Cruises from Florida to California pass through the epic and historic Panama Canal. Itineraries last from 13 to 18 days and make stops in Central America and Mexico with the main cruising season running from October to May. Several cruise lines offer trips through the Panama Canal with departure points in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and ending in San Diego, Los Angeles or San Francisco, California.
Celebrity Cruises provides travel on the “Celebrity Century” for a 15-night cruise from Miami to San Diego. This cruise stops in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico. The “Celebrity Infinity” offers a 14-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles, California with ports of call in Grand Cayman, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. The Celebrity cruise ships provide many restaurant choices as well as lavish spas and a variety of adult and children’s entertainment. Celebrity offers optional shore excursions such as a rainforest aerial tram, kayaking, and walking tours. In 2010, the price for an inside cabin starts at $999 per person.
Celebrity Cruises 1050 Caribbean Way Miami, Fl 33132 800-647-2251 celebritycruises.com
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 13, 14, or 15-night cruise from Miami to Los Angeles on the “Norwegian Pearl” or “Norwegian Star.” Ports of call include Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico. Norwegian offers freestyle cruising, which allows you to choose when and where you would like to dine and whether you would like to dress formally. Norwegian cruises also provide a range of children’s programs and activities. Optional shore excursions include deep sea fishing, rainforest canopy exploration and mud volcanoes. As of 2010, prices for an inside cabin start at $699 per person.
Norwegian Cruise Line 7665 Corporate Center Drive Miami, Florida 33126 866-234-7350 ncl.com
Princess Cruises offers a 15-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles or San Francisco on the “Sea Princess," “Island Princess” or “Coral Princess.” Ports of call include Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Princess offers traditional dining and anytime dining as well as quality lounge entertainment. Optional shore excursions include snorkeling, rain forest aerial tram, swimming and more. In 2010, prices start at $1299 for an inside cabin.
Princess Cruises 24844 Avenue Rockefeller Santa Clarita, CA 91355 800-774-6237 princess.com