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2019 Best for Dining

15 Nights
Hawaiian Serenade

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Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Honolulu, Kauai ... see more
Cruise Line:
Crystal Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Honolulu
  • Day 8
    Kauai
  • Day 9
    Maui
  • Day 10
    Kona
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Ensenada
  • Day 16
    San Diego
Ship Details

Crystal Symphony - Crystal Cruises

Pros

More options for dining and entertainment than on other luxury ships

Cons

Entry-level cabins are small compared to those of competitors

Bottom Line

A successful blend of luxurious amenities with big-ship choice

Reviews

Crystal Symphony Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
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  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Mexico Cruise

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
Cruise Line:
Windstar Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    La Paz
  • Day 6
    Loreto
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puerto Vallarta
Ship Details

Star Legend - Windstar Cruises

Pros

Upscale, destination-driven yacht that visits off-the-beaten-path ports of call

Cons

Without sails, it lacks some of the panache of Windstar's original iconic ships

Bottom Line

Ideal for active couples seeking a romantic, small ship atmosphere

Reviews

Star Legend Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
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  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

13 Night
South America Cruise

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Isla Coronado ... see more
Cruise Line:
Ponant
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Isla Coronado
  • Day 5
    Isla Danzante
  • Day 6
    Monserrat Island
  • Day 6
    Puerto Agua Verde
  • Day 7
    Bahia Amortajada
  • Day 7
    Punta Colorada
  • Day 8
    Islas Los Islotes
  • Day 8
    Isla Partida
  • Day 8
    Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Day 9
    Isla Cerralvo
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Huatulco
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
Ship Details

Le Soleal - Ponant

Pros

Le Soleal's small size enables it to reach smaller, way off-the-beaten track ports of call

Cons

Ship has a decided French air, which might not appeal to all North Americans or Australians

Bottom Line

Upscale, small ship experience with maximum time in port

Reviews

Le Soleal Reviews

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Overall
0.0/5
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10 Night
Expedition Cruise

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Santa Barbara, Monterey ... see more
Cruise Line:
Windstar Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 3
    Monterey
  • Day 4
    San Francisco
  • Day 5
    San Francisco
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Portland (Oregon)
  • Day 10
    Seattle
  • Day 11
    Vancouver
Ship Details

Star Breeze - Windstar Cruises

Pros

Small-ship cruising, port-intensive itineraries

Cons

Limited entertainment and enrichment activities

Bottom Line

Terrific upscale yet casual cruise line for active travelers

Reviews

Star Breeze Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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Fare Includes

What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

15 Night
Expedition Cruise

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
Cruise Line:
Windstar Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    La Paz
  • Day 6
    Loreto
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 9
    Manzanillo
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Playas del Coco
  • Day 15
    Herradura
  • Day 16
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
Ship Details

Star Legend - Windstar Cruises

Pros

Upscale, destination-driven yacht that visits off-the-beaten-path ports of call

Cons

Without sails, it lacks some of the panache of Windstar's original iconic ships

Bottom Line

Ideal for active couples seeking a romantic, small ship atmosphere

Reviews

Star Legend Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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Fare Includes

What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Shore Excursions

12 Night
South America Cruise

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Monserrat Island ... see more
Cruise Line:
Ponant
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Monserrat Island
  • Day 5
    Puerto Agua Verde
  • Day 6
    Punta Colorada
  • Day 6
    Bahia Amortajada
  • Day 7
    Islas Los Islotes
  • Day 7
    Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Day 7
    Isla Partida
  • Day 8
    Isla Cerralvo
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
Ship Details

L'Austral - Ponant

Pros

All cabins have outside views and itineraries maximize time on land

Cons

Bedroom layouts make rooms seem even smaller; limited storage space

Bottom Line

Choose L'Austral for its adventurous itineraries and upscale vibe

Reviews

L'Austral Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service3.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

13 Night
Central America Cruise

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Isla Coronado ... see more
Cruise Line:
Ponant
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Isla Coronado
  • Day 5
    Isla Danzante
  • Day 6
    Monserrat Island
  • Day 6
    Puerto Agua Verde
  • Day 7
    Bahia Amortajada
  • Day 7
    Punta Colorada
  • Day 8
    Islas Los Islotes
  • Day 8
    Isla Partida
  • Day 8
    Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Day 9
    Isla Cerralvo
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Huatulco
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
Ship Details

Le Soleal - Ponant

Pros

Le Soleal's small size enables it to reach smaller, way off-the-beaten track ports of call

Cons

Ship has a decided French air, which might not appeal to all North Americans or Australians

Bottom Line

Upscale, small ship experience with maximum time in port

Reviews

Le Soleal Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
0.0/5
Cabins
Dining

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