Crystal Cruises put two new Pacific Coast cruises on the 2011 calendar, replacing two Mexican Riviera itineraries.

The two new cruises, departing April 10 and 17, sail between Los Angeles and Vancouver on the Crystal Symphony and visit Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle; Astoria, Ore.; and Victoria, British Columbia.

"The beauty of a floating resort is that you can move your hotel to other destinations when there is demand," Bill Smith, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a statement. "We are keeping several fall 2010 itineraries through the Mexican Riviera, in addition to others in spring and fall 2011; the West Coast and Northwest itineraries add dimension and scope to the worldwide destinations we're offering in 2011."

Crystal is the latest line to cut back on Mexican Riviera itineraries.

In May, Royal Caribbean International said it was pulling the Mariner of the Seas off Mexican Riviera cruises out of Los Angeles, following similar moves by Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines.

In March, NCL announced that the 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star would move to Tampa in October 2011. Carnival moved the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation to Mobile, Ala. last spring.

Last year, Princess Cruises eliminated 15 Mexican Riviera cruises for this year and next, including the weekly itinerary that Princess started in the 1960s.


FMI: Travel Weekly