Wednesday, April 2, 2014
We’ve got orchestra tickets for Mamma Mia! at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! This funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. With hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money,” and the title track, ABBA’s timeless songs propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Lunch is not included.
TRIP #: 556800.S1
TIME: 12:15 pm – 6:30 pm COST: $109R/$136NR
BRUNCH AT CHAMINADE AND HALF MOON BAY
Sunday, April 13, 2014
This relaxing and indulgent day begins with an award winning Sunday brunch at the Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz. High on a hill, the restaurant features not only excellent food, but ocean views as well. The buffet includes dishes such as mosaic raviolis, smoked salmon, roasted potatoes, eggs benedict, sliced bacon, breakfast sausage links, and a carving station with prime rib and other savory items. Alternatively, you could be your own chef and create a fanciful dish at the omelet and waffle station. After brunch, it’s off to one of the quaintest cities along the San Mateo coast, Half Moon Bay. You’ll have time to shop in any of the eclectic mix of stores on Main Street or just relax and enjoy the free time. Weather is always unpredictable along the coast, so please dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.
TRIP #: 556800.S2
TIME: 9:15 am – 4:00 pm COST: $93R/$116NR
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
If you love art, but have never seen Georgia O’Keeffe’s original flower paintings, please join us for this trip to San Francisco’s Art Museums. Our day starts at the deYoung with an early entry to Modern Nature, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George. Experience the incredible luminosity of her magnified botanical compositions, and be delighted by her panoramic landscapes. This exhibit offers a deeper understanding of the spirit of place that was essential to O'Keeffe's artistic evolution. Afterwards you’ll have time to visit other exhibits at the deYoung, such as Shaping Abstraction, and The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress 1933-1936, before heading over to the Legion of Honor, where they are hosting a collection of 70 impressionist paintings from the National Gallery of Art. Lunch is on your own – brown bag it or visit the deYoung’s café – it’s your choice.
TRIP #: 556800.S3
TIME: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm COST: $75R/$94NR
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Let your inner pirate out and join us for a sea chantey sing-along on the Balclutha at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Led by a Maritime National Historical Park ranger, this evening event features authentic sailing songs from the days of the tall-masted sailing ships and just a bit of history about that era. You’ll enjoy an on-board break with hot apple cider, hot chocolate or coffee before heading home. But your evening begins with dinner at Delancy Street where your entrée choices will be: A) Serious Soulfood Gumbo, with crab, chicken, shrimp, sausage, and rice (spicy); B) Blackened Meatloaf, served with garlic mashed potatoes and glazed carrots; C) Rotisseried Rosemary and Garlic Chicken, served with sautéed vegetables, or D) Latin Scallop Ceviche. All meals also include chips and salsa, onion rings, and an organic field greens salad for starters, chocolate mousse for dessert, and your choice of non-alcoholic beverages. It's almost a quarter-mile walk out to the ship, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring warm jacket and dress in layers for the night chill.
TRIP #: 556800.S4
TIME: 3:45 pm – 11:30 pm COST: $84R/$105NR
CSI IN SAN JOSE
Friday, May 9, 2014
Once again, Dr. Steven Lee, of the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University, has invited us to spend some time with him and his students learning the truth about Forensic Studies and Crime Scene Investigations. You’ll get a chance to investigate a mock crime, order tests and request analysis of evidence as you separate fact from fiction. This is your chance to learn first-hand how accurate or inaccurate TV’s presentation of crime scene analysis really is. But our day starts with lunch at the Sonoma Chicken Coop with a simple buffet style lunch with chicken and salmon entrees, salad, sides, and your choice of non-alcoholic drinks. After lunch, Dr. Lee will lead you through some hands-on demos in addition to the forensic analysis. You’ll break in the afternoon for dessert, and form teams to share your ideas about the crime, and brain storm possible solutions. This is going to be one incredibly fun day. Please sign up early if you don’t want to miss out!
TRIP #: 556800.S5
TIME: 11:00 am – 6:15 pm COST: $117R/$146NR
TENTACLES AT THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Be among the first to see Tentacles, the newest exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Costing in excess of $3 million, it features seldom seen squid, octopuses, and chambered nautiluses, many of whom have never before been exhibited at any aquarium. If all goes as planned, you’ll see a school of foot-long bigfin reef squid, giant Pacific octopuses, the mimic octopus, and the world’s smallest squid. Don’t miss this chance to see these very alien, but highly intelligent animals. Lunch is on your own, but with a self-service café and a full service restaurant onsite as well as dozens of eateries in town, you’re sure to find a great lunch! After lunch, you’ll get a very special one-hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Aquarium. You'll learn about exciting research projects and how they prepare food for over 10,000 animals. You'll also get a glimpse of the exhibits—from the other side of the window!
TRIP #: 556800.S6
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm COST: $108R/$135NR
ART DECO IN SAN FRANCISCO
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
You’ll get a new in-depth appreciation of Art Deco art and architecture on this driving and walking tour from our step-on guides provided by the Art Deco Society of California. You’ll visit the Old Rincon Post Office with its 27 murals, and stop at the Aquatic Park Bathhouse/Maritime Museum. Your guides will discuss both the historical and design significance of the 1930’s and 1940’s when many of these masterpieces were created. We'll break for lunch in the middle of the day at the delightful Beach Chalet with its early 1930’s murals and its beautiful ocean views. Entrée choices will be: A) VFW Beer Battered Fish and Chips, served with housemade tartar sauce, French fries and cole slaw; B) Chalet Cheeseburger, with cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, and French fries; or C) Arugula and Chicken Salad, with shredded chicken, strawberries, avocado, snow peas, preserved lemon vinaigrette, and almonds. Lunch will also include a cup of New England style clam chowder as a starter, New York cheesecake with berry compote for dessert, and your choice of coffee, iced tea, or soft drinks.
TRIP #: 556800.S7
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm COST: $101R/$126NR
A DAY IN THE REDWOODS
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Our day begins with a leisurely tour of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park led by Ranger Dan, a California State Parks Interpretive Ranger. This walk through the magnificent coastal redwoods in Felton is on level ground on a recently refurbished trail that is wheelchair accessible. Afterwards, it’s off to Casa Nostra Italian Restaurant for lunch, where your meal choices will be: A) Tilapia Alla Putanesca, fresh tilapia filet with green olives, black olives, capers, tomato, and garlic; B) Short Ribs, boneless short ribs with carrots, celery, onions, Italian herbs in red wine reduction; C) Cannelloni di Pollo, homemade chicken cannelloni in aurora sauce; or D) Melanzana Alla Parmigiana, classic eggplant parmigiana. All meals start with a salad, include sauted vegetables and roasted potatoes with the entrée, a homemade cannoli for dessert and your choice of non-alcoholic drinks. After lunch just sit back and enjoy the ride home as we travel through the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains on scenic Highway 9 through Boulder Creek and into Saratoga before returning home.
TRIP #: 556800.S8
TIME: 9:00 am – 4:45 pm COST: $94R/$118NR
Direct from Broadway to the Golden Gate Theatre, Pippin, the Musical, is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics. Join us for a magical, unforgettable new Pippin! Show only, lunch is not included.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
TRIP #: 356800.F1
TIME: 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm COST: $124R/$155NR