Day 1 - Tuesday, May 03: San Diego, California (Ship sails at 4PM)
Arrival in San Diego on your own. Bordered by the Anza-Borrego Desert, the Laguna Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is blessed with a year-round Mediterranean climate, which only adds to the attraction of its 70 miles of beaches. Before embarking on a cruise from San Diego, make sure to pad in some extra time to explore this wonderful Southern California city. Its consistently pleasant weather also means that there are plenty of non-stop outdoor activities to enjoy—from paragliding and kayaking to Legoland and the San Diego Zoo. The superb dining options are endless throughout this city, too. Head over to Liberty Public Market for a quick fix and sample a variety of foods on offer, like empanadas, Thai, and freshly baked pastries from top-notch vendors.
Day 2 - Wednesday, May 04: Santa Barbara, California (8AM to 5PM)
Sail on a ship as breathtaking as the Redwood Forests. From harbor to harbor you'll encounter man-made and nature-made Earthly wonders.
Day 3 - Thursday, May 05: Day 3 – Thursday, May 5th: Catalina Island, California (8AM to 6PM)
It's less than 20 miles off the coast from Los Angeles, but Catalina Island is a world away from the city’s bright lights. Protected by the most stringent measures anywhere, this sanctuary is pure paradise. Boaters who make it out here find art deco architecture, quaint boutiques, and an eclectic dining experience.
Day 4 - Friday, May 06: Day 4 – Friday, May 6th: At Sea
While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.
Day 5 - Saturday, May 07: Day 5 – Saturday, May 7th: San Francisco (arrive 8AM, overnight)
San Francisco offers you a wealth of possibilities with iconic landmarks like Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, and Alcatraz Island. Your trip would not be complete without seeing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge or riding the cable cars on Powell Street. When you cruise from San Francisco, you have the chance to see one of the world’s most remarkable cities.
Day 6 - Sunday, May 08: Day 6 - A second full day in San Fran
(Ship sails at 5PM)
Day 7 - Monday, May 09: Day 7 – Monday, May 9th: At Sea
A day to relax after a busy couple of days in San Francisco.
Day 8 - Tuesday, May 10: Day 8 – Tuesday, May 10th: Astoria, Oregon (8AM to 5PM)
Hundreds of Victorian homes line the steep, wooded hillsides of America's oldest settlement west of the Rockies. Stroll through the revitalized 1920's-era downtown of this picturesque community set at the mouth of the Columbia River, or travel a few miles to Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark encamped during the winter of 1805-06.
Day 9 - Wednesday, May 11: Day 9 – Wednesday, May 11th: Seattle, Washington (11AM to 9PM)
Visitors to the Emerald City find a fusion of American, Asian and Native American cultures, set against a backdrop of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to discover on Seattle cruises. Founded in the 1850’s, Seattle continues to evolve while preserving many of its treasured landmarks. The city’s defining modern symbol is the Space Needle. Head up to the top of the 605ft. hourglass-shaped structure for amazing panoramic views of this beautiful port city. And right next door is the Chihuly Garden and Glass where the extraordinary glassworks and garden installations of Dale Chihuly will dazzle. Stroll through the famous Pike Place Market for a taste of local flavor and style. Established in 1907, the market is brimming with fresh produce and seafood stalls, wonderful restaurants, and specialty shops with local handcrafts that make unique souvenirs and keepsakes.
Day 10 - Thursday, May 12: Day 10 – Thursday, May 12th: Victoria, British Columbia (8AM to 5PM)
The seaside capital of British Columbia, Victoria is located on Vancouver Island at the southern tip of Western Canada. Named after Queen Victoria, this one-time British colony has retained much of its colonial charm with decorative English gardens and castles, but also reflects its modern landscape with bohemian shops, coffee bars and international cuisines. The year-round moderate temperatures are perfect for exploring this incredible city. From hiking and golfing to dining and shopping, there’s much to discover on a Victoria cruise.
Start your day in Victoria with a walk through the enchanting Butchart Gardens and experience one of the world’s finest floral display gardens. Meander along the flower-lined paths and marvel at the brilliant composition of color in Japanese, Mediterranean, and Italian themes, plus much more.
Experience the time-honored English afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel. The menu includes many traditional favorites, like dainty finger sandwiches, scones, and a host of sumptuous varietal teas.
Venture 35 miles northwest to Cowichan Valley for a day hike, golfing, or winetasting. There are six regional parks with trails for mild walks around lakes or more intense climbs. This region is also increasingly becoming known for its wines as well. Take a guided wine tour on your Victoria cruise and discover the delicious wiines that are being produced at the wonderful vineyards in the valley and perhaps pick up a few bottles as mementos, too.
For a full introduction to the history and culture of Victoria and Western Canada, head to the Royal British Columbia Museum. Explore the fascinating indigenous artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 B.C. to British royalty pottery, glass and papers, plus a wonderful native plant garden. The museum also has a wonderful IMAX theater and rotating special exhibits.
The large waterfront park Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria is within walking distance of the inner harbor. With more than 200 acres, there’s a lot of ground to cover in the sprawling grounds. This unspoiled park features many walking trails through the forest, a children’s zoo with baby lambs, ducks, and piglets and an abundance of relaxing nature.
Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest of its kind in Canada. Stroll the colorful streets of this National Historic district and enjoy a wonderful Chinese-style brunch (dim sum) or shop for locally made unique trinkets and souvenirs.
Day 11 - Friday, May 13: Day 11- Friday, May 13th: Vancouver, British Columbia (Arrival 7AM)
Your cruse ends this morning after an early breakfast. Stay and enjoy one of Canada's loveliest cities. We can help you find a hotel.