Port Metro Vancouver is warning the public to brace for traffic congestion and increased demand for public transportation in downtown Vancouver on Sunday as tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers flood into the city.

Officials say 12,800 passengers from three cruise ships are expected to disembark and embark at Canada Place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The port says it is working with the cruise lines, the city, Tourism Vancouver and taxi companies to prepare for the influx of people.

"Cruise passengers are asked not to arrive at Canada Place cruise terminal prior to their scheduled embarkation time in order to avoid further congestion while disembarking passengers are leaving their ships," said Port Metro Vancouver in a statement.

"Given the significant number of passengers, Port Metro Vancouver is advising those going to the terminal to make transportation arrangements in advance."

The three ships docking at Canada Place tomorrow are Princess Cruises' "Crown Princess" and Holland America's MS Oosterdam and MS Zaandam.

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