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Program #20451RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 25 — Oct 4, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.

Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, September 25 - Registration/Welcome
Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 4:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel is scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.

Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 26 - Victoria's Inner Harbour/The Fairmont Empress/But...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a historic walk of Victoria's Old Town and Inner Harbour. A walk along Wharf Street in the heart of Old Town provides a look at the many examples of Victorian architecture. Despite a fire in 1910 which ravaged the city core, many fine buildings remain and many restorations are evident. Our local historian will discuss the well-marked and hidden treasures of Victoria including the BC Legislature, Old Town, the historic Empress Hotel and the Inner Harbour. During a visit to the Empress Hotel, learn of its history and famous past guests. Following our guided walk, we depart for the renowned Butchart Gardens to see all the lovely plants and flowers in full bloom.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Butchart Gardens at one of the coffee shops or restaurants at your leisure while at the gardens.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: After lunch, enjoy a memorable excursion at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Learn about the story of Jennie Butchart who crafted this gem from a limestone quarry. Still owned and operated by family descendants, the expansive gardens offer 55 acres of wonderful floral display. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a Laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Friday, September 27 - Royal BC Museum/Ferry to Vancouver
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: EXCURSION: Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery. Through unique galleries, the Museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia and temporary exhibits from other countries and cultures. Authentic artifacts and specimens are displayed in highly realistic settings, giving visitors the experience of another time and place. Researchers at the Museum, throughout British Columbia, and around the world use its collections to reveal new insights into the natural world and human cultures of British Columbia.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer by coach and ferry from Victoria to Vancouver (1 1/2 hours). Arrive to Vancouver and check into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a Laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, September 28 - Museum of Anthropology/Historic Chinatown Walk
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Museum of Anthropology, Canada's largest teaching museum and world-renowned for its collections and research. Your local guide will take you through the exhibitions providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. The Museum houses some 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.

Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Dim Sum lunch in the heart of Chinatown.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, an expert on Asian history and culture will be our guide during an exploration of Chinatown and its brightly colored facades, street markets, and the buzz of modern-day Cantonese commerce. Built by Chinese people to authentically reflect their culture and traditions it is still predominantly populated by Chinese people. (Unlike San Francisco's Chinatown which was built by their Chamber of Commerce to attract tourists.) Discover Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible food markets while exploring the colorful streets and alleys. Indulge in steamed rice cakes and warm apple tarts from a traditional bakery. Learn about the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street which was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Norwegian Pearl launched in 2006 as the third in the series of Jewel-class vessels. This ship, with its spaces, its flow, its dining and lounge options, is one of the most enjoyable large vessels around. The inclusion of a four bowling lanes and the Bliss Ultra Lounge in the space where most NCL ships have their department-store-sized shopping venue is a point of differentiation. She is immersed in jewel-toned designs (mauve and teal, turquoise and magenta, purple and blue, all with the occasional touches of fuchsia and orange), original art, and filled with upscale seating around its two pools and on the upper sun decks (faux wicker chairs and padded chaises, some double loungers with pillows).

Ship Information: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Year Built: 2005 launched in 2006 Passenger Capacity: 2,394 (double occupancy) Gross Register Tonnage: 93,530 Registry: Bahamas Overall Length: 965 feet Max Beam: 105 feet Draft: 27 feet Engines: Diesel Electric Cruise Speed: 25 knots Crew: 1,099 Class and Type: Jewel

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, flatscreen television,tea/coffee makers, high-speed internet connection, refrigerator, safe, and a private bath with shower and hairdryer. Some have a separate tub or tub/shower combination. There are no irons in the cabins, but can be ordered from housekeeping should it be required. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: As with most NCL ships, the Pearl adheres to "Freestyle Cruising" which offers guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship boasts 12 Freestyle restaurants; options run the gamut from a chi-chi and clubby steakhouse to a 24-hour comfort food diner, from an elegant French-inspired bistro to a fabulous Teppanyaki bar. There are 11 bars and lounges, the bowling alley, a five-level rock-climbing wall, and a contemporary kid's club. Other amenities include a swimming pool, chapel, casino, a spa and fitness center, basketball and tennis court, Full service Spa, internet lounge, library, video arcade, and a card room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, September 29 - Exploration of English Bay and Stanley Park/Embar...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: A local guide will lead a walking exploration of Stanley Park and the English Bay area. The history of Stanley Park coincides with the early days of Vancouver. Opened in 1888 and named after Lord Stanley, then Governor General of Canada, this urban park is a cool, lush, evergreen oasis situated on a peninsula in the heart of the city. Today, Stanley Park is recognized as one of the great parks of the world, offering a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. The Stanley Park Seawall rings the peninsula of Stanley Park for a distance of 5.5 miles (8.85 km). It was designed in the early 1920s as a precaution to prevent erosion. It took nearly six decades to complete the entire seawall, and today it is the most popular spot in Vancouver, used by residents and visitors alike.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Depart for the ship. Arrive at Canada Place Pier and board the Norwegian Pearl. Use any free time this afternoon to explore the ship and all of its wonderful amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy ship board entertainment.

In Transit: Ship departs for Astoria, OR at 4:00 p.m.

Lodging: Norwegian Pearl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Norwegian Pearl launched in 2006 as the third in the series of Jewel-class vessels. This ship, with its spaces, its flow, its dining and lounge options, is one of the most enjoyable large vessels around. The inclusion of a four bowling lanes and the Bliss Ultra Lounge in the space where most NCL ships have their department-store-sized shopping venue is a point of differentiation. She is immersed in jewel-toned designs (mauve and teal, turquoise and magenta, purple and blue, all with the occasional touches of fuchsia and orange), original art, and filled with upscale seating around its two pools and on the upper sun decks (faux wicker chairs and padded chaises, some double loungers with pillows).

Ship Information: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Year Built: 2005 launched in 2006 Passenger Capacity: 2,394 (double occupancy) Gross Register Tonnage: 93,530 Registry: Bahamas Overall Length: 965 feet Max Beam: 105 feet Draft: 27 feet Engines: Diesel Electric Cruise Speed: 25 knots Crew: 1,099 Class and Type: Jewel

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, flatscreen television,tea/coffee makers, high-speed internet connection, refrigerator, safe, and a private bath with shower and hairdryer. Some have a separate tub or tub/shower combination. There are no irons in the cabins, but can be ordered from housekeeping should it be required. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: As with most NCL ships, the Pearl adheres to "Freestyle Cruising" which offers guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship boasts 12 Freestyle restaurants; options run the gamut from a chi-chi and clubby steakhouse to a 24-hour comfort food diner, from an elegant French-inspired bistro to a fabulous Teppanyaki bar. There are 11 bars and lounges, the bowling alley, a five-level rock-climbing wall, and a contemporary kid's club. Other amenities include a swimming pool, chapel, casino, a spa and fitness center, basketball and tennis court, Full service Spa, internet lounge, library, video arcade, and a card room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, September 30 - Astoria Column/Columbia River Maritime Museum/For...
Astoria Column/Columbia River Maritime Museum/Fort Clatsop National Monument

Arrive To: Ship arrives at Astoria, OR at 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This moring, we arrive in Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. EXCURSION: At the Astoria Column which stands on the highest hill, climb the 160 steps for spectacular views overlooking the town of Astoria and the Columbia River estuary. FIELD TRIP: Explore the Columbia River Maritime Museum which chronicles the history of river navigation and of Astoria, the epicenter of the fur trading empire in the early 1800's. The Columbia River, the second-largest river in the United States, was the object of centuries of exploration in the Northwest, and, since its discovery in 1792, it has been essential to the region.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Bridgewater Bistro. Casual fine dining in the style of Pacific Northwest Cuisine at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial and experience the full-scale reconstructed fort where Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery hunkered down from December 1805 to March 1806. This boldly designed museum, built to resemble waves on the ocean, tells the story of the Columbia River's maritime history. The Coast Guard, fishing, navigation, and naval history are also subjects of museum exhibits. Docked beside the museum and open to visitors is the lightship Columbia, the last seagoing lighthouse ship to serve on the West Coast. Return to the dock to re-board the ship.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy the many amenities of the Norwegian Pearl.

In Transit: Ship sets sail for San Francisco, CA at 6:00 p.m.

Lodging: Norwegian Pearl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Norwegian Pearl launched in 2006 as the third in the series of Jewel-class vessels. This ship, with its spaces, its flow, its dining and lounge options, is one of the most enjoyable large vessels around. The inclusion of a four bowling lanes and the Bliss Ultra Lounge in the space where most NCL ships have their department-store-sized shopping venue is a point of differentiation. She is immersed in jewel-toned designs (mauve and teal, turquoise and magenta, purple and blue, all with the occasional touches of fuchsia and orange), original art, and filled with upscale seating around its two pools and on the upper sun decks (faux wicker chairs and padded chaises, some double loungers with pillows).

Ship Information: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Year Built: 2005 launched in 2006 Passenger Capacity: 2,394 (double occupancy) Gross Register Tonnage: 93,530 Registry: Bahamas Overall Length: 965 feet Max Beam: 105 feet Draft: 27 feet Engines: Diesel Electric Cruise Speed: 25 knots Crew: 1,099 Class and Type: Jewel

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, flatscreen television,tea/coffee makers, high-speed internet connection, refrigerator, safe, and a private bath with shower and hairdryer. Some have a separate tub or tub/shower combination. There are no irons in the cabins, but can be ordered from housekeeping should it be required. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: As with most NCL ships, the Pearl adheres to "Freestyle Cruising" which offers guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship boasts 12 Freestyle restaurants; options run the gamut from a chi-chi and clubby steakhouse to a 24-hour comfort food diner, from an elegant French-inspired bistro to a fabulous Teppanyaki bar. There are 11 bars and lounges, the bowling alley, a five-level rock-climbing wall, and a contemporary kid's club. Other amenities include a swimming pool, chapel, casino, a spa and fitness center, basketball and tennis court, Full service Spa, internet lounge, library, video arcade, and a card room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, October 01 - At sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: PRESENTATION: This first presentation aboard ship will provide a thorough introduction to the upcoming coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest that will be explored on this program. Your study leader will highlight the diverse learning experiences that you will encounter at each port and city.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: History of the Pacific Coast in North America. What drew people from across the world to settle along the Pacific Coast? Hear a brief introduction to the First Nations people of the Coast, the arrival of the Europeans, then, immigration from around the world.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

In Transit: Ship continues its journey down the coast to San Francisco, CA.

Lodging: Norwegian Pearl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Norwegian Pearl launched in 2006 as the third in the series of Jewel-class vessels. This ship, with its spaces, its flow, its dining and lounge options, is one of the most enjoyable large vessels around. The inclusion of a four bowling lanes and the Bliss Ultra Lounge in the space where most NCL ships have their department-store-sized shopping venue is a point of differentiation. She is immersed in jewel-toned designs (mauve and teal, turquoise and magenta, purple and blue, all with the occasional touches of fuchsia and orange), original art, and filled with upscale seating around its two pools and on the upper sun decks (faux wicker chairs and padded chaises, some double loungers with pillows).

Ship Information: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Year Built: 2005 launched in 2006 Passenger Capacity: 2,394 (double occupancy) Gross Register Tonnage: 93,530 Registry: Bahamas Overall Length: 965 feet Max Beam: 105 feet Draft: 27 feet Engines: Diesel Electric Cruise Speed: 25 knots Crew: 1,099 Class and Type: Jewel

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, flatscreen television,tea/coffee makers, high-speed internet connection, refrigerator, safe, and a private bath with shower and hairdryer. Some have a separate tub or tub/shower combination. There are no irons in the cabins, but can be ordered from housekeeping should it be required. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: As with most NCL ships, the Pearl adheres to "Freestyle Cruising" which offers guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship boasts 12 Freestyle restaurants; options run the gamut from a chi-chi and clubby steakhouse to a 24-hour comfort food diner, from an elegant French-inspired bistro to a fabulous Teppanyaki bar. There are 11 bars and lounges, the bowling alley, a five-level rock-climbing wall, and a contemporary kid's club. Other amenities include a swimming pool, chapel, casino, a spa and fitness center, basketball and tennis court, Full service Spa, internet lounge, library, video arcade, and a card room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, October 02 - History of San Francisco/San Francisco by Coach/C...
Arrive To: Ship arrives at San Francisco, CA at 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: PRESENTATION & FIELD TRIP: Disembark in San Francisco and board your privately chartered motor coach for an exclusive presentation on the colorful history of San Francisco, while driving through its distinct neighborhoods. See the Franciscan Mission build by the Spaniards and learn how the city was founded. Travel the historic streets of the Barbary Coast and learn about the riotous days of the 49'ers Gold Rush. Drive along streets lined with beautiful Victorian architecture, to the highest point in the city with panoramic views. Experience the culturally significant Haight Ashbury neighborhood and enter Golden Gate Park, a thousand acre jewel in the middle of the city. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge to marvel at its elegance and engineering. Then travel by coach to Chinatown, the largest of its kind outside of Asia.

Lunch: Enjoy a lovely Chinese lunch at a colourful local eatery.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Leave the coach behind and explore the bustling fish and vegetable markets, tea and herb shops of Chinatown on foot with expert guides. EXCURSION: There is free time in Fisherman's Wharf to explore on your own before you coach returns you to the ship in time to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and continue your cruise.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Free evening to relax on board or enjoy the entertainment options offered on the Norweigian Pearl.

In Transit: Ship sets sail for Los Angeles at 6:00 p.m.

Lodging: Norwegian Pearl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Norwegian Pearl launched in 2006 as the third in the series of Jewel-class vessels. This ship, with its spaces, its flow, its dining and lounge options, is one of the most enjoyable large vessels around. The inclusion of a four bowling lanes and the Bliss Ultra Lounge in the space where most NCL ships have their department-store-sized shopping venue is a point of differentiation. She is immersed in jewel-toned designs (mauve and teal, turquoise and magenta, purple and blue, all with the occasional touches of fuchsia and orange), original art, and filled with upscale seating around its two pools and on the upper sun decks (faux wicker chairs and padded chaises, some double loungers with pillows).

Ship Information: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Year Built: 2005 launched in 2006 Passenger Capacity: 2,394 (double occupancy) Gross Register Tonnage: 93,530 Registry: Bahamas Overall Length: 965 feet Max Beam: 105 feet Draft: 27 feet Engines: Diesel Electric Cruise Speed: 25 knots Crew: 1,099 Class and Type: Jewel

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, flatscreen television,tea/coffee makers, high-speed internet connection, refrigerator, safe, and a private bath with shower and hairdryer. Some have a separate tub or tub/shower combination. There are no irons in the cabins, but can be ordered from housekeeping should it be required. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: As with most NCL ships, the Pearl adheres to "Freestyle Cruising" which offers guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship boasts 12 Freestyle restaurants; options run the gamut from a chi-chi and clubby steakhouse to a 24-hour comfort food diner, from an elegant French-inspired bistro to a fabulous Teppanyaki bar. There are 11 bars and lounges, the bowling alley, a five-level rock-climbing wall, and a contemporary kid's club. Other amenities include a swimming pool, chapel, casino, a spa and fitness center, basketball and tennis court, Full service Spa, internet lounge, library, video arcade, and a card room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, October 03 - At sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: PRESENTATION: New Lands along the Old Coast: Building the Pacific Northwest. As Pangaea ruptured during the birth of the Atlantic Ocean about 200 million years ago, the North American plate began drifting westward. Since that date, the western edge of the continent has grown westward as a succession of volcanic island chains and assorted ocean-floor rocks have been added along the continental margin. Examine the series of events in last 200 million years that evolved after the break up of Pangaea.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Documentary Film: Salmon Without Rivers, fisheries biologist Jim Lichatowich will offer an eye-opening look at the roots and evolution of the salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest. Hear about the evolutionary history of the salmon along with the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest over the past 40 million years - including the indigenous cultures of the region, and the emergence of salmon-based economies that survived for thousands of years. Examine the rapid transformation of the region following the arrival of European up and the history of efforts to protect and restore the salmon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.

In Transit: Ship continues its journey down the coast to Los Angeles, CA.

Lodging: Norwegian Pearl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Friday, October 04 - Arrival in Los Angeles/Independent Departures
Arrive To: Ship arrives at Los Angeles, CA at 8:00 am.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board this morning will be at your leisure.

Morning: Independent departures in Los Angeles, California. Disembarkation begins around 10:00 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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