Shortly after midnight Regal Princess navigated passed the mouth of Columbia River which divides the states of Oregon and Washington and at 8:00 A.M. Regal Princess left the open waters of the North Pacific Ocean, passing around Cape Flattery, and entering into Juan de Fuca Strait, which separates Vancouver Island from Washington. An easterly heading was then set for the remaining 66 miles to our berth (48° 24' North, 123° 42'West). By 12:45 P.M. Regal Princess was 'all fast' alongside (starboard side too). At 7:00 P.M. Regal Princess set sail once more manoeuvring off our berth and turning 'bow to starboard', 'stem to port headway was then made retracing our steps through Juan de Fuca Strait and back out to sea.
After we docked at Victoria, we were alerted to go ashore. Because of the walker Caryl uses for long trips, we had to disembark on deck 4, where the lower slant gangway was. We went down about 1:30 P.M., and the elevator waiting area was full of passengers trying to get off. The hallways were full. We stood there for an hour and 45 minutes and said to hell with this, got back on the elevator, and went up to the Cafe del Sol to have a snack.
At 2:00 P.M., Canadian Customs finally started letting people off the boat. Many people missed their tours.
We never went ashore.
This is the Universe Explorer, the Canadian deep sea exploration ship.
Gangways to the dock. This is about 2:30 P.M. There are no taxi's, and bus sticking its nose out down there is broken down. We couldn't have gotten to the Empress hotel anyway. Too long a walk, and no taxi's.
© by Keith L. Smyth, 2002