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About Our Destination

Currency
The local currency is the US dollar. In Vancouver, it is the Canadian Dollar, but US currency is typically accepted in businesses which cater to tourists. Many merchants in Canada will not take American Express and Discover credit cards, however, VISA and Mastercard credit cards are widely accepted in Vancouver.
Languages
English
Climate
In April, the temperatures in San Diego and Santa Barbara range between the mid-50s to high-60s F. San Francisco is typically low-50s to mid-60s F, and in Seattle and Vancouver temperatures typically range from the mid-40s to the mid-50s F at this time of year.
Itinerary
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 — San Diego, California — depart 5 pm 
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 — Santa Barbara, California – 8 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 — San Francisco, California – 10 am to 11 pm
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 — At Sea
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 — Astoria, Oregon – 8 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 — Seattle, Washington – 10 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 — Vancouver, B.C. – 7 am

Before Your Trip

What is included?
  • Accommodations for 7 days / 6 nights on board Holland America’s ms Volendam
  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Coffee and tea during all meals
  • Gratuities, port charges, and taxes (covered in NDA fees)
  • Olivia’s signature programming, entertainment and staffing assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Boutique, casino, spa, photos and bingo
  • Internet access, phone, fax, ship’s photos and other incidentals
  • Medical attention
  • Optional excursions
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees, alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Other incidentals
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. citizen, you do NOT need a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Though none are required, please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on "Traveler’s Health" and then "Vaccinations."
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.

2020 PACIFIC COASTAL CRUISE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 4/23/2020    
Cancellation Fee 180 days prior to trip date   10/26/2019 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee  90 - 179 days prior to trip date 10/27/2019 1/24/2020 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 60 - 89 days prior to trip date 1/25/2020 2/23/2020
75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0 - 59 days prior to trip date

2/24/2020
4/23/2020 100% of trip cost

Travel insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment. Now more than ever it’s important to think about the unexpected. We recommend you purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date to receive the most comprehensive coverage, but it is never too late. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Joining the Olivia.com trip group
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group on our Connect page. Click here to join the official Olivia’s Pacific Coastal Cruise 2020 group on Facebook.

Travel and arrival

Where to fly into/out of
You will fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN). The airport is approximately 10 minutes (2.5 miles) from the cruise ship terminal. We encourage all guests to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.

You will fly out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), approximately 30 minutes from the cruise ship terminal, Canada Place (999 Canada Place Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada), located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Guests arriving in San Diego on the day of sailing (April 23, 2020), should arrive by 12 pm. When planning your air travel dates, please note that we will be offering a pre-cruise host hotel in San Diego, which will be announced approximately 9 - 11 months before the cruise. Please visit Vacation Stretchers for more information.
Return flights from Vancouver, Canada on the day of disembarkation (April 29, 2020) should be booked at 12 pm or later.
Embarkation and Check-in
Embarkation and check-in begin at 11:30 am and will be available until 3:30 pm, with all-aboard at 4 pm.
Airfare discounts
Coming soon! Please check our airline discounts page for the latest discounts approximately 9 months prior to the cruise: http://www.olivia.com/Travel/CalendarContent/AirfareDeals.aspx
Preferred travel agency
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost. For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (M–F: 8:30 am–5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Getting to the ship
You can take a taxi, Uber or Lyft from the San Diego airport to the cruise ship terminal. The ride will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes depending on traffic.

During your trip

Your Ship
    Holland America’s ms Volendam is a 1,400-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • The Dining Room
  • Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant*
  • Canaletto Specialty Restaurant*
  • Lido Market
  • Dive-in Grill
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Boutiques
  • Casino
  • Digital Workshop
  • Explorations Café
  • Fitness Center
  • Full-service Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Photo Gallery
  • 2 Swimming Pools & Jacuzzis
  • Reception
  • Mainstage Theater
  • *Specialty restaurants on board have a nominal fee and reservations are required
Room Amenities:
  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens
  • Flat-screen television
  • 24-hour room service
  • Salon-quality hair dryer
  • Vanity with magnifying mirrors
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Massage showerheads
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Individual thermostats
  • Equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet
  • Personal safe
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • International direct dial phones (extra charge)
  • Wireless internet (extra charge)
  • Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning (extra charge)
  • Cell phone service (extra charge)
  • Elemis Aromapure “Time to Spa” bath amenities
Dining
Seating & Dining Times
You will be assigned a dining time when you book your reservation which will either be First Seating or Second Seating dinner. Restaurant hours will be listed in your daily program.
Solos Seating
We will have a special Olivia Solos dining area for those traveling alone.

Dining Options
    Dining Room features five-course menus offering classic preparations, regionally inspired cuisine and vegetarian options.

    Pinnacle Grill offers delicious Sterling Silver Beef and fresh seafood options (nominal cover charge).

    Canaletto Restaurant serves dinner and features authentic Italian cuisine (nominal cover charge).

    Lido Market is a full-service buffet featuring cuisine from around the world.

    Dive-In Grill offers grilled meat, chicken and portabella burgers on brioche, gourmet hot dogs, crispy French fries and a taco bar with all the fixings.

24-hour Room Service
Call anytime of day to dine in the comfort of your stateroom.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet.
Excursions
Excursions may be booked approximately 30 days in advance. Your booking number and detailed instructions on how to book shore excursions will be emailed to you.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase a wireless plan.
Laundry and dry cleaning
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning services are available. Pricing is available on board.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone which you may use to call cabin-to-cabin, and to the various onboard facilities. There is an additional fee to use this phone to call outside of the ship; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms, verandahs or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the pool deck in the designated smoking area only (Starboard (right) side, forward).
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows.
Spa services
Enjoy the luxurious Greenhouse Spa complete with massage, facials and a myriad of other spa treatments. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Vacation Stretchers
We will be offering a pre-cruise host hotel in San Diego, which will be announced approximately 9 - 11 months before the cruise. Please visit Vacation Stretchers for more information.
After Your Trip
Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to the Vancouver Airport, you can take a taxi from the port to the airport for approximately $40 - $45 Canadian Dollars, including tip. If traffic is heavy, this fare could be higher. Transfers will be available to book via the Shore Excursion office onboard. Taxis can be scarce after a cruise, so we recommend purchasing a transfer on board.

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