I would prefer an inside stateroom myself! The least expensive cruise leaving from San Diego is from March 9 to March 23 on the Zaandam for $1250. I enjoyed a previous cruise on Holland America, but I have not been on the Zaandam, so I cannot attest for the ship itself. The least expensive cruise on the books for the next three months is on the Princess cruise line leaving April 23/24 and returning May 7/8 from Los Angeles for $1100. Prices have gone up recently on many cruises, but have decreased on some. A Carnival cruise leaving from Long Beach on April 14 used to be $900, but is currently $1150. I use a search engine called Kayak that supposedly combines all other website deals to give the best one. But, that's all the scoop I have.
I usually book an inside cabin for shared space. Let me know how you feel about this type of cabin. I will be traveling in from East Coast to San Diego because so many of the cruises come out of this port. I picked the Celebrity line because I have cruised on the Solstice which was a first class ship and the cruise line seems to be pretty good.
I picked February for cruise because the rates were very competitiive. I was wondering if you had done any research on the pricing in April, cabin location and ship. The reason I asked is that sometimes a cruisemate may know something about these subjects that I have not done. Suggest you post private message to me like I have done here.