After the Jesuits built a series of missions along the coast of Alta California, the Spaniards established a port in 1781 as a supply stop for their coastal shipping routes. With the arrival of the transcontinental railroad and the discovery of oil, people began to arrive in droves. In 1923 the much-photographed giant letters were erected on the hill, and the golden age of Hollywood was born. The scale of Los Angeles, 90 miles long by 50 miles wide, defies belief.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minivan

    RICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • L.a. Highlights & Getty Center

    Although primarily a panoramic tour of L.A.'s most notable landmarks, this superb excursion also incorporates a visit to the Getty Center, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the Center's lovely gardens and art collection.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will travel straight to downtown Los Angeles to take in the considerable sights. At the corner of Hollywood and Highland, which is the heart of old Hollywood, you'll see Mann's Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater, and be able to take a stroll along the Walk of Fame, where more than 2,400 Hollywood icons are immortalized with a star imbedded in the pavement.

    Another famed entertainment venue is the Los Angeles Music Center, which is a complex of theaters that includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, a burnished stainless-steel structure reminiscent of his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. You will also drive along iconic Sunset Boulevard down to chic Beverly Hills and world-famous Rodeo Drive, its most fashionable thoroughfare.

    Los Angeles' artistic side reveals itself at the Getty Center, where you will enjoy free time to browse the exhibits and gardens at your leisure. Among the collections are masterpieces by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Monet and Van Gogh. There is also an elegant restaurant and a café at the center, where you may purchase lunch.

    After a visit of approximately 2-hours, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 3/4 hours of moderate to strenuous walking. There are steps to negotiate at the Music Center. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing which should include a sweater or jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes is suggested.

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  • Discover Los Angeles

    See the icons of L.A., from The Music Center to the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s) to the original Farmer’s Market on this all-encompassing tour.

    Starting off from the pier, you will enjoy a definitive panoramic tour of the “City of Angels”, with stops at some of L.A.’s most recognized landmarks. Traveling along, you will pass some of its most renowned sporting venues, including the Coliseum, which has hosted two Olympics, and the Staples Center, home to the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and Kings.

    It’s only natural that there will be plenty of photo opportunities being that Los Angeles is home to so many movie stars. You will make a brief stop at The Music Center, a complex of theaters that includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, a burnished stainless-steel structure reminiscent of his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. One of the most famous stops is at TCL Chinese Theatre. Its forecourt features the handprints and footprints of nearly 200 Hollywood legends, including Gloria Swanson, Clint Eastwood and Brad Pitt. Then, enjoy some free time to stroll Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, where more than 2,400 Hollywood icons are immortalized with a star imbedded in the pavement.

    You will also visit the sprawling Farmer’s Market, where you can grab a snack or wander into The Grove, a chic shopping district.

    After a wonderful time taking in the sights of this legendary city of dreams, you will travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, plus any walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are steps to negotiate at the Music Center and Farmers’ Market. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing which should include a sweater or jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes is suggested.

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  • Secrets of the Orange County Coast

    A delightful blend of the old and new, this tour visits the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, lovely Roger's Gardens, and is capped off with lunch at an exquisite restaurant in Laguna Beach.

    Your day begins with a drive south into picturesque Orange County. Along the way, you will pass through Long Beach, where the Queen Mary is permanently berthed as a floating hotel, and Huntington Beach, the birthplace of the California surf culture. Other scenic highlights include posh, yacht-dotted Newport Beach and Dana Point, one of the loveliest coastal areas in Southern California.

    Upon arriving at the San Juan Capistrano Mission, you will explore this historic landmark where Orange County was founded in 1776. Originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish padres and Native Americans, the mission was a center of agriculture, education and religion. The original chapel, where Father Serra celebrated Mass, still stands. The Mission has also been made famous by the return of the swallows. Miraculously, each year on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day, these small birds return to the Mission where they will spend their summer. During your visit, take time to meander through the beautiful flora and shop for antiques, linens and gourmet items.

    The mission's gardens are simply inspirational, as are Roger's Gardens just up the coast in Corona del Mar.

    The location for lunch on this tour is equally stunning. You will enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at dramatic Las Brisas, a restaurant which perches on a cliff overlooking the sea in Laguna Beach. The building originally opened in 1938 as the Victor Hugo Inn and has been offering prime views and spectacular cuisine ever since.

    Your tour comes to a close with a leisurely drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing which should include a sweater or jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes is suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • The Getty Villa

    A tribute to the glory of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artistic expression, this tour visits the esteemed Getty Villa and museum in Malibu.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will head north, making a brief stop along the way at the gorgeous Santa Monica beach for photos. Your route takes you along the famous Pacific Coast Highway and before long, you will arrive at the Getty Villa in Malibu, where more than 1,200 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities are on display. The museum, which opened in 1973, is modeled on a 1st century Roman villa discovered near Herculaneum, the Italian town that was destroyed along with Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

    More than $275 million was spent recently to expand the museum and villa to their present forms. The result is stunning. The collection of antiquities ranges from ancient drinking vessels and clay figurines to classical Greek and Roman statuary, art objects, and jewelry. The museum also houses an impressive number of rare manuscripts, drawings, paintings and decorative arts. But not all the treasures lie inside.

    The grounds of the Getty Villa feature an aromatic garden of herbs used by the ancient Romans, reflecting pools, ornate fountains, and covered walkways leading to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

    Following your guided visit, feel free to browse the gift shop for books, cards and apparel before it's time to rejoin your coach for the drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing which should include a sweater or jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes is suggested.

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  • Explore Laguna Beach

    Enjoy free time in lovely Laguna Beach, an artistic village-like setting where you may browse the boutiques and galleries, walk along the boardwalk or simply relax and people watch.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a picturesque drive to Laguna Beach, one of California’s earliest incorporated cities. Over the years, it has fiercely preserved its natural beauty, passionately promoted the arts, and developed a village-like atmosphere, especially along the streets that end by the waterfront at Main Beach Park. The breathtaking geography and mild climate have made it a natural enclave for artists, as evidenced by the many galleries and studios found here.

    You may spend your time in Laguna Beach however you wish. The boardwalk along the beach is ideal for a leisurely stroll, maybe up to Heisler Park, where you will find a sculpture with beams salvaged from the World Trade Center. St. Francis by the Sea is an unusual church worth a look, as it’s the world’s second smallest with seats for only 42 people.

    If you’re passionate about shopping, Laguna Beach will not disappoint. The downtown is full of one-of-a-kind boutiques, many of them featuring chic casual clothing and beachwear. The art galleries are abundant with paintings of the beautiful beach just steps away, or the tidal pools along the coast.

    The downtown village also draws serious foodies, as there are no large chains or franchises. Cuisines range from California Contemporary to Japanese. If you want to enjoy a snack or a glass of California wine, Laguna Beach offers the ideal setting. You’ll have just over 2 1/2 hours here before it’s time to re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier. Those who are not at the appointed place at the appointed time for the transfer will be responsible for making their own way back to the pier, at their own expense.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is at the guests’ discretion while in Laguna Beach. You may encounter uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive Walking Tour

    Shop along glittery Rodeo Drive, the most renowned and ultra-luxurious street in Beverly Hills, especially the three-block area with one glamorous designer shop after another.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely I hour drive inland to Beverly Hills, perhaps the most glamorous, well-heeled city in metropolitan Los Angeles and above all, a small town for the wealthy. Less than six square miles in size, Beverly Hills is strictly a neighborhood of homes and shops. The city has churches, but it has no smokestacks; it has restaurants, but no industry; boutiques, but no billboards; parks, but no eyesores. There's not even a hospital or a cemetery in the city to remind the residents of their mortality. It has been said that, technically, no one is born or dies in Beverly Hills. Despite the beauty of the residential neighborhoods and landmarks such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, shopping reigns supreme in Beverly Hills, especially along beautiful Rodeo Drive.

    Upon arrival, you will have a walking tour to introduce you to the area’s highlights and then you will be turned loose to explore this legendary shopping mecca at your own pace. The epicenter of luxury and fashion in Los Angeles for nearly 50 years, the list of shops and boutiques reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s most famous designers. Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Rolex and Versace are but a few of the world-renowned shops. This is truly one of the world’s finest collection of shops and boutiques, so be assured that whatever you wish for in luxury merchandise is here on fabled Rodeo Drive.

    You’ll have just under 2 hours here before it’s time to re-join your coach and transfer back to the pier. Those who are not at the appointed place at the appointed time for the transfer will be responsible for making their own way back to the pier, at their own expense.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion. You may encounter uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate casual chic clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Motor coaches are required to drop guests a few blocks away from Rodeo Drive but a few minutes of walking will bring you to heart of the shopping district.

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  • Stars and Space

    Behold the wonders of astronomy and the history of space exploration at the Griffith Park Observatory and California Space Center.

    From the pier, you’ll head north into Los Angeles, passing downtown skyscrapers, and travelling through the Silverlake and Los Feliz areas, en route to the Observatory at Griffith Park. The observatory and lush park below are named for Griffith J. Griffith, who donated the land in 1919 and specified the observatory’s features in his will. Located on Mount Hollywood, the grounds are one of the best places to see the famed Hollywood sign. There is also a bust of actor James Dean outside. Some of the most memorable scenes in his breakthrough 1955 movie “Rebel Without a Cause” were shot at the observatory.

    Upon arrival you are cast in the role of an observer and provided with opportunities to see and do real observing in authentic environments. Exploring fundamental questions - what do we observe, how do we observe it, and why it is important? Additional exhibits prompt visitors to ponder their own relationship with the universe. Following the experience at the observatory and pausing for photos of the Hollywood sign, you’ll depart for the California Science Center,

    The California Science Center provides an innovative model for science learning by combining exhibits with an on-site Science Center School and Amgen Center for Science Learning as well as a teacher professional development program. More exciting is that it has become home to the retired Space Shuttle Endeavor. Housed temporally in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, the space craft and is surrounding science and hardware are on display. Begin with a short video presentation of its career and commanders before exploring a companion exhibit featuring artifacts from Endeavour and the external fuel tank. Then it’s on the see the craft itself up close.

    Make a final stop at the on-site shop before it’s time to head back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes a few steps. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • The Legendary Queen Mary

    Explore the majestic Queen Mary, one of the world’s most storied vessels to make regular transatlantic crossings, carrying celebrities and royalty alike.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Queen Mary, a legendary ocean liner that embarked on her maiden voyage in 1936. Long retired from ocean travel, the venerable vessel is now permanently docked in Long Beach, where she serves as a hotel, event venue, and historical reminder of the Golden Age of transatlantic crossings.

    Before the modern cruise ships of today there was an era known as the “Golden Age of Travel.” Mostly a romantic recollection of international glitterati traversing the North Atlantic via ocean liners, where everyone dressed to a “T” and partied nighty throughout the voyage. In reality the ships were small, lacked air-conditioning and had no stabilizers.

    As you will discover during your time aboard, the Queen Mary had quite the career at sea. In the late 1930s, she was the world’s grandest ocean liner and routinely carried royalty and celebrities. She set speed records that lasted more a decade.

    During World War II, the ship was repainted gray as camouflage, stripped of her luxurious amenities, and used to transport Allied troops. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. After the end of WWII, she began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. Following that, she resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic on July 21, 1947. She was finally retired in 1967, after completing 1,001 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean.

    While touring the Queen Mary, you will hear anecdotal stories about her famous passengers, advanced technologies and glory days as the grandest ship at sea. You may even discover if the ship is haunted, as people claim it has paranormal hot spots.

    During free time, you might explore other areas of the ship such as the model gallery, which features to scale replicas of ships such as the Queen Mary 2, Lusitania and the Britannia or you may wish to purchase entry into the Ghosts & Legends tour or the Diana – Legacy of a Princess exhibits. You will also have the opportunity to shop for memorabilia.

    At the appointed time and location, you’ll meet your guide for the return to the ship. Those who miss the transfer will be responsible for making their own way back to the pier, at their own expense.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes steps and stairs to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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