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Come on a Virtual Cruise!

While we were on a recent cruise of the California Coast, we tried out a new toy.  Over the summer, we heard of a camera that takes time lapse photos and puts them into a movie file.  This was a must have for us!  So we purchased the Brinno TLC200.

We set up the camera to record in 1 second increments, strapped it to our balcony railing and were ready to sail!  Here are the results.

We have not edited the videos at all yet, but wanted to share these with you. It’s a lot of fun going back and reliving the cruise, in fast forward!

Answers to Where in the World is ToaD

Yes, we are getting ready for a new adventure and want to take you along with us. Tomorrow we fly to a destination where we have been before with completely new experiences! A lot of familiar places that have undergone many changes since we last saw them.

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Two Days in San Francisco

Last year when we did the repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver on the Disney Magic, we had an overnight stay in San Francisco.  You can’t imagine how excited we were to spend so much time in the city!  When I found out that Disney would be doing Pacific Coast sailings, I was wishing we would be able to do it again, especially because they would be going to San Diego too.

California is an amazing state to visit.  You can be at the ocean one minute and in the mountains in less than an hour.  You have forests and deserts, big cities and small towns, orange groves and vineyards!  One could spend a lot of time exploring this state.

You can get a glimpse of California by going to Epcot and riding Soarin’ (or the original at Disney’s California Adventure, Soarin’ Over California).

The nice thing about doing this on a Disney Cruise is you get to three areas of the state in a week, without having to unpack.  In San Francisco, you will be there from 8:30 am on Tuesday until 10:30 pm on Wednesday.  This gives you plenty of time to check out the area, maybe even dine at a couple local restaurants before sailing back under the Golden Gate bridge.

From the ship, you’ll be able to see Alcatraz and many areas close to the port.

What can you do with only two days?  There are many shore excursions offered by Disney in San Francisco, but we decided to go on our own.

For those that are interested in seeing Napa or Sonoma, you could take an excursion going up to visit the wineries.  The cruise line offers a couple.  Last time, we got a group together and had a driver to take us around for the day.  We visited four wineries and had a lovely picnic lunch.  If you have a designated driver, you can get a one day car rental from one of the rental companies with offices near Fisherman’s Wharf.  Be aware though, that driving time to the south end of Sonoma will take at least 45 minutes with Napa and areas further north taking more time.  Traffic can be bad coming back at the end of the day.

Head over to the Walt Disney Family Museum.  Keep in mind that this is the history of the Disney family, not with a focus on the theme parks and characters.  Reservations should be made in advance, you can even sign up to do a shore excursion here with transportation included.

Fisherman’s Wharf is within walking distance west of the dock.  Here you can check out the seals basking in the sun or dine on some fantastic seafood.  You can get a ferry over to Alcatraz to tour this infamous prison.  Maybe you want to hop on a cable car and see a bit more of the city.  Or the hop on hop off bus.

If the Giants have a home game, get tickets and head over to the park.  If not, they do offer tours of the park as well.  How about a tour of a chocolate factory?  Get your reservations for TCHO chocolate factory tour.  You can also visit the aquarium at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Go to Chinatown and have some dim sum!

No matter what you do, you are going to realize that San Francisco is a city you will want to come back to, maybe for a longer stay or on another cruise.

Here was my view from our room in the morning.

There still is space on the Pacific Coast sailings this fall starting on September 15 for four sailings.  Not only will you get an overnight stay in San Francisco, your favorite Pixar characters will be onboard as well.  Give us a call today to book your sailing!

Photos From Pacific Coast Cruise, Part 1

Here are photos from the Pacific Coast Cruise. This was an amazing way to see the West Coast without having to drive!

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Alaska or Bust – Hello San Francisco!

We set the alarm for 5:30 am to make sure we were dressed and up on deck for the passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.  I looked outside and saw the sky lighting up in the east.  In the distance I could see the Golden Gate Bridge.  I’m having difficulties with the blog so I cannot add photos right now, but will do so once we are either off the ship in Vancouver or Seattle or back home.

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