hi we are going to take the alaskan cruise from seattle on the 19th. as we are canadian we will fly from seattle and end up in victoria and of course will take the double bus to tour victoria and to have tea at the famous victoria hotel empress something or other. has anyone else ever gone and are there any suggestions as to what things to see. there are skads of them to pick from and we want to do something each day but not a lot of walking right now for my husband. so any suggestions would be just great. thanks maureen



by CathrynB - 2007-05-02 10:05:33

Hi Maureen. I'm from a suburb of Seattle and have been to Victoria several times -- it's gorgeous, and you'll love it! How long will you be there, and are you able to travel to places outside the city? Many of the common activities involve walking, bike riding, etc -- but there are fun things to that don't require that. Do you like museums? The British Columbia Victoria Museum is great. You can take wonderful big sailboat rides on the harbor. There are horse-drawn carriages to tour you around town, but sounds like you'll already do a tour on a bus. Depending on what day(s) you'll be in Victoria, the annual Swiftsure sailboat race will end in the Victoria Harbor I think May 24 and 25 -- spectacular to see the gorgeous boats and their sails coming in off the water! The Butchart Gardens outside Victoria are really spectacular, and May is a wonderful time to see them. I imagine you can arrange a scooter or wheelchair for your husband if needed to get around the gardens -- it's really big. All the fabulous rhododendrons, azaleas and other flowers are blooming right now. And High Tea at the Empress Hotel, as you already plan, is a must -- very historical and lovely. Vancouver Island has many more fabulous sites, but unless you have a car rental or go on a tour bus, you are limited. Let me know if I can help with any other information -- private message or whatever. I've not been on the Alaska Cruise, but my parents and many friends have, and they all rave about it -- unlike any other cruise you could take anywhere other than Scandinavia. Enjoy!!! Cathryn

Sounds great!!!

by Rewiredaussiegirl - 2007-05-03 06:05:19

Hi Maureen,
It all sounds absolutly fabulous!Hope you and hubby have a wonderful time !Take care -Kay

Great fun!

by auntiesamm - 2007-05-03 11:05:33

Hi Jessie, We lived in Mukilteo WA about 20 miles north of Seattle for 12 years. Everything in the NW is beautiful, green and lush. The Victoria trip is just the best. I agree with everything Cathryn has said. There is a lot to do in Victoria but don't confine yourself to that area. Butchart Gardens are incredible. Last time I went I was with 3 of my childhood friends. High tea in the gardens was fabulous and a memory we will always treasure. Chemoinous is a small town north of Victoria which is famous for its' murals painted on buildings. It is a historical town and we all loved the time spent there. We took a horse-drawn carriage ride that was narrated and enjoyed learning about the town. The town of Duncan is known for its' totem poles. I think you will have a wonderful time on your trip. I have always wanted to take an Alaska cruise but we never got around to it though we were so close. I'll be so anxious to hear about your trip when you return. How many days will you be in Victoria and how many days altogether for your trip? We'll miss you! Take care and God bless.

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