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Old Posted Apr 13, 2018, 6:14 AM
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I don't really see the appeal of cruises either - although have never gone. We have friends & family that go regularly (Caribbean/Alaska). They have been trying to convince us to join them at least once for the experience. They liken them to a big AI resort at sea - but you get to stop at several different places during your stay. The last cruise our friends went on was on the largest ship in the world - The Oasis of the Seas - the pictures they had almost made us book!

Our neighbours actually bought a 'barge' cruiser in France - that's where they spend their summers. I have heard the European river cruises are nice. Again - not for me I think.
It depends on the cruise line and what your looking for. I have done NCL (Norwegian) a few times. They are informal, free-style type cruise line and targeting a younger demographic. Princess and Holland American are more geared to retired folks. Cannard is British formal and stuffy. NCL matches my vacation style.

For a European cruise, you basically get on the ship at the home port, each morning you arrive in a new port in the early morning, you have the day to get off and explore. Early evening the ship leaves for the next destination. No unpacking, much cheaper than equivalent hotels, in the evening there is a show, music venues, casino, night club on the ship. For kids there is a special kids club that keeps them doing fun things.

That big ship coming into Victoria has go-carts on the top deck as well as the pools and hot-tubs. High end spa facilities, around a dozen restaurants and an equal number of bars, and 4-5 live shows or live music venues each night at a price point that is hard to match on land.
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Old Posted Nov 2, 2018, 6:06 PM
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640,000 passengers for record Victoria cruise season

Victoria Times-Colonist Oct 10, 2018
https://www.timescolonist.com/busine...son-1.23457903

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Through the first port of call in April until this weekend, Victoria will have welcomed nearly 640,000 passengers and 260,000 crew on 250 ship visits with an estimated $130 million in economic impact for the region.
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Many cruise passengers are introduced to Greater Victoria for the first time on a cruise and then return for a longer land-based vacation. The passengers that disembark at Ogden Point also support our restaurants and attractions, as well as bring a life and vitality to the downtown core.
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