20202
United States/Mexico
America’s Riviera: A Voyage Along the California Coast
Program No. 20202RJ
Length
9 days
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9 days
8 nights
22 meals
8 B 6 L 8 D
DAY
1
Arrivals in Los Angeles / Overnight aboard Queen Mary I
Los Angeles
D
Queen Mary 1

Afternoon: THE QUEEN MARY: On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. She boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years. As World War II started, the Queen Mary's transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades. The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the Queen Mary Hotel. After dinner you will meet with your group for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.

DAY
2
Los Angeles, California / Embark Crystal Symphony
At Sea
B,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture - "The History of The Queen Mary I" . During WWII by one of the Ship's Historians. After our presentation on the History of the QM1 enjoy a unique behind the scene tour of this historic vessel, explore parts of the ship not open to the public.

Lunch: Enjoy an independent lunch in Long Beach as you explore the waterfront Promenade and Shoreline Park.

Afternoon: Transfer to the Port of San Pedro to embark the Crystal Symphony for 7 nights.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

DAY
3
Santa Barbara, California
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: 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: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration in Santa Barbara continues.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

DAY
4
San Francisco, California
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join your Study Leader for an exclusive 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).

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: 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.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities. You may elect to take advantage of the night in port and enjoy dinner on shore in San Francisco on your own.

Evening: Crystal Symphony will remain docked in San Francisco overnight.

DAY
5
San Francisco, California
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Independent exploration of San Francisco continues. Choose from a variety of field trips available from Crystal Cruises.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration of San Francisco continues.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

DAY
6
Sailing the California Coast / Road Scholar Presentation
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join your Study Leader for an exclusive 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: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Join your Study Leader for an exclusive 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: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

DAY
7
Ensenada, Mexico / Road Scholar Exclusive
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Today's field trip is included in your program price. Please do not book a Crystal Shore Adventure today.

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: 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: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

DAY
8
San Diego, California
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: 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: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Individual independent shore exploration in San Diego continues.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

DAY
9
Los Angeles / Disembarkation & Departure
Los Angeles
B

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: All participants must disembark in the morning. There will be one transfer to the airport. Please avoid scheduling flights prior to 12:00 PM.






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