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Day Seven: Victoria

Posted on Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Dave!Today's port of call was the beautiful city of Victoria in British Columbia... except the ship didn't arrive until 6:00pm. So while you do technically get a five-hour visit in the city as advertised, it's at night time. This means you can't really go sightseeing, and many of the stores are closed. I have no frickin' clue why NCL even bothers to stop, except it looks good on the itinerary they sell you.

Fortunately, I've already been to Victoria three or four times, so it's not a big deal... except such a short visit at such wacky hours seems kind of pointless. If there wasn't berthing space to let us dock at a decent hour, why not stop in Sitka or some other port where you actually have time to see things in frickin' daylight?

Oh well.

There's a restaurant here in Victoria I have been trying to visit for years. It's a vegetarian place called "Re-Bar Modern Food" that comes highly recommended.

And deservedly so, because the food there was frickin' amazing...

Re-Bar Modern Food Sign

After dinner, there really wasn't much to do but wander around the Inner Harbor. The tourist shops there are gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and their Quatchi mascot is everywhere...

Quatchi the Sasquatch!

He's cool and all, but personally, I prefer... FIDDLER DARTH VADER!

Darth Vader Fiddles!

It's getting pretty cold out at night, but roses were still in bloom...

Victoria Rose

The world-famous Empress Hotel looks even nicer at night...

Empress Hotel at Night

Victoria Legislative Building in Lights...

Sparkly Lights in Victoria

And that's the end of my cruise.

But not my vacation... at least not quite yet...

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  1. Crail00 says:

    Thanks for the pictures. They bring back fond memories of frequent visits to Victoria.

  2. Lionel L. says:

    Looks like you folks are having a great time!

    As to why the ship had to make a port stop in Victoria, it is for legal reasons. I think this is it.

    • Dave2 says:

      I believe The Jones Act only applies when a ship of foreign registry transports passengers between two different US ports. But this ship was a “cruise to nowhere” that transported people between the same port: Seattle, so The Jones Act doesn’t apply. Anybody who continues onward with this ship durring its Winter relocation and disembarks in Los Angeles is in violation, however, and has to pay a fine. At least I think that’s the way it works! 😉

  3. kilax says:

    I would give money to that fiddler! Ha!

    I love finding vegetarian restaurants. They are also much more creative than I am at home!

  4. Don says:

    My niece is the manager at Rebar so I will pass your comments on to her.

  5. Hey, cool, you named the post after me. Oh…nevermind.

    Sorry your cruise is over. For both you and for me…I love the pictures so much!

  6. Finn says:

    We never made it to Victoria on our cruise. We spent a couple of days in Vancouver after the cruise was over, but didn’t get over to Victoria. It looks lovely.

    We did, however, get to Sitka, which I liked. Very quaint and Russian!

  7. christie says:

    lovely photos- soooooooo gotta see the fiddling Darth Vadar!

  8. Ah, Victoria. Went there for a day during our Seattle honeymoon nearly 15 years ago. Want to go back, badly.

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