Celebrity Solstice in Santa Barbara

A few months after returning from Puerto Rico, we set off again, this time for Southern California. Somehow, I managed to find my cheapest cruise to date during spring break and on a luxury cruise line. While all cruise lines are cutting costs right now, this was one of the best trips we have had in a while, and if you’ve been following this blog for a bit, we’ve had some good ones lately (I’m looking at you Alaska Cruise, Southern Caribbean Cruise, Western National Parks Road Trip).

Here is a breakdown of the trip report to come:

Day 1: Board Celebrity Solstice in Los Angeles

Day 2: San Diego – La Jolla, Sea Cave Kayaking

Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico – Valle de Guadaloupe Wine Tour

Day 4: San Fransico – Sonoma Wine Tasting

Day 5: San Fransico – Chinatown Food Tour

Day 6: Santa Barbara – Walking Tour, Wine Tasting

Day 7: Return to LA – Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica

Day 8: Disneyland

Day 9: Fly Home

This was my first time in California and this cruise let me see a lot of it. This cruise originally had a stop in Monterey but about two months before sailing, the city of Monterey banned cruise ships so Celebrity changed all the ports. This was my first time on a luxury cruise, my first cruise with an overnight in port, and my first time with U.S. ports after a foreign port. I will be sure to detail how Celebrity handled a customs check in the middle of the sailing because despite what the people of the internet said, we did have to show our passports before disembarking in San Fransisco.

Be sure to check back next week as I begin recapping this trip with our day in San Diego/La Jolla!

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