Those of us who live out west, really appreciate the convenience of driving or flying to a gateway city, like L.A. It takes less than 2 hours, if you fly, or a day to drive, if you choose to take the whole family and save some money (But not neccesarily sanity). To fly to the east coast not only takes all day to fly, which is extremely exhausting, but is at least $100 more per person than flying to the Los Angeles basin or San Diego. I for one am dreaming daily and trying to come up with a novel new idea to take the place of flying. It is no longer the fun event it used to be.
But for those who love to cruise, and go often, the west coast has limited opportunities to get away without experiencing it all over again. Ensenada, Cabo San Luca, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, I suppose, can only be visited so often, before they become old hat.
BUT WOULD THEY?
What about people who have never cruised? There are estimates that 70% of americans have never experienced this awesome way to vacation. Let's see...300,000,000 people in the U.S. (times....carry the 1, subtract 26,000, divide by pie), that is 225,000,000 (Million) people. WOW! How many of those live out west?
Having more than one cruise line also gives great variety to cruising to destinations you have already been to. We have been to Alaska on Holland America. I would love to experience those ports, and some others that we did not get to, on another line. There is always so much more to see than the city right off the pier, or the same old shore excursions. Some people just want to hang out at the beach.
But never fear! Carnival still has the marvelous Splendor porting out of Long Beach. Princess is continuing to visit the Riviera. There are also West coast sailings between Los Angeles and Seattle. Reaching Hawaii from Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco are expanding (I'll keep saying it...never fear being in the open ocean for 4 days! It's truely an awesome experience.) And for those who have a little extra time (about 14 days), there will always be an opportunity to travel from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale or the other way, through the Panama Canal. There is another once in a lifetime experience.
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