Special Cruise Issue
You can get there from here on the high seas
The Star Princess awaits departure in San Pedro, among the California ports vying for local residents. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
This list, organized by departure city, shows a sampling of sailings scheduled for this year and prices for one person based on double occupancy.
Note that in most cases, rates listed are brochure prices and are higher than what you may pay. Given the sluggish economy, the public's lingering reluctance to travel and the glut of cruise ships crowding the market, passengers can score deals this year.
Brochure prices for Carnival's three-night weekend cruises from L.A. to Ensenada, Mexico, start at $729 per person, double occupancy; but when we called Carnival, a representative quoted rates starting at $399, and the Web site listed rates as low as $379.
Travel dates and cabin availability affect price greatly too, so a seven-night Mexico cruise on Carnival's Elation may be $1,449 per person one week, $649 a couple of weeks later. Contact a travel agent for assistance or peruse cruise lines' Web sites for itinerary information and sample prices.
Carnival Ecstasy: Three-night cruises every Friday to Ensenada; from $729. Four-night voyages every Monday to Catalina and Ensenada; from $899. In April the Ecstasy is scheduled to begin sailing this itinerary out of Long Beach.
Carnival Elation: Seven-night Mexico cruises departing Sundays and calling at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas; from $1,449. The Elation also is scheduled to move to Long Beach in April.
Carnival Pride: Seven-night Mexico cruises start Sept. 21; from $699.
Crystal Harmony: Seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise departs Feb. 27; from $2,780. A 16-night sailing departs March 6 for Yokohama (cruise port for Tokyo) and calls at Oahu, Maui and Kauai; from $6,780.
Crystal Serenity: A 14-night round-trip Mexico cruise departs Dec. 22; from $8,565.
Crystal Symphony: A 15-night Panama Canal cruise departs May 3 for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and calls in Mexico and Costa Rica; from $7,500.
Holland America Amsterdam: Three-night trip to Vancouver, Canada, departs April 22; from $230.
Holland America Maasdam: A 17-night cruise through the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale departs Sept. 29 and has stops including Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Grand Cayman and the Bahamas; from $5,118.
Holland America Veendam: A 17-night sailing to Tampa, Fla., through the Panama Canal departs Oct. 1 and calls at Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and the Bahamas; from $5,118.
Norwegian Sun: A five-night sailing to Vancouver departs April 29; from $499. A 16-night Panama Canal cruise to Miami departs Sept. 26 and calls at San Diego, Mexico, Costa Rica and Aruba; from $1,799.
Norwegian Wind: A 15-night Panama Canal cruise to Miami departs Sept. 26 and calls at Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Key West, Fla.; from $1,599.
Princess' Regal Princess: Fifteen-night round-trip Hawaii voyages depart Nov. 22, Dec. 7 and 22 (additional departures scheduled for Feb. 5 to March 21, 2004); from $2,245.
Princess' Star Princess: Seven-night round-trip Mexico cruises depart weekly through May 3; from $839.