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U. S. Atlantic Coast Cruises

From Florida to Maine and beyond, a U.S. Atlantic Coast cruise is going to give you a great opportunity to discover America. On this cruise you can visit bustling cities like Miami and Boston, where there are unending attractions such as South Beach and the Freedom Trail. You’ll also make stops in smaller ports like Newport, Rhode Island – a cozy town on the water that was home to some of the U.S.’s most wealthy – and Bar Harbor, Maine – a quiet port with stunning scenery and home to Acadia National Park. These cruises may also go into Canada to visit idyllic towns with lots of greenery and lighthouses. 

Things to Do on a Cruise to the US Atlantic Coast

As you cruise up or down the U.S. Atlantic Coast you’ll be visiting cities and towns with amazing attractions. Continue reading below for a selection of things to do that are sure to please everyone from the young to the young at heart:

US Atlantic Coast Breakers Mansion of Newport, Rhode Island

  • See the opulent Breakers, a mansion owned by the Vanderbilt family, when you visit Newport Rhode Island. This decadent summer “cottage” was the epitome of the American Dream at the turn of the century.  
  • Roll up your pants and check out the beautiful sea glass at Sea Glass Beach in Hamilton, Bermuda. These colorful gems make for amazing photos and perfect souvenirs.  

US Atlantic Coast Broadway in New York City

  • Spend an evening at a Sugar Shack. This is a house in Quebec where the sap from the maple trees is transformed into syrup. Here you’ll get a great meal and be entertained by local musicians  
  • Experience all the razzle dazzle of Broadway when you visit New York City. You can catch a performance of a crowd-pleasing musical or go deep with a Tony-winning play.  

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  • Lay out in the sun on Miami’s South Beach. This shoreline spot is a major draw for international visitors.  
  • Think you’re pretty smart? Well then you should go to Harvard. Take a tour of America’s oldest college when you visit Boston.  

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  • Seabourn Venture 24-DAY ATLANTIC TO THE AMAZON BASIN Departing From St. Johns, Newfoundland (Sep 2024)
  • Seabourn Venture 10-DAY AUTUMN ATLANTIC MIGRATION Departing From St. Johns, Newfoundland (Sep 2024)

U. S. Atlantic Coast: Cruise Lines

Cruises along the U.S. Atlantic Coast are offered on luxury ships. As you sail in and out of beautiful ports you’ll be able to fully unwind on these amazing ships while all your needs are met. 

Seabourn Cruise Line

Whatever you desire, on a Seabourn cruise you’ll have it. This luxury brand offers small ships that allow you to explore less traveled ports for unique experiences. 

U. S. Atlantic Coast: Departure Ports

Currently there are two major ports from which to embark on a U.S. Atlantic Coast Cruise: New York and Montreal. Both of these ports are major cities that offer travelers a lot of transportation options and they also have lots of attractions. In New York you’ll find the expansive Central Park, the theater district and world renowned art museums like The Met and MoMa. In Montreal you also have great art and amazing history. You can view Napoleon’s famous hat at the Musee de Beaux-Arts Montreal. You can also descend underneath the city’s Museum of History to see the spot where the city was founded in 1642. 

St. Johns, Newfoundland

St. Johns, Newfoundland

National Geographic Magazine classified St. John's as one of the top ten Oceanside destinations in the world.

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Boston Harbor and Financial district in Boston, MA

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Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport at dusk

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Cobblestone street in Beacon Hill, Boston

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Downtown Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Bridge

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Historic colorful wooden houses in Newport, RI

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The Historic Egg Rock Lighthouse in Maine

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A land of contrasts. Vast geographical diversity. Distinct cultures within a culture. America’s two coasts could not be more different. From a small ship moorage in Sausalito to the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, join Windstar to experience the very essence of what makes the U.S. so unique. Explore the hotbed of American culture along the Eastern seaboard with the world’s most iconic skyline in New York, the rich history of Philadelphia, and the unmistakable Southern charm of Charleston. Discover the best of the wild West Coast known for its rugged natural beauty, laid back lifestyle and emerging food and wine scene as you visit the charismatic Northwest cities of Seattle and Portland, the marvels of San Francisco, and San Diego, the heart of Southern California surf culture.

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California Coast Cruises

Experience the best of the west on california cruises.

Best Cruises From the West Coast

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From the rolling hills of California to the mist-shrouded mountains of the Pacific Northwest, lies 1,478 miles of coastline dotted with modern metropolises and charming towns full of personality. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed week sampling local culinary delights through California’s renowned wine country, an adventurous trek along the rugged Pacific coastline, or the inside scoop on Hollywood’s entertainment industry, Princess Cruises offers the best cruises from California.

Classic California Coast

Journey through the land of golden hills on roundtrip cruises departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Gaze across Monterey’s mesmerizing shoreline from a waterfront eatery. Watch the fog roll in as you walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Literally walk in the footsteps of screen legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Soak in all of California’s laid-back spirit while enjoying newly added summer departures.

Pacific Wine Country

Drink wine so close to the source that you could reach out and touch the grapes on a Pacific Wine Country or Coastal cruise. Befriend a local who teaches you the best way to swirl world-famous reds in Napa. Uncover new layers in a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from a tasting room near the ocean in Santa Barbara. Discover the beauty of city life as you tour San Francisco by cable car with a newfound appreciation of a perfect California Coast pour.

West Coast Getaways

Escape the everyday on a West Coast Getaway. Immerse yourself in the diverse history and charms of San Diego on an open-air trolley. Cruise to the welcoming port of Santa Barbara, and discover the beauty of the “American Riviera.” Take advantage of our newly added summer departures and savor a few days away.

The Princess Difference

Cuisine inspired by world–renowned chefs. Broadway-style entertainment from award-winning creators. Shore excursions crafted to immerse you into what makes the region truly unique. Princess knows that the journey and the destination aren’t separate, but together they make the most cherished memories.

  • Itinerary Variety
  • The California Onboard Experience
  • Diverse Destinations
  • Family Accommodations

With 2- to 11-day sailings and departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., it’s easy to see why Cruise Critic has named our California Coast cruises the "Best Cruises from the West Coast." Experience what draws people to California, from fog-covered redwood forests to bright lights and excitement.

With spectacular ships offering everything you’d find at an seaside resort – from gourmet dining to world-class entertainment – there’s no better way to see the West Coast’s best cities, hidden gems and famed Wine Country than aboard our California cruises. Savor a unique selection of California wines, and partake in our new Silverado Wine Blending Experience. Sample cuisine from some of L.A.’s hottest chefs, such as Curtis Stone and Ernesto Uchimura. Our Entertainer’s Showcase features Hollywood insiders, from actors to musicians and writers, sharing stories and plying their craft. Princess also offers Discovery™ and California Science Center curated activities that explore California’s wildlife, history and national parks.

Extraordinary adventures await in diverse ports, from Ensenada to Santa Barbara and  Vancouver , B.C., each rippling with indelible beauty. Rejuvenate your senses as you stroll sun-kissed beaches and sip luscious wines under the stars. Explore laid-back coastal cities and walk beneath ancient reaching branches in the Muir Woods. Watch for marine mammals with a keen eye and quick shutter finger, as the most beautiful parts of this coast are often hidden in plain sight.  Learn more about California Cruise shore excursions

We have a wide range of comfortable accommodations for families or friends traveling together. There is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms — Interior, Oceanview, Balcony and Mini-Suites — many with interconnecting options too! For families or groups traveling with five or more members, we offer a Two-Bedroom Family Suite option — with room for up to eight people, luxury amenities and a comfortable sitting room.

Indulge in the Finest Cuisine on a California Cruise

Wining and dining are integral parts of the California Coast cruise experience. From fajitas and margaritas to wine-tasting events and local delights that celebrate fresh ingredients and exotic influences, Princess serves up a diverse menu of food and dining options throughout the day.

Locally Inspired

From the golden state to your plate

California has always been at the forefront of cuisine, with its emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, delicate meat and seafood dishes and compelling presentation. Taste flavors and influences from countless cultures, including Europe, Mexico and Asia, in one-of-a-kind dining experiences only enjoyed on the California Coast.

Decadent Desserts

Chocolate dreams made real

It’s your vacation, so indulge! Each evening, you’ll have your choice of delectable desserts to choose from in our dining rooms. Perennial guest favorites include the Princess Love Boat Dream, traditional New York cheesecake and create-your-own sundae. You’ll also find freshly baked made from scratch pastries offered in The Pastry Shop, International Café, and World Fresh Marketplace.

Celebrate California Wines On Board a West Coast Cruise

Excite your palate with gourmet pairings at Vines wine bar. Learn what makes California wine some of the best in the world through tastings and talks with experts. Experiment with flavors and aromas under expert guidance to create your own signature wine blend.

Princess Fine Wine Tasting

Enrich your palate together

Meet new friends while savoring fine wine selections served with hors d'oeuvres. Take in entertaining lectures by knowledgeable staff and drink in the distinct differences in terroir, grape varieties and production methods in wines from world renowned growing regions. Perfect for wine enthusiasts, from the burgeoning to the experienced.

Silverado Wine Blending Experience

A blend all your own

Create your own malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon blend under the instruction of a master craftsman from the Silverado Vineyards in California’s famed Napa Valley. In this exclusive onboard experience that features some of the best from the winery’s Mt. George vineyard, follow along to learn how to custom blend, practicing an art that winemakers around the world have been perfecting for centuries.

Vines Wine Bar

Wine and dine

Voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by  USA Today , Vines wine bar is a cozy nook for the casual oenophile to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine with gourmet pairings, like antipasti and tapas. Vines boasts an extensive and highly diverse selection of wines not available by the glass anywhere else on board.

California Cruise Entertainment

Hollywood has always been the mecca for entertainment so it should come as no surprise that we bring the hottest talent to the Princess stages. Enjoy the best music, entertainment and craftsmanship of Hollywood and Broadway in this exclusive opportunity on board a Princess California Coast cruise.

Comedians and Magicians

Laughter & wonder

Laugh with top-ranked comedians from Comedy Central and comedy clubs across the U.S. When the laughter dies down, closely watch magicians from iconic L.A. hot spots like the Magic Castle, a members-only private club that specializes in jaw-dropping sleight of hand, as well as from Penn and Teller's television show  Fool Us .

Hollywood Insiders

Bright lights, big stars

Hear celebrities from your favorite entertainment share their experiences on board select sailings in our exclusive Entertainer’s Showcase and Workshop. Meet the stars of stage, screen and music at parties, and hear behind-the-scenes tales of your favorite movie, play or album over exquisite food and drinks. Meet the actors, composers and musicians who shaped some of the most memorable media in history and learn about their careers, methods and lives.

Movies Under the Stars

Big screen & big stars

Cuddle up under a cozy blanket with warm popcorn for an evening of Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy popular comedies, dramas and action movies, plus on-screen concerts starring musical legends at Movies Under the Stars®, a poolside movie theater located on the ship’s top deck.

Culture & Marine Life on Cruises from California

Get to the heart of life on the coast with locally inspired programs and partnerships. Witness fantastic displays of nature like expressive sea lions and migrating whales. Learn about colorful, historical cultures and more on our California Coast cruise.

Local Connections

Live like a local

Do as the locals do. Princess has partnered with local experts to bring you immersive adventure off the beaten path. Dine at local hot spots hidden in plain sight. Attend events and have experiences only known through word of mouth. Listen as experts reveal California’s history, national parks and Spanish missions from a local point of view.

New Perspectives

Appreciate more

Experience a new perspective of California and the West Coast on board or ashore, day or night. Learn about California from the locals who know it best and uncover the secret lives of sharks during Shark Week at Sea with Discovery at SEA. Amaze your friends after a class at the Wizard’s Academy courtesy of the California Science Center.

Sail the stars

Embark on a cosmic voyage to the heavens from our top deck through Stargazing with Discovery at SEA, developed with renowned astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi and L.A.’s famous Griffith Observatory. On this interactive guided tour, learn how to find your bearings, identify the major constellations, and hear the secrets of the stars and the legends around them.

Pacific Coast Cruise Ports and Excursions

Immerse yourself in the colorful sights and sounds of the Golden State and beyond. Locals wear the region’s signature laid-back spirit like a uniform. It’s in the sand, on the streets and in hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Pictures don’t do it justice; it has to be felt and experienced, and the best way to do so is on board a Princess West Coast cruise.

California coast cruise shore excursions

Uncover the history, natural wonders and culinary delights of the California Coast through shore excursions specially designed to show you more of the state. Inspire your mind with up-close encounters with fascinating creatures and sites on immersive Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ excursions.

Discover even more with discovery at sea

Princess has joined forces with Discovery to offer exclusive excursions and tours that are not only fascinating for the whole family, but also recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel – Discovery™ and Animal Planet™. Hear inside stories from regional experts, and learn what it’s really like to live in each of the areas you’re visiting during your Princess California cruise.

Explore the Ports of the West Coast on a California Cruise

Highlights of things to see and do on shore

  • Astoria, Oregon
  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Vancouver, B.C.

Enjoy a narrated drive around Astoria, and visit the Astoria Column, view the Flavel House and many picturesque homes, hotels and neighborhoods that have been featured in movies like  The Goonies ,  Short Circuit ,  Benji the Hunted  and others. Take in the views and brews of some Astoria's finest craft beers while looking out over the scenic Columbia River.

Head south and dance to live mariachi music in the Riviera del Pacifico. Visit the oldest winery in Baja California, and enjoy the beautiful weather as you taste wines crafted from nearly ancient vines. Sample delectable dishes under beach umbrellas, and enjoy the day’s special from local street vendors. If you’d like to see one of the world’s largest marine geysers, visit the scenic peninsula of Punta Banda, home to La Bufadora.

L.A. is more than swimming pools, shopping and palm trees. It’s a world-class city that embraces its movie star good looks. Explore the star-studded Hollywood Hills. Visit the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, which features the handprints, footprints and autographs of more than 200 stars like John Wayne, Judy Garland and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson preserved in cement. Wander Olvera Street for authentic colors and tastes of Old Mexico.

Relax on a sun-soaked beach. Take a tour of the county’s thriving wineries. ‘Ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the 4,000 rare animal breeds that call the San Diego Zoo their home. Watch thrilling shows featuring bottlenose dolphins at Sea World Adventure Park. Enjoy that south-of-the-border feeling with a stroll through Old Town. Sample the nightlife – all Classic California Coast cruises stay here until 11 p.m.

You just may leave your heart in this iconic city. Home to cable cars, fog and world-class food, San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city with hip neighborhoods, parks and gardens and a relaxed atmosphere. Take a stroll down Lombard Street, the “most crooked” street in the world. Watch interesting characters flow through Union Square from a coffee shop window. Appreciate 1,000-year-old redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument.

Nicknamed “America’s Riviera,” Santa Barbara boasts whitewashed houses draped with bougainvillea, sapphire-blue water rolling up a rocky coast and palm-lined beaches. Even with all of that beauty, wine and whales may be the stars of this charming coastal city. Journey to the quaint Danish village of Solvang for wine tasting. Step aboard a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the glistening waters of the Channel Islands to watch whales and dolphins frolic.

At 110 years old, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated public farmers' market. It’s also home to the original Starbucks, where javaphiles toast to the legendary coffeehouse. Let your eye guide you to local art, and your nose to hole-in-the-wall eateries, along eclectic streets. Tour and sample the wines hidden away in the state’s most popular wineries’ private cellars.

If you’re looking for adventure in Vancouver, gather up your courage for a daring walk across the nearby Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge swaying 50 meters high. Stop and smell the cherry blossoms in world-famous Stanley Park, a West Coast rainforest fittingly dubbed the “Green Heart” of Vancouver. Ascend Grouse Mountain in the Super SkyRide tramway for a postcard-worthy view of the city over rolling hills of Douglas firs.

California Coast Cruise Articles and Videos

Read about the must-see attractions, unique cuisine and the West Coast’s signature style you’ll encounter on a California coast cruise.

2024-2025 California Coast Cruises

The Best of the West Coast. Learn more about California Coast cruises.

Wine Cruises for Oenophiles: Taste and Learn

If you're a wine enthusiast who'd love to explore some of the renowned wineries the continental U.S. has to offer, it's time to plan a cruise.

Tour the West Coast on a California Coastal Cruise

Though it's a single state, California makes up more than half of the West Coast in the U.S., affording it some of the most beautiful weather, Pacific coastline and destinations in the country.

Food in Vancouver: Cruise to Taste the Pacific

The influence from Asia and the Pacific makes Vancouver's food some of the best in Canada. Take a cruise from Vancouver and enjoy the flavors of the city.

Visit San Francisco on a California Coastal Cruise

Whether staying in San Francisco for a few hours or a few days, passengers on a cruise ship will be hard pressed to avoid falling in love with this quaint yet bustling metropolitan city.

Try Pacific Coast Cruises for a Quick Getaway Vacation

Need a quick getaway? Check out Los Angeles and Ensenada, Mexico, in one weekend on one of Princess Cruises' Pacific Coast cruises.

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Remove the hassle from air travel and give yourself the gift of flexibility, time and a thicker wallet with Princess EZair flights. We negotiate lower rates with the airlines, allow you to modify your flight up to 45 days prior with no penalty and protect you if your flight is late or canceled.

EZair flight quotes are available on our cruise search result details pages.

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Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

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Extend your cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

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The Best U.S. Cruises in 2023

By Janice Wald Henderson

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Could close-to-home U.S. cruises satisfy that out-to-sea itch? An ever-growing group of voyagers emphatically say yes. The memories of the challenges European cruisers faced last year surely contribute to U.S. cruises’ popularity boost. Besides, it’s so much easier (and far less costly) to find ports to drive to, or only require a short flight. Most American cruises possess the added allure of international flair, visiting the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada . Nearby waters deliver breathtaking natural beauty, adventurous shore excursions, and ship vibes that range from nonstop high-energy to pampering luxury. Here, several upcoming voyages sailing from American ports that rival any cruise in far-flung locales.

Booking tips for U.S. cruises

Where can you cruise in the united states.

American-flagged carriers like UnCruise Adventures offer Alaska, Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii cruises. American Cruise Lines counts the coastal Southeast, Alaska, Puget Sound, and New England among its itineraries. NLC America, a Norwegian Cruise Lines division, features the American-flagged  Pride of America sailing the Hawaiian islands. Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic cruise line possesses four American-flagged ships that cruise Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. 

Are there any cruises that stay in the United States?

Only American-flagged cruise lines can sail solely in the United States. Most popular cruise companies sailing multiple ships are foreign-flagged and must abide by laws requiring at least one foreign port stop. That’s why so many close-to-home cruises include Canada, the Caribbean, or Mexico. American-flagged cruise lines that can sail solely in U.S. waters include American Cruise Lines, UnCruise Adventures, and Lindblad Expeditions. 

What is the most popular cruise line in America?

Families love Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International for an abundance of amenities befitting multi-generations. Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Carnival Cruises are extremely popular for U.S. cruises , too.

How much does a cruise cost in the United States?

Prices vary widely depending upon the ship category. Contemporary lines are the most economical, premium fall in the middle, and luxury cruises are the priciest. You can find weeklong cruises that cost under $100 per person per day—talk about a deal. 

The 7 best U.S. cruises 2023

Celebrity cruises: an inaugural voyage through the eastern caribbean.

The fourth ship in this line’s game-changing Edge series, the 3,260-passenger  Celebrity Ascent  makes its inaugural eight-day sail round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in December 2023. This sunshine-blanketed itinerary promises four charming Caribbean ports including Philipsburg, St. Maarten, and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and three blissful sea days. You’ll want those onboard days to never end, with the ship providing so much outdoor space to soak up the balmy Caribbean sun and soft ocean breezes. A buzzy casino and 32 eateries, bars, and lounges are big-time lures, too. Shore excursions—chilling on powdery white sand beaches, snorkeling turquoise waters teeming with colorful coral and tropical fish, and sipping champagne on catamaran sunset sails—are mesmerizing. 

Departs December 3, 2023; fares begin at $1,299 per person.

Cunard: Independence Day celebration on an iconic ship

What better way to cruise in the U.S. than to celebrate July 4 th in Boston, sailing 2,691-passenger Cunard flagship  Queen Mary 2 round trip New York? How fitting to walk the historic Freedom Trail and tour the Boston Tea Party ship on this holiday. The eight-day voyage also includes stops in Newport, Rhode Island (be sure to ogle those Gilded Age mansions), and Halifax, Canada, where passengers can stroll breathtaking public gardens and take an emotional moment to behold the single Titanic deck chair at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Queen Mary 2 , widely hailed for its transatlantic crossings, is a wonderful ship to call home. On board, elegance prevails, with a formal evening dress code reflecting Cunard’s sense of occasion. Afternoon tea, a humongous library, ballroom dancing, and a planetarium are among numerous onboard activities keeping passengers engaged. If in the budget, book a Princess Grill Suite; less costly than the Queens Grill, it’s still awash in extra amenities (such as an exclusive private restaurant) and especially attentive service. 

Departs June 30, 2023; fares begin at $799 per person.

Holland America Line: 10-day voyage through the Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez

Revel in the Mexican Riviera’s splendor visiting ports like Loreto and Mazatlán when sailing round trip from San Diego on 2,650-passenger  Koningsdam . Dive, snorkel, jet ski, or kayak in pristine warm waters, gaze at UNESCO World Heritage Site cave paintings from pre-colonial indigenous peoples, or wander museums devoted to whales or archeology. Other port activities include ziplining, golfing, and sampling agave-based spirits. Onboard the ship, there are blues and rock-and-roll clubs that come alive at nightfall. Count on varied dining choices: New York-style pizzas, oysters on the half-shell, or juicy prime steaks, anyone? 

Departs November 25, 2023; fares begin at $849 per person.

Norwegian Cruise Line: Explore Belize, Mexico, and Honduras

Some of the most popular ports for American cruises are in Florida. How simple to sail round trip from Miami for seven days on the 3,804-passenger  Norwegian Joy  and kick up the adrenaline in three Central American countries: Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. In Roatán, Honduras, embark on an eco-adventure, interacting with capuchin monkeys and sloths, and bouncing on an all-terrain buggy through an impossibly lush jungle. Costa Maya, Mexico, lures ocean-lovers with snorkeling in the Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world, teeming with marine life. Or, maybe your passion lies in exploring Tulum’s Mayan ruins. Parasail or zipline in Harvest Caye, Belize—Norwegian’s 75-acre resort-style island in southern Belize. Onboard the recently remodeled ship, indulge in 15 dining venues including specialty restaurants like Cagney’s Steakhouse and three main dining rooms, party at nightclubs, try driving a race car on a two-level track or seek Lady Luck at the casino, revel in Broadway and Vegas-style shows. Feeling brave? Swirl down a double-loop waterslide over the ship’s side. For an exclusive ultra-chill retreat post-activities, book accommodations in the Haven, with its own restaurant, pool, and butler service.  

Multiple departures from March to April and October to December 2023; fares begin at $829 per person.

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Princess Cruises: Seven-day classic California coast

Celebrate spring in California sailing round trip from San Francisco, with ports like Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ensenada, Mexico. The cruise unfolds on 3,560-passenger  Royal Princess , a most pleasing ship with a tranquil adults-only Sanctuary, and some compelling family lures such as high-caliber Broadway-style entertainment, the piazza-like Atrium, glass-floored SeaWalk, and a light and water show. In Santa Barbara, a notable curated outing promises a delicious meal at a leading local restaurant and a visit to a family-owned farm and “ground to glass” winery. Live it up at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, or admire the stunning art collection and striking modern architecture at Getty Center museum. The San Diego Zoo is a must, as is desert ziplining in Baja—although driving an ATV through Guadalupe Valley’s wine country is pretty darn cool, too. 

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Silversea: Nome, Alaska, to Vancouver

Among U.S. cruises , an Alaska itinerary is a must-do. Go far beyond the typical Alaskan ports in this adrenaline-charged expedition onboard 274-passenger  Silver Wind . The ice-class ultra-luxury all-suite vessel spends 18 days exploring authentic Alaska with an impassioned expedition team including biologists and geologists. This cruise is majorly inclusive; all passengers receive complimentary dining and alcohol, tuxedo-clad butler service, shore excursions, and expedition gear. Primo sustainable caviar and its accouterments are complimentary, anytime, anywhere, onboard, too. Venture ashore with seasoned guides to hike the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge on St. Matthew Island, a bird-lover’s paradise of guillemots, auklets, and tufted puffins, and note the Shinto shrine left behind in the Aleutian Islands’ Kiska Harbor by occupying Japanese soldiers during World War II. More Aleutian explorations lead to jaw-droppers like pristine glaciers, fossilized forests, hot springs, and waterfalls, and wildlife sightings such as bald eagles, orcas, and blue foxes. 

Departs September 14, 2023; fares begin at $12,450 per person.

Viking: Canada and the Atlantic coastline

Spring and autumn are primetime for 16-day U.S. cruises between Fort Lauderdale and Toronto, Canada on 378-passenger expedition ship  Viking Octantis. This voyage features many inclusions, such as an enthusiastic expedition team, one complimentary landing or shore excursion in each port, and outings by kayak, rubberized small boats, and Special Operation Boats (12-seaters that leave the ship via a protected marina and can convert from open seating to enclosed cabin). As on other Viking ocean liners, 24-hour room service, king beds, spacious baths with heated bathroom floors, complimentary wine and beer with meals, and specialty restaurant dining also rank high among included amenities. Ashore, you’ll find a mix of fascinating cities (like Quebec City and New York City) and spectacular scenery. Bike about Toronto, hike Canada’s La Mauricie National Park, kayak or bird-watch in Charleston. And who knew there were more than 300 resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the inlets, creeks and marsh flats around Charleston? Chances are, sightings will enchant on a guided tour. 

Departs April 13, September 15, and September 26, 2023; fares begin at $10,395 per person.  

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Less than a mile from The Museum of Contemporary Art, this genteel hotel in a 1920s building is a mile both from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and from the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.

Relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and desks, as well as coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.

Relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and desks, as well as coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas. Some include patios and/or fireplaces.

There's a polished bar and an elegant restaurant. Other amenities include a fitness centre, a business centre and a rooftop terrace, plus meeting and event space.

Distance/Airport: 18 miles Distance/Pier: 23 miles

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Part of the Bloc shopping and entertainment centre, this upscale high-rise hotel is a minute's walk from a metro station, and less than a mile from the Arena.

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There's a hip restaurant featuring farm-to-table fare, and a lobby bar serving cocktails. Other amenities include a gym, plus 35,000 sq ft of meeting space.

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Overlooking San Diego Bay and a half-mile from San Diego International Airport, this classic hotel is 3 miles from the San Diego Convention Centre and 4 miles from the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

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There's an upscale waterfront restaurant, a craft-beer pub and a breezy Mexican eatery. Other amenities include a spa, 3 outdoor pools, watersport rentals and a gym, plus a business centre, meeting space and an airport shuttle.

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Situated three blocks from Union Square, Courtyard San Francisco Union Square is nestled within a historic building. Settle into one of our high-floor rooms & experience Million-Dollar Scenic Views of Downtown San Francisco. All of our well-appointed rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi & Luxurious Bedding. Work up an appetite in our fitness centre.

Situated three blocks from Union Square, Courtyard San Francisco Union Square is nestled within a historic building. Settle into one of our high-floor rooms & experience Million-Dollar Scenic Views of Downtown San Francisco. All of our well-appointed rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi & Luxurious Bedding. Work up an appetite in our fitness centre. Then grab a lite bite or a cup of Starbucks® coffee at the Café Maurice and choose to dine in or dine al fresco on our outdoor terrace. Explore San Francisco by Cable Car & visit nearby attractions like Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, & the Metreon Shopping Centre. If visiting for work, host your meeting in our Custom Boardroom. The Golden Gate City awaits; so book your stay at the Courtyard San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

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Set on a busy road lined with restaurants and office buildings, this upmarket hotel in Downtown is a 4-minute walk from a SkyTrain station, and 2 km from the waterfront Stanley Park and sports events at the Rogers Arena.

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From the sun-soaked beaches of Southern California to the rich green rainforests of British Columbia, Canada, experience a vacation like no other.

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The Pacific Coast’s striking landscapes, golden beaches, rolling green hills, and soaring mountains are breathtaking. Discover the picturesque hills of California’s wine country. Marvel at the wide-open landscape and dramatic scenery of Mount St, Helens. Hike Catalina’s East End Trail and 1,684 feet high East End Peak, boasting unmatched views of the Palisades on the eastern shoreline. Peer into the crystal-clear waters of Catalina Island and admire the untouched marine wildlife and bright colored fish. La Bufadora, in Ensenada, Mexico —a 100-foot cave and one of the largest blowholes in North America—is an unmissable natural wonder.

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Explore San Francisco’s iconic Bay Area , a popular trade and commerce destination during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge—one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Tour Alcatraz Island, the location of the first lighthouse and fort built in the West Coast, before it was an infamous federal prison. Today, it’s a National Park, rich in history and gorgeous views of the Bay Area. In Ensenada, learn about the native Yuman People, the first settlers in the mid-1500s. And tour Catalina Island, a former Spanish territory before it was purchased by the Banning Brothers and transformed into a glamorous resort.

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The cuisine of the Pacific Coast will delight every palette. Taste everything from wines and fresh seafood to amazing Mexican food in exciting coastline cities. Dine at farm-to-table restaurants in Santa Barbara—beef and chicken from local ranches are popular menu items. Go sweet or savory in Monterrey with French-inspired pastries. Sip unique blends of local wine in Guadalupe Valley. The Baja fish tacos made with deep-fried fish are a must try while you’re here. Then eat enormous Dungeness Crab at the bayside restaurants in Catalina Island before visiting its many laid-back pubs to drink some of the local craft beers.

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San francisco, california.

San Francisco is a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city offering you iconic landmarks like Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, and Alcatraz Island. While you’re here, relive the counterculture movement of the 60’s as you explore Haight-Ashbury. Hop on a cable car for a ride along Powell Street. Visit Silicon Valley, where tech startups and innovators flock year after year to make it big. Eat your way through the amazing food scene at neighborhood restaurants. And take in the breathtaking vistas of the city at the Golden Gate Bridge. The city’s charm and remarkable beauty is always captivating.

Ensenada, Mexico

Discover Ensenada, an exciting, vibrant city that continues to evolve into more than just a quick getaway for cruisers and those visiting from north of the border. The local food scene is brimming with delicious cuisine that incorporates innovative approaches to sustainability and intercultural elements. Dive into local history and culture while visiting incredible museums. And enjoy the bustle along its broad promenade, before heading into the quiet of wine country to enjoy a variety of Mexican wines.

Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island’s friendly resort vibe and beautiful nature make it the perfect place to relax and recharge. It's less than 20 miles off the coast from Los Angeles, but it is a world away from the city’s bright lights. Watch the boats float peacefully in the harbor at Green Pleasure Pier. Discover the island’s history at the Catalina Island Museum. Skip stones at the pebbly Moonstone Beach, while you take in the sunset along the boardwalk. Head to the top of Mount Orizaba for some of the best views of the island. Then explore the 38-mile Trans Catalina Trail, a popular eco-activity for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all fitness levels.

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Taking a cruise from San Diego gives visitors the perfect opportunity to see the city’s many attractions. Discover its sandy beaches with terrific surfing conditions, laidback culture and tasty Mexican food, and some of the best year-round weather in the world. Whether you’re dreaming of sunbathing on the beach or heading to one of San Diego’s epic museums or animal attractions, you’re in for a fantastic vacation in this beloved destination nicknamed America’s Finest City.

Vancouver, British Columbia

One of the most livable cities in the world, Vancouver is an exciting and exquisitely intriguing coastal city. Beautiful snowcapped mountains, gorgeous sandy beaches, and a lush green rainforest are just a few things that make this a perfect departure port. Cross the famous, 140-meter long, suspension bridge 70 meters above the Capilano River. Discover amazing art in the Vancouver Art Gallery, or take in stunning views of Vancouver at the Observation Deck before your cruise.

Los Angeles, California

Home to movie stars, gorgeous natural wonders, funky neighborhoods, and stylish restaurants, taking a cruise from Los Angeles is an exciting start to your Pacific Coast journey. Experience the glitz and glam of L.A. firsthand. Pose next to the stars of your favorite celebrities on the Walk of Fame. Take in the eclectic and artsy culture in its art galleries, installations, and museums. Or, escape the hustle and bustle of with a drive up the coast to the laid-back yet ritzy city of Malibu.

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A Taste of the West Coast

Embark on a journey to the finest vineyards and wine collections of the Pacific Coast. California wine country, including famous places like Sonoma and Napa Valley, have been on traveler bucket lists for decades. The relaxed pace, the temperate weather, and the delicious tastings are a huge reason why people come out to the West Coast. Sample Sonoma’s finest vintage wines on a charming drive through California’s beautiful wine country. In Mexico , Visit Guadalupe Valley on a guided tour and learn how wine is made, which varietals are the most popular, and how they taste, all while taking in gorgeous vineyard views. 

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Experience Catalina Island’s outback in style on board an all-terrain, open air Jeep tour of California’s enchanted island. Travel through Catalina's scenic East End Trail and experience its interior natural beauty and native wildlife, including bison and foxes. In Ensenada, take a boat tour from Malecon and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Baja Peninsula coastline. Discover La Bufadora, one of the largest caves in North America. Get a thrill as waves rush in and spray from the cave. Or take a tour of Capilano Park and walk across the incredible Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver.

Explore Seaside Towns

The unspoiled beauty and rich cultural influences of Pacific Coastal towns are extraordinary. Explore California’s favorite Spanish town Santa Barbara on an open-air trolley. Take a bike ride along the Astoria Riverwalk to learn about the Columbia River’s colorful fishing industry and spot the local wildlife in Oregon. Or visit the famous laidback beach town of Rosarito Beach in Ensenada, Mexico for relaxing, sunbathing and water sports.

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For wine lovers, indulge in the stunning vintages of Sonoma Valley on a lovely drive through northern California’s beautiful wine country. Sample a variety of Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs in arguably the best wine region in America, Napa Valley.

Fresh Seafood

Enjoy a feast of fresh seafood on a West Coast cruise. From Dungeness crab and trout to delicious Baja-style seafood, like tempura fish tacos, tasty shrimp ceviche tostada, and mouthwatering grilled oysters—paired perfectly with wine—the seafood is spectacular.

Mexican Flavors

Discover the best Mexican food the region has to offer. Enjoy a taste of Mexican classics, including mole rojo, savory chili salsa, and grilled mextlapiques. Taste regional delicacies such as pastel de elote. Indulge in an exquisite Mexican artisanal chocolate and explore the country’s most celebrated distilleries while delighting in its iconic drinks—including tequila and mezcal.

Helpful Tips Before You Go

To help you prepare for a Pacific Coastal cruise, we’ve put together some helpful tips. This checklist will help you anticipate some of the needs that you have, such as what to pack or make sure you do before you depart on your unforgettable vacation.

  • Pack sunscreen, bathing suit, sunglasses, and insect repellent
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  • Research shore excursions and book them before you sail. Popular shore excursions sell out quickly.

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West coast cruises.

Pack your shades and get ready to explore with a cruise to the West Coast.

Discover your adventurous side with a cruise to West Coast of the U.S. and Canada. Take in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles with a drive down Sunset Boulevard. Peruse through bustling Pike Place Market in Seattle, or head to Vancouver, Canada, and hike the exhilarating Grouse Grind to a panoramic chalet at the summit. Marvel at Alaska's glacial mountains and at the dramatic cliffsides and lush, green valleys of the Napali Coast. Discover the magic with a West Coast cruise.

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The Weird West

Check out the island prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco. Eat a classic California burrito in San Diego , with French fries actually wrapped into the tortilla. Or try spam musubi — essentially spam sushi — in Hawaii.

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Get Starstruck

A trip to the West Coast wouldn't be complete without a celeb spotting in Los Angeles . Take a tour of the Warner Brothers Studio, then head to Griffith Observatory for sprawling views of the city. End your day with a live performance at the Dolby Theater.

San Francisco, California Golden Gate Bridge and Coffee Cup

Cafe culture is huge on the west coast, so a visit wouldn't be complete without stopping by a local coffee shop and enjoying a warm cup of joe. Get a scientifically precise pour over at Blue Bottle in San Francisco or a stoutly pulled espresso shot at Dubsea Coffee in Seattle.

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Get Lost in the Right Direction

From snorkeling in the Pacific to exploring the Canadian Rockies, you'll find endless adventures everywhere on a cruise to West Coast.  

Hawaii Amazing 4x4 Tour

Coast on Four Wheels

The rugged west coast is the perfect place to roll. Kauai , often called the Garden Island of Hawaii, is filled with lush forests, hiking trails and waterfalls. Perhaps the best way to see it all is on a 4x4 tour. Explore the unexplored parts of the island, and see why people from all over the world flock to its shores.

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Find Your Wild Side

The national parks of the West Coast are full of natural wonders waiting to be discovered. Check out the exotic desert landscapes of Joshua Tree just outside Los Angeles. Hike through the rugged mountains of Olympic National Park near Seattle. Or go kayaking at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve near Victoria, British Columbia .

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West Coast life is all about being active and outdoors. Get a bird's-eye view from the Skywalk suspension bridge in Vancouver, or walk the city's Seawall Trail along the coastline.

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Alaska beckons with boundless natural beauty and wild discoveries. Hit the trails in Kenai Fjords National Park . Watch for breeching whales and playful Steller sea lions during a boat ride across Resurrection Bay in Seward . And wander among colorful totems in culture-rich Ketchikan.


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With its laid-back resort towns, renowned beaches and rich Mexican heritage, the Baja peninsula is one of the world’s most iconic vacation destinations. Venture deep into wine country near Ensenada , unwind shoreside in lively Cabo and dive into history and culture in quaint Mazatlán.


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There's some etiquette to know when visiting Stanley Park in Vancouver. The majority of the path is a very strict one-way. If you get confused, refer to the signs providing direction all along the path, or ask a local to help you out.


From artisanal baked goods to ultra-fresh seafood, the creators of West Coast cuisine are committed to excellence.

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When visiting Seattle, you need to try Top Pot Doughnuts. This doughnut shop is not only known for its hand-made circles of love but also its vintage aesthetic and commitment to doing things the old-fashioned (and delicious) way.

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Take a Bite of Vancouver

Being that this city is located on the Pacific coast, you can enjoy some of the freshest fish in the world. On top of that, organic vegetables and locally sourced meats are plentiful at restaurants across the city. Head to Bluewater Cafe for cold briny oysters on the half shell.

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Beat the heat with the Hawaiian classic shaved ice. You'll find both locals and travelers enjoying this icy cool treat. What is shaved ice? It's a dessert made with ice finely shaved from a block, topped with fruit and fruit puree syrups. Head to Island Vintage Shaved Ice in Honolulu and order the lilikoi over soft serve ice cream.


Discover the West Coast's varied hubs of adventure. Experience the rugged coastlines of Washington and Oregon, the mountains of British Columbia, the turquoise waters of Hawaii and the wilderness of Alaska. Whichever west coast cruise port you choose, you're sure to discover why so many call it the "best coast."

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Seattle, Washington

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Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

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Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

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Victoria, British Columbia

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Corner Brook, Newfoundland

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Another vast and varied region of the world for which USA River Cruises has crafted an abundance of exciting, relaxing, exhilarating, peaceful (pick your adjective based on what you want from your trip) cruises. From Chesapeake Bay to the “Golden Isles” and from the “Great Rivers of Florida” to the Inland Passage, there is certainly something for just about everyone aboard one of our Southeast cruises.

Let’s consider just one of our most popular excursions.

Historic South and Golden Isles

Our Historic South and Golden Isles trip is one of our favorites. And from what we can tell, it’s one of our customers’ favorites, too!

This eight-day trip heads from Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina (or vice-versa). The Intracoastal Waterway is a series of protected bays, canals and rivers that make up a portion of the southeastern coast of the United States. The Golden Isles refers to a group of barrier islands off the coast of Georgia and the historic mainland city of Brunswick. The islands include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island.

There’s so much to see and do on this trip — which features many sites that are a part of American history. Plus, travelers can visit and explore amazing wildlife refuges of untouched beauty while partaking in southern hospitality, culture, and food.

Charleston, for example, is alive with history — everything from cobblestone streets and gas lamps to Civil War battlegrounds.

Stops also include gentle and genteel Savannah, Georgia, a historic city of 19th century architecture. Choose from one of many tour options, up to and including the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and a guided walking tour of Savannah’s River Street section. And we haven’t even mentioned the ghost tours!

Thrills are easy to come by with USA River Cruises. Call us today to get started on yours!

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American Cruise Lines christens its second Coastal Cat


Teri Johnston, Mayor of Key West, christened American Glory with the traditional bott;e of bubbly/ [Photo: American Cruise Lines]

American Glory , the second Coastal Cat in American Cruise Lines’ new series of 100-passenger ships, was christened in Key West, Florida, Jan. 21. The vessel entered service in November last year after passing its sea trials at Chesapeake Shipbuilding with flying colors. It is currently sailing the company’s Florida Gulf Coast and Keys cruises, operating roundtrip from St. Petersburg, Fla., and the ceremony took place at Mallory Square where the ship docks when visiting Key Weston that itinerary..

The festive celebration included local dignitaries, community members, cruise guests, and port and marina officials. Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, gave remarks and introduced American Glory’s godmother, Teri Johnston, Mayor of Key West.

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“Docking in Mallory Square is a privilege, and we are honored to be a new small piece of the Key West community,” said Robertson. “We are grateful to Mayor Johnston and proud to have her as godmother of American Glory . We look forward to continuing to build on our partnership with Key West and other Florida coastal towns,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines.

American Glory ’s christening in Key West follows the christening of series flagship, American Eagle in August 2023, at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy campus on Buzzards Bay, in Massachusetts.

American Glory will continue sailing the company’s Florida Gulf Coast & Keys cruises, operating roundtrip from St. Petersburg, Fla., throughout March 2024 and again in November and December. Later this year, American Glory will be joined by another sister ship, American Legend, which also begins sailing the company’s Florida Gulf Coast & Keys cruises this November.

Accommodating just 100 guests, American Glory features four decks and has the unique catamaran bow characteristic of the new Coastal Cat series and offers elegant interior design and private balcony accommodations.


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10 Cheap Cruises Ranked By Their 2024 Prices

  • Cruising offers an affordable and all-inclusive vacation option, with prices as low as $27.25 per person per night.
  • Travelers can explore beautiful destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Bahamas on budget-friendly cruises.
  • These cheap cruises provide luxury amenities, including open bars, water parks, multiple restaurants, and entertainment options.

The cruising world is one that travelers find hard to leave. With 24/7 food and restaurant opportunities, water parks, gyms, infinity pools, casinos, bars, and more, cruising is like going to a floating, all-inclusive hotel. While some cruise lines can be expensive, there are a few out there with some unbelievable deals that take their passengers on cruise ship voyages through Iceland's untamed beauty , cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands , unique cruises in Greece , and the Caribbean's best-kept secrets, just to name a few.

The average cost per hotel room (excluding food) is predicted to be around $155 per person, per night, in 2024 . Still, in the land of cruising, travelers can enjoy an all-inclusive vacation for just $27.25 per person per night (the cheapest cruise on this list) or $95 per night (the most expensive 'cheap' cruise on this list).

For travelers looking to set sail and explore the world on a budget, these are the cheapest cruises to go on in 2024 (ranked by their 2024 prices), listed from cheap to 'super cheap'.

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7-Night Alaska Cruise

Total cost per person for 7 nights: $669.

This 7-night cruise departs from Seattle, Washington, and takes its passengers to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan (Ward Cove), and Victoria, British Columbia. This is the cheapest cruise on offer for exploring the Alaskan waters.

The Norwegian Encore cruise line is one of the only ships that offer an open bar as part of the total price. It boasts an impressive 16 passenger decks, making it a cheap yet luxurious Alaskan vacation alternative.

  • Cruise Ship: Norwegian Encore
  • Book it here: 7 Night Alaska: Glacier Bay, Skagway & Juneau on Norwegian Encore

10-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Total cost per person for 10 nights: $509.

This 10-night cruise is the ultimate Caribbean getaway; offering the cheapest way to experience the length of the Eastern Caribbean, including stops in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (the Cruiseline Private Island), Grand Turk Island in Turks & Caicos, and Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic.

This cruise comes in at just $51 per night, making it one of the cheapest Caribbean cruises (and vacations) to go on. The Carnival Venezia also offers more restaurants (8), outside rooms (1249), and passenger decks (15) than other cruise ships for the same price, making it one of the most cost-effective options.

  • Cruise Ship: Carnival Venezia
  • Book it here: 10 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Related: Three Super Cheap Cruises Worth Booking In 2024

7-Night Caribbean: Great Stirrup Cay & Cozumel

Total cost per person for 7 nights: $479.

This 7-night Great Stirrup Cay & Cozumel cruise around the Caribbean is the cheapest cruise line with an all-inclusive mini-water park in 2024.

The ship houses 2 pools and 5 whirlpools, a Kids Aqua Park, which includes a kid-size pool and slide, splash area, fountains and sprays, and 3 multi-story water slides, including the thrilling Epic Plunge.

  • Cruise Ship: Norwegian Epic Cruise Line
  • Book it here: 7 Night Caribbean: Great Stirrup Cay & Cozumel

7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise

Total cost per person for 7 nights: $469.

This 7-night Mexican Riviera Cruise that takes passengers to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is the cheapest cruise departing from California.

The average price to visit and tour Mexico is $997 per person for 7 days , making this cruise an excellent all-inclusive alternative, costing half of the average price, with luxury amenities.

  • Cruise Ship: Carnival Panorama
  • Book it here: 7 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise

The cheapest cabin for this cruise is the interior cabin - bear this in mind when booking.

6-Night Pacific Coastal Cruise

Total cost per person for 6 nights: $451.

This 6-night Pacific Coastal Cruise is another one of the cheapest 2024 cruises; it takes its passengers on a cost-effective journey one-way to discover the West Coast of Canada and the United States from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Los Angeles, California. The cruise explores sights in Vancouver before moving on to Victoria, British Columbia, San Francisco, California, Catalina Island, California, and ending in Los Angeles, California.

On the route, this affordable cruise ensures that entertainment, food, exercise, and more are all covered with its state-of-the-art facilities that aim to cost less than what passengers usually spend at home.

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11-Night Caribbean & Bahamas Cruise

Total price per person for 11 nights: $369.

Easily rivaling even the best Caribbean island hopping cruises , this cheap, extensive cruise takes its passengers to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida, Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico, Ocean Cay Marine Reserve in the Bahamas (a Cruise Line Private Island) and Miami, Florida for just $34 per person per night.

Dining, entertainment, bars, and sports zones are all included in the price, making it one of the amazing yet cheap family cruises for 2024.

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5-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Total for 5 days per person: $349.

This cheap almost-week-long Eastern Caribbean voyage takes passengers from Port Canaveral in Orlando to Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands before heading to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic and ending back in Port Canaveral.

The cruise includes amazing stage shows, live musical performances, stand-up comedy, clubs, bars, and lounges featuring DJs spinning, karaoke, piano sing-alongs, and more. On board, guests can also enjoy parties, game shows, and trivia contests.

There are also great options for all six meals — breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and late-night snacks at the full-service Main Dining Room or the casual Lido Restaurant. These amenities make it one of the cheapest entertainment-filled cruises for 2024.

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4-Day Baja Mexico Cruise From Los Angeles

Total cost for four days per person: $229.

The Carnival Radiance takes its passengers on the cheapest trip to Mexico from Los Angeles they'll ever find. Stops along the way include Catalina Island, Ensenada, and Long Beach in Los Angeles.

From endless taco trains to never-ending burrito buffets and all-one-can-drink tequila, this all-inclusive Mexican fiesta is the cheapest way to spend a vacation in Mexico.

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2-Night Margaritaville At Sea Paradise Cruise

Total cost for 2 nights per person: $148.50.

This 2-night cruise through the Florida seas departs from Palm Beach, Florida, and takes its passengers on an all-inclusive, relaxing getaway. This cruise doesn't have any island extras that passengers need to budget for, making it one of the cheapest cruises to book in 2024.

Passengers won't need to worry about paying for anything more once they're on board.

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4-Night MSC Bahamas Cruise

Total cost for 4 nights per person: $109.

Not only is this one of the most affordable Bahamas cruises , but it also comes in as the cheapest cruise for 2024. This ultimate budget-friendly cruise is the 4-night MSC Seashore Bahamas Cruise, which takes its passengers on a journey to the luscious Bahamas. The ship departs from Miami and stops over at Nassau and Freeport before heading back to Miami.

The only thing not included in this all-inclusive vacation is a Wi-Fi and on-board credit package. The MSC Seashore is one of the biggest MSC cruise ships, with multiple amenities while also being the cheapest to offer such amenities.

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS12) — A 66-year-old man had a stroke and was medevacked from a Carnival Pride cruise ship on Friday, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) says.

USCG says the man was 230 miles away from Tampa when he was medevacked.

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Video shows the helicopter hovering over the cruise ship as they begin to take the 66-year-old man.

He was taken to the Tampa General Hospital where he received higher-level care, USCG says.

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Houthi rebels strike a US-owned ship off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, raising tensions

The Associated Press explains the details of the U.S.-led strikes that targeted Yemen’s Houthi rebels over their ongoing assault on shipping in the Red Sea.

The bulk carrier Gibraltar Eagle is seen off Kristiansand, Norway, June 29, 2023. Houthi rebels fired a missile striking the U.S.-owned ship Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, just off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, less than a day after they launched an anti-ship cruise missile toward an American destroyer in the Red Sea. (AP Photo)

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Houthi rebels fired a missile that struck a U.S.-owned ship Monday just off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, less than a day after they launched an anti-ship cruise missile toward an American destroyer in the Red Sea.

The attack on the Gibraltar Eagle, later claimed by the Houthis, further escalates tensions gripping the Red Sea after American-led strikes on the rebels. The Houthis’ attacks have roiled global shipping , amid Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, targeting a crucial corridor linking Asian and Mideast energy and cargo shipments to the Suez Canal onward to Europe.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which oversees Mideast waters, said Monday’s attack happened some 110 miles (177 kilometers) miles southeast of Aden. It said the ship’s captain reported that the “port side of vessel hit from above by a missile.”

Private security firms Ambrey and Dryad Global told The Associated Press that the vessel was the Eagle Gibraltar, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier. The U.S. military’s Central Command later acknowledged the strike.

“The ship has reported no injuries or significant damage and is continuing its journey,” Central Command said.

Houthi supporters chant slogans as they attend a rally marking eight years for a Saudi-led coalition, on March 26, 2023, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree claimed the attack in a recorded television address that aired Monday night.

“The Yemeni armed forces consider all American and British ships and warships participating in the aggression against our country as hostile targets,” he said.

The vessel is owned by Eagle Bulk Shipping, a Stamford, Connecticut-based firm traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In a statement to The Associated Press, the company said the strike caused “limited damage to a cargo hold but (the ship) is stable and is heading out of the area.”

“All seafarers onboard the vessel are confirmed to be uninjured,” the firm said. “The vessel is carrying a cargo of steel products. Eagle Bulk management is in close contact with all relevant authorities concerning this matter.”

Satellite-tracking data analyzed by AP showed the Eagle Gibraltar had been bound for the Suez Canal, but rapidly turned around at the time of the attack.

Central Command said it detected a separate anti-ship ballistic missile launch toward the southern Red Sea on Monday, though it ”failed in flight and impacted on land in Yemen.”

The U.S. Maritime Administration, under the Transportation Department, also issued a warning of a continuing “high degree of risk to commercial vessels” traveling near Yemen.

“While the decision to transit remains at the discretion of individual vessels and companies, it is recommended that U.S. flag and U.S.-owned commercial vessels” stay away from Yemen in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “until further notice,” the advisory said.

Separately, the British military said guards aboard a civilian ship off Eritrea fired warning shots on Monday to scare off a small boat near it in the Red Sea.

Sunday’s missile launch toward the American warship also marked the first U.S.-acknowledged fire by the Houthis since America and allied nations began strikes Friday on the rebels following weeks of assaults on shipping in the Red Sea.

The Houthi fire in the direction of the USS Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer operating in the southern reaches of the Red Sea, Central Command said.

The missile came from near Hodeida, a Red Sea port city long held by the Houthis, the U.S. said.

“An anti-ship cruise missile was fired from Iranian-backed Houthi militant areas of Yemen toward USS Laboon,” Central Command said. “There were no injuries or damage reported.”

The Houthis did not acknowledge that attack.

It wasn’t presently clear whether the U.S. would retaliate for the latest attacks, though President Joe Biden has said he “will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”

The first day of U.S.-led strikes Friday hit 28 locations and struck more than 60 targets with cruise missiles and bombs launched by fighter jets, warships and a submarine. Sites hit included weapon depots, radars and command centers, including in remote mountain areas, the U.S. has said.

The Houthis have yet to acknowledge how severe the damage was from the strikes, which they said killed five of their troops and wounded six others.

U.S. forces followed up with a strike Saturday on a Houthi radar site .

Since November, the rebels have repeatedly targeted ships in the Red Sea, saying they were avenging Israel’s offensive in Gaza against Hamas . But they have frequently targeted vessels with tenuous or no clear links to Israel, imperiling shipping in a key route for global trade.

Even the leader of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah, obliquely referenced the widening Houthi attacks on ships in a speech Sunday, saying that “the sea has become a battlefield of missiles, drones and warships” and blaming the U.S. strikes for escalating maritime tensions.

“The most dangerous thing is what the Americans did in the Red Sea, (it) will harm the security of all maritime navigation,” Nasrallah said.

Though the Biden administration and its allies have tried to calm tensions in the Middle East for weeks and prevent any wider conflict, the strikes in the Red Sea threaten to ignite one.

It’s also affecting shipping for the Middle East nation of Qatar, one of the world’s top natural gas suppliers. Three liquid natural gas tankers that had recently loaded in Qatar and were bound for the Suez Canal remain idling off Oman, while another coming from Europe to Qatar remains off Saudi Arabia. QatarEnergy and government officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Saudi Arabia, which supports the Yemeni government-in-exile that the Houthis are fighting, sought to distance itself from the attacks on Houthi sites as it tries to maintain a delicate détente with Iran and a cease-fire it has in Yemen. The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen that began in 2015 has killed more than 150,000 people, including fighters and civilians, and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, killing tens of thousands more.

The American military did not specifically say the fire targeted the Laboon, following a pattern by the U.S. since the Houthi attacks began. However, U.S. sailors have received combat ribbons for their actions in the Red Sea — something handed out only to those who face active hostilities with an enemy force.

Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo, Lolita C. Baldor in Washington, Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this report.


Emergency declared in San Diego as wettest January day on record brings widespread flooding

SAN DIEGO — Winter storms for relatively dry San Diego are hit-or-miss, but mostly miss, so the wallop of a Pacific front Monday stunned California's second-largest city even as it was expecting rain.

It was the third of three Pacific storms to strike the West Coast since Friday, with the first bypassing the region and the second producing only about one-third of an inch of relatively warm rain. A city that walked it off was then punished by the third storm , which had been forecast to be stronger.

It was the wettest January day on record in San Diego, the National Weather Service said. A high school in the city was being used as a temporary shelter after about 100 homes were in some way affected by the flooding, according to Mayor Todd Gloria, who declared a state of emergency "due to extreme rainfall and flash flooding."

Video posted to social media showed cars being swept away by fast-moving waters, on roads turned into rivers.

Tijuana and other parts of northern Baja California were hit hard. At least eight migrants were rescued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and San Diego Fire Department rescuers when they were endangered by the floodwaters of the Tijuana River Valley on the U.S. side, authorities said.

Residents in the Southcrest neighborhood just southeast of downtown had to be rescued by firefighters as standing water quickly surrounded their apartment complex, according to authorities and coverage from NBC San Diego . No injuries were reported.

Navy Base San Diego, south of downtown, reported flooding in the late morning as a thick cell of precipitation moved over the area and put multiple streets and Interstate 15, which leads to Las Vegas, under enough water that they were effectively shuttered.

Navy officials said personnel on base should shelter in place as they tried to move incoming and outgoing traffic to areas of the base that weren't temporarily united with adjacent San Diego Bay.

Mayor Gloria urged residents and visitors to stay off roads Monday. Schools in adjacent La Mesa and Spring Valley declared classrooms would be closed Tuesday.

"This weather event was predicted, in terms of rain, but the amount of rain in the short amount of time was a bit of a surprise to, I think, everybody," he said at a news conference early Tuesday at Lincoln High School in San Diego, which is being used as a shelter.

Gloria added that he would be asking the state governor, Gavin Newsome, for federal funds.

Sean Mahoney, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Southern California Region, told the same news conference that the shelter would be able to house 375 people, providing hot meals and mental health support. Two homeless centers have been relocated.

The city grappled with flooding in the usual places, including Mission Valley, where multiple roads were impassable, and Ocean Beach, where beachgoers didn’t necessarily have to reach the ocean to go for a swim.

At the north end of San Diego County, State Route 78 was shuttered east of the city of Oceanside after lanes were buried in floodwaters. Eastbound lanes remained closed Monday night, according to the California Transportation Department.

The scene was similar across the region as the storm drew moisture from the Pacific and formed an atmospheric river, what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls "rivers in the sky," which produced once-in-a-generation effects.

The storm echoed the havoc of El Niño in 1983 or 1998 — classic years for the rainy weather phenomenon that brought widespread flooding, sizable surf and even weeks of snow to Southern California.

Monday's storm spun at the coast counterclockwise and hit northern Baja California, giving San Diego a glancing but still strong blow, NWS meteorologist Brandt Maxwell said.

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The long-tail jet stream, a permanent feature that usually aims storms much farther north, and the strong atmospheric river paired up with unstable air composed of warmer atmosphere colliding with colder climes, Maxwell said. Together those elements charged up the day's storm.

The only thing missing, Maxwell noted, was strong wind.

San Diego's rain amounts have been well below normal this season, which started Oct. 1. But this single storm brought the city to slightly above normal for the year, Maxwell said.

There's still essentially half the rainy season ahead, and average annual rainfall is nearly 10 inches. The storm gave San Diego enough rain to put its season-to-date precipitation at just a hair under 5 inches for the season, Maxwell said.

To continue on a normal track or even produce an above-normal year of precipitation that would justify predictions of a rainy El Niño year for California , the Southern California coast will have to have more days like this.

It’s rare to get much needle-moving precipitation past the end of March. The storm is most likely the last one like it for January.

"At least in the short term, it doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot on the horizon for Southern California," Maxwell said.

Gloria said in the news conference that he had just got back from a conference of U.S. mayors in Washington, where attendees were in agreement that extreme weather, fueled by climate change, was the new normal.

"It doesn't matter what mayor from what part of the country, what you see is people having experiences exactly like this one.

"'We're used to snow, but not this much snow,' or, 'we're used to rain but not this much rain.' These unusual weather patterns that are really beyond people's typical experience ... it's exactly what all of us are describing and why so many of us are so active on the issue of climate change."

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Dennis Romero is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital. 

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Gibraltar Eagle photographed in Belgium, July 2023. Vessels have been advised to transit the Red Sea area with caution.

Houthi attacks continue as US cargo ship hit in defiance of strikes on Yemen

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The Iran-backed Houthi militia group has continued to attack commercial shipping, hitting an American-owned cargo ship with a ballistic missile in defiance of a wave of US and UK strikes on Yemen .

The strike against the Marshall Islands-flagged Gibraltar Eagle represented a widening of the theatre of war beyond the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. The strike hit the cargo hold of the ship and while it was thought to have caused no major damage, will add to fears that the US and UK strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen have not degraded the militia group’s ability to threaten commercial shipping.

Qatar became the latest major user of cargo ships to announce it will not send liquid gas through the Red Sea for the foreseeable future. The level of traffic was said to have dropped markedly overall since the US and UK strikes on Thursday.

The Houthis , an Iranian-backed Shia group that has been battling for control of Yemen for more than 20 years, say the more than 30 attacks on commercial shipping over the past six weeks are part of an effort to put pressure on Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza.

The Houthis’ chief negotiator, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said on Monday that the group’s position had not changed after the US-led strikes, and indicated that strikes would continue on ships heading to Israel: “Our position on the events in Palestine and the aggression against Gaza has not changed and would not change, neither after the strike nor after the threats.

“The attacks to prevent Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of occupied Palestine are continuing.”

The Houthis say an Israeli ceasefire in Gaza would immediately lead to the free flow of ships through the Red Sea, and lift pressure on global supply chains.

The Houthis’ comparative success on Monday raises questions about whether the US-UK naval alliance off Yemen will have to mount a further series of strikes, or even consider liaising actively with ground troops from the UN-recognised Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) – the Saudi-UAE backed coalition government based in Aden.

The UK defence secretary, Grant Shapps, said the attacks on the Houthis mounted on Thursday night had been intended as “a single limited action” rather than a continuing series of attacks.

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Rishi Sunak, the prime minister, told MPs he hoped the Houthis would step back after the “necessary and proportionate response”, but added “the UK would not hesitate to protect our security and our interests”.

“We remain prepared to back our words with action,” he said.

On Sunday a US fighter jet also shot down a Houthi-fired cruise missile fired from Houthi areas and aimed at the US destroyer USS Laboon. Earlier on Monday, the UK Maritime Trade Operations agency reported an unidentified ship had fended off two small vessels seeking to board.

In addition on Monday, US Central Command said that two hours before the strike on Gibraltar Eagle, a cruise missile fired from Houthi-controlled areas failed in flight and landed in the sea causing no damage.

Yemeni sources said residents had heard explosions close to the port of Hodeidah, implying the US and UK were continuing to mount operations in an attempt to snuff out the threat posed by Houthi missiles. Many of the strikes on Thursday night were aimed at Hodeidah.

A leading member of Yemen’s UN-recognised government urged the west to provide his forces with military equipment, training and intelligence to help defeat the Houthis. The Aden-based Maj Gen Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, the deputy head of the eight-strong PLC, said the near nine-year attempt by the Saudis to defeat the Houthis showed air power was not enough. He claimed many Houthi missiles would be hidden underground and hard to detect.

The UK ambassador to Yemen, Abda Sharif, on Sunday met with the PLC prime minister, Dr Maeen Abdul Mali, to discuss the future of the UN peace plan for Yemen, and how to prevent the Houthi movement riding a popular wave of support by projecting itself as one of the few groups in the Middle East willing to show active solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. At the weekend big Houthi crowds chanted: “We don’t care and make it a world war.”

After a meeting in Aden on Monday, the PLC made a point of distancing itself from Israel, voicing “Yemen’s support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, most notably in resisting the Israeli occupation and establishing its independent, fully sovereign national state”.

The statement warned the Houthi militias of “the consequences of continuing to exploit the oppression of the Palestinian people in order to achieve Iran’s interests and its expansionist projects in the region”. It said Houthi actions only served to distract the world’s attention away from the Israeli occupation’s attacks and “grave violations” in a way that served the continuation of the “aggression”.

The PLC wants the Houthi militia to be classified as a terrorist group, a designation that the US president, Joe Biden, withdrew soon after becoming president. Such a designation would make it difficult for humanitarian agencies to cooperate with Houthi-linked Yemen groups.

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