The last port of call on our Alaska Cruise was Victoria, British Columbia. The city is not part of Alaska. British Columbia is a province of Canada. Why then, is it on the itinerary?
The reason is an old maritime law. Under the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886, non US-built, owned, and documented ships cannot transport directly between US ports. However, it does not prohibit foreign-flagged ships departing from and returning to the same US port, provided the ship visits a foreign port. Hence, the stop at Victoria.
Victoria is a walkable city. It is located at the tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific Coast. It is the provincial capital of British Columbia. My hubby and I and my sisters-in-law took a walk from the port to the downtown area. On our way, we enjoyed the pretty scenery, buildings, and landmarks.
We only spent about 3 hours in Victoria, but we left impressed by its elegance and beauty. I wish we had more time to explore.