The Classic California Coast Cruise

From sun and stars to vistas and vineyards, Princess Cruises® will take you on an eight-day voyage along the California coast to discover stunning landscapes, charming coastal towns, scenic wine country and the historic mission trail of the Golden State. Join Los Angeles Times journalists, culinary experts and local guides to experience California’s natural beauty and culinary delights in style and luxury.

The itinerary begins with a full day at sea, where you will enjoy the countless amenities of the beautiful ship Ruby Princess®, including fine dining, an award-winning spa and wine tastings. In San Francisco, explore the Presidio, a national historic landmark and former Army base; the quaint town of Sausalito; and the Muir Woods National Monument. Next stop: Carmel-by-the-Sea, a coastal artists’ haven, and the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. After another relaxing day at sea, explore the history and culinary treasures of San Diego, including off-the-beaten-path award-winning tacos. Finally, embark on an eating tour of Ensenada with a renowned expert on Latin American cuisine.

Throughout the voyage, enjoy exclusive cocktail receptions, specially curated onshore excursions, cooking demonstrations, lively lectures and intimate dinners with your L.A. Times Expeditions experts. To book this expedition, please call: 1-800 901-1172 x41829

Nov 3-10, 2018

8 Days

7 Nights

California

North America

Cruises & Trains

Itinerary
8 Days, 7 Nights

Trip Cost, Per Traveler

Princess Cruises®*
$2,179 double occupancy
(Single supplement: $0)
$436 Deposit
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Expedition Highlights

Explore California's most emblematic locations with award-winning L.A. Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds.

Sample and learn how to make refreshing ceviche, crunchy battered tacos de pescado (fish tacos) and colorful salsa.

Walk among some of the planet's largest living organisms, and learn about the redwood as a scientific marvel, California icon and point of contention. 

Onboard, experience a unique selection of California's wines, partake in the new Silverado Wine Blending event and enjoy the unique flavors of the region with locally inspired cuisine.

Our Expedition Experts
Christopher Reynolds - LA Expeditions Expert

Christopher Reynolds

Los Angeles Times travel writer.

Noelle Carter - LA Expeditions Expert

Noelle Carter

Los Angeles Times test kitchen director.

Bill Esparza - LA Expeditions Expert

Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza is a James Beard Award-winning writer, Ellie Award nominee and a leading national voice on Latin American cuisines in America.

Day 1

Sail Away

Welcome aboard the Ruby Princess®. After settling in and exploring the ship, join us this evening for a welcome reception featuring your LA Times Expeditions experts and fellow Expeditions travelers. Dinner will be served in the intimate Crown Grill, a classically elegant setting with an open kitchen where chefs prepare and cook to order top-quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood. (L, D)

Day 2

Relax and Rejuvenate- Cooking Demos and Fine Dining

Enjoy all the luxuries and activities of the Ruby Princess®. Onboard, experience a unique selection of California wines, partake in the new Silverado Wine Blending event and enjoy the flavors of the region with locally inspired cuisine. Relax in the Sanctuary, the exclusive at-sea retreat for adults only; enjoy a luxurious treatment at the Lotus Spa; or relax in the sun by one of the many freshwater pools.

After your day of relaxation, learn about the delicious history and emerging food trends of Baja California with Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter and award-winning food writer Bill Esparza as they demonstrate classic and creative dishes sure to satisfy. Sample and learn how to make refreshing ceviche, crunchy battered tacos de pescado (fish tacos) and colorful salsa recipes inspired by Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at Share, award-winning chef Curtis Stone’s first restaurant at sea. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Sausalito and Muir Woods

Your full-day tour will be led by Christopher Reynolds. After a scenic drive through Fisherman’s Wharf, stop and explore the Presidio, a national historic landmark and former Army base. Learn about the history and rebirth of the Presidio and the strange legacy of San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition at the Warming Hut, a historic 1909 wood-frame two-story structure originally built as a U.S. engineer storehouse. Stop at the vista point on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge and hear surprising stories about the bridge, the rugged slopes of the Marin Headlands and the quirky, well-heeled community of Sausalito. Then it’s off to visit Sausalito, a quaint little town known as the “Venice of California.” Next, you’ll visit the Muir Woods National Monument, a 550-acre forest that is home to the coastal redwoods. Walk beneath some of the planet’s largest living organisms and hear about the redwood as a scientific marvel, California icon and point of contention. Tonight’s dinner will be hosted by the L.A. Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter, at a local farm-to-table restaurant and will feature a conversation with the chef. (B, L, D)

Day 4

17 Mile Drive and Carmel-by-the-Sea

Christopher Reynolds will be your guide on this day of natural beauty and local history. Enjoy the view of the 17 Mile Drive, one of the most scenic routes in the world. This coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, showcasing Monterey’s natural rocky coastline; views of the Pacific, the wildlife of the peninsula and the famed Monterey cypress trees complete a pretty picture. Admire the Lone Cypress, which sits on a prominent rocky outcrop framed by the Pacific Ocean. Hear how this picturesque icon of the Monterey Peninsula became a symbol for the exclusive communities of Pebble Beach. Continuing into Carmel-by-the-Sea, learn about the charming village’s early bohemian years and modern-day quirks. At the Carmel mission, hear about California’s only Catholic saint and the debates that continue nearly 250 years after the start of California’s mission system. Return to the ship for dinner tonight at the Chef’s Table. (First come, first served, with limited capacity. Reservations must be made by Sept. 15.) (B, L, D)

Day 5

Fine Dining and Special Guest Presentation

Enjoy another relaxing day at sea and learn about the delicious history and emerging food trends of Baja California with Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter and award-winning food writer Bill Esparza as they demonstrate classic and creative dishes sure to satisfy. Sample and learn how to make refreshing ceviche, crunchy battered tacos de pescado (fish tacos) and colorful salsa recipes inspired by Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Tonight, enjoy dinner in main dining room. (B, L, D)

Day 6

San Diego, the Birthplace of California

Join Noelle Carter and Bill Esparza to explore handpicked local sights and tastes. Visit the Cabrillo National Monument, perched at the tip of Point Loma. The statue commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States. Explore Old Town San Diego, originally the site of a Spanish mission church and fortress and considered the birthplace of California. Visit the Old Town Tequila Factory and watch tortillas as they’re freshly prepared for your lunch, and enjoy a tasting of three tequilas. Next, sample award-winning tacos and view Chicano murals in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood. Your culinary journey ends at a vibrant coffee shop that serves up everything from Italian-style espresso to “Mexican mocha” and fresh fruit juices called aguas frescas. Enjoy a group dinner tonight at the Salty Dog Gastropub. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Ensenada Tasting Tour

Noelle Carter and Bill Esparza will introduce you to the city’s best culinary delights on a 3½-hour tasting tour. You’ll travel through the streets of the city founded by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542 with stops at out-of-the-way foodie favorites. Visit five delicious destinations: Tacos Marco Antonio, a popular taco stand serving up fresh and flavorful street tacos; Muelle 3, acclaimed for its just-caught seafood and spectacular views of the harbor; Manzanilla, whose cuisine is a savory mix of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors; La Guerrerense, a local favorite famous for its sea urchin tostada; and Vinos Ensenada, where you can sample Baja wines. Return to the ship for a farewell cocktail party. Tonight’s dinner will be in the main dining room. (B, L, D)

*Fares are based on the minimum balcony lead-in category per guest for Ruby Princess® 11/3/2018 sailing, on a space-available basis at time of booking. Fares for other categories may vary. Fares are per guest, non-air, based on double occupancy, apply to the first two guests in a stateroom and include $999.80 for Custom Tours. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses of $135 are additional. Specialty Dining add-ons are additional. 20% deposit of net fare required for bookings made before 8/20/18. Bookings made after 8/20/18 require full payment at time of purchase. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older and receive this offer. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars. Offer has limited space regardless of cabin availability. Other exclusions may apply. Promo Code ZSH ©2018, Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. Ships of Bermudan and British registry.