sunsetastoria.jpgAs we’ve reported, the recent swine flu epidemic has caused a number of cruise lines to cancel port stops in Mexico, and instead many have re-routed ships to the Pacific Northwest. (Many have announced they will be resuming the regular service soon.) Although some passengers feel that they have been short-changed on their vacation, other travelers are jumping at the opportunity to visit ports that are not as heavily trafficked as the destinations in Mexico. What’s even better, is that while sailing the Pacific Northwest can be costly, because cruise operators are desperate to fill cabins prices have dropped drastically, and a 7-night cruise can be had for as little as $459.

The new Carnival Splendor embarks from Long Beach on June 7, and makes its first stop in Astoria, Oregon, a port not frequented by many cruise lines. As the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria offers visitors beautiful state parks, rivers, and maritime museums. While at sea, passengers can experience all that the ship has to offer, including the soothing Thalassotherapy Pool filled with vitamin-rich ocean water, an outdoor theater with a jumbo-sized LED screen, mini golf, nightclubs, and more.


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astoriahouse.jpgAfter Astoria, the ship calls on the picturesque city of Victoria, Canada where cruisers can take an Orca whale exploration, visit a nearby winery, or wander through the city’s inner harbor. Next, the Splendor sails onward to the magnificent city of Vancouver, which offers something for everyone.  For families there are science museums and aquariums. At the same time, adventure seekers can go scuba diving, or head to the rugged mountain wilderness. In addition, there are plenty of beaches, shopping, and dining venues to enjoy before sailing back to Long Beach. Interior cabins on this rare voyage start at $459 – which is up to 72% off the original price.  Plus, receive up to $200 in onboard spending credits to be used during the time spent at sea.

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