Originally Posted by robh
We have about 260 ships which dock each year in Victoria as one of the stops for Alaska run. The season runs from May to September and the cruise line would not stop if they did not provide a safe harbour, access to excursions, city life , country side.
We also establish standards we expect the cruise lines to meet in using our ports otherwise we will apply financial penalties or not allow them in to meet environment and standards of shipping.
I can certainly attest to the beauty of Victoria. We spent a few days in Vancouver, BC prior to our Alaska cruise in 2007, and on one day we rented a car and took the ferry over to Vancouver Island to see the gardens and Victoria. We loved it!
Funny thing, while on the cruise my wife the photographer accidently erased all her pictures of Vancouver, Victoria and the gardens. So I am under orders to someday return us to another Alaska cruise with either stops or a precruise stay in Victoria/Vancouver!