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Old September 28th, 2008, 05:54 PM
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Default Cruising Off Coast of California? How Rough?

I have heard different things about how rough it can be to cruise from San Francisco in either direction off the coast of CA. Had one trip back into LA from Mexico that was pretty rough the entire last day, but that was also December. (winter). Scheduled to sail out of San Francisco down to Mexico in April 2009 on Star Princess, fairly large @ 2600 passengers but still, involves 3 days at sea right away. Not worried so much for myself (Bonine works for me) but my brother and his wife are both really sensitive to motion sickness and have not had as much luck with some drugs.

Can anyone tell me if this is a realistic concern given size of ship and time of year (ie April vs December). We have already booked them a cabin at the center (vs aft) of the ship.

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Old September 28th, 2008, 08:47 PM
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Cruisefan, it depends (not surprisingly) entirely on the weather. You can't predict that too far in advance. but we lived in the Bay Area for 5 years and a large part of the major 3 winter storms that cause high seas are over by April so you'll probably be O.K.

If the weather is really bad then the size of the ship won't save you, but you should be O.K. The odds are with you. Relax and pack some Bonine.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 10:22 PM
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Good common sense response - thanks!
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Old September 29th, 2008, 05:34 PM
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Usually the choppy day is on the way back north from Mexico. It's not that bad, but it can be windy on deck.

Another "choppy" area is going north coastal from SF to Seattle or Vancouver.

My experiences have been in April, May, and June, with the north to Vancouver in May and MR April and June.


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