For many years, one of the biggest complaints of travel agents has been the lack of cruise ships that operate on the West Coast of the United States. There has simply not been enough ships to accommodate the massive amount of people in major cities like Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. However, the good news is that things will be changing in 2018. There will be a number of cruise ships that will be adding West Coast cities to their schedules. This will be great news for the people in this part of the country who want to go on a cruise without flying to a different city.
June will see the Norwegian Bliss make its debut voyage from Seattle. This is a big deal because it has been 17 years since a ship from the Norwegian Cruise Line has had a home port on the West Coast. Carnival Cruise Line has announced a plan to have a new ship stationed in Long Beach, CA, in 2019. Seattle will also be the home port to a new ship owned by Royal Caribbean International. These ships will be able to accommodate 12,000 new passengers on a seasonal basis.
It has been the standard practice of many cruise lines to have their ships based out of ports located on the East Coast. This is because they are very close to tropical destinations like the Caribbean. However, these cruise lines now understand that many people on the West Coast want to take cruises as well.