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Cruises from San Francisco

San Francisco serves as a major departure port for cruises to Hawaii and Alaska. The former are usually about 15 nights in length and stop at Hilo, Honolulu and Maui. Operated by Princess Cruise Lines, these are among the most popular cruises on the west coast, as are the shorter itineraries to Mexico, most of which are also operated by Princess Cruise Lines.

The Alaskan vacation packages are about 10 days in length and make stops at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, usually with a stop at beautiful Victoria, B.C. before heading back to the Bay Area.

The cruise options from San Francisco also include several west coast itineraries that are much shorter in length and take passengers northward to Vancouver, B.C.

And a visit to San Francisco is in itself memorable, considering all the wonderful sightseeing opportunities in this beautiful metropolitan area.

Cruises from San Diego

San Diego is one of the most popular departure points for cruises to Hawaii and Mexico.

Holland America Line operates several two-week cruise packages to Hawaii, most of them taking passengers to Hilo, Honolulu and Lahaina, stopping at Ensenada, Mexico on the return to San Diego.

In addition, there are several packages offered by Carnival Cruise lines that make the round trip to Hawaii in 15 days. And the exciting Mexico cruises from San Diego usually head for Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Puerta Vallarta. These cruises are from 7-10 days in length and are operated by either Holland America or Carnival Cruise Lines.

Carnival cruises to Mexico visit the coastal Riviera towns, while Holland America operates itineraries through the Panama Canal as well, with these vacation packages ending in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Cruises from Los Angeles

Most of the cruises from Los Angeles depart from the Long Beach area or from San Pedro, at modern port facilities that can handle the largest vessels operated by some of the most celebrated cruise lines in the world. Carnival operates its own cruise facility in Long Beach, while the World Cruise Center in San Pedro accommodates ships of various lines.

Visitors to Los Angeles can take a short vacation to the Channel Islands or an exciting cruise along the west coast of Mexico that includes stops at Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas.

Most Los Angeles cruises to the Baja coast are less than a week in duration, yet make a number of stops at the more familiar resort towns.

The longer cruises to Hawaii are among the most popular ones, lasting about two weeks and taking visitors to both Oahu and Maui. Many people favor Los Angeles as a departure point because of the exciting opportunities for sightseeing that are available in the city. Mixing a bit of Hollywood with a cruise trip makes for a very memorable vacation.

This article was written by Ashot Hayrapetyan of Cayole Cruises.

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