We couldn't get off the ship!! The Solstice had to use Tenders to get ashore and the wait throughout the afternoon was for one hour in a line! Most annoying!
We spent a marvelous six hours with a professional photographer who took us to some of his favorite spots for landscapes, our preference, both in the Haines area and in nearby Canada as well. He was able to help with composition and technique and our interactions made for a most enjoyable day there.
While we arrived in Victoria only at 6PM, given the summer light, it was bright outside until rather late at night that day. Getting off the ship was easy, as we were docked there. As we went through Canadian Customs, we engaged the officer in conversation about our visit to Victoria and had such a pleasant conversation that we were on a high as we walked into town along the gorgeous Waterfront Walk that brought us all the way there. Attractive shore scenes and gardens made our walk fun, despite the increasingly cold weather we were facing. We met one of our friends in town, talked awhile and then took the convenient shuttle bus back to the ship.