Originally Posted by seadog2
Sure wish they would give us something here on the west coast out of the Port of Los Angeles. We are starved for cruises. Don't really care for the other cruiselines leaving out of the port of L A so we fly to all of our cruise ports. Begging here in So. Cal. for a RCI ship that doesn't go to Mexico or Hawai'i.
I spoke with Capt. Johnny who used to be the Captain of Mariner of the Seas, which was based in California; anyway he was on Allure and I spoke with him about pulling the ships out of California; this is what he said; Most Californian's drive or fly down to Mexico; and have been to Cabo, Puerta Vallarta, Mazalan and when they cruised with Royal they never left the ship, because they had already been there; Royal makes money on shore excursions and the local ports depend on people spending money; so when 1/3 of the ship stays onboard; no one makes money; except the bar tenders. Does this makes sense as to why Royal pulled out? Capt. Johnny said; "its about making money or the lack of it in California" Royal has no immediate plans to base a ship there as of today.