Pacific Port Of Departure - Los Angeles

1 Introducing Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California, and the second most populated city in the whole of United States. Located on a wide region of the South of California, LA is enclosed by vast mountain peaks, the Pacific Ocean, widespread forests and parched plains.

First established in the late eighteenth century, the city started to get bigger when the railroad came, and expanded quickly throughout the following years. Nowadays the city has as its hub Los Angeles County, but extends into Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County and Ventura County.

Los Angeles is an important hub for business, culture, media and global trade, but is internationally famous for being the home of the globe’s entertainment industry. The glamour of Bel Air, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills and Hollywood has added to the city’s attraction as an American dream contributing to the city’s huge growth.

The popularity of Los Angeles’s cruise terminals has increased dramatically recently, and today around 300 cruises depart from the city each year. Routes available include the Mexican Riviera and the Hawaiian islands. Picking a cruise from Los Angeles leads to an unforgettable vacation.

2 The Cruise Ports Of Los Angeles

LA’s San Pedro bay contains 2 cruise ports, the World Cruise Center in the Port of Los Angeles (often named San Pedro), and 4 miles to the east Long Beach Cruise Terminal adjacent to the Port of Long Beach. Cruise ships leave from the World Cruise Center, except most (but not all) Carnival-group ships which berth at Long Beach.


World Cruise Center Cruise Terminals

There are two cruise ship terminals at the World Cruise Center, Terminal 91/92 for access to berths 91-92 (total length of dock 1550') and Terminal 93 serving berth 93 (length of dock 1200'). The cruise port's capacity is 2 to 3 large ships. Both cruise terminals have the necessary amenities, like shops, bars, check in, eateries, parking zones and cab ranks.


Long Beach Cruise Terminal

In 2003 Carnival left San Pedro and moved to the Long Beach Cruise Port six miles away. The cruise terminal is inside the white dome that once was home to Howard Hughes' famous aeroplane Spruce Goose. Long Beach cruise port boasts a single 1100ft berth with the cability to manage one cruise liner. The terminal has all of the necessary amenities, such as parking areas, shops, eateries, cab ranks, check in and bars. Just by the terminal is the historic Queen Mary ocean liner.

From either terminal, the best liked voyage from Los Angeles is a trip down the west coastline of Mexico. Baja California itineraries generally stop at Ensenada and Catalina. Mexican Riviera cruises visit Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Longer voyages on offer are journeys to Hawaii, and one-way trans Panama canal trips to east coast US. In late spring there's a variety of itineraries to Vancouver, as cruise ships position for Alaska cruising.

See cruises from Los Angeles for a comprehensive listing of cruises available.

For the Los Angeles cruise website (San Pedro) see Port Of Los Angeles.


3 Out And About In Los Angeles

Near San Pedro Cruise Port

Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Be introduced to the past and present of LA harbor at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, located in the Municipal Ferry Terminal. See numerous items such as photos, machines, original documents and models from significant ships and boats. Located at Harbor and 6th around half mile southwards from the cruise terminal.

Ports O' Call
Designed like a New England seaside community, Ports O' Call makes a great trip. It has many galleries, bars, shops and restaurants, beside charming cobbled walkways. There is also a harbor for boat sailings whale watching cruises, day excursions to Catalina Island and around the bay. Ports O’Call is nearly a mile southwards from the cruise terminal.

Red Car Trolley Ride
The Red Car Line is a one and a half mile long trolley service interconnecting the Marina and the World Cruise Center. The trolley has stops by the LA Maritime Museum and Ports O' Call. The Red Cars are entirely restored to their former glory, complete with elaborate polished fittings, comfortable seats and wood paneling.

Near Long Beach Cruise Port

Queen Mary
In 1936 RMS Queen Mary was launched for the historic Cunard Cruise Line and she operated for over thirty years, with a time of military operations in World War II. The liner crossed the Atlantic Ocean 1001 times, posting crossing time records on several occasions. In 1967 RMS Queen Mary came to Long Beach and became a floating museum/hotel. Sited just by the cruise terminal.

Shoreline Aquatic Park and Aquarium of The Pacific
Discover the warm waters of Southern California, the rich reefs of the Tropics and the cold seawater of the Arctic at this brilliant aquarium. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in the large Shark Lagoon. After your excursion around the aquarium amble around adjacent Shoreline Aquatic Park, a beautiful area of parkland overlooking the sea. Situated across the water from the Long Beach cruise terminal, about five minutes by cab.

Rancho Los Cerritos Ranch
Built in the mid 1800s, the ranch house and surrounds of Rancho Los Cerrotos Ranch are full of tradition of a mixture of Mexican, Spanish and American California origins. The rooms are authentically furnished to portray the life and times of both the owners and the workers of a 19th century ranch. Located around five miles northwards of Long Beach cruise port.

4 Traveling To Los Angeles Cruise Ports

San Pedro

By Car
Follow the Harbor freeway (I110) in a southerly direction. Exit at CA47 (Terminal Island Exit) and proceed across the Harbor Boulevard intersection. Make a right to go into the World Cruise Center.
From the Airport
Take the supershuttle coach to the cruise port. About an hour’s journey.

Long Beach

By Car
Pick up the Long Beach freeway (I-710)southwards. Note the signs giving directions to the Queen Mary. When you arrive, watch for signs for the cruise terminal drop-off and parking.
From the Airport
Join the supershuttle to Long Beach cruise port. About a forty minute ride.

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