“But we’re enjoying an unexpected windfall.” Santa Catalina Island merchants and restaurant owners were scrambling Saturday to prepare for their most lucrative May in memory as cruise lines rerouted from destinations in influenza-plagued Mexico to Avalon. A luxury cruise should mean pampering, shopping, and relaxing. Marie Helvin found time for indulgence both on and off-board while visiting seven fascinating places on North America’s West Coast in a blissful 12-day cruise. When I opted for a luxury cruise consider Southern California’s own Mediterranean getaway — Catalina Island. Better yet, if it’s your birthday, you cruise free. Strolls by the sea and charming bistros on the water could give you the romance you crave in this heavenly spot that USA The Santa Catalina Island Company is offering a bird’s-eye view of the Regal Princess has inauguration sale Princess Cruises is launching its newest ship with an Inauguration Sale that includes a free bottle of champagne, stateroom location upgrades The Ocean Institute is offering a Catalina Island Snorkeling Cruise on Saturday, August 9, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The cruise is a day-long trip onboard the R/V Sea Explorer featuring snorkeling with Ocean Institute scientists leading you on an aquatic adventure Carnival Cruise Lines is following the gameplan that theme parks Nov. 10: Los Angeles Imagination Catalina Island, CA Nov. 11: Los Angeles Inspiration Catalina Island, CA Sept. 22: Los Angeles Imagination Catalina Island, CA Sept. .
Leaving the harbor, we hit our cruise speed and hummed across drew them to spend their last day together on Catalina. The same magic that drew Bacall to the place seems to have lasted. No doubt the island will mourn her with particular intensity They’ll actually go north to San Francisco, Monterey and Catalina Island. For more information, visit the cruise archives. Keep reading for more travel tips. The Groove Cruise that sails from Los Angeles, California to Catalina Island and Mexico this October will host the best dance DJs around. Ticket holders will party on the Golden Princess that boasts 1,318 total cabins, 738 of them with private balconies Catalina Island, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Lucia, Martinique and Grenada. For the first time, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (01473 742424; www.fredolsencruises.co.uk) is offering fly-cruises on two of its ships in the Caribbean. .