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kmathi 07-19-2011 08:42 PM

Victoria BC question
looking for some feedback on Victoria. The delemia is...only in port for a short time and if we venture off the ship, by the time we get into town and bum around, we would not be able to get back for our scheduled dinner. Fine if there is anything in port worth seeing...but.... We may be missing something but research leaves us to believe there is little to do? What we dont want is to miss our last night dinner, which we enjoy, dinners....and find we did so for basically nothing. Anyone out there who has done this port and can advise us to jump off ship and sight see? thanks, karen

gdjoslin 07-21-2011 08:05 PM

We felt the same way. It is poor timing for the port, but they have to make that foreign port call.

It is a short walk or ride to town. We were glad we walked around.


MCPayne 02-27-2013 02:55 PM

Has anyone actually gotten off the ship in Victoria? I realize they have to make this port of call, and I have the late seating for dinner, so I was thinking about just staying onboard the ship, and not going into port. If I did do something in port, I'd miss my last dinner on the ship.

LisaP 02-27-2013 03:10 PM

We had a short time in Victoria last summer. From my review, which is located here: Westerdam review - Alaska by LisaP, "Armed with a map, we took a taxi into town (CD$9) and walked along the main street. ... I suggest, if you are not taking an organized tour, to have researched the sites of Victoria, map out the ones of interest, and bring your map with you when you leave the ship. We were here from 6:00 pm until midnight, so we had a 5:45 dinner in the main dining room, left the ship (after the crowds) at 7:00, and were back onboard at 9:30 pm."

We had open seating dining on this cruise, so we were able to dine earlier very easily.

LisaP 02-27-2013 03:12 PM

P.S. I'll look through my papers from this cruise to see how traditional dining times were handled. It may have been open seating for everybody; I honestly don't remember. Plus, each line probably has their own way of handling it.

MCPayne 02-27-2013 03:20 PM

Thanks Lisa. We're there from 7:00 pm to midnight. I think that's an issue for just about everyone that doesn't have open dining (or whatever Princess calls it). Those that have the 6:00 pm seating may be able to see some of the port, but those with the 8:15 seating (which I have) probably don't have much chance of seeing anything if they go to dinner on the ship.

Nadine 02-28-2013 02:58 PM

We just got off the ship, shopped a little while at the gift shop at the port, and returned to the ship. We didn't go into town because we had to finish packing.

Our friends took a ship sponsored tour of Victoria and enjoyed it. I think there are some botanical gardens there that are supposed to be very pretty.


Cruise Fanatic 03-02-2013 07:44 AM

The famous Butchart Gardens are approximately 20 minutes away from Victoria. While it is a short visit to see the gardens, many people take a taxi or ship excursion out to the gardens.

Billbo 07-04-2013 10:14 PM

We let a taxi driver give us a tour. It was a mistake, but we were in such a good mood that it didn't matter much. The tour might have been good in the daylight. But he kept driving us through neighborhoods, and he would stop to tell us what we would see--if only it was not so dark. Caught a few nice night views. But the meter ran up to $66 before we got back to the ship.

MCPayne 07-08-2013 02:44 PM

I just got back from an Alaskan cruise, which included a stop in Victoria. I did the double decker bus tour of town, which was about an hour and a half. The driver did let some people off in the Chinatown area, but then if you do that, you're on your own getting back to the ship. I think this was about $39 US when I booked it through the cruise line.

I'm hoping to have photos up in the next day or so.

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