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Cruises to Victoria

1,221 Reviews
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About Victoria

Wrapped around the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a gentle blend of colonial England and contemporary Western Canada. The thriving cafe scene conjures something European, while having the outdoors at your doorstep could only be pure British Columbia bliss. Wherever you venture, this famously temperate region reveals natural, historic, culinary and cultural delights.

Proud of its British influence, Victoria delights in serving up an elegant High Tea, with all the trappings. At the same time, it urges you to get outside and enjoy the alfresco lifestyle. Walking trails lead right from the city center to Dallas Road, what locals call the scenic drive, along the Pacific Ocean and around the southern coast of the city. Vancouver Island is renowned as a world-class scuba-diving destination, where you can get in the water with seals and sea lions on a regular basis. But, for people who prefer to keep their feet dry, there are all kinds of boat excursions, from kayaking and glass-bottom-boat tours, to get you up close and personal with the amazing marine life.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, and its grand Parliament Buildings, along with the gracious Fairmont Empress Hotel, dominate the Inner Harbour. Adjacent walkable inner-city streets foster cordiality. And, indeed, walking is a favorite local pastime -- Victoria is lauded as one of the most walkable Canadian cities.

Myriad experiences are just a short walk away from the cruise terminal: a slice of Old England, an evocative meander through Chinatown, a forage along Antique Row (on Fort Street), the Royal B.C. Museum and IMAX Theatre, and fine hotels, tea houses, restaurants, pubs and shops -- both traditional and contemporary. So put on your walking shoes, and get moving.

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More about Victoria

Why go to Victoria?

Pros:

The city is extremely walkable, with nature trails and plenty of paths through the harbor.

Cons:

Be wary of the 12 percent sales tax applied to every product or service you'll buy in port.

Bottom Line:

Victoria employs all the charms of British Columbia with a mix of high culture and abundant wildlife.

Victoria Cruise Port Facilities?

Cruise ships berth at Ogden Point, a short taxi ride or 15-minute walk northeast to downtown. Most cruise ships offer shuttles or taxi service, but it's a very pleasant walk along the waterfront on Dallas Road then on Government Street to reach the Inner Harbour -- or Douglas Street -- into town. Small passenger ships may dock or anchor in the Inner Harbour.

There are no facilities at Ogden Point -- just four well-maintained deep-water docks where passengers disembark. So file into line with your fellow cruisers for the stroll into town.

Tourism Victoria's information center is at 812 Wharf Street in the Inner Harbour. From there, you can see the landmark Parliament Buildings and Fairmont Empress Hotel; beyond, to the north, lies the inner city -- the entire area is very easy to negotiate with a city map.

Good to Know?

Victoria is a college town and fairly safe. There is, however, an abundance of panhandlers in downtown Victoria, although the police monitor them. Also, keep in mind that Canada's hefty sales tax is paid on everything you purchase.

Getting Around?

On foot: Tie up your shoe laces; this is a walking city. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has a handy walking map on its website, which shows where the cruise port is in addition to shuttle bus stops, points of interest, restrooms and viewpoints.

By bike: Active-minded travelers can hire bikes or scooters from Cycle B.C (685 Humboldt Street). The Galloping Goose Trail is an easy and scenic cycling route to Sooke. Or, visitors can cycle the city's leafy streets eastward to Beach Drive and Oak Bay.

By taxi: Although pedestrian-friendly, taxis are numerous (Victoria Taxi, Blue Bird and Yellow Cab). At press time, rideshare services are still not allowed in Victoria.

By car rental: Many rental car outlets are located on Douglas Street and include Avis, Budget and National.

Victoria also bustles with cycle rickshaws that will whisk you around the inner city.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The Canadian dollar is the official currency. There's a Custom House Currency Exchange across the street from the visitor's center on Wharf Street, and others are in Bastion Square and at 1140 Government Street. Major banks with ATM machines are located at Douglas and Fort Streets.

Language?

English is spoken.


Victoria Cruise Reviews
Victoria was beautiful but we got in at 8 pm and only had two hours. We spent most time at Inner Harbor and it is beautiful and interesting. Shops were open and guests did make purchases. It is a shame that we didRead More
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bostonphil
Victoria is a great place to see-during the day. Our ship docked from 8pm -11pm, so I only got off the ship and wandered down the pier. The ship docks in a residential area, so there is not much there. Victoria isRead More
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Laura R.
Such a bummer we only had a few hours for the start because our cruise itinerary was terrible. We wish we had a full day there we love Victoria they are our neighbor and we need to go back and see them more :-) greatRead More
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JaimesMom
Loved Victoria with it's quaint city. It is easy to get around and has an abundance of good food and sightseeing. Read More
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