Carnival to offer Roundtrip Cruises from California to Hawaii

Taking a Hawaiian cruise just got a little easier thanks to Carnival Cruise Lines. In December of 2011, Carnival will offer a 15-day itinerary to the Hawaiian Islands departing and returning in California.

This is the first time Carnival has offered round-trips to Hawaii, which they hope will provide customers with “a more convenient and cost-effective means for visiting the breathtaking island chain.”

Flying into your cruises departure port can be a tricky balance. Arriving a day ahead of time is preferred, but not always the most convenient or cost-conscious. Arrive too late and you’ll spend even more money trying to catch up with the ship at another port. This airfare/hotel gamble gets even more expensive with an exotic location like Hawaii.

Carnival should expect to see plenty from California and neighboring states take advantage of the new offer – which will leave first from Los Angeles, and San Diego will follow a few months later.

The Hawaiian Islands expected to be on the itinerary are Hilo, Kahului, Honolulu, Lihue, and Kona.

Princess to Offer California Coastal Cruise in 2011

Driving up the California coast can be a beautiful experience, but some of that beauty may be lost if you’re hauling three kids chanting, “are we there yet,” for hours at a time. Princess Cruises will soon have the remedy, as they plan to offer two new sailings that tour the California coast.

The new itineraries may have become part of the regular cruise lineup after the H1N1 scare prompted Princess to offer similar last-minute cruises when the U.S. had travel restrictions to popular Mexican Riviera cruise destinations.

Ensenada, Mexico will be a port of call on the cruise, as will San Diego, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco.

One of the new princess cruises that sounds even more enticing is the “wine country,” seven-day sailing between Los Angeles and Vancouver.

The two new Princess itineraries will begin in late 2011, and prices have yet to be announced.

Source: Cruise Log, USA Today