New cruise holiday itineraries from Crystal Cruises

New cruise holiday itineraries from Crystal Cruises

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 November 20th (American Thanksgiving week) and December 4th 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 California’s Chumash Indians to native sea life.

Additional outdoor explorations range from kayaking past the Baja coast’s 100 foot-high blowhole to a jeep safari through the Mexican countryside, with a winery as final destination.

California’s 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 Enseñada, or a custom wine-blending competition in Santa Barbara. Guests can also explore the quaint Danish town of Solvang and hidden alleys of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

“These ultra-regional itineraries offer our first-ever overnight stays in San Francisco,” said John Stoll, vice president of Land and Port operations.

“More time in a more concentrated area allows us to delve deeper into what makes this captivating coast such an unparalleled world travel destination.

“From a helicopter tour of Alcatraz to a private tour of San Diego with your family, travellers have copious choices on these sailings.”

The easy, LA-round-trip voyages visit Santa Barbara, San Francisco (overnight), Enseñada, and San Diego. Fall sale fares start at US$2,400/person, including US$500 “All Inclusive—As 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.