Cruises from California generally depart from one of the three major ports: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Since this site is about Southern California beach vacations, we will concentrate on cruises from San Diego and cruises from Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles cruises leave out of San Pedro or Long Beach. Other ports of call include Catalina Island and Santa Barbara.
Cruise lines that leave from Los Angeles include: Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Viking Ocean Cruises.
Cruise lines that leave from San Diego include: Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Cruises and Silversea Expeditions.
Read the next section to find what cruises are available by destination. Or jump down to the section where you can find what destinations are available by cruise line.
From Los Angeles: Princess, Carnaval, Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line
From San Diego: Holland America Cruise Line
From Los Angeles: Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
From San Diego: Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line,
From Los Angeles: Carnaval Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
From San Diego: Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line,
From Los Angeles: Carnaval Cruise Line, Princess Cruises
From Los Angeles: Regent Seven Seas, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line
From Los Angeles: (New York) Regent Seven Seas, (Pacific Coast including San Francisco, Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico) Celebrity Cruises, (New Orleans) Royal Caribbean International, (Asia, Vancouver B.C.) Holland America Line, (Pacific Coast including San Francisco and Ensenada Mexico, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, South America, Vancouver Canada) Princess Cruises, (South Pacific, Caribbean, Panama Canal) Oceania Cruises, (Cuba) Viking Ocean Cruises, (Polynesia) Seabourn Cruise Line, (San Francisco and Ensenada) Crystal Cruises
From San Diego: (Galveston Texas) Disney Cruise Line, (South America, Vancouver British Colombia) Holland America Line, (Vancouver and Washington) Silversea Expeditions, (Vancouver) Celebrity Cruises
Carnival Cruises has "Fun Ships" that offer things like Vegas type shows, lots of nightlife, discos and casinos. Kids clubs are offered to teens and younger kids, plus there are spa services for adults, along with a fitness center.
From Los Angeles: Baja California Mexico, Mexican Riviera, Catalina Island, Hawaii, Alaska
Celebrity prides itself on excellent cuisine and high class service. Artworks by famous artists decorate the ships. AquaSpa has various spa services for guests.
From Los Angles: Hawaii, Mexico, San Francisco, Chile
From San Diego: Mexico, San Francisco
Crystal cruise ships are more luxuriously appointed. Besides having a spa, casino, movie theaters and variety shows, the Creative Learning Institute offers various lectures and workshops on different topics, so you can enrich your brain while cruising.
Specialty wine and food pairings are offered in the Vintage room.
From Los Angeles: World cruise, San Francisco, Mexico, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia,
From San Diego: Hawaii
Cunard's 3 ships the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth give you old world elegance with modern day comforts. They offer sports, dancing, casinos and spas.
From Los Angeles: New York, Transatlantic, Europe, Panama Canal
These ships are decorated with fine art. Classes are offered in dance, cooking and fitness. They also feature bingo and afternoon teas.
From Los Angeles: Asia, world, Hawaii, Mexico
From San Diego: Vancouver British Columbia Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, South Pacific, Panama Canal to Florida, South America
Norwegian is also called NCL and has a large variety of dining and room options. Ship activities to be enjoyed include rock climbing, bowling, Broadway style shows or gambling in the casinos.
From Los Angeles: Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal
Oceania caters to experienced world travelers who are really interested in the destinations. Some of their ports of call include overnighters so passengers can really experience the culture, history, entertainment and cuisine of the area. On-ship lectures on various topics are also provided.
From Los Angeles: South Pacific, Panama Canal to Florida, Caribbean, world cruise
Princess has many sizes of ships with tons of activities to enjoy. You can learn to golf or scuba dive. Some ships have an outdoor spa for adults only. Also casinos, shows and dance clubs. These guys pretty much go anywhere!
From Los Angeles: Hawaii, Mexico, South Pacific including New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, San Francisco, Vancouver Canada, world cruise, Panama Canal, Asia, South America
Famous for their rock walls, Royal Caribbean has plenty of sports, activities, restaurants and spas. Kid and teen programs are popular also.
From Los Angeles: Panama Canal to New Orleans
This is a super luxurious cruise line with smaller, more intimate ships more like yachts. They stress the finest cuisine and superior service.
From Los Angeles: World cruise, South Pacific, Panama Canal
Silversea Cruise Line offers cruises from California to destinations like Mexico, Florida via the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Hong Kong and Southhampton, England via the world.
Silversea Cruises offer a luxury cruising experience with gourmet dining cabins which are oceanview suites, many with a private veranda. cabins and gourmet dining. Destinations are enriched with cultural presentations and enrichment progams and destination consultants. These ships are smaller, offering a more intimate experience. The ratio of crew to passenger is practically one on one.
Please note: This list may not be all inclusive, and other cruises could be available, requiring further research.
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