Thanks to the cab driver from the previous day, Butchart gardens at Victoria, which was never part of our agenda, had found it’s place as a full day trip for day 3. We took an organized tour from Vancouver to Victoria, which allowed us 3 hours at Butchart gardens and a couple of hours at Victoria downtown.
Quite sure, my vocabulary is not broad enough to do justice to the beauty we experienced. I do mean when I say ‘experience’ and not ‘seeing’.
We had lunch at Carribou crossing and drove on to Emerald lake, probably nature at it’s prettiest.
Watching such a mass of ice, as chunks fall into water, is a sight to behold. Glacier Bay National Park encompasses the most amazing scenery and wildness.
It covers 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains; dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords and is a World Heritage Site. It offers wildness, which is remote, dynamic and intact. There is plenty to intrigue and inspire.
The small size and a window seat, meant almost being suspended on mountains at 4000 feet.
Flying over waterfalls, mountains, forests…never seen anything like it AND have never been as scared. We landed on a mountain lake…could get on the aircraft rafters and take pictures.
The water so still…perfectly reflecting the tall peaks around us…it is exactly what dreams are made of; you just want to keep soaking in the beauty forever. We got back and a quick walk through the downtown, got back to the cruise. Our camera lid fell into water when we got down and got my son googling if sharks eat camera lids:)
The last day was about relaxing on New Amsterdam, our cruise ship on the Holland Amsterdam Line. It had everything you would expect from a cruise line…nice restaurants, decent number of entertainment options, both for kids and adults and pools. It offers a traditional cruising experience, which steers clear of rock climbing walls and waterslides in favor of timeless touches like fancy afternoon tea and elegant formal nights; friendly and relaxed atmosphere and attention to service. The layout is very well designed…a combination of classic, understated elegance, a relaxed vibe and easy walkability, which made first-time cruisers like us feel right at home.