Alaskan Cruise with Kids – Part 6, Victoria, BC, Canada and Disembarking in Seattle

Day 6

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We literally had just a few evening hours to spend here. And, again, we had nothing planned. We were cruise-weary and had one goal in mind: get food.

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Getting food doesn’t seem like such a lofty goal, but two of us (my son and myself) are very hard to feed. He is incredibly picky and I’m a vegetarian.

But first, we had to figure out how to get into town from port. Luckily, with two cruise ships in port there were options. We took a double-decker shuttle downtown ($10 a person, round-trip and the kids were free) and walked around a crowded, touristy street in search of food.

I did some light research on restaurants before we got there and knew that there was a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in town, but I didn’t know where. As we were walking, I looked down a narrow street and, lo and behold, there it was at the end of the block.

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Filled my belly perfectly at this vegetarian-friendly restaurant.
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Mom and Dad always looking over our shoulders.

We spent the rest of the evening strolling the waterfront and taking in the sights and sounds of street performers.

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One-man band.

And doing cartwheels in front of the legislature as the sun went down.

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Smile for the camera.

Day 7

Back in Seattle. We booked at hotel close to the airport for that night, because we had a 6:30 am flight the next morning. However, the airport is a fair distance from the city center, which, of course, we wanted to explore. So we grabbed a cab from the cruise ship terminal to the airport at a cost of around $50. We stored our luggage at the hotel (we arrived in the morning) and, in order to save ourselves another $50 cab fare, took the light rail to the monorail, which took us back to the city center. By the time we got there, all we had the energy to do was lay in the grass and take silly pictures of the Space Needle.

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We found ourselves back at the hotel and in bed very early that night. And made it right on time for our early morning flight back home to Chicago.

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Follow our Alaskan adventure from the beginning here.

Alaskan Cruise with Kids – Part 1, Embarking in Seattle

Let me first start by saying, if you want a life-changing family Alaskan adventure experience, a cruise is not the way to go.

We had never been on a cruise before, so it was a valuable learning experience. But I did start to feel like one of the people on board the Axiom (the ship that was cruising people around in space after the Earth was left pretty much lifeless in the movie Wall-E).

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All snark aside, we did have a great time. And cruising with kids is a good way to go if you are new to travel and are trying to slowly step outside your comfort zone with your family. We chose a seven-day, round-trip Inner Passage Alaskan Cruise from Seattle with Holland America.

I’m just going to give you the run-down and tell you everything we did day by day so you can make an informed decision when choosing your own Alaskan family adventure.

Day 0

Chicago to Seattle. We flew to Seattle a day early because I was nervous that, if our flight was delayed, we would literally miss the boat. We made it there on time and in one piece (even with my daughter flying the plane!).IMG_0204

We stayed at the MarQueen hotel, a beautifully restored old building, in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Everyone was very nice and the accommodations were quaint and classic at the same time. (You may want to explore breakfast at a different location, however, because they only serve a true continental breakfast.)

We also explored the Queen Anne neighborhood for excellent views of the Space Needle, beautiful homes, and a park with the best slide ever.

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Dad thought it would be funny to have the kids balance the space needle in their hands.

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Day 1

At sea. One word of advice. If a friend, who is an experienced cruiser, recommends that you take some sea-sickness pills like Bonine, also known by the generic name¬†meclizine (which doesn’t make you as drowsy as classic Dramamine), take her advice. Trust me. My daughter and I spent the first day in a puking competition. Luckily, the score didn’t get that high—-she won two-to-one.

And in case you wanted to try one of those acupressure bracelets, I’d like to refer you to this scientific study that shows they’re a waste of money (just read the ‘Discussion’ section).

After taking our motion-sickness medications, and a morning of making my husband and son fetch us food and other comforts, we were able to enjoy the Crow’s Nest of the ship for beautiful views of the water.

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…to be continued… Click here for Day 2.