Los Angeles Times expeditions

California Coast Tour with L.A. Times Expeditions

Setting sail Nov. 3, 2018, enjoy an exclusive 7-day voyage onboard Ruby Princess with L.A. Times experts

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From sun and stars to vistas and vineyards, Princess® takes you on a scenic seven-day voyage along the California coast to stunning landscapes, charming coastal towns, scenic wine country and the historic mission trail of the Golden State. Join Los Angeles Times journalists and culinary experts to experience California’s natural beauty and culinary delights. Throughout the voyage, enjoy exclusive cocktail receptions, specially curated excursions, cooking demonstrations, lively lectures and intimate dinners with your L.A. Times experts.

Ready to Book this Exclusive Voyage?

Call +1-800-901-1172 (US toll-free), ext. 41829 and ask about the L.A. Times Expeditions cruise.
Voyage itinerary map showing ports on the Pacific Coast of United States and Baja, California, Mexico. San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ensenada.

The Itinerary

The itinerary begins with a day at sea, where you’ll enjoy the spectacular Ruby Princess, with fine dining, an award-winning spa, wine tastings and more. In San Francisco, explore the Presidio, a Historic Landmark, the quaint town of Sausalito and the Muir Woods. Next, visit Carmel-by-the-Sea, a coastal haven and the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. After another relaxing day at sea, explore the treasures of San Diego, including award-winning tacos. Finally, embark on an eating tour of Ensenada with a renowned expert on Latin American cuisine.

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  • Explore California’s most emblematic locations with award-winning L.A. Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds.
  • Learn to make refreshing ceviche, crunchy battered tacos de pescado (fish tacos) and colorful salsa, and then sample your creations.
  • Walk among the redwoods and learn about them as a scientific marvel, California icon and point of contention.
  • Enjoy a selection of California wines, partake in the Silverado Wine Blending event and savor locally-inspired cuisine.
  • Enjoy a luxurious treatment at the Lotus Spa, or relax in the sun by one of the many freshwater pools.

Description of Days

  • Nov. 3: Sail Away - Los Angeles
  • Nov. 4: Relax & Rejuvenate – At Sea and Cooking Demo (Formal Night)
  • Nov. 5: Sausalito and Muir Woods - San Francisco
  • Nov. 6: 17 Mile Drive and Carmel-by-the-Sea - Monterrey
  • Nov. 7: Special Guest presentation and Fine Dining (Formal Night)
  • Nov. 8: The Birthplace of California - San Diego
  • Nov. 9: Ensenada Tasting Tour - Ensenada
  • Nov. 10: Return to Port - Los Angeles

Ready to Book this Exclusive Voyage?

Call +1-800-901-1172 (US toll-free), ext. 41829 and ask about the L.A. Times Expeditions cruise.

Daily Itinerary

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Nov. 3, Day 1: Bon Voyage!

Sail Away

Welcome aboard the Ruby Princess!

After settling in and exploring the ship, join us this evening for a welcome reception featuring your L.A. Times experts and fellow Expeditions travelers.

Dinner will take place in the intimate Crown Grill, a dining experience in a classically elegant setting with an open kitchen where chefs prepare and cook to order top-quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood.

Chef performing cooking demonstration in onboard theatre.

Nov. 4, Day 2: At Sea

Relax and Rejuvenate

Onboard, experience a selection of California wines and locally-inspired cuisine, relax in the Lotus Spa or lounge by one of the freshwater pools.

Today, you have the special opportunity to learn about the delicious history and emerging food trends of Baja California with Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter, and award-winning food writer, Bill Esparza, as they demonstrate classic and creative dishes sure to satisfy.

Sample and learn how to make refreshing ceviche, crunchy battered tacos de pescado (fish tacos) and colorful salsa recipes inspired by Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

Tonight, enjoy a formal dinner at Share, award-winning chef Curtis Stone’s first restaurant at sea.

empty path wanderin through a forest of redwood trees

Nov. 5, Day 3: San Francisco

Sausalito and Muir Woods

Your full-day tour of the city, led by L.A. Times travel writer Chris Reynolds, begins with a scenic drive through Fisherman’s Warf, and continues to explore the Presidio, a Historic Landmark and former Army base.

Learn the strange legacy of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition at the Warming Hut, a historic wood frame structure built in 1909.

Stop at the northern vista point of the Golden Gate Bridge and hear surprising stories about the bridge and the rugged slopes of the Marin Headlands.

Then it's off to Sausalito, a quaint town known as the "Venice of California."

Next, visit the Muir Woods National Monument, a 550-acre forest, home to the Coastal Redwoods. Walk beneath some of the planet’s largest living organisms and hear about the redwoods as a scientific marvel, California icon and point of contention.

Tonight’s dinner will be hosted by L.A. Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter, at a local farm-to-table restaurant and features a conversation with the chef.

cypress trees on an oceanside bluff

Nov. 6, Day 4: Monterey

17 Mile Drive and Carmel-by-the-Sea

Chris Reynolds will be your guide on this day of natural beauty and local history.

Enjoy the 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world, which runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. It showcases Monterey's natural rocky coastline with unobstructed views of the Pacific, the wildlife of the peninsula and the famed Monterey cypress trees completing a stunning picture. Hear how the Lone Cypress, a picturesque icon of the Monterey Peninsula, became a symbol for the exclusive communities of Pebble Beach.

Continuing to Carmel-by-the-Sea, learn about the charming village’s early bohemian years and modern-day quirks. At the Carmel Mission, hear about California’s only Catholic saint and the debates that continue nearly 250 years after the start of California’s mission system.

Return to the ship for dinner tonight at the Chef’s Table. (First come, first served - limited capacity. Reservations to be made by September 15th.)

Guests enjoying a meal inside one of our specialty restaurants.

Nov. 7, Day 5: At Sea (Formal Night)

Fine Dining and Cooking Demos

Enjoy another relaxing day at sea.

Today features a presentation by award-winning L.A. Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds where he reveals what he’s learned and covers some of his favorite California adventures and undiscovered locales.

Tonight, enjoy dinner in Main Dining Room.

single plated shrimp taco

Nov. 8, Day 6: San Diego

The Birthplace of California

Join Noelle Carter, L.A. Times Test Kitchen director, and Bill Esparza, James Beard award-winning culinary expert, to explore handpicked local sights and tastes.

Visit the Cabrillo National Monument, perched at the tip of Point Loma, that commemorates the landing of the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542.

Explore Old Town San Diego, originally the site of a Spanish mission and fortress, and considered the birthplace of California.

Visit the Old Town Tequila Factory and watch tortillas as they're freshly prepared for your lunch, and enjoy a tasting of three tequilas.

Next, sample award-winning tacos and view Chicano murals in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood. Your culinary journey ends at a vibrant coffee shop, which serves up everything from Italian-style espresso to 'Mexican Mocha,' and fresh fruit juices called 'agua frescas'.

Enjoy a group dinner tonight at the Salty Dog Gastropub.

stone paved stairs leading up an oceanside bluff

Nov. 9, Day 7: Ensenada

Ensenada Tasting Tour

Noelle Carter and Bill Esparza introduce you to the city’s best culinary delights on a three-and-a-half-hour tasting tour.

From the ship, you'll travel through the streets of the city founded by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 with stops at out-of-the-way foodie favorites.

Visit five delicious destinations: Tacos Marco Antonio, a popular taco stand serving up fresh and flavorful street tacos; Muelle 3, acclaimed for its just-caught seafood and spectacular views of the harbor; Manzanilla, whose cuisine is a savory mix of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors; La Guerrerense, a local favorite famous for its sea urchin tostada; and Vinos Ensenada, where you can sample Baja wines.

Return to the ship for a farewell cocktail party.

Tonight’s dinner will be in the main dining room.

Ready to Book this Exclusive Voyage?

Call +1-800-901-1172 (US toll-free), ext. 41829 and ask about the L.A. Times Expeditions cruise.

Expedition Experts

Noelle Carter

Noelle Carter

As a chef and L.A. Times Test Kitchen director, Noelle Carter oversees the testing of all recipes that appear in The Times. In addition, she writes features and contributes to Food’s Daily Dish blog. Carter is also a regular contributor to "The Splendid Table" radio program. A native Southern Californian, she holds a degree in film from the University of Southern California and, when she’s not cooking, loves watching old movies.

Chris Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the L.A. Times since 1990. Since 2009, he’s climbed Mayan pyramids, roamed Red Square in a snowstorm, been shushed at the New York Public Library and jumped from the tallest building in Soweto. He is also the curator and chief writer of the L.A. Times’ California Bucket List, a collection of adventures and destinations that no Californian should do without. Reynolds recently was named Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.

Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza is a James Beard Award-winning writer and leading voice on Latin American cuisines. He is a regular guest on food television for Andrew Zimmerman and Phil Rosenthal and his engaging writing style and passion for culture have made Esparza an icon in the culinary scene. His knowledge has been acquired the old-fashioned way, from firsthand experience on the streets and at the stands and markets of Los Angeles, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America and his grandmother’s table.

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