I am not a big fan of the last day of a trip. Are you?
Victoria is an historic and beautiful city, made even more beautiful by the clouds vacating and allowing the sun to do its thing.
We had breakfast in the Main Dining Room for the first time, while docking in Victoria. Our excursion to Butchart Gardens, including high tea, didn’t leave the ship until 11:45, so we had time to wander a bit and get some exercise. We took advantage of a free shuttle from the Serenity into downtown, which gave us more time to wander around, and then walked back to the ship.
Packing is one of the dreaded chores. Alison and I dragged the suitcases from underneath the bed and started the process of gathering and organizing our bags for the trip home. Lunch consisted of a power bar.
Victoria is a good size – the BC Capitol, so the bus transportation and associated “tour” was enjoyable. Butchart Gardens evolved much as Longwood Gardens did. We had about 90 minutes to wander the gardens before tea time. I enjoyed the sunken garden, the Japanese garden, the Rose garden and the Italian garden.
Marion and Barry announced that this was awards night right after dinner. There was quite a presentation of simple household items (from the cabin + some dried salmon) that would enable us to survive and thrive. Hmm.
We all retired to our rooms to finish packing and putting our suitcases out in the hall, where they magically disappear – seriously, hundreds of bags, and we never heard a sound — again.