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America’s Riviera: A Voyage Along the California Coast

Program Number: 20202RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/18/2012 - 11/25/2012; 5/17/2015 - 5/25/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: United States/Mexico
Price starting at: $2,960.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 20; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Golden State’s coast spans 840 miles, encompassing the San Francisco Bay with its playful seals and Golden Gate Bridge, the dramatic cliffs of Southern California and sun-splashed beaches made famous in song and film. Explore the diversity of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Ensenada and San Diego and find the spirit of California in all of them.




Activity Particulars

Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower activity level and the ability to choose your own shore excursion based on your preferences and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide one exclusive shore excursion and private onboard lectures with our own Group Leader and lecturer.

Select your own independent shore excursions in California ports, walking distances vary by excursion chosen. Walking up to one mile during Road Scholar shore excursion in Ensenada.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Crystal Symphony, 7 nights.



Day 1:
Arrival Los Angeles, Calif. / embark Crystal Symphony:

Board the ship to settle in and enjoy a welcome dinner.



Day 2:
Santa Barbara:

In the city sometimes called the “American Riviera,” known for its Mediterranean climate, choose to explore the Santa Barbara Zoo, restaurant-lined State Street, Stearns Wharf or the wineries of nearby Santa Ynez Valley.



Days 3-4:
San Francisco:

Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco and enjoy two days to discover the city by the bay. Stroll through Chinatown, shop at Union Square, explore Fisherman’s Wharf or choose from many other options.



Day 5:
At Sea:

As you sail along the stunning coast, expert presentations delve into the building of the “myth of California” from the Indians to the Spanish to Americans and the effects of environmental changes on the California coast.



Day 6:
Ensenada (Mexico):

Voyage south to Baja California and enjoy an expert-led, exclusive Road Scholar shore excursion in Ensenada. Discover the natural beauty and the authentic cuisine of this Mexican peninsula.



Day 7:
San Diego:

Explore the lovely city of San Diego, home to one of the most pleasant climates in the United States, from the old Gas Lamp Quarter to the Horton Plaza and other historic neighborhoods.



Day 8:
Los Angeles / disembark / departure




Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Crystal Symphony
  Los Angeles
At Sea / Santa Barbara
At Sea / San Francisco
At Sea
At Sea / Ensenada
At Sea / San Diego
7 nights
 Crystal Symphony
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Bahamas 781 feet long x 99 feet wide 51,044 gross registered tons 20 knots cruising speed 21 knots maximum speed 922 passengers capacity An international crew of 545 with 40 countries represented European-trained hotel and dining staff
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 1400 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Cabins: There are no inside cabins on Crystal Symphony. Still, relatively small stateroom sizes are cozy and chic with boutique-hotel-style decor. All cabins have ample closet and drawer/shelf storage, as well as bathroom shelves. Many have private balconies furnished with chairs and tables. Most suites and penthouses have a walk-in closet. Crystal Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms. Amenities: Rich wood cabinetry, 100% Eygyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, wood and padded hangers, a small refrigerator filled with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a personal safe, two hair dryers, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a sitting area with sofa, chair, and table are typical standard features in all cabins. Suite and penthouse extras vary, but all have a DVD/CD player, butler service, personalized stationery, and stocked minibars with wine, beer, and choice of liquor. Bathrooms: Every bathroom has oval glass sinks, granite counters, a full-size tub, Aveda toiletries, plush towels, and bathrobes for use during the cruise. Many suites and penthouses have a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
  Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. 8 passenger decks, 2 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, minibar (some), DVD, 1 pool, Fitness classes, gym, hair salon, 1 hot tub, sauna, spa, steam room, 5 bars, casino, cinema, dance club, library, dry-cleaning, laundry facilities, laundry service, Internet terminal, library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins with embarkation on the crystal symphony on the program start date. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends with disembarkation on the program end date. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants MUST register online with Crystal Cruises To register go to checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). If you did not recieve a booking number or need assistance with the online registration please call us at 1.866.359.5966. For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet. Proof of citizenship is required for ALL guests.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the port and at LAX Airport. Please consult the airport or the Port Authority website for details.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Los Angeles
  From End of Program
  Location: Los Angeles
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Los Angeles Harbor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

   

A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Program Only Participants can take the group transfer as long as their flight departs at or around the same time as the group.

 
Driving Directions
  To Los Angeles Harbor Driving and parking information can be found online at www.sanpedro.com/spcom/crusshp.htm
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in Los Angeles / Embarkation
(Sunday, November 18)
   
 Arrive To: Flight arrivals in Los Angeles. All participants will be provided with a transfer from the Los Angeles International Airport to the Los Angeles Cruise Port to board the Crystal Symphony. First group meeting at 5:00pm
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:00 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dining room.
 Evening: After dinner we gather for an orientation, introductions and program overview. The ship is scheduled to depart the port at 7:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Santa Barbara
(Monday, November 19)

Note: Activity level is based on individual participant's shore excursion choice. When using your shipboard credit to make your selection for Santa Barbara please check carefully the individual activity rating given by Crystal cruises.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: The Group Leader is available at our Road Scholar Hospitality Desk. Should you have questions or need assistance before going on shore to enjoy your individually selected shore excursion in Santa Barbara, please check in with your Road Scholar Leader. Fair Mediterranean-style weather coupled with beautiful Mediterranean-style scenery make Santa Barbara an ideal destination. This jewel of the Pacific, often called the American Riviera, is also a cultural and educational center, with an array of museums and several schools and universities, including University of California, Santa Barbara, and Brooks Institute of Photography drawing students here from around the world. Sunny days can be spent strolling through the Santa Barbara Zoo, exploring boutique- and restaurant-lined State Street, dining on Stearns Wharf or experiencing the wineries of nearby Santa Ynez Valley, producer of world-class vintages and home to photogenic landscapes of golden hills and venerable oak trees.
 Lunch: Lunch is independent at leisure on shore or on the ship based on your individual Shore Excursion selections.
 Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration in Santa Barbara continues. Ship is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 5 PM with an all on board at 4:00 PM. Prior to dinner join your group for a Road Scholar Presentation: A Talk Through Time (Explore Deeper in Time How California is Attached to the Rest of the Universe). 5:30pm is the captains recepetion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:15 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dining room.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy a show or rest and relax after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: San Francisco
(Tuesday, November 20)

Note: Activity level is based on individual participant's shore excursion choice. When using your shipboard credit to make your selection for San Francisco please check carefully the individual activity rating given by Crystal cruises.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: After breakfast join your group for a Road Scholar Presentation: Time Travelers, Shape Shifters and Migrants - Evolution of California Flora (an overview of the exceptional biotic plant communities we find in California and how they ended up here). The ship is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco at 10 AM. Your Group Leader is available at our Road Scholar Hospitality Desk. Should you have questions or need assistance before going on shore to enjoy your individually selected shore excursion in San Francisco, please check in with your Road Scholar Leader. Sailing under the famed Golden Gate Bridge is an unforgettable experience and is naturally a highlight of your visit to San Francisco. Upon arrival you will discover why this metropolis is one of the most diverse, dynamic and beautiful cities in the world. San Francisco is a melting pot of cultures and an important financial center of the world. Hellenic in its setting and climate, European in its intellectual and cultural scope, American in its vigor and informality and Asian in its tranquility, San Francisco is indeed one of the most exciting cities of the world. Opportunities for discovery abound. Stroll through Chinatown, shop at Union Square or browse through Fisherman's Wharf. Or perhaps, the attractions of North Beach will beckon. Sip cappuccino at a sidewalk café, feast on Italian food or browse through tempting specialty stores. Across the Golden Gate Bridge hide giant redwoods and artistic Sausalito which provide the perfect getaway from the city. Whatever your choice, San Francisco's distinctive charm engenders a special affection in the hearts of all who visit.
 Lunch: Lunch is independent at leisure on shore or on the ship based on your individual Shore Excursion selections.
 Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration of San Francisco continues. Before dinner (about 5:30 PM) join your Road Scholar Group Leader in the lounge to meet other participants and share in friendly conversation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:15 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dinning room. You may elect to take advantage of the night in port and enjoy dinner on shore in San Francisco on your own.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy a show on board or go ashore for a stroll or simply rest and relax after dinner. The ship is scheduled to be docked overnight in San Francisco.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: San Francisco
(Wednesday, November 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: Group Leader available at our Road Schoalr Hospitality Desk. Should you have questions or need assistance before going on shore to enjoy your individually selected shore excursion in San Francisco, please check in with your Road Scholar Leader. Individual independent shore exploration of San Francisco based on your selection.
 Lunch: Lunch is independent at leisure on shore or on the ship based on your individual Shore Excursion selections.
 Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration of San Francisco continues. Before dinner (about 5:30 PM) join your Road Scholar Group Leader in the lounge to meet other participants and share in friendly conversation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:15 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dining room.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy a show on board or rest and relax after dinner. The ship is scheduled to depart San Francisco at midnight. Everyone must be on board by 11 PM.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sailing the California Coast / Road Scholar Presentation
(Thursday, November 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: Join for a Road Scholar Presentation: Corvus, Ursus, Cetus and The American Dream (The intersection of animal life and human culture, and the building of the myth of California from the Indians through the Spanish, Mexicans and Americans)
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship with your Road Scholar group.
 Afternoon: Join for a Road Scholar Presentation: Stars to Sunflowers - Change Over Time (The connection between science, philosophy and religion and what science tells us about climate change in California)
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:15 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dining room.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy a show or rest and relax after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ensenada, Mexico / Exclusive Road Scholar Discovery
(Friday, November 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: The ship is scheduled to arrive in Ensenada, Mexico, at 8 AM. We quickly depart the port for an exclusive and unique Road Scholar exploration. Endowed with a Mediterranean microclimate, elevation and soil ideal for wine making Guadalupe Valley houses world recognized wineries adding to over 80% of Mexico’s production. Rows of vineyards and granite boulders set upon rolling hills embellish the landscape and the aroma of grape-laden vines fill the air. A Russian Community Museum stands as a testimony of the short but intense history of a valley that was first settled by Kumiai Indigenous people followed by Spanish missionaries and a Molokai Russian Colony before becoming the home of Mexico’s wine country.
 Lunch: Culinary event: lecture and meal
 Afternoon: The exclusive Road Scholar exploration of Ensenada continues. Journey to the soul of Mexico’s bold, complex and colorful cuisine. Learn the history and importance of some of Mexico’s foremost culinary gifts to the world such as maiz (corn), cacao, vanilla, chiles, tomatoes, and tequila. Discover their multiple uses, including food, beverage, textile material and craft making. Learn secrets of food preparation and presentation and savor some of the rich, culinary complexities
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:15 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dining room.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy a show or rest and relax after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: San Diego
(Saturday, November 24)

Note: Activity level is based on individual participant's shore excursion choice. When using your shipboard credit to make your selection for San Diego please check carefully the individual activity rating given by Crystal cruises.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: The ship is scheduled to arrive in San Diego at 8 AM. Group Leader available at our Road Scholar Hospitality Desk. Should you have questions or need assistance before going on shore to enjoy your individually selected shore excursion in San Diego, please check in with your Road Scholar Leader. From the old Gas Lamp Quarter to the Horton Plaza, named after the former owner of the present city area, San Diego combines history with progress. Bordered on one side by the graceful Pacific Ocean lapping its shores and the hot desert plains on the other, this magical city is a festive and colorful place to explore. Close by lies graceful La Jolla, Spanish for the jewel, and Solana Beach, a beach community located near charming Del Mar. Whether you venture into Old Town, the original site of this city, or one of its gorgeous parks, you'll come to understand why San Diego has established itself as one of the most popular destinations in the United States.
 Lunch: Lunch is independent at leisure on shore or on the ship based on your individual Shore Excursion selections.
 Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration in San Diego continues. The ship is scheduled to depart San Diego at 5 PM with all on board by 4 PM. After dinner join for a Group Debriefing: gather with your new friends and your Group Leader and share your thoughts and experience on this special program.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board ship (early seating at 6:15 PM). All Road Scholar participants sit together at small group tables in the main dining room.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy a show, rest and relax after dinner or take the time to pack for your departure in the morning.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Los Angeles / Disembarkation & Departure
(Sunday, November 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: The ship is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Los Angeles at 8 AM. Disembarkation is expected to begin at 9 AM. All participants must disembark in the morning. There will be one transfer to the airport scheduled around 10 AM. Please avoid scheduling flights prior to 1 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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