The winners of Cruise Critic’s reader favorites were announced Wednesday, anointing four ships of varying sizes in the best overall category.
Winners were chosen based on consumer reviews and ratings during the last year.
Although some of these ships are less accessible to Southern California cruisers — Equinox and Riviera, for instance, are sailing in the Caribbean — some winners sail from San Pedro, making departures simple and decreasing the overall cost of a cruise.
Princess Cruises' Coral Princess, for example, sails regularly from the World Cruise Center, based in San Pedro. Coral Princess was a winner in the Cruise Critic contest, scoring a best for its shore excursions (midsize category) and another award for its fitness and recreation programs. Upcoming voyages for the ship include itineraries along the California coast with rates that start as low as $299 per person, based on double occupancy.
Celebrity Eclipse, which won the award for best service (large-ship category) will sail from the Port of Los Angeles three times during the upcoming year. The fall itineraries include Hawaii, the Pacific Coast and Chile. Rates start at $1,209 per person, double occupancy.