On our Amsterdam cruise, we will stop in Victoria, British Columbia for 4 hours before returning to Seattle. What is there to do for 2 to 3 hours? How far is downtown and do we need a taxi or a shuttle?
You will be docked about 1/2-3/4 mile from the inner harbour ( area of downtown that the BC parliament buildings, Empress hotel ect. located in). I would recommend just walking around the inner harbour as there is much to see. Walk through the Empress Hotel and dont worry that you are not staying there. The basement has some interesting old pictures if you like that stuff. Take a free tour of the parliament buildings.
I was just in Victoria last month. Stayed in the Empress Hotel. There are carriage rides offered at the harbor which is a wonderful way to see downtown Victoria. The Royal Wax Museum is right there but I do not know if they will be open in the evening. The harborside is beautiful to just stroll along in the evening. There are some wonderful pubs to visit. There are many things to do and shopping is right there too. But as I said before I do not know how late the stores stay open in the evening. I am sure some of them are open till 9 pm or 10 pm. You will have no problem finding things to do for 4 hours.
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What ship are you on? If it's the Amsterdam, the 4 hour stop is in the evening -- forget about excursions, including Buchart Gardens. We're on the September 7 Amsterdam sailing and we love Victoria. So we are going there before the cruise for several days and staying again at thje Empress. Otherwise, I would suggest just walking around the inner harbor area. If you're eatig in the late dinner seating like us you won't have much trime at all to really explore anything there. The main reason for the stop is to meet the requirement to stop in a foreign port since it's a foreign ship sailing to and from an American port (Seattle)
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Yes I know about the 4 hrs in a foreign port. Its a requirement for the Casino laws and not just because its a foreign ship.
I is due to the Jone's Act and nothing to do with the casino. The ship is foreign registered and departing from a US port requires a foreign stop. Best would be to verify how late Butchard Gardens- they also have fireworks some nights, very nice attraction. The ship docks at the Odgen Pier, probably a mile+ walk away -level, from the innner harbor. I believe the ship contracts shuttles if needed.