There are vacations, and then there are escapes. Along the gently rolling California coast is a seaside paradise known as Santa Barbara. Unlike its fast-paced neighbors of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Santa Barbara is a town of charm and tranquility nestled in the American Riviera. The sun-splashed stucco city is a seaside escape where mountains meet the ocean. Known for its world-renowned vineyards, golden valleys, arts and culture, and exceptional culinary scene, Santa Barbara is a haven for exploration and adventure. Santa Barbara has near-endless amount of activities and experiences that make it hard to plan a day trip itinerary. Here are 5 cruise shore excursions to experience the best of Santa Barbara.

If there's one cruise line that has been a cultural icon representing cruises from the west coast, it is Princess. The 2021 and 2022 cruise seasons are just around the corner and now is a great time to start saving for a full transit Panama Canal cruise. 

One of the first things you'll notice when cruising is that cruise ships have a VERY loud horn that while it could be used like your car's horn - actually has a more sophisticated use. While you might just blast your car's horn at a driver that cuts you off, or tap it to let someone know they can go, cruise ships have an internationally recognized set of horn signals that lets everyone around them know exactly what's going on.

When thinking about taking a perfect romantic cruise, most folks think about the Caribbean, Hawaii, or maybe even the Mediterranean but we love cruising on the west coast! That’s why we’ve decided to put together our picks for the top five most romantic cruise ports in California, Mexican Riviera, and British Columbia. Sorry, Alaska and Hawaii … I’m not counting you guys this time.

Crystal Symphony spent some time sailing out of San Diego this winter and we were fortunate to be invited to visit her for a tour. While Symphony may not be the newest, biggest, or fanciest ship in terms of amenities - she is certainly one of the grandest. As a small ship experience that focuses more on the voyage, rather than the ship as a destination, it was impressive to see that it still had all the things that you ultimately need on a cruise.