My boyfriend and I are going on our first cruise to Alaska this September. On the way back to Seattle, we'll be stopping in Victoria. The ETA is 2:30pm on Friday 9-22. We are cruising on the NCL Jewel. I know we'll have to go through customs to get into Canada. I made a reservation for tea for 8 (others will be joining us) at the Empress at 5pm to allow time for customs and just in case we are late getting into port.
My questions are: How often are cruise ships late getting into Port at Victoria? On average, how late could they be? How long on average will it take to go through customs?
The reservation required a credit card that will be charged 50% if we can't make it. Should I just try to get a table when we get there instead?
Thanks in advance for your help!