for handouts every 20 feet. We were almost through Gas Town without finding a place we liked when Linda discovered Rossini's Pasta Palazzo where there was live jazz. Dinner was great and the jazz, by the Hans Staymer Blues Band, was fantastic. Hans is from Germany but sounds like an African American when he sings. Prices were good, too; only about $CN 60 for everything. Good restaurant aside, we were happy to get back to the hotel and went straight to bed. Neither of us slept very well.