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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #6b

Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

A sure sign we are getting close to Victoria is a Pilot Boat is arriving to drop off a “Pilot” to help our Captain navigate into the port.  This is a common practice to have a local navigator help large ships such as ours to make it safely into port as no one know the channels and current issues around a port more than a local navigator

Another prominent navigation feature we spot is the Race Rocks Lighthouse that we can tell we are being navigated around and for good reasons as there are lots of rocks over there that could sink a ship even as big as ours.

Vancouver Island, Canada

As we navigate into the harbor we also spot the Ogden Point Breakwater Lighthouse.

Victoria Canada

Now get this, if you have been following this Trip Report you know just how HUGE our cruise ship is.  With all the other Ports of Call we pulled gently aside a dock; but, this time the Captain with “Back” into this narrow cubbyhole with little room to spare on either side and stop within just a few yards before running into the awaiting buses.  I will take this shot from the deck on the back of the boat as we slowing back into our parking spot!

Once in port we board a bus to take us to Butchart Gardens which is 55 areas of a stunning floral gardens.  This is a place we will also look forward to coming back to some day.  Here are just a taste of what you will see at this wonderful place.

We will also get treated to a unusual Fireworks display after sunset that tons of folks also come to the gardens to see.  I tried to pull a few stills from the video I took of it just to give you a feel for this display that was well worth the time to watch.

With the Fireworks over we head back to the bus and head back to the ship as we will be pulling out of Victoria shortly for our final stop back in Seattle, Washington when we started a week ago.

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #6a

Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

On this day we will make port in Victoria but not until evening (7PM) so it’s still basically another Day at Sea…

Time to start the day and peek outside to view the morning sunrise and catch some navigation info.

Lisa and I will spend some time walking around the Promenade Deck as well as time hanging out on our balcony.  The Promenade Deck is also where the various Life Boats are kept and sometimes the larger ones are used to taxi passengers into ports.

We will see both Humpback and Killer Whales today.

We can also tell we are more near the cargo shipping lanes as we see all sorts of cargo ships as well.

We will also see more Fishing Boats as we get closer to Victoria…

 
 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #5

Day At Sea

On this day we would spend the entire day at sea and do a little packing.  When we went to bed the previous night, we were at 58 03.49N 134 53.28W and when we woke and check the system again around 7AM we were at 55 16.93N 134 14.20W.  At this point we had sailed a total of 1461.1 Nautical Miles since we left Seattle, Washington.  Since leaving Skagway, Alaska, we have sailed 257.7 Nautical Miles and we were still 635.0 Nautical Miles from Victoria, Canada which will be on the next blog entry.

How might I know this information so exactly?  On of the channels on our room television is a constant ship information station and as part of that broadcast we get real-time navigation along with maps and all sorts of other information.

After going up stairs to have breakfast, we return to our room around 9AM and the system now shows we are inside Canadian waters at 54 26.19N 133 51.29W and this is what the map shows.

After having lunch I checked the system again at 1PM and we are at 53 15.16N 133 13.49W and this is what we see from out balcony.

After watching a movie, I go outside around 3PM to get some fresh air and also note our position being 52 41.51N 132 41.85W.  Not much happening and the other balconies look empty so you can tell folks are leisurely taking in the ships amenities, eating, taking a nap

We would relax in our room taking in a few televisions shows and I would see we here we were at around 4PM (52 23.21N 132 18.12W) and again at 5PM (52 07.19N 131 51.60W)

After coming back from Dinner at 7PM, there is something noticeable and that is that lack of land on the Port Side.  Here is that last piece of land I will see at 52 40.05N 132 06.84W

One thing they tell you is that Every DAY, HOUR, MINUTE, we are in Whale Country plus other things so try to always have your cameras ready.  Around 7:30PM, I spot Dall’s Porpoise and try to catch a little video of them.

By 9PM the sun is starting to set so one last shot from outside as well as some navigation information

So, as you can see, a Day at Sea can be used as a time to just sit back and relax or take advantage of the various ships amenities / activities and “Escape Completely”

 
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Posted by on 07/27/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #1

Like with most cruises, you will have 1 or more “Day at Sea” in your itinerary and we will take part of this day exploring the ship.  Here is just a few of the places the ~2,600 passengers and ~1,100 crew members will be found at.  There are more places than those posted below (especially for the kids and younger adults) but these are the main places you might have found us at during the trip at one time or another…

 
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Posted by on 07/23/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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World Travel – Canada (Alberta / British Columbia) 1978

You might recall another blog entry (1978: Nevada City, MT) there was more to this trip that also took my family into Canada for the second time. This time we visited various places in both Alberta and British Columbia such as these shown below.


Jasper National Park
Athabasca Glacier
Alberta Canada

Someday I how to get back to this exact spot and see what the Glacier looks like now; if it even exists anymore


Hell’s Gate
B. C. Canada

If you area afraid of heights then don’t get near this place. Not only is there the height issue but the spinning waters of the whirlpools might be to much for you.


Fable Cottage Estate

Sadly, this little place I learn tonight no longer exists. The house itself was purchased and moved and turn into a Bed and Breakfast but that is all that is left of this once landmark near Victoria Canada.

 
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Posted by on 01/01/1978 in World Tour

 

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World Travel – Canada (Ontario) 1972

As a kid I first traveled outside the US into Canada in 1972 visiting Niagara Falls and other attractions such as this little trip over the whirlpools.

 
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Posted by on 01/01/1972 in World Tour

 

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