Each fall, there’s a whole lot of hoopla over scenic cruises along the coast of New England, however voyages in the Pacific Northwest can be just as dramatic – and often significantly cheaper than East Coast sailings. In addition, cruises along the West Coast visit ports in California as well, so after taking in the sites you can kick it on the beach. Case in point: this unique autumn sailing that is priced up to 71 percent off rack rates, starting from just $349.
Set sail this September aboard the Golden Princess while it still glitters from its May 2009 makeover, which happens to be the most extensive refurbishment ever conducted by Princess Cruises. Some of its shiny new features include the adults-only Sanctuary, a giant outdoor movie screen, and piazza-style atrium. After embarking from Vancouver, the first stop on this 7-night voyage is nearby Nanaimo, B.C., where outdoor activities abound like bungee jumping, rock climbing, and hiking. After that, the ship visits Victoria, B.C., an area that feels like a little slice of London with traditional teas, double-decker buses, English inns , and cheery pubs.
Next, passenger will spend a day at sea before sailing past the Golden Gate Bridge to colorful San Francisco before sailing on to Catalina Island for a chance to see a more rugged side of California. Before reaching its final port of call in Los Angeles, the Golden Princess will spend the final day anchored in sunny San Diego. The cruise embarks September 20, with interior cabins priced from just $349, and oceanview staterooms are available for just $50 more.