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Catalina Island (California) (Photo:Chris Grant/Shutterstock)

About Catalina Island

Catalina, third largest of the Channel Islands, feels like a world away.



Twenty-two miles west into the Pacific from Los Angeles, the island combines natural beauty with a wide range of amenities and activities. With over fifty miles of shoreline, secluded coves and dramatic views, this destination has earned a reputation as "the island of romance."



Fittingly, Avalon, Catalina's mile-square port city, is named for an island paradise in the King Arthur legend. Catalina's most famous landmark, the 1929 Art Deco Casino, dominates the waterfront. Rows of shops, restaurants and hotels stretch along Crescent Avenue and up into narrow streets dotted with bougainvillea-framed bungalows. Most of the town's attractions are within comfortable walking distance from the pier - snorkeling, kayaking, dining and shopping.



The good news is that Catalina's charms should be enjoyed for years to come. The Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, a non-profit organization, owns and manages over 80% of the 76-square-mile island, a gift from the family of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. The Conservancy's holdings include Catalina's rugged interior and most of the coastline. Its goal is to restore and preserve the island's natural state.


Catalina is a relaxed, friendly island with a Mediterranean feel, easy to explore on foot or by golf cart. Its rich marine life and clear calm waters make it a popular destination for water sports, from fishing and wake boarding to snorkeling and kayaking.


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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

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

    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
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Imagination exceeds expectations. Not because expectations are particularly low, but b...

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    billslowsky
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good Weekend Getaway
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    Jennika818
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Experience but disappointing Fun Shops Cake
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

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

    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
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Inspiration is an old ship with a young heart. The 2,056-passenger ship debuted in 199...

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    woodey
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First time Solo on the Inspiration
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    Pnote
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The crew and entertainment make up for the shortcomings of this older ship
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Catalina Island (California) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Ensenada
    • Day 4
      San Diego
    • Day 5
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      San Francisco
    • Day 7
      San Francisco
    • Day 8
      Monterey
    • Day 9
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 10
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    SherwoodCruiser
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful vacation!
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    WESTEAST
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Splendid cruise
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    18 Night Cruise to Catalina Island (California) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 4
      Ensenada
    • Day 5
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 7
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 8
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 11
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 12
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 13
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Panama Canal
    • Day 15
      Cartagena (Spain)
    • Day 16
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 17
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    cruiser741
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disgusting floating health hazard, rude staff, and bad entertainment
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    MAC0904
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    If the missed ports were the only problems.....
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Santa Barbara ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Catalina Island (California) Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 4
      Monterey
    • Day 5
      San Francisco
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Ensenada
    • Day 8
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    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
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    When it launched in 1999, Volendam had the highest passenger capacity in Holland America's flee...

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    djack77494
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Volendam's Grand South America Voyage 2020
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    MischiefNM
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Rollercoaster of highs and lows
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Monterey ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Catalina Island (California) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Monterey
    • Day 6
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 7
      Ensenada
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Never feels overly crowded; friendly, efficient service and modern cabins with USB ports.

    Cons

    Limited daily activities; about 50 percent of listed offerings actually for-fee or retail-oriented.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, easy-to-navigate midsize ship with comfortable, modern cabins and excellent dining.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Millennium Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Millennium is not one of those glitzy, brand-new mega-ships with rock climbing walls,...

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    ashstreet
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Unbelievably good experience....thank you Celebrity Cruises
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    AvgMom2
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Millennium’s 14-Night Cruise to SE Asia from HK in Dec
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Catalina Island

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Catalina Island (California) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Ensenada
    • Day 4
      San Diego
    • Day