We too are looking at this Itinerary and the ships that are sailing. We are concentrating on the last week of October first week in November. That is the end of the rainy season on the West Coast and a lower hurricane season. The Carnival Pride is a beautiful ship, the RCI Vision of the Seas is great too. Friends are booked on the Statendam from Holland America. Celebrity's Mercury has a unique itinerary with Catalina island and Monterey. I should be getting some prices today as I keep missing my TA's calls.