Cruises are becoming increasingly popular all around the world, especially in the United States with so many wonderful destinations nearby that are just perfect to explore by water. From the Caribbean Islands to the shores of Mexico and the wonderfully varied landscapes of New England and the Pacific Coast, there’s a lot to see on cruises from the USA, with California being a great state from which to start a cruise.

With ports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego to choose from and many of the world’s major cruise lines like Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival running routes in and out of the Golden State, Californian cruises offer a lot of different options for prospective passengers to choose from. See below for information on a few of the best cruise from California and choose your next ocean vacation today.

1.Holland America Line - 7 Night Mexican Riviera - Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Line - 7 Night Mexican Riviera - Nieuw Amsterdam
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The '7 Night Mexican Riviera' cruise from Holland America Line is one of the top rated cruises out of California, with countless past passengers only having great things to say about this particular cruise and many people recommending it to their friends and family as soon as they arrive back home. For luxury and comfort, suites are available from around $160 per night, while those who prefer simplicity or budget travel will be happy in the $60-70 per night interior rooms.

For this cruise, you'll be able to travel on the Nieuw Amsterdam. This Signature-class cruise ship first launched in 2009, so is a fairly recent addition to the cruise world but has already established itself as one of the best vessels in the extensive Holland America Line fleet. Featuring all kinds of unique amenities and activities, including a blues club, live chamber music performances, an exciting casino, fun and games for kids of all ages, lots of restaurants and bars, and much more, this cruise ship really can make your dreams come true.

The cruise sets off from San Diego in California before calling at three locations around Mexico to let you see a good variety of landscapes and enjoy a mixture of experiences. Your first port of call will be Cabo San Lucas. From there, you'll visit the popular resort city of Mazatlan, before finally stopping off at the stunning sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters of Puerto Vallarta.

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2.Carnival - 3 Night Baja Mexico - Carnival Imagination

Carnival - 3 Night Baja Mexico - Carnival Imagination
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Maybe you’re a busy professional who doesn’t get too much free time for vacations. Maybe you prefer to organize lots of little trips rather than big ones in order to visit lots of different places and have unique experiences each time. Maybe you just need to get away for a long weekend with that special someone. In any case, if you’re looking for a mini cruise from California, the ‘3 Night Baja Mexico’ cruise from Carnival is a super way to start.

This cruise takes place on board the breathtakingly beautiful and fully-featured Carnival imagination. This is a huge vessel with a whole lot of options on board in terms of features, facilities, amneties, and activities. If you’re traveling with little ones, they’ll love the on-board water park and play areas, but if you’re traveling with grown-ups, you can hang out at the various bars, clubs, and live entertainment spots on the Imagination.

This cruise sets from Long Beach in Los Angeles, so it’s a great option for LA residents or SoCal people in general. It only makes one stop due to its short length, but still offers a lot of opportunities for fun and excitement. The cruise calls at Ensenada in Mexico, which is home to some really stunning beach locations like the Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, as well as interesting cultural and historical locations like the Riviera of Ensenada.

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3.Norwegian Cruise Line - 6 Night Pacific Coastal - Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line - 6 Night Pacific Coastal - Norwegian Bliss

The Pacific Coast of the United States, leading up into Canada, is one of the most beautiful areas of North America, so why not explore it all on this amazing '6 Night Pacific Coastal' cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line? With rooms available for under $60 per night, this is an affordable cruise with a lot of options and multiple stops along the way to help you experience the varied landscapes and locations that make up the Pacific Coast.

This cruise takes place aboard the Norwegian Bliss, which is one of the latest and greatest additions to the Norwegian fleet. Truly enormous and filled with useful and enjoyable amenities and features the Norwegian Bliss is a great option for passengers of all ages, offering multiple dining locations, bars, clubs, live entertainment shows, shops, sports, games, activities, and more. Measuring up at close to 1,100 feet in length and housing over 1,700 crew members, this ship is a real floating city and can help you make some magical memories.

This Pacific Coast cruise departs from the port of San Pedro in Los Angeles and makes a total of three stops along its route. The first stop is in the city of San Francisco, well-known for its iconic landmarks like the cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island. From there, you'll head north of the border into Canadian waters and stop off at Victoria, British Columbia, and Vancouver, also in British Columbia, before heading home.

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3 Best Cruises from California