Getting Better in 2012, and 2013
With yet even more ships on the horizon
Some of the major cruise lines have announced that they are coming back to the California Coast ports with more cruise ships to even new destinations. This is great news for everyone within driving distance to the California Ports.
Just in time for the completion of the San Francisco Port enhancement project, we are beginning to see a trickle of Cruise Lines moving some ships back to the City by the Bay, and into the remodeled digs offered there. This is great news.
With the tight economy and the even tighter west coast cruise market, our Southern California cruise ship departures have lost yet another ship. Royal Caribbean International has moved the “Mariner of the Seas”. While in its place has arrived the sister company Disney Cruise Lines “Magic”, which has been repositioned from its former Florida berth to make room for Disney’s newest ship the “Dream”. However, for most of us, the loss of the Mariner cannot be replaced by a Disney cruise adventure.
Only time will tell how deep the cuts in our southern California-based cruise ships will go. But if recent 2012 and 2013 deployment announcements are any indicators, we are certainly heading in a better direction. I am sure that the ability to fill these ships over the coming months will play a pivotal role in our future year’s deployment decisions. Getting to the ports in L.A. and San Diego is very convenient for many folks in the southwestern states as an 8 to 10 hour drive (or less) has become far more favorable than the images (pardon the pun) that an airport security check conjures up.
Something that has become quite popular with cruisers leaving out of San Diego and Los Angeles has been to take advantage of great hotel park and stay deals. Many times for less than the price of a round trip air fare for two, a couple can easily drive to the port city, and take advantage of one of the many hotel “snooze & cruise” special packages, which often includes one nights lodging, free parking for your car while on the cruise, and transportation to/from the port and the hotel. Some even add in an evening get together with fellow cruisers, or a continental breakfast. In some instances the price is very much competitive with just the parking costs alone at the ports’ parking facility.
As all of the current cruise lines take stock in the West Coast departure market, we note that there appears to be a migration away from the Mexican Riviera sailings, while it is really unknown as to why such a departure taking place, At least we now know that if they say it’s because of the recent violence, that those instances of drug related violence is not targeted at the port cities which are served there. See our article on “Is Mexico Really Safe”. However, it should be noted that at least one Cruise Line is staying put in the Baja and Mexican Riviera cruise market while everyone else has departed. We will just have to wait and see what really happens again come fall, as to just how many ships and lines will return.
Certainly there has been a definite increase in Alaska and the Exotics, including the South Seas. So while there still may be an adequate number of “west coast” departures, many of them are making Seattle (and even more so), Vancouver BC as their new homes. San Francisco will continue to have 2012 and into 2013, Alaska bound sailings which will feature a longer 10 to 11 day cruises over the typical week-long round trips from other ports of embarkation. However, recently one such big cruise line announced new fall 2012 and spring 2013 sailings are coming to both Los Angeles, and San Francisco with New Service offerings to Hawaii with 14 and 15 day sailings out of both LA and San Fran, and Brand New Sailings being offered to South America (Cape Horn and beyond) R/T from Los Angeles to Santiago on 16 and 17 day sailings. So as you can see, things are looking better for our California Port sailings for 2012 and 2013, which is certainly very welcome news! California Cruise Ports…Here We Come!!!
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