They don’t give you a lot of time in Victoria but we still booked a shore excursion to see the famous Buchart Gardens. I was really excited about this as I’d heard how cool it was. However, due to really bad weather the night before, we arrived in Victoria two hours late. Initially we were supposed to dock in Victoria from 7:00 PM to midnight but we didn’t actually arrive in port until 9 PM. This was disappointing but understandable.
The weather the night before had the boat rocking so much that it woke me up several times. I laid in bed part of the night just listening to the sound of the waves crashing up against the side of the boat. It was a little frightening but neither of us got sea sick and still managed to get a decent nights sleep.
We had also been delayed half an hour in Ketchikan when a passenger that had a medical emergency had to be taken off the boat on a stretcher. We then had to wait for his entire family to disembark with all their luggage from the ship. It was a little sad pulling away from the dock watching this guy get put in an ambulance. We never did find out what happened but I felt bad that the people didn’t get to finish their cruise. So anyway, our trip to Buchart was canceled and our money refunded.
Because we weren’t arriving in Victoria until later that night, we did some fun things on the ship during the day. We decided it might be fun to take a towel folding class and learn how to fold some of the towel animals that had been left in out room all week long.After the towel folding class we stayed to watch a married couples game. They asked for the newest married couple in the room to stand up. Five other couples had been married on the same day that we had and were also on their honeymoon. It turned out that we were the newliest married but we opted not to get up on stage and totally embarrass ourselves. Instead, we watched the others and got a good laugh.
Later in the day the ship celebrated the 4th of July with a dance party. The big band played and the singers sang. Andy and I sampled the signature 4th of July cocktail.
It warmed up quite a bit that afternoon and we were actually able to lay out on the deck in our swimming suits for awhile. One last whale swam along side the ship while we were out there.
It was late and dark by the time we got in to Victoria, but we still opted to get off the ship anyway. We took a cab into town with another couple and just walked around taking a few quick pictures of the city. It’s a beautiful place, by the way. I really would have loved to spend the day there. The shops were closing just as we got there so we didn’t stay out long. Here’s the few pictures we did end up getting of Victoria.
The Parliament Building:
The Empress Hotel:
Back at the ship:
It was sad waking up the next morning realizing that our cruise was over. I was so glad that our honeymoon wasn’t over yet though! We still had a couple days to play in Seattle.