Well, I just booked the Feb 19 Sapphire sailing.
I'm doing Mexico, again, because I wanted to sail on Princess in Feb and all the Caribbean ships are sold out for good cabins! (Or sold out period.)
The unrest in Mexico is really near the border, and it doesn't affect the actual port towns the cruises go to. Unfortunately, the general public doesn't realize this. The main reason ships are being re-deployed though is that the economy has really hit the Mexico / California itineraries the most as there are lots and lots of folks that live in the area and go over and over. Its not the same as the Caribbean were folks think of it more of a 'destination'. Us Californians that go on the Mexico cruises go because its easy, not because we actually want to go to Mexico.
It makes sense the Carnival Spirit is departing as Carnival is competing with itself (against its own Splendor from LA) for a limited number of passengers. I also think the Splendor having the fire a few months ago REALLY slammed the image of Carnival on the West Coast and there are some that 'won't go on that Carnival cruise line' now. The fire was an accident and I'm sure Princess couldn't have done much better with the situation, but the fact is it hurt the Carnival brand for sure.
Who wants to go on the Feb 19 sailing with me? And yes, Fred, there is a reason I didn't post my cruise booking on FB yet.