The last ship for the Alaska 2014 season docked at Ogden Point , Victoria , Vancouver Island Canada on October 6th 2014. It arrived from Vancouver BC at 07:00 pst and left for San Diego at 13:00 pst.
I arrived at the dock area around 11:00 pst and it was fully fogged in, though by 11:45 pst it had finally lifted. Many passengers walking around, coming back by bus or taxi and crew looking for WiFi access near the shops.
I had finished taking some pictures , some inserted here and was relaxing on a bench watching passengers pass though security and final excursion buses arriving. Driver pulls out a step stool for folks to come off the bus onto the pavement and they all start to walk to the terminal to board the ship but two folks decide to walk in the other direction , away from the ship. !
I watched and thought , who in Victoria would take a shuttle bus back to a ship ? My concern was it was now going on 12:00 pst ( Noon) and the ship was leaving at 13:00 pst. (yes, I am known to ensure one does not miss a ship’s departure, prefer being on board 1- 2 hours prior)
It was two woman , one perhaps in her 70’s / 80’s walking slowly and the other , a daughter or young friend in her 40’s. I ran after them and asked if they were off the ship, they said yes and had been told they had time to visit our Ogden Point Breakwater wall. I said well you do realize that it will take you about ten minutes to get there (plus the stairs). It will take you from here about five – ten minutes to get on the ship going through local security, Most ships do begin the process to bring in the gangplank 30 minutes prior to departure. They looked at me in wonder and then left to board the ship, walking slowly, I sat there watching and finally saw them emerge on the quay after security at 12:20 pst , walking slowly. The good news was there was a long queue at the gangplank, waiting to board. :)
Love to find the intelligent person who gave them that advice…… crazy
I am enclosing an article that explains the benefits to the local city for cruising and tourism and of course we want folks to come back for a longer visit to our shores.
We had 462,201 passengers approximate plus crew from 205 scheduled port visits this year
A few ships could not dock due to weather but that was rare, and we brought in 33.4 million dollars per a report in March 2014 from previous seasons ( seems to be the normal average of $60 – $100 a passenger , per my unofficial calculations).
Here are some of the pictures I took (cc Robbar — Robert Holloway)