Also on Volendam sailing this coming Wednesday, 22nd. Wife and I arrive Vancouver tomorrow afternoon for a couple nights prior. Our first HAL, and first multi-night cruise. Before this we've only done several European overnight ferries.
Regarding your reference to:
"........We received a note the other day that due to tide issues to be at Canada Place between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for a 3 p.m. sail away......"
Our note from HAL on May 3rd referencing the earlier departure due to a tidal issue, recommended being at terminal between 10am and Noon or between 2 pm and 3 pm. All Onboard by 3:30 pm with departure at 4 pm (30 min. earlier than original time). Online also showing 4 pm. No matter, we'll likely be hanging around the terminal before 10 am.
Since you plan to post photos daily, have you figured out Internet costs? Might be too late now to purchase Online at a Gift & Indulgence, but I went ahead and did the 7 Night Premium last week at $111.99 - everything else I found had costs higher, but not clear what was truly a current price.
And, my wife is originally (and her mother still lives) from Newton, just down the Pike from Fenway.