Princess’ Short West Coast Getaway Cruises

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Today Golden Princess sets sail from Los Angeles on the first of a new series of Princess Cruises Getaway voyages. Known for offering longer itineraries, the company has debuted these new cruises along the West Coast offering a brand new way for passengers to enjoy a quick break in a sea-going environment of comfort and style.

Passengers can choose from three- and four-day sailings, perfect for sampling the line’s onboard experience, as well as visiting a variety of Southern California destinations. Departing roundtrip from Los Angeles (San Pedro) aboard Golden Princess and Sapphire Princess, the Princess Getaway sailings take place throughout the fall and into the spring season.

“Our new Getaway cruises are a great new option for anyone looking for a quick way to escape from the daily grind,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Passengers can sample the Princess experience of fine international dining and world-class entertainment aboard our comfortably elegant ships. And, these cruises are perfect for celebrations such as a birthday, anniversary, reunion or girlfriends getaway.”

Princess West Coast Getaway:
Sail to one or two lively ports full of colorful cultures and vibrant flavors on a 4- to 5-day Princess Getaway cruise vacation sailing the sun-splashed West Coast roundtrip from Los Angeles. Below is a sampling of what’s in store.

Ensenada, Mexico
Ensenada is located 70 miles south of the international border and only a 90-minute drive from San Diego. Visitors are drawn to Ensenada’s warm Mediterranean climate, friendly atmosphere and easy access by land, air, and sea. Ensenada has become Mexico’s second most visited port of call for major cruise lines and pleasure boats.

Things to do and see
La Bufadora
Riviera del Pacifico
Bodegas de Santo Tomas
Avenida Lopez Mateos
Casa Dona Lupe
Guadalupe Valley Winery
Mexican Folkloric Show
Ventana al Mar

San Diego, California, United States
Known as a place of infinite beauty, affectionate locals and endless sunshine, San Diego has become one of America’s favorite cities. Located in the southwest corner of California, close to the border of Mexico, San Diego has a distinct cross-cultural feel, part sun-drenched Mediterranean atmosphere, part south-of-the-border zest and part quintessential California beach town.

The history of San Diego is rooted in its Spanish and Mexican past. San Diego was declared the capital of upper and lower Baja only four years after Mexico gained its independence in 1821. Less than thirty years later, the United States declared war on Mexico and within two years the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo was signed creating the current borders between Mexico and the United States.

The city continues to prosper with a population exceeding one million. World-renowned attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, the Salk Institute, Sea World, La Jolla and the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge have created a strong tourism industry for the area. But undoubtedly what attracts visitors from around the world is the city’s breathtaking natural beauty, superb coastline and near-perfect weather.

Things to do and see
Old Town
Balboa Park
La Jolla
San Diego Zoo
Sea World
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Harbor Cruise
San Diego’s Countyside & Wine Tasting

Santa Barbara, California, United States
“Welcome to Paradise,” is a fitting expression for those visiting the coastal city of Santa Barbara. Called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a place where food, art, history, fashion, wine and sunshine mix to create a delightful and unique experience for the visitor. Charming Spanish and Moorish style buildings graced by brilliantly-colored bougainvillea, palm-lined beaches, a warm Mediterranean climate, charming sidewalk cafés and a pristine seaside setting are some of the aesthetic reasons for visiting Santa Barbara.

The “Queen of the Missions,” Santa Barbara’s Old Mission can be traced back to the 1700’s when the mission was built to bring Christianity to the Chumash Indians. The Old Mission is now a California Historical Landmark and is one of the most popular attractions in the area.

Just outside of Santa Barbara, lies the Santa Ynez Valley which is home to numerous world-renowned wineries. The scenic beauty of the dramatic mountains, lush valleys and oak trees is only surpassed by the rich flavors of the wines produced in the area.

Things to do and see
Santa Barbara Mission
Wine Country
Santa Barbara Courthouse
State Street
Solvang
Los Olivos
Fig Tree
Outdoor Adventures

Catalina Island, California, United States
Santa Catalina Island has drawn Southern Californians for since the mid-1820s. That’s when the Pimungan tribe settled there, attracted by the island’s rich marine life. But Catalina’s true popularity dates from 1919, the year Chicago chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley purchased the island development. Overnight Catalina secured its reputation as a playground for wealthy magnates and movie stars.

Since 1975, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy has held most of Catalina in trust. Buffalo, imported for a 1924 movie, roam the island’s sere uplands. Offshore kelp beds shelter brightly colored Garibaldi fish, sea lions and seals. Gray whales pass on their annual migration, and dolphins are a frequent sight. It’s no wonder the island – home to America’s oldest fishing club – continues to woo weekend yachtsmen, deep-sea fishermen and divers as well as casual visitors content to explore Avalon’s quaint lanes.

Note: Your ship will anchor in Avalon and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.

Things to do and see
Avalon
Catalina Casino
Botanical Gardens
Island Interior
Marine Wildlife
Descanso Beach

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Millennia ago, Cabo San Lucas was part of the Mexican mainland. Then a massive rupture of the San Andreas Fault sent the waters of the Pacific crashing into the newly formed depression, creating the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula. Lying at the very tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas – or “Cabo” – is one of the premier resort destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Swim in the transparent waters, marvel at the wealth of marine life, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try your hand at some of the finest sportfishing in the world.

Note: Your ship will anchor in Cabo San Lucas and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.

Things to do and see
El Arco (the Arch) & Lover’s Beach
San José del Cabo
Médano Beach
Todos Santos
Snorkeling
Dolphin Encounter
Whale Watching
Outdoor Adventure

Getaway sailings are also scheduled throughout fall and spring as well.
Source: Princess – https://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/getaway-cruises/