September 1, 2018
Day 1: Fly to San Francisco
Hop on one of the city’s iconic cable cars, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, take the boat trip to Alcatraz, dine in one of the city’s charming restaurants, or cycle the trail along the waterfront from the Embarcadero to Golden Gate Park. With so much to explore, we share a round-up of what there is to explore in San Francisco!
Stroll through Fisherman’s Wharf
Visit the world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront to see the sea lions basking in the sun. Grab a lighter lunch from the fresh seafood stalls to sample the local cuisine – Dungeness crab with crusty sourdough bread. The marketplace is bustling with souvenir shops, offering visitors the opportunity to take something home to remember their trip!
Immerse yourself in the history of Alcatraz
Located 1.5 miles from Fisherman’s Wharf in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz – also known as The Rock – was the site of the first
lighthouse in the Western United States, and became a maximum-security prison in 1934, with notorious inmates such as Al Capone, Doc and Ma Barker. The Rock is now part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge spans from San Francisco to Marin Bay, and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Opened in 1937 following a four-year construction, the opportunity to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge should not be missed for the incredible views over the city. The striking colour is an orange vermillion, chosen by consulting architect Irving Morrow to complement its natural environment and maximise visibility in fog. If you are a little more experienced and feeling adventurous, you can cross the bridge and continue up to Hendrik Point for incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, set in front of the San Francisco skyline.
Explore the history of Chinatown
San Francisco boasts the oldest Chinatown in the US – and the neighbourhood has a rich history as being the first area of large-scale migration from the Pearl River Delta in the 19th century. Present-day Chinatown is a square mile in the city-centre with a diverse mix of housing, temples, shops, markets and bakeries. It is easy to spend a day exploring the streets of Chinatown, perusing the shops and savouring the authentic cuisine. And it seems any visitor to San Francisco shouldn’t skip over this district!
Indulge in some retail therapy
Take a cable car to The Mission District, awash with boutiques and vintage stores. As the sun dips, you can relax in one of the trendy cafés, bars or restaurants and soak up the laid-back atmosphere. Or if designer is more your style, take a stroll down Union Street and indulge in Coach, Cartier and Prada, or treat yourself in Barneys New York and Macy’s. And just a brisk 10-minute walk away is Bloomingdales, every shopper’s dream! Next stop is Hayes Valley for independent boutiques. Enjoy a morning coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee, window shop in Ver Unica for vintage pieces and up-and-coming labels, then check out Propeller for stylish home décor.
Day 2: At leisure
Day 3: Hike in Yosemite National Park
To experience the nature of San Francisco, hike the forest trails of Yosemite National Park and the Giant Sequoias. The tour requires an early start but is definitely worth the wake up call, as you will experience incredible landmarks and scenery such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Village.
Day 4: At leisure
Day 5: Fly to Seattle, Washington & embark Ovation of the Seas
What can you expect on board a Quantum Class ship?
Experience a two70 performance
By day, the sweeping 270 windows offer some of the most incredible views on-board. And by night, this transforms before your eyes into the most exciting, multi-dimensional entertainment space at sea!
Take in the scenery from North Star
See the world from brand new heights on North Star, rising 300ft above the ocean for breath-taking views of the scenery. Are you brave enough?
Take a leap on RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea. Or try your surfing skills on Flowrider – our signature surf simulator is a hit with everyone from surfing pros to beginners. Go freestyle or learn from one of the experts – just make sure you don’t wipe out!
Enjoy the view
Our Quantum Class ships are home to the most spacious and luxurious staterooms ever, making you feel perfectly comfortable in your home away from home! The industry-first Virtual Balcony staterooms, which offer real-time views of the ocean and ports are available for interior staterooms.
Royal Caribbean has teamed up with Jamie Oliver
to offer diners Jamie’s Italian on-board, in addition to high-quality, speciality eateries including Chops Grille, Wonderland and Silk.
Families will be thrilled by the on-board entertainment in the Sea-Plex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea. Try out your driving skills on the dodgems, perfect your roller skating or practice your acrobatic skills at circus school.
Day 6: At sea
Day 7: Adventure in Alaska
Sailing Alaska’s inside passage will immerse a traveller in the breath-taking Alaskan landscape – picture-perfect fjords, rainforests and coastal mountains. From grand glaciers and waterways to reminiscent Gold Rush towns, visitors have vast sight-seeing opportunities to discover. Visit Alaska’s capital Juneau which sits at the foot of Mount Roberts. Hop on the tram and climb 1,800 ft to an alpine area with adventurous hiking trails and views of Gastineau Channel.
Day 8: Explore Skagway
Hop off-board at Skagway to explore the historic town and spectacular natural landscape. Skagway’s charm lies in its preservation of buildings from the Gold Rush era, retaining the feel of 19th-century life in the small town. Many artists call Skagway home, with their work showcased in the downtown shops. Look for the ‘Made in Skagway’ logo for products that are sourced and crafted locally. Skagway offers a range of outdoor activities to experience and the more active visitor can enjoy hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowmobiling and fishing. And don’t forget to look out for the local wildlife! Bears, deer, eagles, mountain goats and harbour seals are all habitants of the vast landscape.
Day 9: Endicott Arm Dawes Glacier
The scenery of Endicott Arm will leave you in awe. You can expect striking mountains, deep valleys, stunning azure water and towering waterfalls.
Day 10: At sea
Day 11: Discover Victoria, British Columbia
There is so much to explore in the picturesque city of Victoria, set amid the breath-taking beauty of Vancouver Island. The city has transformed in recent years and is now home to vast gardens and parks, vividly painted bohemian shops, lively bars and a celebrated local food scene. The city is eminently accessible by foot, or you can hop on a bike to explore. For a more laid-back afternoon, have a wander around the 55 acres of vibrant floral displays at Butchart Gardens. Beyond the charming downtown waterfront, Victoria’s British colonial past shows in its architecture, including the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion. The city’s museums celebrate the area’s heritage and cultures.
Day 12: Fly home to the UK
Join Royal Caribbean for a 4-night stay in San Francisco, a full day tour of Yosemite Park & the Giant Sequoias, and a 7-night Alaskan Glacier Cruise on-board Ovation of the Seas! Flying from regional airports with private overseas transfers included – interior stateroom from £2799pp.
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