Thinking of doing a Southbound Pacific Northwest Cruise

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#1
Sunny California
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Joined Jun 2009
We are 40-Somethings thinking of doing a Southbound Pacific Northwest cruise in September. Specifically, we'd like to take the 3 or 5 day cruise from Vancouver to San Francisco or San Diego. I think its Carnival or HAL, or something.

Up until now, we've only done Mexican Riviera Cruises with Carnival and RCCL. Can anyone share their comparisons of the two types of cruises? Are Pacific Northwest cruises just as fun?

Mexican Riviera was a lot of fun, but not sure about a Pacific Northwest Cruise. Please share your thoughts as we plan to make our decision by the end of the June.
#2
Delta, BC
146 Posts
Joined May 2010
The coastal cruises are great! Especially so if you want to 'try-out' a different cruise line without investing in the dollars -since these are usually pretty cheap!

The 'atmosphere' is a bit different that a typical 7-day cruise because there are so many first-time cruisers.

Key will be finding a line that matches your 'personality'....
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#3
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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We have done three northbound, they aren't as exciting as some cruises into warmer climates but a nice break.
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#4
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Joined Sep 2005
[quote=justmepdc;24859320]
. I think its Carnival or HAL, or something.



These are great cruises, but widen your vacation and stick it out through the Panama Canal..........THAT'S a fantastic repo cruise. (Sept. 24 - Oct. 10th on Celebrity Infinity.........or catch a different line for another). These repo cruises are generally not as crowded as well.
There's a WIDE difference between the two lines you've been on and HAL............read on these threads............I'd take HAL over the two you've been on FOR SURE. We've had many wonderful cruises on HAL.