"They rerouted us -- we were supposed to be in Ensenada today," said Burkhart, 30. "That's OK," he added, eliciting laughs from his spirited brethren. "I don't speak Spanish anyway!"
Down the block and around the corner, local masseuse Karlyn Blackwell, 23, sat on a stool outside the entrance of a small business featuring a sidewalk sign, with eye-catching balloons and ribbons attached, that read: "Cruise Ship Special. $75 for 50-minute massage. Couples, $150."
"Friday was crazy," she said, shaking her head. "I was working customers back to back -- no pun intended."
"All my tips are going toward my wedding next year," she added. "We're going to take a honeymoon cruise to Mexico."
Exactly how long the boon will last is anybody's guess in Avalon.
In the meantime, John Lafleur, owner of a clothing store called Island Threadz, was making the most of it.
"As soon we heard that cruise ships were being rerouted here," he said, "we called our vendors in Hawaii, South Carolina and Idaho and had them fly out shipments of our most popular silk-screened T-shirts."
"See this?" he asked, holding up a red sweat shirt emblazoned with the phrase, "Lifeguard. Catalina Island. Latt N33°, Long W118°."
"I normally sell about 60 a day to cruise ship passengers," he said. "I just ordered a thousand of them."