Archive for September, 2008

Planning The ‘Perfect’ Family Vacation

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

My daughter was only six weeks old when she traveled with mom and dad on our first family vacation — to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Only a few months later, at the tender age of five months, she crossed the Atlantic with dad (a travel writer) and mom to cruise to the Canary Islands on Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth 2. Lucky girl, right? Wrong. Both experiences were miserable.


Port of San Diego Soars

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

In the past several years, San Diego’s cruise ship calls and passenger counts have more than tripled, making the Southern California city the West Coast’s fastest-growing cruise port.

Why the surge in popularity? First, San Diego is possibly the West Coast port with the most varied cruise itineraries. More than 100 cruises set sail from the downtown cruise terminal.

Among the regular offerings: Mexico (from five days to 15 days); Sea of Cortez cruises; 14-day and 15-day Hawaii; and Panama Canal cruises of 12 days or more.

Moreover, San Diego may just be the world’s most convenient port of departure. Abundant airlift brings 62 percent of all cruise passengers from destinations worldwide. Plus, the airport, cruise terminal and city center all are within five minutes of one another.

Add to that the many attractions within close reach of the cruise terminal, and San Diego makes one perfect port.

A Day In The Big Bay

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
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San Diego’s biggest attraction is the harbor itself, known as The Big Bay. You could design a pre- and post-cruise vacation around the Big Bay itself and have a perfectly satisfying experience — with no need to rent a car. If you’re staying a few days or more, you’ll have a good choice of hotels: No fewer than 13 line the Big Bay’s 34 miles of waterfront.