Category Archives: Canada

A Princess in Victoria

Ships that cruise round trip from Seattle to Alaska all make a brief evening stop in Victoria on the way back. Victoria sits on the south end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. While it is a touristy town … Continue reading

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Quebec City

Holland America Veendam cruised down the St. Lawrence river to Quebec City, where the ship spent a night before disembarkation. It was nice to have a port stop with no concerns over hurrying back to the ship before it left … Continue reading

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Prince Edward Island

We stepped off the Holland America Veendam into a fierce wind on Prince Edward Island. A short walk across the dock brought us to the shops at the pier. Security guards herded passengers away from the inviting doors under fancy … Continue reading

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Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney seems to be a popular thing to name a city.  There’s Sydney, Australia of course, and on the west coast of Canada, Sidney B.C. on Vancouver Island.  Maybe Canada has a thing for Sydney on islands because they also … Continue reading

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our first Canadian stop on the Canada/New England cruise on Holland America‘s Veendam came at Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Everywhere on this cruise was new to me as I had never been to the northeast before and to me going to … Continue reading

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Victoria Harbour Ferries

When in Victoria and looking for something a bit different to do, the Harbour Ferries offer a variety of on-the-water options, and also serve as transportation for visiting places near the landing docks.  The harbour ferries have a base dock … Continue reading

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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

Ever since a brief evening stop in Victoria on the way back to Seattle from an Alaskan cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam, my sister, Aunt, and I wanted to go back for a longer visit.  We decided to set up … Continue reading

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A Quick Stop in Victoria

Port Stop in Victoria From Ketchikan to Victoria, the Westerdam raced against a Princess boat that left about the same time.   Apparently whoever arrives first gets through customs first and the other ship has to wait. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Cruising to Alaska from Vancouver B.C. Canada

Getting on a cruise ship at the dock in Vancouver B.C. might not be as easy as it appears. Continue reading

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