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Catalina Island is a stunning destination located just off the coast of Southern California. Known for its crystal-clear waters, rugged coastline, and vibrant marine life, it’s no wonder that Catalina Island cruises have become increasingly popular among travelers. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, there’s something for everyone on this idyllic island. In this article, we’ll explore how to make the most of your time ashore during your Catalina Island cruise.

Exploring Avalon: The Main Hub of Catalina Island

One of the highlights of any Catalina Island cruise is a visit to Avalon, the main hub and largest city on the island. With its charming streets lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries, Avalon offers visitors a unique blend of small-town charm and coastal beauty. Make sure to take a stroll along Crescent Avenue, also known as “Front Street,” where you’ll find boutiques selling everything from local crafts to high-end fashion.

For those seeking adventure, there are plenty of activities to choose from in Avalon. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the pristine waters surrounding the island. You can also go snorkeling or scuba diving to discover Catalina’s underwater wonders. If you prefer to stay on land, take a guided tour of the island’s interior or rent a bike and explore at your own pace.

Venturing Beyond Avalon: Hidden Gems on Catalina Island

While Avalon is undoubtedly beautiful and worth exploring during your Catalina Island cruise, don’t limit yourself to just one area. Venture beyond Avalon and discover some hidden gems that will make your trip even more memorable.

One such gem is Two Harbors, located on the other side of the island from Avalon. This secluded village offers a more laid-back atmosphere and is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds. Spend the day hiking along the rugged coastline, relax on a secluded beach, or enjoy a picnic with stunning ocean views.

Another must-visit spot is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Nature Center. Located in the heart of Avalon, this educational facility offers visitors a chance to learn about the island’s unique ecosystem and conservation efforts. Take a guided tour or participate in one of their interactive exhibits to gain a deeper understanding of Catalina’s natural beauty.

Indulge in Local Cuisine and Culture

No trip to Catalina Island would be complete without indulging in some local cuisine and immersing yourself in the island’s vibrant culture. From fresh seafood to delicious Mexican fare, there are plenty of dining options to satisfy any palate.

For a taste of local flavor, head to one of Avalon’s seafood restaurants and try some freshly caught fish or shellfish. Pair your meal with a glass of locally produced wine or craft beer for a truly authentic experience.

To immerse yourself in Catalina Island’s rich history and culture, visit the Catalina Island Museum. Located just steps away from Avalon Harbor, this museum showcases the island’s fascinating past through its exhibits on Native American artifacts, Hollywood history, and more.

Relaxation at Its Finest: Beaches and Spas

After exploring all that Catalina Island has to offer during your cruise, it’s time to unwind and relax. Luckily, this picturesque island is home to some incredible beaches and spas that will help you rejuvenate both body and mind.

Descanso Beach Club is one such place where you can soak up the sun while enjoying breathtaking ocean views. With its pristine white sand beach, crystal-clear waters, and luxurious amenities like cabanas and beachside massage services, it’s no wonder why Descanso Beach Club is considered one of California’s best beach destinations.

If you’re in need of some pampering, head to one of the island’s spas and treat yourself to a massage or a rejuvenating facial. Many spas on Catalina Island offer unique treatments inspired by the island’s natural elements, such as seaweed wraps and mineral-rich mud baths.

In conclusion, a Catalina Island cruise offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Whether you choose to explore the main hub of Avalon, discover hidden gems around the island, indulge in local cuisine and culture, or simply relax on the beach, there’s no shortage of things to see and do during your time ashore. So pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey to Catalina Island – paradise awaits.

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Catalina Island has long been a favorite spot to escape the bustle of LA. With its scenic hiking trails, pretty sailboat-studded bays, and quaint, Mediterranean charm, it’s the perfect destination to soak up the sunshine and slip into a vacation state of mind. Sail there on a three-night cruise from Los Angeles so you can break away from the daily grind and chase island vibes instead.

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Ensenada, Mexico is one of the top-rated stops on cruises from Los Angeles to Mexico — and once you’re there, it’s no surprise why. This vibrant city is one of the brightest jewels of the Baja coast. From world-class dining and delicious regional wines, to top-rated beaches dotted with lively seaside bars and restaurants, Ensenada beckons with natural beauty, rich culture, and bold flavors.

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Another fan-favorite stop on cruises from Los Angeles to Mexico, Cabo San Lucas totally lives up to the hype. This lively coastal town brims with all kinds of wonders for every adventure-seeker — like hidden coves and dramatic rock formations along Land’s End, world-famous golf courses with dazzling views of the Pacific, and beautiful white-sand beaches.

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Savor bold Mexican flavors and sip regional wines in Ensenada, then spend some time hopping between Cabo’s world-famous beaches. Do it all in just a few days on a short Baja cruise from Los Angeles, or wander further on a week-long getaway with stops in historic Mazatlán and pretty Puerto Vallarta.

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Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu and Long Beach are four of Los Angeles' most popular beach destinations. Of the four, Malibu is the most remote and least urban — head here for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Depending on traffic, you can get to Long Beach in 40 minutes, while the others take around an hour.

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LA isn't only about urban adventure — the locals love the outdoors, too. Hike the hills at Runyon Canyon Park, where they also offer free outdoor yoga classes. Or hit the Griffith Park trails: Here, you can hike to Bronson Canyon, the entrance of which appears as the mouth of the Batcave in the 1960s version of "Batman."

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As international and unique as its residents, the cuisine in Los Angeles is an experience all of its own. Indulge your sweet tooth with unique ice cream flavors like chocolate caramel potato chip cupcake at Salt and Straw. Stop by one of the many food trucks for carne asada tacos. Or head to high-end Nobu for classic sushi or new-school tuna sashimi tacos — it doesn't get more LA than that.

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Embark on a Pacific Coastal cruise that visits scenic ports in California including San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Catalina Island. Plan a tropical getaway to Mexico that stops in historic towns and fishing villages like Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Or go on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the Panama Canal, stopping in beautiful Central and South American destinations along the way.


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Discover the magic of the Mexican Riviera on one of our cruises from California that visits spectacular ports in the region. In Cabo San Lucas, admire unrivaled sunset views against rocky landscapes and the glittering ocean. Explore the historic city center and pristine beaches in Mazatlan, a resort town known as the Pearl of the Pacific. Relax under a palm tree in Puerto Vallarta, where lush rainforests line golden sand beaches. Or go wine tasting in the Guadalupe Valley and enjoy strolling through picturesque vineyards and olive groves.

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Make your way across the West Coast of North America while stopping in lovely destinations in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Hit the beach in Santa Barbara and go biking on Catalina Island. Take advantage of an overnight stay in San Francisco and spend one day discovering this bustling city and another exploring the nearby vineyards of Sonoma or Napa Valley. Discover the great outdoors in Seattle and Vancouver, where adventures in nature await. Embrace the seaside charm of Astoria and stroll through the pristine gardens of Victoria, a city in British Columbia known for its beautiful lawns and green spaces.

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Before departing on your California cruise, take some time to tour the eternally-cool city of Los Angeles. Learn all about its storied film history by visiting famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theatre. Savor a seaside lunch in Malibu. Go shopping at the glitzy stores of Rodeo Drive and the eclectic boutiques on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Or feel like a kid again during a day of games and rides at Santa Monica pier, where you’ll also be surrounded by stunning views of the ocean.

Fall in love with the departure port of San Diego, a destination known as America’s Finest City—and with good reason. With perfect year-round weather and golden sand beaches, San Diego is a charming city worth exploring before heading off on your cruise vacation. Lounge on powdery beaches in La Jolla. Spend an afternoon exploring one of the world’s most renowned zoos. Go on a brewery tour and try local craft beers. Or take a walk around Balboa Park, where you’ll find over a dozen of the city’s best museums.

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While in Monterey, take a spin around 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic sections of the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy incredible vistas while surrounded by rugged, rocky coastlines framed by cypress trees. Spot sea lions in the distance and culminate your road trip with a stop at the Pebble Beach Golf Links course.

During your port day in San Francisco, take a tour of Alcatraz, a former high-security prison located just off the bay. Tour its infamous facilities, which were reportedly impossible to escape from, and step into one of the solitary confinement cells that once housed notorious criminals like Al Capone and Robert “Birdman” Stroud.

On a stop in Santa Barbara, head out to the adorable town of Solvang, a Danish village complete with Danish architecture and pastries. Wander along the charming streets and take a break in one of Solvang’s many wine tasting rooms, where you can sample local vintages and varieties.

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Due to its location along the Pacific Coast, many cruise itineraries to Mexico, the Panama Canal, South America, the Transpacific and Hawaii depart from the city of Los Angeles. This is the best port to find affordable getaways to the Mexican Riviera.

The port itself is actually located in Long Beach, which is a short drive away from the big-city L.A., but also has its fair share of attractions. You can stay overnight at the Queen Mary, a retired vintage luxury ocean liner that is rumored to be haunted and offers ghost tours. Take a dip in the calm waters at the beach, or take a whale watching tour along the Pacific Ocean. Once you’ve seen it all at the port, a short ride by car, Uber or the L.A. Metro brings you to the star-studded city of Los Angeles, where you can easily spend a week exploring all that it has to offer.

The city of Los Angeles is home to the biggest names in arts and culture, so it comes as no surprise that there’s a large variety of cultural attractions and museums. There are must-see art galleries like The Getty, which features classical exhibitions and artifacts, and the popular new museum, The Broad, which is free to enter, and features more modern exhibits. Music lovers can check out the GRAMMY Museum, or catch a concert at the beautifully designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Los Angeles is the birthplace of American Cinema, so there’s also a variety of studio backlot tours that you can take, like Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, NBC and more. If you catch yourself walking along the historical streets of Hollywood, be sure to look down and spot some of your favorite celebrities names on their Stars at the Walk of Fame.

There are many ways to snap a picture of the infamous Hollywood sign, depending on the angle you’d like. If you have a car you can make a pit stop along Deronda Drive, and take a quick walk over to the sign. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, take the 6-mile hike along the Brush Canyon Trail, where you’ll eventually get that picture-perfect shot. You can also see the sign from outside of the Griffith Observatory, where for a small fee you can go up to the top of the observatory and take in the best panoramic views of the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is also known for its diverse range of shops. For high-end designer trends, be sure to explore Rodeo Drive, where you might even run into a celebrity or two. For hip vintage and thrift shops, walk along Melrose, and for the ultimate cheap finds, check out the Los Angeles Fashion District. There’s also no shortage of food, with delicious restaurants and popular chains on every block. Los Angeles is home to In-N-Out Burger, a popular West Coast fast food chain, as well as many other restaurants owned by celebrity chefs and popular Instagram-worthy cafés.

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7 & 11 days

Classic California Coast

Journey through the land of golden hills on roundtrip cruises departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Gaze across Monterey’s mesmerizing shoreline from a waterfront eatery. Watch the fog roll in as you walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Literally walk in the footsteps of screen legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Soak in all of California’s laid-back spirit while enjoying newly added summer departures.

6 & 7 days

Pacific Wine Country

Drink wine so close to the source that you could reach out and touch the grapes on a Pacific Wine Country or Coastal cruise. Befriend a local who teaches you the best way to swirl world-famous reds in Napa. Uncover new layers in a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from a tasting room near the ocean in Santa Barbara. Discover the beauty of city life as you tour San Francisco by cable car with a newfound appreciation of a perfect California Coast pour.

2 to 5 days

West Coast Getaways

Escape the everyday on a West Coast Getaway. Immerse yourself in the diverse history and charms of San Diego on an open-air trolley. Cruise to the welcoming port of Santa Barbara, and discover the beauty of the “American Riviera.” Take advantage of our newly added summer departures and savor a few days away.

Princess® MedallionClass®

Explore destinations easily on a MedallionClass vacation. Taking in balcony or top deck views, and don’t want to move? Order drinks that find you. Want to make the most of your time away? Design each perfect day with our interactive activity planner. Hate to wait when boarding or disembarking in port? Choose your preferred arrival window and make gangway reservations. Enjoy more time to connect with the places you sail.

The Princess Difference

Cuisine inspired by world–renowned chefs. Broadway-style entertainment from award-winning creators. Shore excursions crafted to immerse you into what makes the region truly unique. Princess knows that the journey and the destination aren’t separate, but together they make the most cherished memories.

  • Itinerary Variety
  • The California Onboard Experience
  • Diverse Destinations
  • Family Accommodations

With 2- to 11-day sailings and departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., it’s easy to see why Cruise Critic has named our California Coast cruises the "Best Cruises from the West Coast." Experience what draws people to California, from fog-covered redwood forests to bright lights and excitement.

With spectacular ships offering everything you’d find at an seaside resort – from gourmet dining to world-class entertainment – there’s no better way to see the West Coast’s best cities, hidden gems and famed Wine Country than aboard our California cruises. Savor a unique selection of California wines, and partake in our new Silverado Wine Blending Experience. Sample cuisine from some of L.A.’s hottest chefs, such as Curtis Stone and Ernesto Uchimura. Our Entertainer’s Showcase features Hollywood insiders, from actors to musicians and writers, sharing stories and plying their craft. Princess also offers Discovery™ and California Science Center curated activities that explore California’s wildlife, history and national parks.

Extraordinary adventures await in diverse ports, from Ensenada to Santa Barbara and  Vancouver , B.C., each rippling with indelible beauty. Rejuvenate your senses as you stroll sun-kissed beaches and sip luscious wines under the stars. Explore laid-back coastal cities and walk beneath ancient reaching branches in the Muir Woods. Watch for marine mammals with a keen eye and quick shutter finger, as the most beautiful parts of this coast are often hidden in plain sight.  Learn more about California Cruise shore excursions

We have a wide range of comfortable accommodations for families or friends traveling together. There is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms — Interior, Oceanview, Balcony and Mini-Suites — many with interconnecting options too! For families or groups traveling with five or more members, we offer a Two-Bedroom Family Suite option — with room for up to eight people, luxury amenities and a comfortable sitting room.

Indulge in the Finest Cuisine on a California Cruise

Wining and dining are integral parts of the California Coast cruise experience. From fajitas and margaritas to wine-tasting events and local delights that celebrate fresh ingredients and exotic influences, Princess serves up a diverse menu of food and dining options throughout the day.

Delicious, Award-Winning Partnerships

Tastier together

We’ve partnered with Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Renaut for a French bistro experience in our lively atrium at Bistro Sur La Mer.

Dining venues vary by ship and are subject to change.

Locally Inspired

From the golden state to your plate

California has always been at the forefront of cuisine, with its emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, delicate meat and seafood dishes and compelling presentation. Taste flavors and influences from countless cultures, including Europe, Mexico and Asia, in one-of-a-kind dining experiences only enjoyed on the California Coast.

Decadent Desserts

Chocolate dreams made real

It’s your vacation, so indulge! Each evening, you’ll have your choice of delectable desserts to choose from in our dining rooms. Perennial guest favorites include the Princess Love Boat Dream, traditional New York cheesecake and create-your-own sundae. You’ll also find freshly baked made from scratch pastries offered in The Pastry Shop, International Café, and World Fresh Marketplace.

Celebrate California Wines On Board a West Coast Cruise

Excite your palate with gourmet pairings at Vines wine bar. Learn what makes California wine some of the best in the world through tastings and talks with experts. Experiment with flavors and aromas under expert guidance to create your own signature wine blend.

Princess Fine Wine Tasting

Enrich your palate together

Meet new friends while savoring fine wine selections served with hors d'oeuvres. Take in entertaining lectures by knowledgeable staff and drink in the distinct differences in terroir, grape varieties and production methods in wines from world renowned growing regions. Perfect for wine enthusiasts, from the burgeoning to the experienced.

Silverado Wine Blending Experience

A blend all your own

Create your own malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon blend under the instruction of a master craftsman from the Silverado Vineyards in California’s famed Napa Valley. In this exclusive onboard experience that features some of the best from the winery’s Mt. George vineyard, follow along to learn how to custom blend, practicing an art that winemakers around the world have been perfecting for centuries.

Vines Wine Bar

Wine and dine

Voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by  USA Today , Vines wine bar is a cozy nook for the casual oenophile to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine with gourmet pairings, like antipasti and tapas. Vines boasts an extensive and highly diverse selection of wines not available by the glass anywhere else on board.

California Cruise Entertainment

Hollywood has always been the mecca for entertainment so it should come as no surprise that we bring the hottest talent to the Princess stages. Enjoy the best music, entertainment and craftsmanship of Hollywood and Broadway in this exclusive opportunity on board a Princess California Coast cruise.

Comedians and Magicians

Laughter & wonder

Laugh with top-ranked comedians from Comedy Central and comedy clubs across the U.S. When the laughter dies down, closely watch magicians from iconic L.A. hot spots like the Magic Castle, a members-only private club that specializes in jaw-dropping sleight of hand, as well as from Penn and Teller's television show  Fool Us .

Hollywood Insiders

Bright lights, big stars

Hear celebrities from your favorite entertainment share their experiences on board select sailings in our exclusive Entertainer’s Showcase and Workshop. Meet the stars of stage, screen and music at parties, and hear behind-the-scenes tales of your favorite movie, play or album over exquisite food and drinks. Meet the actors, composers and musicians who shaped some of the most memorable media in history and learn about their careers, methods and lives.

Movies Under the Stars

Big screen & big stars

Cuddle up under a cozy blanket with warm popcorn for an evening of Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy popular comedies, dramas and action movies, plus on-screen concerts starring musical legends at Movies Under the Stars®, a poolside movie theater located on the ship’s top deck.

Culture & Marine Life on Cruises from California

Get to the heart of life on the coast with locally inspired programs and partnerships. Witness fantastic displays of nature like expressive sea lions and migrating whales. Learn about colorful, historical cultures and more on our California Coast cruise.

Local Connections

Live like a local

Do as the locals do. Princess has partnered with local experts to bring you immersive adventure off the beaten path. Dine at local hot spots hidden in plain sight. Attend events and have experiences only known through word of mouth. Listen as experts reveal California’s history, national parks and Spanish missions from a local point of view.

New Perspectives

Appreciate more

Experience a new perspective of California and the West Coast on board or ashore, day or night. Learn about California from the locals who know it best and uncover the secret lives of sharks during Shark Week at Sea with Discovery at SEA. Amaze your friends after a class at the Wizard’s Academy courtesy of the California Science Center.

Sail the stars

Embark on a cosmic voyage to the heavens from our top deck through Stargazing with Discovery at SEA, developed with renowned astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi and L.A.’s famous Griffith Observatory. On this interactive guided tour, learn how to find your bearings, identify the major constellations, and hear the secrets of the stars and the legends around them.

Pacific Coast Cruise Ports and Excursions

Immerse yourself in the colorful sights and sounds of the Golden State and beyond. Locals wear the region’s signature laid-back spirit like a uniform. It’s in the sand, on the streets and in hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Pictures don’t do it justice; it has to be felt and experienced, and the best way to do so is on board a Princess West Coast cruise.

California coast cruise shore excursions

Uncover the history, natural wonders and culinary delights of the California Coast through shore excursions specially designed to show you more of the state. Inspire your mind with up-close encounters with fascinating creatures and sites on immersive Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ excursions.

Discover even more with discovery at sea

Princess has joined forces with Discovery to offer exclusive excursions and tours that are not only fascinating for the whole family, but also recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel – Discovery™ and Animal Planet™. Hear inside stories from regional experts, and learn what it’s really like to live in each of the areas you’re visiting during your Princess California cruise.

Explore the Ports of the West Coast on a California Cruise

Highlights of things to see and do on shore

  • Astoria, Oregon
  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Monterey, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Vancouver, B.C.

Enjoy a narrated drive around Astoria, and visit the Astoria Column, view the Flavel House and many picturesque homes, hotels and neighborhoods that have been featured in movies like  The Goonies ,  Short Circuit ,  Benji the Hunted  and others. Take in the views and brews of some Astoria's finest craft beers while looking out over the scenic Columbia River.

Head south and dance to live mariachi music in the Riviera del Pacifico. Visit the oldest winery in Baja California, and enjoy the beautiful weather as you taste wines crafted from nearly ancient vines. Sample delectable dishes under beach umbrellas, and enjoy the day’s special from local street vendors. If you’d like to see one of the world’s largest marine geysers, visit the scenic peninsula of Punta Banda, home to La Bufadora.

L.A. is more than swimming pools, shopping and palm trees. It’s a world-class city that embraces its movie star good looks. Explore the star-studded Hollywood Hills. Visit the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, which features the handprints, footprints and autographs of more than 200 stars like John Wayne, Judy Garland and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson preserved in cement. Wander Olvera Street for authentic colors and tastes of Old Mexico.

Embrace the enduring allure of beautiful Monterey. Take the coastal 17-Mile Drive, and admire glamorous mansions overlooking ocean vistas. Stroll the fabled waterfront district of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck. Today, this fabled waterfront district is an eclectic blend of specialty shops, local artists’ galleries, restaurants and the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to more than 600 species including those native to California.

Relax on a sun-soaked beach. Take a tour of the county’s thriving wineries. ‘Ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the 4,000 rare animal breeds that call the San Diego Zoo their home. Watch thrilling shows featuring bottlenose dolphins at Sea World Adventure Park. Enjoy that south-of-the-border feeling with a stroll through Old Town. Sample the nightlife – all Classic California Coast cruises stay here until 11 p.m.

You just may leave your heart in this iconic city. Home to cable cars, fog and world-class food, San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city with hip neighborhoods, parks and gardens and a relaxed atmosphere. Take a stroll down Lombard Street, the “most crooked” street in the world. Watch interesting characters flow through Union Square from a coffee shop window. Appreciate 1,000-year-old redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument.

Nicknamed “America’s Riviera,” Santa Barbara boasts whitewashed houses draped with bougainvillea, sapphire-blue water rolling up a rocky coast and palm-lined beaches. Even with all of that beauty, wine and whales may be the stars of this charming coastal city. Journey to the quaint Danish village of Solvang for wine tasting. Step aboard a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the glistening waters of the Channel Islands to watch whales and dolphins frolic.

At 110 years old, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated public farmers' market. It’s also home to the original Starbucks, where javaphiles toast to the legendary coffeehouse. Let your eye guide you to local art, and your nose to hole-in-the-wall eateries, along eclectic streets. Tour and sample the wines hidden away in the state’s most popular wineries’ private cellars.

If you’re looking for adventure in Vancouver, gather up your courage for a daring walk across the nearby Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge swaying 50 meters high. Stop and smell the cherry blossoms in world-famous Stanley Park, a West Coast rainforest fittingly dubbed the “Green Heart” of Vancouver. Ascend Grouse Mountain in the Super SkyRide tramway for a postcard-worthy view of the city over rolling hills of Douglas firs.

California Coast Cruise Articles and Videos

Read about the must-see attractions, unique cuisine and the West Coast’s signature style you’ll encounter on a California coast cruise.

2023-2024 California Coast Cruises

The Best of the West Coast. Learn more about California Coast cruises.

Wine Cruises for Oenophiles: Taste and Learn

If you're a wine enthusiast who'd love to explore some of the renowned wineries the continental U.S. has to offer, it's time to plan a cruise.

Tour the West Coast on a California Coastal Cruise

Though it's a single state, California makes up more than half of the West Coast in the U.S., affording it some of the most beautiful weather, Pacific coastline and destinations in the country.

Food in Vancouver: Cruise to Taste the Pacific

The influence from Asia and the Pacific makes Vancouver's food some of the best in Canada. Take a cruise from Vancouver and enjoy the flavors of the city.

Visit San Francisco on a California Coastal Cruise

Whether staying in San Francisco for a few hours or a few days, passengers on a cruise ship will be hard pressed to avoid falling in love with this quaint yet bustling metropolitan city.

Try Pacific Coast Cruises for a Quick Getaway Vacation

Need a quick getaway? Check out Los Angeles and Ensenada, Mexico, in one weekend on one of Princess Cruises' Pacific Coast cruises.

California Coast #comebacknew Moments from Our Guests

Our guests share their favorite moments from the beautiful California Coast on Instagram and Twitter and we can't wait to see yours. Use the hashtag #comebacknew and your photo could be featured in our gallery.

Travel, Airfare, & Hotels: Let Princess Get You There

Princess EZair® Flights

Stress-free airfare

Remove the hassle from air travel and give yourself the gift of flexibility, time and a thicker wallet with Princess EZair flights. We negotiate lower rates with the airlines, allow you to modify your flight up to 45 days prior with no penalty and protect you if your flight is late or canceled.

EZair flight quotes are available on our cruise search result details pages.

Airplane to Ship Transfer

We get you where you need to go

Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

Cruise Plus Hotel Packages

Stay longer and relax

Extend your cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

Need help planning?

Princess Cruise Vacation Planners are a dedicated resource to help you every step of the way through the planning process of your cruise vacation. And the best part is, they are absolutely FREE!

Cruise deals & promotions

Find our top sales, deals, partnerships and promotions for our destinations all in one place. We run promotions throughout the year and sometimes run sweepstakes where you could win prizes!

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