Saturday, May 17, 2008

Victory in Victoria (5/15/08)

The captain had said that we'd start seeing nice scenery around 6am, so we ordered breakfast to be delivered at 7:30 so we'd wake up. The morning, once again, was foggy, but as we headed south the clouds lifted and we found ourselves sailing between beautiful islands with high snow-capped mountains off in the distance.

We arrived in Victoria in the early evening, and it was warm and golden and beautiful -- a real treat after the mists and fogs of the past few days. Just after docking we saw our first marine mammal up close: a very sweet-looking harbor seal swam right up to the side of the boat near our balcony. The only other wildlife of note that we've seen on this trip were a small pod of porpoises earlier in the day, some huge ravens in Ketchikan, and bald eagles in Ketchikan and Juneau.

We took a taxi to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The museum is partly housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion, which has a lovely little rock and fern garden outside. After that we headed to the Inner Harbor and walked around a bit; it seemed that all of Victoria was out enjoying the beautiful weather. After a drink in the Empress Hotel's Bengal Lounge, we would up our lovely day and reboarded the ship for dinner.

It was a shame this gorgeous weather only came on our last day of the trip, but at least we can say our cruise ended on a high note. Tomorrow we arrive back in Seattle, and Mom will fly back to New Hampshire and I to San Francisco. Our trip was lovely and we had a lot of fun, and plan to cruise again together next year in the Caribbean.

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