I plan to take the Alaska cruise ship sometime this summer from Seattle which ports at Victoria BC Canada for few hours (~ 6 to 11 hours). The cruise will return to Seattle port too.
Typically I would require a Canadian visa to board the cruise ship. It gets a bit tricky. I have a Canada PR card (Mar 2013, expiring Mar 2018) but I have never been to Canada since I got our PR (I am working in US on work visa). It seems my Canada PR is not valid (I'm not sure of this yet) as I do not meet the minimum stay requirement to maintain Canada PR card (730 days in 5 years in Canada).
Will I have immigration issues boarding the cruise ship from Seattle using my Canada PR card?
If I clear immigration at Seattle using my Canada PR card, can I choose to not get off at port of Victoria and simply stay on ship?
Or should I apply for Canadian TRV? Do I need to first renounce my Canada PR card?
Is there any way that when I board the cruise ship that the immigration officer is able to determine that I do not satisfy the RO and so my PR is not valid thereby not letting me board the ship? I ask as if this may happen then I will lose all the cruise money.
Other followup questions:
I ask these as I stay close to the border and I may vacation for few days at a later date.
Is there a way to know if my PR is invalid as of now (some website, etc)?
If the adjudicator determines that I'm no longer a PR at border/PoE (port of entry), would I immediately know that I'm reported? Do I lose my PR status immediately or after certain days (if so, how many)?
Is it a bad remark on my profile if I'm reported? Basically, is it better that I myself renounce at the border? Would it affect my chances of my TRV at a later date?
Was going to post it as comment as there's some speculation, but it is too large.
Assuming your US visa is multiple entries and not yet expired, you probably would be ok.
When you board the ship, you'll show your US visa and Canadian PR card. Your card is still valid as per the Understand permanent resident status page: "You cannot lose your permanent resident status simply by living outside of Canada long enough that you don’t meet the residency requirement." As the page also mentions, if you would like to visit Canada then you might have problems, please read for the page for the rest as it is not relevant here because:
None of the cruises I've been to required passengers to go ashore on an intermediate stops (and most usually remain aboard in case of a bad weather).
When you board the ship, there are no immigration officers present - as you know there's no immigration check when you leave the USA. There may be CBP officers doing spot checks (only), but they're mostly looking for contraband. Otherwise you're dealing with the cruise company staff, who has no authority to make immigration-related decisions, especially for a foreign country (Canada). The only responsibility they have is to refuse obviously fraudulent or invalid (i.e. expired or if photo doesn't match) documents.
Your other questions seem to be more suited for Expatriates