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September 4, 2006
SHORTER CRUISES GAINING IN POPULARITY FOR TIME-STRAPPED TRAVELERS
It's easy to lose track of time on a relaxing cruise, even if vacationers
are strapped for it, thanks to the cruise industry's shorter 1-5 night
itineraries. These compact cruises are ideal for people looking for a
quick getaway and great way for novice cruisers to experience a vacation
at sea without committing to a full-week or longer sailing. The most
popular short cruises embark from North American home ports and visit
destinations in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, Florida, the Pacific
Northwest and Mexico and California Ports.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Half of Carnival's fleet is deployed on short-cruise itineraries,
including three- and four-day cruises from Miami, Port Canaveral, Fla. And
Long Beach, Calif. Carnival also offers four- and five-day sailings from
Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, Galveston, Texas; Mobile, Ala.; Port Canaveral
and Jacksonville, Fla.
Celebrity offers nine short-cruise itineraries of four- and five-nights in
November and December, from Miami to the Western Caribbean. In addition,
three- and four-night Pacific Northwest itineraries leave from Seattle in
September and October that visit ports in British Columbia.
The QM2's four-day "Labor Day Weekend" voyage leaves New York on September
2 and also visits Halifax.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney sails on three- and four-night cruises out of Port Canaveral, Fla.,
that visit Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island that features
separate beach areas for families, adults and teens, plus plenty of other
Holland America Line
In April, May, September and October, Holland America offers one- to
four-day sailings to ports in California and British Columbia. These
shorter cruises depart from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle
Princess sails one- to three-day cruises in September. These include
trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco and
Vancouver and Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian offers one-night dinner cruises out of Miami and New York, and
between Seattle and Vancouver. Next year, the line is planning five-day
Western Caribbean sailings seven months of the year, from Miami.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean ships sail on three- to five-night Caribbean and Bahamas
sailing from Galveston, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port Canaveral,
Fla. And San Juan. The line also offers three- and four-night itineraries
to Baja Mexico, with shorter sailings in December and January.