Just read in our local paper that the Carnival Sunshine will offer a cruise from Port Canaveral to Bermuda in October. This is a test of that market. Historically Carnival focuses on the Caribbean & the Bahamas.
Carnival cruising from Port Canaveral to Bermuda
Interesting and surprising too. Trips for Bermuda already depart from Boston, NY/NJ, and Baltimore. I didn't think they could accommodate more cruise ships.
With all the cruise lines growing so fast they have to find home ports for all the ships. Carnival is the only line that is full time home ported in Los Angeles. The other lines pulled out after the problems in Mexico. We have 2 of the older ships doing the 3 and 4 night cruises to Baja year round.
You are lucky to have more ships added to your home port, better selection of destinations and hopefully lower prices to get your business.
I'll agree there are scarce options out of west coast ports in relation to number of working ports and population. Now that we are considering more Pacific cruises, itineraries we found book the most desirable cabins 18+ months in advance. It's very odd considering the overload happening on the east coast. I was going to say it might have been something to do with lifestyle but so many people fly to their departure ports that west versus east coast differences don't really apply. I expect that those coming from Europe have a long enough trip just getting to Miami, Ft Lauderdale or San Juan. One thing you can't change is the Caribbean Island geography and getting there is easier from east coast ports.
It was very difficult finding a cruise from FL to Bermuda from any FL port. MSC might do one once a year and occasionally another cruise line would do so also but it was a hit or miss occurrence.
Two years ago I booked a Fall Foliage Cruise on Celebrity Summit out of Bayonne, NJ only to accidentally find out from a friend that the Celebrity Summit cruise before mine went to Bermuda. So four of us changed our flights, took the Bermuda cruise and left a week early . The atmosphere was so different on both cruises that it was hard to believe it was the same ship. One was a 7-day cruise to Bermuda with lots of young peoples and families. The second was a 14-day cruise with mostly seniors. Both were delightful.
I really hope that Carnival can fill the ship. But it is hard to get the word out when it is a one shot deal. Those of us on the east coast of FL are really tired of the Eastern or Western Itineraries offered. We need something different. Bermuda is a good change. I would consider going on the Sunshine to Bermuda out of Port Canaveral if the itinerary is repeated. I have a Paddle Boat cruise booked for this October so the test cruise is out for the four of us traveling together.
CrusingCM, Los Angeles used to have year round cruises to the Mexican Riviera, 7 night cruises and the 3 and 4 nights to Baja. We used to have Carnival, RCI and Princes (Remember the Love Boat) year round, we also had Disney and NCL in season.
That all came to an abrupt end with the 02-26-11 cruise. We were ported in Mazatlan and two Mexican nationals were shot in the port rite next to the ships. I was laying by the pool on the NCL Star, Disney was ported rite next to us. Since I know what gun fire sounds like I decided enough sunning for that day and went inside the ship.
A friend of mine was just getting back from a tour, as his bus pulled in close to the ship he heard the shots. He said to me "I was a fighter pilot in Viet Nam, I know the sound of gun fire, amazing how quick I hit the deck of that bus given how old and heavy I am now"
That was the last cruises to the Mexican Riviera, until Carnival just started the Magic going last year.
The port of San Diego has also had a decrease in cruise ships as the west cost of Mexico had issues, San Diego used to get Celebrity and HAL in a lot.
The east coast also has more islands to go to close by, we have Catalina or 4 days out to Hawaii.
Some lines are now doing a Pacific Coastal cruise that are nice to go on, with just one stop in Mexico and the rest in CA.
JusMe - wow... never heard that story before. Very scary indeed. I have to admit the thought of violence on or near the ship or excursion destinations has cross my mind. Glad to hear neither you nor your friend were hurt; too easy for bystanders to become victims. But that helps explain the drop off in West Coast cruises. Hopefully that remains a distant artifact of the past and cruising options really pick up from here.
I know that Bermuda was enlarging their docking facilities, the last time we were there at Kings Harbor. They want to accomidate up to 4 vessels , from what the folks I spoke to at the port there was not too much objection, as the vessels also act as the hotel.
I was thinking of taking another cruise on NCL Dawn there out of Boston ( I love Boston), the airfare alone though is three time the price of the cruise. That's another problem for us living in the great white north. I have spoken to quite a few friends who have cruised out of Long Beach, San Diego and Southern California to the Mexican Riviera. The response has been about 60/40 for not doing it again. So, to each his own. Let's see how the cruise work out of New Orleans or Galveston.
Many of Carnival's 2016 Bermuda cruises from NY/Baltimore/Norfolk/Charleston/and Florida are on the Sunshine...which replaces the Splendor for the seasonal itineraries in 2016. There will not be too many ships in port in Bermuda.
I just saw two friends of mine who when I told them about the Carnival Sunshine coming to Port Canaveral to run a cruise to Bermuda they told me that they were already booked on it. Words gets out fast here.