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California Cruise
updated: May 09, 2014, 10:31 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Anyone ever taken a cruise off the Calif coast from SoCal to NorCal? National members of my online support group would like to gather info on such a trip. Need easy arrival and departure from/to points east for many members. Would like to stop in Avalon, SB, Monterey and SF.

Any local travel offices which are specialists?

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 COMMENT 517775 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 03:08 PM

No - but it sounds interesting. Good luck with the research.

We certainly have a lot of cruise ships dropping by Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 517788P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 03:37 PM

Please don't get me started on those superabundant, super colossal, super polluting cruise ships.


 COMMENT 517804 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 04:36 PM

You can get me started. They are beautiful, fun and a great way to take a vacation.


 COMMENT 517817 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 05:24 PM

Yes, I've done the Disney Cruise that went from Los Angeles to San Francisco for two days, then a stop in Mexico and San Diego before returning to LA. It was wonderful! I also like Royal Caribbean cruise line which may have the stops you are looking for. Cruises are so much fun - hope you have a good time!


 COMMENT 517818P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 05:35 PM

I know that the Princess cruise line is one that has docked here, not sure if there are others. But maybe you could try their website. I've been curious about this myself but haven't gotten around to researching it yet.


 COMMENT 517825 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 06:30 PM

They're a lot of fun and the California coast trips are pretty reasonable. Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco, Catalina, and Ensenada are common stops. Others include Oregon, Seattle, and Vancouver.
ALL of them go to at least one foreign port or they aren't allowed to have onboard gambling.
(that give you an idea of how profitable the shipboard casinos must be?) You can easily check them out on Expedia or any travel website.


 COMMENT 517826 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-09 06:36 PM

Sailed aboard the tall ship "Lady Washington" from Ventura harbor to San Francisco bay. No casinos, buffets, or room service, but a true adventure indeed. It was a challenge not to get thrown from one's bunk in the rolling swells while rounding point Concepcion! And the midnight to 4am watch was bracing to say the least.


 SBALAX agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 07:07 AM

There are a number of coastal cruises -- we've done seven. Most have been on Celebrity but we have also done them on Princess and Holland America.

They ARE allowed to have gambling -- that has nothing to do with the visit to the foreign port. The reason for the foreign port visit is the Jones Act which excludes foreign flagged ships (There are only a handful of U.S. flagged cruise ships.) from carrying passengers between U.S. ports. That's why many coastal cruises start or end in Vancouver or make a stop in Ensenada.

I thought the pollution argument had been laid to rest here. Either do some real research or take a cruise and talk to the Environmental Officer. Celebrity, for one, has a program called "Save the Waves".

We are just back from a 15 night repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome via Funchal, Gibraltar, Sardinia, Sicily and Naples. A tremendous value at just over $100.00 a day per person for a balcony.


 COMMENT 517882 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 09:52 AM

The cruise ship season for SB is over until fall I heard...


 COMMENT 517924 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 12:41 PM

You can call Lighthouse Travel. It is a local agency that specializes in cruise vacations. You can reach them 7-days a week at 805-566-3905. They would be delighted to work with you.


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