I'm planning a mexican riviera cruise next March with my daughter. We've sailed to Western Carribean on RCCL voyager. We've sailed to Alaska on Celebrity. I'm trying to decide between Princess out of LAX, Carnival Pride out of Long Beach or Norwegian Star out of LAX. If I've sailed RCCL and Celebrity will I be disappointed in Norwegian? I don't mind casual atmosphere and people having fun but am not into the party scene myself. Truthfully, I'm leaning towards Carnival just because I won't have to fly into LAX and have that hassle. Any suggestions
It's true -- the Port of Los Angeles is in a section of the city known as San Pedro, which is right next to Long Beach. There's a thin strip of land along the Harbor Freeway that links San Pedro to the rest of the city, but Long Beach's airport is much closer to the port than Los Angeles International. Whether each cruise line offers transfers to Long Beach's airport or not is another matter. Some cruise lines don't operate transfers to Long Beach because it has a lot fewer flights than Los Angeles International.
That said, I would recommend sticking with Royal Caribbean International unless you were dissatisfied with their product. My sources indicate that Royal Caribbean International is now competititive with Princess Cruises and superior to both Carnival Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.