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4 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
Ship:
Carnival Inspiration
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    Los Angeles
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Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

Reviews
Carnival Inspiration Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value4.1

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15 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
Ship:
Star Princess
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    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
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  • Day 3
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  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Hilo
  • Day 7
    Honolulu
  • Day 8
    Kauai
  • Day 9
    Maui
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Ensenada
  • Day 16
    Los Angeles
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Star Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

Cons

Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

Bottom Line

Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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Star Princess Reviews
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Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.3
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value3.9

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7 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
Ship:
Ruby Princess
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  • Day 4
    Mazatlan
  • Day 5
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 6
    Cruising
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  • Day 8
    Los Angeles
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Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with more free dining and activities than for-fee alternatives

Reviews
Ruby Princess Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.3
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value3.9

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10 Night
Cruise from San Francisco
Leaving:
San Francisco
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo ... see more
Ship:
Grand Princess
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  • Day 5
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 6
    Manzanillo
  • Day 7
    Mazatlan
  • Day 8
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    San Francisco
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Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

Cons

Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

Bottom Line

Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

Reviews
Grand Princess Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.3
Value3.8

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7 Night
Cruise from San Diego
Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
Ship:
Eurodam
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  • Day 4
    Mazatlan
  • Day 5
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 6
    Cruising
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  • Day 8
    San Diego
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Eurodam - Holland America Line

Pros

Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

Cons

Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

Bottom Line

Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.4
Dining4.2
Service4.4
Value4.1

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3 Night
Cruise from San Francisco
Leaving:
San Francisco
Visiting:
Victoria, Vancouver ... see more
Ship:
Volendam
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    Victoria
  • Day 4
    Vancouver
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Volendam - Holland America Line

Pros

Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

Cons

Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

Bottom Line

Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

Reviews
Volendam Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.1
Dining4.0
Service4.2
Value3.8

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4 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
Ship:
Carnival Imagination
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  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Catalina Island (California)
  • Day 3
    Ensenada
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Los Angeles
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Carnival Imagination - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Value is paramount; nearly all dining, entertainment and kids' activities are included.

Cons

Less than 3 percent of all accommodations onboard have balconies.

Bottom Line

There is plenty to eat, see and do onboard without paying extra; just book your balcony early.

Reviews
Carnival Imagination Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.7
Service4.1
Value4.0

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7 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
Ship:
Carnival Splendor
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  • Day 4
    Mazatlan
  • Day 5
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
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  • Day 8
    Los Angeles
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Carnival Splendor - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Have fun and unwind with comedy acts, lively shows, a huge spa and great kids' programming

Cons

Pink-splashed ship decor can border on tacky, and staterooms could use an upgrade

Bottom line

This "Fun Ship" delivers with ample activities and entertainment, at great-value pricing

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Carnival Splendor Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins4.4
Dining3.8
Service4.2
Value4.0

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14 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco ... see more
Ship:
Norwegian Star
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    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Acapulco
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Miami
Ship Details
Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern.

Cons

Reservations necessary to get the venue you want.

Bottom Line

Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship.

Reviews
Norwegian Star Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.7
Service4.0
Value3.7

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10 Night
Cruise from San Francisco
Leaving:
San Francisco
Visiting:
Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
Ship:
Grand Princess
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  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Ketchikan
  • Day 5
    Juneau
  • Day 6
    Skagway
  • Day 7
    Tracy Arm
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Victoria
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    San Francisco
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Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

Cons

Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

Bottom Line

Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

Reviews
Grand Princess Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.3
Value3.8

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6 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
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San Francisco, Victoria ... see more
Ship:
Norwegian Bliss
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    Vancouver
  • Day 7
    Vancouver
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Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

Cons

Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

Bottom Line

A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

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Norwegian Bliss Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.2
Dining3.9
Service4.1
Value3.4

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18 Night
Cruise from San Diego
Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Kona, Hilo ... see more
Ship:
Eurodam
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    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Kona
  • Day 8
    Hilo
  • Day 9
    Honolulu
  • Day 10
    Honolulu
  • Day 11
    Kauai
  • Day 12
    Maui
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Ensenada
  • Day 19
    San Diego
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Eurodam - Holland America Line

Pros

Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

Cons

Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

Bottom Line

Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.4
Dining4.2
Service4.4
Value4.1

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3 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
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Ensenada, Los Angeles ... see more
Ship:
Carnival Inspiration
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    Ensenada
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    Los Angeles
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Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

Cons

Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

Bottom Line

Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

Reviews
Carnival Inspiration Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.1
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value4.1

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7 Night
Cruise from Los Angeles
Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan ... see more
Ship:
Norwegian Star
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  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Mazatlan
  • Day 6
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Los Angeles
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Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern.

Cons

Reservations necessary to get the venue you want.

Bottom Line

Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship.

Reviews
Norwegian Star Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.7
Service4.0
Value3.7

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15 Night
Cruise from San Francisco
Leaving:
San Francisco
Visiting:
Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
Ship:
Grand Princess
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Hilo
  • Day 7
    Honolulu
  • Day 8
    Kauai
  • Day 9
    Maui
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
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    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Ensenada
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  • Day 16
    San Francisco
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Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

Cons

Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

Bottom Line

Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

Reviews
Grand Princess Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.3
Value3.8

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