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Highlights of the Pacific

8 days with Hurtigruten   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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Day 1 San Diego: America’s Finest City
San Diego is described as `America’s Finest City´ thanks to its laid-back vibe, more than 60 beautiful beaches, the museums of Balboa Park, the Latin-inspired food and architecture, and possibly America’s best weather. We highly recommend booking a Pre-program to explore more of what this city and its surroundings offer before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen.
 
Day 2 Avalon, Santa Catalina Island: Southern California's Island Escape
The charming city of Avalon is set in a tranquil bay on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. Observe diverse sealife from a glass-bottom boat or explore the island on golf carts like the locals. Hiking trails may pass blackbuck antelope or American bison while the waters boast marlin, swordfish, and yellowtail.
 
Day 3 Santa Barbara: The American Riviera
Situated where the vineyards of the Santa Ynez mountains meet the sea, Santa Barbara is known for its beaches, whale-watching, and a proud display of California’s Spanish roots. Visit the Old Mission and its beautiful rose garden, enjoy a meal at Stearns Wharf, or venture outside the city on one of the area’s many hiking trails.
 
Day 4 San Francisco: City by the Bay
San Francisco needs no introduction. Our optional excursion will take you to its top sights. Take a cable car up the hills, visit Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz, and enjoy the incredible food scene. As our ship leaves the bay at the end of the day, experience sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
 
Day 5-6 At Sea: North Along the Pacific Coast
Days at sea mean you can join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh sea air as you scout the waters and coasts for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty time to chat and get to know your fellow explorers.
 
Day 7 Seattle: The Emerald City 
Discover Seattle´s diverse highlights at your leisure or join one of our optional excursions. Visit Pike Place Market, the iconic Space Needle, and an eclectic range of museums. Seattle is often referred to as the `Emerald City´ due to the nearby evergreen forest, and there will be opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors here.
 
Day 8 Vancouver: Welcome to Canada!
From the boutiques on Main Street to the coffee shops of Commercial Drive, the steam clock in Gastown to the heritage-house beachfronts of Kitsilano, you’ll quickly find out why this coastal metropolis is consistently voted one of the worlds´s most liveable cities. Extend your stay and book a Post-program to the nearby mountain resort of Whistler. 
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All This Included
Join us on this voyage to the highlights of America’s west coast. Visit charming Santa Catalina Island and enjoy late spring in legendary cities like Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Seattle. Take in rugged natural beauty and see iconic landmarks as we explore the coasts of California, and Washington.

Expedition Cruise
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
Onboard Activities
  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
Landing Activities
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Highlights
  • Sail the entire Pacific coast from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada
  • See some of the great cities of the west: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Seattle
  • Enjoy the pleasant temperatures and blooming flowers of late spring
  • Scan the seas for abundant marine wildlife such as seals, whales, and seabirds
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Roald Amundsen
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Not Included: International flights, travel protection, luggage handling, optional excursions and small-group activities.
  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions.
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change.
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements.
  • No gratuities expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.