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Last Chance to Cruise from San Diego to Hawaii before Port of San Diego’s 2013 Cruise Season Ends

Don’t let the Port of San Diego’s 2013 cruise season slip by without an opportunity to take advantage of Celebrity Cruises’ special 15-night Hawaiian voyage that departs from San Diego on April 3, 2013 onboard the Celebrity Century.

last cruise from San Diego to Hawaii in 2013.

Last chance to sail from San Diego to Hawaii in 2013.

After the April 3 sailing, the next cruise like this won’t happen until October 7, 2013.

This relaxing tropical escape on the Celebrity Century departs from the Port of San Diego on April 3, 2013 and includes the cruise, all on-board meals and on-board entertainment starting at just $1,399.

The Celebrity Century will depart from San Diego at 5 p.m. The first five days will be spent at sea on the Pacific Ocean. Use this time to explore the wonderful amenities of the ship, which include three restaurants, several bars and lounges, a theater, casino, spa, boutiques, fitness center and pool.

Oahu : On Day 7, the Celebrity Century makes its first stop at the island of Oahu. Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and has the largest population of them. Highlights include the famous Waikiki Beach and the North Shore, renowned by surfers worldwide. If time permits, take a few hours to enjoy the natural wonder of Diamond Head, an extinct volcano and state monument. There is a trail that leads to its 761-foot summit and the average time it takes to climb to the top is 45 minutes.

Another interesting site in Oahu is the former Dole Plantation, one of Oahu’s most popular tourist attractions. The former pineapple plantation includes one of the world’s largest mazes, with a nearly two mile long path. Built from 11,400 tropical plants, including hibiscus and plumeria, its center includes a garden in the form of a golden pineapple.

If you brought children with you on your cruise, be sure to take them to the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu. The kids will be fascinated by its 400 species of wildlife, which include seals, sharks and sea turtles.

Maui : On Day 8, the Celebrity Century will call on Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Visit Lahaina, an old whaling village where there is plenty of shopping and historic highlights. Check out the Old Lahaina Courthouse and the Banyan Tree Park. Maui’s signature beach is Kaanapali Beach, known as a top spot for sunbathing. For snorkelers, the top spot is Ulua/Mokapu Beach. While you’re stopped in Maui, you must get to a luau. Lahaina and Kaanapali are known to host some of the island’s best.

Kona : Next on the itinerary is Kona, on Hawaii’s western side. On Day 9, the Celebrity Century will stop there. It features a popular seaside village at the base of the 8,271-foot Mt. Kaulalai, with about a mile of oceanfront shops and restaurants.

Following the stop in Kona, the Celebrity Century will set sail toward Hilo . Along the way, you’ll get an up-close look at Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano. It has been erupting continuously since the 1980s, and as you cruise alongside the coast, you may be able to witness stunning lava flows.

Hilo : On Day 10, the ship stops in Hilo. The port is lush and tropical, due to the large amount of rainfall the area receives. The landscape of Hilo includes spectacular waterfalls and flower gardens.

Hilo is the final Hawaiian stop, and the Celebrity Century will then be at sea for five days as it sets sail for Ensenada, Baja California.

Ensenada : Ensenada is a small fishing and commercial port with an abundance of natural beauty. A natural rock formation is located at La Bufadora and the sea explodes into a natural geyser there. Ensenada also has one of Mexico’s finest wine growing areas, the Valley de Guadalupe. Gray whales can often be seen in Todos Santos Bay from December to May.

Following Ensenada, it’s time to return to San Diego . The Celebrity Century is scheduled to arrive in San Diego harbor at 6 a.m. on April 18.

Don’t let your vacation stop there. Extend your trip by booking a room at one of the 16 waterfront hotels on San Diego Bay. Drop your bags off in your room, book an invigorating massage and discover the treasures of the area.

Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at an award-winning restaurant. Hop on the trolley and explore San Diego’s historic past in Old Town. There you can find authentic Mexican crafts, artwork and delectable cuisine.
Nourish your cultural side by visiting Balboa Park. The park boasts 17 museums and 19 gardens spread out amongst 1,200 acres. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo next door and see the new baby panda or the enchanting polar bear exhibit.

San Diego has no shortage of night life and entertainment. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, there are several bars and restaurants where you can sit back and enjoy the music, or put your dancing shoes on and move to it.

After all the sightseeing and nightlife, you will need a day to wind down. Take the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge over to Coronado Island and visit one of the best beaches in America, Coronado Beach. Sit on the back deck of the Victorian-era Hotel del Coronado and sip a cocktail while watching the surf.
There are numerous other ways to extend your San Diego itinerary after leaving the Celebrity Century.

To take advantage of special pricing on the Celebrity Century, go to the Celebrity website . . To read more about upcoming cruise vacations out of the Port of San Diego, go to the city’s website .

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