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San Diego, California

Posted by on May 12, 2019

San Diego was more than a place to relax before our cruise to Hawaii. So much more that we added more time after our voyage…

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Catalina Island: Island of Romance

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014

Catalina Island is a place to relax, to find adventure, and a renowned island of romance. Just an hour by boat or fifteen minutes by helicopter or private plane from the Los Angeles area, this sunny island resort with crystal clear waters and cool ocean breezes might be a distance of twenty-six miles but it feels a million miles away.

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Palm Springs, California: Sunny Days and Starry Nights in the California Desert

Posted by on May 10, 2014

A favorite of Hollywood, this “Playground of the Stars”, is a two-hour drive from LA. The desert became a popular movie set, and celebrities like Lucy and Desi were often spotted in town. Little Shirley Temple learned to ride a bicycle here.

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Huntington Beach: Surf City USA

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014

More than just a song lyric, the cool and casual California surf scene goes on, with the big waves, sandy beaches, and laid-back lifestyle of Huntington Beach –Surf City USA.

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Irvine, California: A master planned community becomes a convenient vacation hub

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014

With a street system designed to avoid traffic jams and a network of protected open space, parks, and trails, it’s the paragon of what can be accomplished when a city is designed from scratch with the resources to do it right.

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The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014

When we needed a place to stay in the Los Angeles area before our Panama Canal cruise aboard Cunard’s newest ship, the Queen Elizabeth, we thought of Cunard’s legendary Queen Mary. She has been a floating hotel steeped in history and docked in Long Beach, California since ending her transatlantic runs in 1967.

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A Royal Rendezvous of Cunard’s Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships

Posted by on May 13, 2013

On September 25, 1967, as the Queen Mary was about to make her final transatlantic voyage en route to Long Beach, she passed her sister ship, the original Queen Elizabeth. Their captains stood on deck while the ships’ horns sounded.

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