Whos Who In The Cruise Business

There are literally dozens of cruise lines throughout the world, many of them completely unknown to the American traveler because they don't cater to this market. But even if you limit yourself to North America there are more than a dozen major lines. At least in name. Consolidation, so common in every industry, is also a trend in this business. There are relatively few cruise companies if you consolidate brands by their corporate banner. Here's the lineup Carnival Besides Carnival, this...

Los Angeles

This is clearly the leading embarkation city for Mexican cruises. There are many reasons for this but among the most important are its relative proximity to Mexico the wide choice of flights available from all over the United States into the Los Angeles area and the drawing power of the many sights in and around the city. The latter makes it possible to spend additional time here either before or after your cruise. There are two different ports from which Mexican cruises depart and or return to...

Binoculars

And plenty of extra film, tapes and battery packs. Although you will be able to purchase film and other needs in port (as well as on board ship), the prices are much higher than at home. Do price film developing on your ship, as it is less expensive than you might think. All ships now have full digital services as well. Sometimes this can be a relative bargain. If you are going to be snorkel-ing, scuba diving or otherwise going beneath the surface of the water, you...

Rete Cruise Tours

Cruise tours are package plans that combine land travel either before or after the cruise - or perhaps both. These types of packages are popular in Alaska and in Europe and are offered in an amazing variety. The nature of cruising Mexico's Pacific coast, however, with its common round-trips to California ports, doesn't lend itself nearly as much to complete packages. Extended stays in your embarkation or debarkation city are available from the cruse lines and these are usually the closest thing...

Itineraries

N some of my previous cruising guides I listed the ac-Itual itineraries for each ship and evaluated them on a case-by-case basis. I find that I can no longer do that because the cruise lines seem to change itineraries so often that it's impossible to keep the information timely in a book that comes out only occasionally. Moreover, Mexican itineraries tend to be much more similar in nature than in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean where the number of ports is much higher and the combination of...