Crown Princess Cruise To Santa Barbara Day 5

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Day five started with this beautiful sunrise as we arrived in Santa Barbara. 

So far this has been my favorite view from our balcony. During the afternoon I spent some time just taking in the sights and sounds. We watched sea lions swim by, and the warm and cool breezes were the perfect touch. 

I noticed that so many different people like to cruise, and it is because a cruise can be anything you want it to me. If you are an adventurous vacationer, you will be very happy on a cruise and especially with the excursions they offer. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, you will be equally as happy. Pete is more into adventures, and I like to relax and on a cruise, even people within the same traveling party can have their vacation just as they would like it.

For this port, we had to take the tenders to shore. We were staged in a dining room, given a number and then when our number was called we were taken to the boats. It was a short 10-minute ride to shore. The girls enjoyed the smaller boat ride, and we considered it an adventure all on its own.

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When you get to shore, you have a few options for the day. 

I advise booking your excursions via Princess Cruises because it takes a lot of planning off your hands. Any issues are resolved by Princess too. Since we'd been to the area multiple times, we decided to just explore a bit and get back on the ship. We enjoyed the amenities on the ship so much that it was fun just enjoying the Crown Princess.

When we were off the ship, we headed right to Stearns Warf. 

Stearns Warf features restaurants on the pier that serve the local's favorite, seafood in all forms. Soup, salad, sandwiches, etc. 

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Since we don't eat seafood, we headed onto State Street for more options. We stopped for lunch and did some souvenir shopping.

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Santa Barbara is known for the beautiful buildings and is a very pedestrian friendly town. If you just want to explore on foot, you will have an awesome time. If you are looking for a more structured itinerary, consider the following family friendly cruise port activities in Santa Barbara that are all a quick Uber drive away.

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Santa Barbara's know for their fabulous wines. Princess Cruises has excursions that showcase them so be sure to explore all of their available excursions. They are adding more and more of them all the time. If you do plan to take a more adult themed excursion, it is good to know that children can stay in the kids clubs while you are in port. During this time they have to have a parent check them in and out in person, which is a great safety feature. We choose to explore together on port days, but Emmy begged us to let her stay in the club because she was having such a great time!

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There are great places to take pictures, and we didn't miss a single one of them!

We found the perfect photo opp spot with the cruise ship as a background! The girls also played in the sand for a few moments and then we headed back to the Crown Princess.

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We were back just in time for afternoon tea.

This time, we decided to have a girls date. Little One brought her new seal friend “snow flake” and she enjoyed some tea too! Each time we have gone for tea they have different cookies, sandwiches, and pastries which are fun because you can try some new treats! The scones are amazing so be sure not to skip those!

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Em and Ash asked to have an early dinner so that they could go to kids club while we ate our dinner.

They requested pizza, so we headed to the pool deck and relaxed while they ate dinner. The pizza is pretty well known because it's really good!

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We got them settled in their kids clubs, and we went to Da Vinci's for Italian Night!

Everyone is dressed up like we are in an Italian Restaurant in Italy. It set the mood and dinner was delicious. 

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I can't even count how many nights in a row I've had some Tiramisu. Each one has been different and delicious. I hope to not break the streak now!

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Then it was 10:00 pm and time to pick the kids up from kids camp. 

You can pay for extended care (charged to your account) at $5 for every hour, but we opt to get her at closing time so she can get some rest for the next day. I had plans to go back out, but the gentle swaying of the boat makes me sleepy, so I stayed in with her. Ashley went out for cookies and milk with her friends while Pete and Maddie went to see the comedy and magic show. It was a full day of fun! 

Next stop is back to our hometown of San Diego! We are planning to be tourists in our own town. It's always a different experience when you see a place through new eyes!

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Have you ever been a tourist in your own town?

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. I am enjoying all your posts so much. Sounds like you and your family are having a wonderful time. I would love to go to Santa Barbara and see the sea lions. Oh, and the food in your post…..oh my!

  2. Beautiful pictures. The food looks amazing (and I am really hungry now). Some day Matt and I will be bale to go on a cruise, but right now it’s just not in the cards for us. We work way to much!

  3. What an awesome experience! Sounds like so much fun. I would love to cruise down the California shoreline. I love that you were able to drop them off and enjoy some alone time.

  4. My family loves to travel in cruise and this is a great review indeed! The pictures are really awesome. A wonderful view of sun rise looks so gorgeous and the foods look so great and very delicious as well. I am sure you had a great time with your family.

  5. YES I love being a tourist in my own town. It is amazing at how much there can be to do if you stay local. Sometimes the deals are even better for those who live there. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  6. This would be totally amazing indeed. I love the back drop of the ship in your pictures it was an excellent idea. The food looks totally amazing. The camp for the kids for babysitting is an amazing idea and it is a great price too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Omg this cruise looks pretty fabulous!!! Looks like y’all had a pretty aweome time. We just love traveling by cruise. So much fun!

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