Are you aware that the end of April is still winter in Alaska and that the land excursions are few. It would be a good idea to post on the Alaska forum before committing to a late April Cruise
But If you are already booked.
You do not need a car at all to visit Vancouver when you get familiar with public transit and you can do a day trip to Whistler as there are shuttles that will do that. A car only really works if you want to spend time stopping in a few places back and forth from Whistler or visiting some of the suburbs like Steveston and White Rock/Crescent Beach etc...
Hi Peter ~
Where are you from? Are you from a visa waiver country, meaning do you need to apply for an eTA? It is a good idea to add your location to your profile page. Not having your location showing can cause you miss important info unless a regular member thinks to ask you certain questions.
You might like to browse this collection of travel guides for Vancouver:
One day - the CBD area of Vancouver. My rule of thumb is 3 attractions or activities a day.
One day/night - a day trip (2.5 hours one way up the Sea to Sky highway) or an overnight to Whistler. You could even transfer from the airport on your arrival day.
April weather is typically quite socked in and rainy. Low cloud cover obscures the mountains and the rain keeps you inside. It would be a miserable time to try and cruise Alaska, IMO. A Pacific Coastal cruise down to California makes more sense. There's some nice itineraries that take you down with stops in Oregon and coastal California before terminating in LA or SD.
Thanks. Very helpful
Thank you for the tips. We are from Australia.
As you may have noticed Peter, the 'reply' button does not work, it just adds a reply to the end of the thread. Also add your location, Australia to your profile, so that it will be visible in your future posts.
Also make sure you apply AND receive the Eta BEFORE you book any flights etc.
Peter, an Aussie needs an eTA to be able to board the plane to Canada. Here is the official page:
The individual reply buttons don't do anything except look pretty. Just call up one reply text box and say everything. If you really have a specific reply to someone, use their post # or their user name in that one box.