How Victoria looked when we arrived during our 2009 Alaskan Cruise.

How Victoria looked when we arrived during our 2009 Alaskan Cruise.

My wife Cathy and her girlfriend are in Seattle as I write this, a girl get-a-way!  Today, they took a ferry to Victoria, British Columbia.  We went to Victoria, together, during our Alaskan Cruise (also out of Seattle) in 2009.

I was psyched; I heard how beautiful Victoria was, and everybody told me…make sure you check out Butchart Gardens.  I’m a control freak, and normally as organized as anybody.  I’m not sure what happened in 2009, but I did not do my homework.  I did not realize how late we would be arriving into Victoria, and that it was the “token foreign port stop” during the cruise (Alaska, of course, was all U.S.A.).  Well, we arrived even later than advertised, it was dark, we only had four hours, and, the Gardens were closed!

Today, Cathy and her friend took the Victoria Clipper Ferry from Seattle to Victoria, and are also headed to the Gardens.  The high-speed ferry takes about 2:40 hours from port to port, and averages $145 per person, round trip.  I wish we had the time after the cruise in 2009.  Hope you enjoyed the trip babe!

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  1. Cathy aka Babe on March 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm said:

    Yes, Susan and I enjoyed an amazing afternoon touring Butchart Gardens and downtown Victoria, BC! Just a quick clarification about your post. The ferry fare is actually about $120 round trip pp depending on chosen company. Susan and I purchased a package that included passage on the Victoria Clipper and admission to Butchart Gardens for $151.50 each. The hotel concierge arranged the package and price for us thus saving me time and money. Yes, the concierge is receiving a kick back of the cocoa sort.
    A few tips for the ferry ride: arrive early for best choice of seats. Sit upstairs on the right side for best views. Remember your passport and camera!

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