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Cruise California Style

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Written by David Ross

When in California, why not consider a California cruise. THere are several options to choose when planning a cruise vacation, for both Californians and non. The weather makes a year round destination a real time scenario. Some ports such as Long Beach, San Diego, and Los Angeles make these cruises special. These are just to name a few.

San Diego offers Yacht Charters and Bay Cruises. California Cruises offer breathtaking views of downtown San Diego, the harbor, and the beautiful Pacific, while soaking up the San Diego sun! These cruises are also great for weddings, corporate events, parties, and business meetings. They even offer overnight accommodations.

Another great option is a Northern California Cruise. In the Napa Valley and on the Petalum River you can find numerous Dolphin sighting trips and day cruises. Since the 1970′s, a independently owned and operated company in the valley does a great job at focusing on the raw landscape and beauty of the area. The Delphinius Riverboat cruise is also there, and its a excellent trip through the marshlands and wildlife areas of the valley.

The Napa Cruise, which departs from Vallejo, will take passengers past old navy ships at Mare Island to the marinas, salt ponds, and backwater homes of beautiful Napa, California. This is a one day trip cruise option with additional options that can be added such as lunch and or tours of Victorian Old Town.

Since we are discussing Northern California cruises, why not mention another great city to visit, which is the great \”City by the Bay\”; glorious San Francisco? Cruise under The Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, ride the historic cable cars, or walk the hilly streets while you are there. This city is brimming with history and tourist attractions.

A cruise that travels to Catalina Island offers a longer itinerary that can include destinations to Mexico and Canada as well. Carnival offers a terrific cruise that first takes you to the sunny playground of Catalina. Located just 22 miles from the mainland, Catalina makes a great get away that is fun and affordable. In today’s economy, everyone is looking for a good deal and a way to take a vacation without spending tons of money.

Once you arrive in Catalina, there are many great opportunities to enjoy the island. Window shop in Avalon. Go snorkeling at Casino Point in Marine Park. Hike the mountain and canyon trails where bison still roam freely. Drive into the interior of the island for beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. Visit the Botanical Gardens or go on a kayaking trip. Catalina also offers Glass Bottom Boat Tours, as well as a Semi-Submersed Vessel Tour. Whale Watching Tours are available between the months of January through March. Witness the glorious gray whales as they migrate to Mexico off the Catalina Coast.

Carnival also offers a four day trip to Baja, Mexico. This trip begins and ends in Los Angeles. Ports of call contain Catalina and Ensenada, Mexico. Spend time enjoying the many amenities mentioned in Catalina in addition to Mexico’s Bajamar Golf Course, shopping in the port of Ensenada, and the famous La Bufadora, which is a natural water spout. The transport has a family-oriented atmosphere featuring grownup and young activities.

Swim in the large swimming pool or slide down the twisty water slide. Play miniature golf or just relax in the spa. A sauna, gym, and exercise room help keep those extra pounds at bay from all the delicious foods available 24 hours a day while on board the ship.

So as you can see, vacationers looking for a California Cruise have several options to choose from, with many amenities, services, styles, and land excursions to enjoy.

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