Crystal Adds New Shore-Side Excursions to LA / California Cruises

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 18 August 2011

Crystal Cruises has added 18 brand-new shore-side excursions to its two special seven-day round-trip sailings on the Crystal Symphony from Los Angeles up the California and northern Baja coasts this fall.

Crystal Adventures will showcase the unique outdoor opportunities, culinary arts, and varied scenery local to the remarkable Golden State region on cruises departing 20 November (American Thanksgiving week) and 4 December 2011.

In Santa Barbara alone, adventure-seekers will have their choice of hiking, biking, horseback riding, paragliding, a Segway stroll, or kayaking through the area, and learning about everything from Californias Chumash Indians to native sea life. Additional outdoor explorations range from kayaking past the Baja coasts 100 foot-high blowhole to a jeep safari through the Mexican countryside,with a winery as final destination.

Californias fine wines will be on full display via tasting trips to Santa Ynez and Napa Valley, the latter including a gourmet lunch at the famed Culinary Institute of America. Foodies can expand their epicurean acumen with a tequila tasting, a Mexican cooking lesson outside Enseada, or a custom wine-blending competition in Santa Barbara. Guests can also explore the quaint Danish town of Solvang and hidden alleys of San Franciscos Chinatown.

These ultra-regional itineraries offer our first-ever overnight stays in San Francisco. More time in a more concentrated area allows us to delve deeper into what makes this captivating coast such an unparalleled world travel destination, said John Stoll, Vice President of Land and Port operations. From a helicopter tour of Alcatraz to a private tour of San Diego with your family, travelers have copious choices on these sailings.

The easy, LA-round-trip voyages visit Santa Barbara, San Francisco (overnight), Enseada, and San Diego. Fall sale fares start at US$2,400/person, including US$500 All InclusiveAs You Wish shipboard credit, free air from 24 North American cities (or air credits), and additional family/friends group savings. A special promotion enables kids to sail free over Thanksgiving.

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