Royal Holiday Cruises offers its more than 100,000 members the chance to experience some of the world’s most beautiful and exciting places while enjoying relaxing and luxurious accommodations on board. Travel with Royal Holiday Cruises to Victoria, British Columbia, and take in Canada’s sunniest city, abundant with cherry blossoms, lilacs, roses, and more, from season to season. Victoria, the provincial capital, receives about 65 percent more sunshine than Vancouver, earning it a designation as Canada’s “Garden City.” Butchart Gardens is a year-round spectacle of bloom and color that includes Japanese, Italian, and Mediterranean gardens, as well as a stunning rose garden. The entire city’s combination of a charming old-style British sensibility and a sophisticated 21st century outlook creates numerous vacation possibilities for museum-goers, history and culture enthusiasts, shoppers, and lovers of fine food and wine.
When passengers sail with Royal Holiday Cruises to Victoria, they will find a town with a vibrant past and an exciting future. Founded in the midst of fur-trading country under the name of Fort Camosun on the southern edge of Vancouver Island, Victoria grew rapidly in the 1850s and ‘60s after a gold rush to British Columbia. The city center, formed around its Inner Harbour, remains sheltered from the Pacific Ocean’s storms and sea surges.
Downtown Victoria offers a variety of street entertainment, restaurants, and British-style pubs in a highly walkable area. Royal Holiday Cruises vacationers can enjoy sightseeing among historic Victorian- and Edwardian-era buildings and stunning gardens in a city that has been careful to preserve its architectural heritage.
Craigdarroch Castle is perhaps the most significant example of a historic home turned into a public museum. Completed in 1890, the mansion offers a look at the furnishings and artwork that defined the upper-class lifestyle of the time.
Royal BC Museum
Tourists can learn about the area’s aboriginal culture, including its ceremonial masks and distinctive totem poles, through a visit to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.
Fun for Kids
For a real change of pace, enjoy a day out with the kids at All Fun, which features go-kart rides, miniature golf courses, an ice cream parlor, batting cages, and stock car racing and shows during the summer on the Western Speedway. The Victoria Bug Zoo will provide Royal Holiday Cruises families with the opportunity to get acquainted with some many-legged creatures in a safe environment. Meet hairy tarantulas, some of the world’s biggest walking sticks, and scorpions that glow in the darkness.
Arts and Entertainment
Adults looking for after-dark fun won’t want to miss Hermann’s Jazz Club, a Victoria jazz institution for three decades, offering dinner, dancing, and live blues and smooth jazz. The Irish Times pub also hosts live jazz every day of the week in a venue that opens onto downtown’s historic Bastion Square. Travelers visiting the Victoria Theatre Guild & Dramatic School at the Langham Court Theatre can enjoy new and classic works of comedy and musical shows.
A Royal Holiday Cruises trip to Victoria wouldn’t be complete without shopping for distinctive artisanal and indigenous crafts. And don’t skip a visit to the many shops along Government Street that offer imported British goods such as fabrics, comestibles, china, Irish lace, and traditional highland tartans. And before returning to the Royal Holiday cruise ship, sample some fish and chips oceanside at Red Fish Blue Fish or an elegant afternoon tea at the iconic turn-of-the-20th-century Fairmont Empress Hotel.