Princess Cruises Begins 100 Day Countdown to Royal Princess Arrival In Los Angeles

December 13, 2018.

In just 100 days, the Port of Los Angeles will welcome  Royal Princess  – taking guests to Mexico, the California Coast and Alaska.  The ship just completed a multi-million-dollar refurbishment including several new features and offer West Coasters convenient, round-trip Los Angeles cruises starting March 23, 2019.

Things Added During The Renovation:

Princess Luxury Bed – available in every stateroom aboard Royal Princess, the Princess Luxury Bed was developed by Princess Cruises in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus. The plush bed offers the ultimate night of sleep at sea combining the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design and recently received the highest ranking for “Best Cruise Ship Beds” by Cruise Critic.  (yes, there’s even an award for cruise ship beds)

Lotus Spa & Fitness Center –  new equipment is now available in salon and treatment rooms and the latest in fitness machines is now available.

In addition, Royal Princess has new production shows  in the Princess Theater:

The Secret Silk – the newest production show developed in partnership with award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin” – Stephen Schwartz.

Encore – inspired by the cruise line’s “Bravo!” and accompanied by an  onstage orchestra, “Encore” celebrates the traditions of pop, opera and musical theater. The show was directed and choreographed by Disney Channel Creative Director Danny Teeson, with musical direction by Academy Awards® Arranger Nelson Kole and set design by Emmy® award-winner John Iacovelli.

Royal Princess West Coast Itineraries, Dates and Special Promotions

Royal Princess will sail on a series of cruises from Los Angeles (San Pedro) to the Mexican Riviera with port calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

Inaugural spring 2019 voyages include:

· March 23, 2019

· March 30, 2019

· April 6, 2019

·April 13, 2019

·April 20, 2019

·April 27, 2019

Royal Princess will sail up the Pacific Coast on a seven-day Coastal voyage departing May 4, 2019 to Vancouver to begin her maiden voyages to Alaska.

The Alaska season begins on May 11, 2019 and Royal Princess will offer 18 “Voyage of the Glaciers,” seven-day cruises, sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier) with port stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway with scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, plus an additional glacier viewing experience at either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. Guests can also spend time in the interior of Alaska with a variety of cruisetour offerings, with stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges and visit Denali National Park. A recognized leader in Alaska, hosting more guests to the Great Land than other cruise line, 2019 marks 50 years of cruising to this bucket-list destination.

Royal Princess will depart Vancouver on September 14, 2019 on a three-day Coastal cruise, returning to Los Angeles on September 17, 2019 to offer a 12-day roundtrip cruise to Alaska, including Glacier Bay National Park. September 29, 2019 marks the return of Royal Princess to Los Angeles for cruises to the Mexican Riviera with several five-, seven- and 10-day options; seven-day California Coastal cruises and shorter four-day West Coast Getaway voyages, visiting Catalina Island.

Now through Dec. 31, 2018, Princess Cruises is offering a special “Anniversary Sale” including cruises and cruisetours to all destinations sailing from February 2019 – May 2020. The sale includes the following perks:

  • Gratuities – paid on behalf of each guest, up to a $15.50 value per day per guest for all guests in a stateroom, up to four.
  • Up to $800 per Stateroom to Spend Onboard – based on the cruise length, guests booking an interior or oceanview stateroom will receive up to $400 per stateroom to spend during their cruise vacation. Those booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite will be given up to $800 per stateroom.

 

Holland America’s Mexican Riviera Cruises In 2019

September 20, 2018.

Cabo San Lucas

Holland America Line has three ships  doing 2019 Mexico cruises.  From January through December 2019, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Oosterdam will sail a series of seven- and 11-day cruises roundtrip from San Diego, California, that include calls at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Mexican Riviera Sailings Roundtrip from San Diego
All Mexican Riviera cruises will call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.  Three sea days provide time to relax and explore the abundance of amenities on board.

Guests can expand their cruise to include more of the West Coast aboard Eurodamsailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Oct. 15, on a unique 11-day itinerary down to San Diego that also calls at Santa Barbara, California. For those with less time, this cruise can be taken as a seven-day itinerary departing San Diego Oct. 19. Eurodam offers eight additional seven-day cruises through 2019, and its sister ship, Nieuw Amsterdam, will also explore the region on six sailings starting March 17. Oosterdam will sail into the region Oct. 6 on its first of eight seven-day sailing, including two festive Mexican Riviera Holiday voyages departing Dec. 21 and Dec 28.

Norwegian Joy Moving From China To West Coast in 2019

July 18, 2018.

Norwegian Joy sea trial

Norwegian Joy will sail seasonally in Alaska in summer 2019 and will offer Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020.  This is significant because the cruise line built Norwegian Joy specifically for the China cruise market, incorporating unique venues and features such as a tea room and noodle bar.  This after the ship was initially announced as Norwegian Bliss under construction, then renamed and redesigned.

Norwegian Pearl will sail to Europe as the cruise line’s sixth ship in the region in summer 2019, while Norwegian Jade and Jewel will significantly expand Norwegian’s presence in Australasia in winter 2019/2020.  Maintaining Norwegian Cruise Line’s commitment to serving the Chinese cruise market, Norwegian Spirit will sail seasonally in China beginning summer 2020.

From the press release:

Norwegian Joy to Sail Year-Round on the West Coast of the United States

Seasonal offerings to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal

In April 2019, Norwegian Joy will reposition to Seattle to offer seven-day voyages to Alaska, replacing Norwegian Pearl as Norwegian Cruise Line’s third ship in the region, joining Norwegian Bliss and Jewel.  Prior to her arrival in Seattle, Norwegian Joy will undergo approximately $50 million in upgrades to enhance her already popular features and bring her designs and offerings to be virtually identical to those of her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, the newest and most successful ship in the line’s 51-year history. To complement Norwegian Bliss’ itineraries and provide guests with more places to explore and experience the natural beauty of Alaska, Norwegian Joy will cruise a variety of itineraries featuring Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Holkham Bay and Icy Strait Point, long recognized for its untouched wilderness, rich culture and fresh seafood. She will also call into Victoria, British Columbia.

Following her inaugural Alaska season, Norwegian Joy will sail to Los Angeles for a season of Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020.This move will mark a turning point in the historically underserved winter cruise market on the West Coast of the United States with the arrival of a premier, state-of-the-art cruise ship.

Norwegian Joy’s new itineraries will be open for sale on July 24, 2018 at www.ncl.com.

 

 

Princess Cruises Unveils 2019-20 Mexico Voyages

 June 1, 2018.

Princess Cruises will again be bringing the flavors and fun of Mexico in 2019 and 2020.  The cruise line  has more experience in this market than any other line, with more than 50 years of experience sailing the region.

Highlights for the 2019-2020 season include the introduction of one of the line’s newest ships to Mexico, Royal Princess, for her first full season based in Los Angeles. Royal Princess will offer 27 total departures including seven-day Mexico itineraries, plus opportunities offering guests more time in port with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas on every 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway sailing.

As the only cruise line to sail year-round out of San Francisco, Princess also offers Grand Princess roundtrip 10-day Mexico itineraries in 2019. Star Princess will make her return to the west coast in 2019 as well, featuring 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez with roundtrip departures out of Los Angeles with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas.

Developed in collaboration with Bill Esparza, noted author and leading expert on Latin American cuisine, the line’s enhanced shore excursion offerings along the west coast take guests off the beaten path, on culinary excursions featuring the local flavors of the region. Esparza has developed the culinary shore excursions for Princess in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

You can check out the Princess Mexico itineraries at this link.

Carnival Panorama’s Sailings From Long Beach Open For Booking

March 21, 2018.

New Ship to Offer Seven-Day Cruises From Southern California Beginning in December 2019, First New Carnival Ship on the West Coast in 20 Years

Carnival Cruise Line today began accepting reservations for the 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama, which kicks off its year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera schedule from Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 14, 2019, becoming the first new Carnival ship homeported on the West Coast in 20 years.

Prior to the launch of seven-day service, Carnival Panorama will offer a special one-time three-day cruise to Ensenada from Long Beach Dec. 11-14, 2019.

Carnival Panorama will offer a three-port, seven-day itinerary from Long Beach, departing every Saturday to the Mexican Riviera, with stops at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

Voyages will depart from the newly refurbished Long Beach Cruise Terminal, housed in a massive 146,000-square-foot geodesic dome that once housed Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose airplane.  The expanded facility offers a streamlined embarkation and debarkation process along with stunning design elements that pay homage to the Golden State, including a mural of the Sierra Nevada mountains and replicas of the Spruce Goose.

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Panorama will offer the bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare open-air recreation area, along with a vibrant Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool, Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations and the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa.  Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will also offer both indoor and al fresco food and beverage concepts, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi.

Additional innovations unique to this vessel will be announced at a later date.