Top 10 Short Cruise Vacations
Baja and Southern California Cruise
From laid-back, beachfront Long Beach, California, to the exotic desert and ocean landscapes of the Baja peninsula, a four-night Carnival cruise is a great way to sample the bounties of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. The Carnival Inspiration departs each Monday from Los Angeles for Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast (three-night Friday departures are also available, bypassing Catalina). This tranquil isle boasts some stellar beaches, as well as the quaint town of Avalon, where the preferred mode of transport is golf cart. Next up on this short cruise vacation is Ensenada, Mexico, on the Baja coast; even though it’s just 70 miles from the U.S. border, Ensenada is a world all its own, thanks to its rich history as a fishing town. Passengers can stretch their sea legs at numerous restaurants dotting the coast, or shop for goods handcrafted by locals. One day at sea is mixed into this trip, but don’t fret – there’s no way you’ll be short on activities on this 14-deck “Fun Ship,” which packs in two main restaurants and multiple casual eateries, a 9-hole mini golf course, and a giant water park complete with waterslides and splash pools.
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