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More West Coast Cruise Ships for 2019 and Beyond

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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The recent widening of the Panama Canal is allowing the cruise industry’s newest and largest ships to easily be repositioned back and forth between the east and west coasts of the United States. Historically, the west coast market has been served by smaller and thus older ships.  After several years of poor European cruise seasons marred by terrorist activity, the west coast market, with its thriving economy, is the place for the cruise industry to be.  West coast cruises are generally available out of San Diego, Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver.  Go to Travel for the best cruises, hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.

This year, the Norwegian Bliss made her debut in Seattle and is currently on a west coast itinerary. The ship is 168,028 tons, has 20 decks, and 2,220 staterooms for around 4000 passengers.  Next year Royal Caribbean International will reposition the 2-year old ship, Ovation of the Seas, to Seattle, adding another 168,000 ton ship to the west coast.

In December 2019 Carnival Cruise Lines will launch its brand new 133,500 ton Carnival Panorama out of Long Beach California.  The Panorama will hold 3,954 passengers.  Its seven-day itinerary will depart from Long Beach every Saturday to the Mexican Riviera, including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.  Carnival should make a big slash with its new Carnival Panorama, encouraging competition.  Although the cruise industry has recently added ports of call along the California coast, the Mexican Riviera itinerary is still a mainstay of the market.   The larger and newer ships are expected to serve this west coast market first, along with the Alaska itineraries.  Offering more ports of call in U.S cities like San Francisco, Monterey, and Santa Barbara, opens up a broader west coast market.  These California and Alaska cruises offer more cruise choices to travelers who are uneasy with traveling to Mexico. 

Celebrity Cruise Lines will continue to serve the west coast with 10 ports of call, including Monterey, Santa Barbara, Catalina, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.  Princess Cruises will also offer itineraries visiting Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Diego.  The 5-year old Royal Princess based in Los Angeles will offer the Classic California Coast itinerary. The Grand Princess based in San Francisco year-round, will offer a choice of cruises between either the classic California coast with a stop in Ensenada, or a Pacific Northwest cruise with a stop in Vancouver.  Other major players are also serving the market with plans to upgrade ships.  Once newer ships arrive on the west coast, it will be harder for the older ships to compete.  We should see more repositioning of larger ships to the west coast as the market plays out. 

Sailings on these newer ships are booking up well in advance of the ships arrival. Travel can find you the best stateroom available on any particular sailing.  If you need travel reservations for convenient flights, cruises, and hotel accommodations to any destination, visit Travel, or call us at 650-368-6192.  You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your getaway.