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From LA/Long Beach you can get the 3 and 4 day baja cruises offered by RCI (Monarch of the Seas) and Carnival (Paradise). Paradise is newer than Monarch, but neither are new ships. Both hold about the same number of passengers and offer a comparable cruise. You can compare pictures of the two and see if one appeals to you more.
From SF, the only short cruises I see are the repo cruises at the beginning or end of the season, but those do not start and end in the same place.
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Search on-line agencies for Destination "Pacific Coastal". Princess has coastal in May and September only -- when ships are repositioned to Alaska and from Alaska. Prices drop close to departure date if a cruise is not sold out. Choose a new ship if available. But these cruises are not round trip. So you are stuck with a one-way air fare from or to Vancouver which are usually around $100 pp. A low cruise fare is about $100 pp per night for a balcony. Most are now around $150 pp per night. /Sultan
Originally Posted by sbcgmu
I live in San Francisco.
What are some short (4 days or less - my husband and I work) cruises offered by different cruises lines from San Francisco and Los Angeles?
Which ones are the best?
Last edited by sultan_sfo; March 17th, 2006 at 12:31 PM.
Repeat cruisers on the same cruiseline get a slightly better price -- e.g. after the first cruise on Princess one belongs to the Captain Circle and are a Gold Member! And after 5 cruises -- a Platinum member. So loyalty becomes a factor in ones opinion about a cruise. And then there are general classifications -- Carnival being a "Party" cruiseline, etc. So even if you get an opinion, it will be VERY biased! I follow only what Princess has to offer and there is a good 7-day coastal at less than $100 pp per nite for balcony cabin in September. The criteria I use is the age of the ship and the price. On coastals, the itineraries are about the same /Sultan