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Guide To Los Angeles Cruise Port, California

Updated on July 11, 2014
Los Angeles Skyline
Los Angeles Skyline

Let's Go Los Angeles

Los Angeles, commonly nicknamed the City of Angels, is the largest city in California, and the second biggest city in the whole of United States. Sited on a wide region of South California, LA is bordered by arid plains, the mighty Ocean, large forests and vast mountain ranges.

Starting as a little township in the eighteenth century, the city started to grow about 100 years later thanks to the arrival of the railroad, and expanded unchecked throughout the next century. Nowadays the city is centered in Los Angeles County, but stretches into Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County and Orange County.

The city is home to 18 million people who originate from every corner of the globe. Los Angeles , including an extensive Hispanic community, a major Asian population, and sizable populations of many additional ethnic origins.

Los Angeles is an important center of trade, commerce, culture and retail, however it is best known as the home of the world's movie industry. The fame of Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills and Bel Air has added to Los Angeles's allure as an American dream further driving the region’s phenomenal expansion.

The popularity of Los Angeles as a cruise port has increased dramatically recently, and today around three hundred cruises leave from the port every year. Routes available include the Hawaiian islands and the Mexican Riviera. A cruise from LA makes a memorable vacation.

Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Sightseeing in Los Angeles

San Pedro Area

Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Discover the past and present of LA harbor at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, sited at the 1941 Municipal Ferry Terminal. See hundreds of exhibits such as machines, photographs, models and original documents of noted ships and boats. Sited by 6th and Harbor around 1/2 mile south of the cruise facility.

Red Car Trolley Ride
The Waterfront Red Car Line is a one and a half mile long vintage trolley line connecting the Marina and the World Cruise Center. The car stops at Ports O' Call and the LA Maritime Museum. The Red Cars are entirely refurbished to their previous glory, with upholstered seats, hardwood paneling and elaborate shiny fittings.

Ports O' Call
Styled after a New England fishing village, Ports O' Call is an interesting trip. It has lots of galleries, restaurants, bars and shops, beside charming cobbled streets. There’s a harbor offering boat sailings whale watching cruises, around the bay and day excursions to Catalina. Ports O’Call is just a mile southwards from the cruise terminal.

Queen Mary
Queen Mary

Sightseeing in Los Angeles

Long Beach Area

Queen Mary
In 1936 RMS Queen Mary was launched for the famous Cunard Line and the ship continued sailing formore than 30 years, with a period of military service in WWII. The liner crossed the Atlantic Ocean 1001 times, and set speed records many times. In 1967 the Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach to become museum and hotel. Located just by the cruise port.

Aquarium of The Pacific and Shoreline Aquatic Park
Discover the sunny waters of Southern California|the cold waters of the North Pacific|the amazing reefs of the Tropical Pacific} at this amazing aquarium. Observe the ocean’s fearsome predators in the large Shark Lagoon. Subsequent to your trip to the aquarium saunter through nearby Shoreline Aquatic Park, an attractive open space overlooking the sea. Situated just across the water from the cruise terminal, around 2 miles by car.

Rancho Los Cerritos Ranch
Constructed in the middle of the 19th century, the house and surrounds of Rancho Los Cerrotos Ranch are steeped in history of a mixture of Mexican, Spanish and American California beginnings. Furnishings in the exhibit rooms show the life and times of both the owners and the workers on a traditional ranch. Situated about five miles north of Long Beach cruise port.

Ride through Naples by Gondola
There are around a mile of canals in Naples, consisting of the long Rivo Alto Canal and the short Naples Canal. An aria-singing gondolier dressed in stripes acts as your guide.

Gondola rentals are available by the Bayshore Aquatic Playground Park. Alternatively you can hire a canoe at the park, for much less. Located about two miles eastwards of Long Beach cruise terminal.

A cruise ship anchored off Catalina island, a popular port-of-call for LA cruises
A cruise ship anchored off Catalina island, a popular port-of-call for LA cruises

Cruise Routes From Los Angeles

The most popular cruise from LA is a trip down the western side of Mexico. Baja California itineraries typically stop at Catalina island and Ensenada. Mexican Riviera itineraries stop at Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. More extended voyages on offer include trips to Hawaii, and one-way through the Panama canal voyages to the eastern seabord of the USA. In early summer there's a variety of trips to Vancouver, as ships position for the summer season of Alaska cruising. For a full calendar of cruises from Los Angeles, see cruises from LA.

San Pedro Cruise Port
San Pedro Cruise Port
Long Beach Cruise Port
Long Beach Cruise Port

Los Angeles Cruise Terminals

LA’s San Pedro bay contains 2 cruise ports, the World Cruise Center at the Port of Los Angeles (commonly named San Pedro), and 4 miles eastwards Long Beach Cruise Terminal next to the Port of Long Beach. Cruise ships dock at the World Cruise Center, except most (but not all) Carnival cruise ships which depart from Long Beach.

San Pedro World Cruise Center Cruise Terminals

There are 2 cruise ship terminals at the World Cruise Center, Terminal 91/92 serving berths 91-92 and Terminal 93 for berth 93. Capacity is two to three large cruise ships. Both terminals have the basic amenities, like cafes, parking zones, check in, shopping, cab ranks and bars.

For the port website see Port of Los Angeles.

Long Beach Cruise Terminal

In 2003 Carnival Cruiselines deserted the World Trade Center and commissioned the Long Beach Cruise Port across the bay.

The terminal is situated in the dome that once contained Spruce Goose.

Long Beach port possesses a single 1100ft long berth capable of hosting one large liner. The cruise terminal possesses all of the usual facilities, including shopping, check in, parking zones, bars, cab ranks and cafes.

Adjacent to the terminal sits the historic Queen Mary liner.

Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles Airport

Directions To The Cruise Ports

San Pedro
By Car
Journey southwards on the Harbor freeway (Interstate 110). Exit at CA47 (Terminal Island Exit) and continue across the Harbor Boulevard crossing. Go right to enter San Pedro World Cruise Center.

From the Airport
Join the supershuttle service to the cruise terminal. About a forty-five minute trip.

Long Beach
By Car
Drive south on the Long Beach Freeway (Interstate 710). Note the signs for the Queen Mary. On arriving, watch for signs for the cruise terminal drop-off and passenger parking.

From the Airport
Take the supershuttle to the cruise terminal. Allow for a forty minute journey.

By Train (either terminal)
The nearest Amtrak station to the cruise terminals is in downtown Los Angeles, about thirty miles away. When booking your train ticket, choose San Pedro-Catalina Terminal Bus Stop (SPD) or Long Beach Queen Mary (LBQ) as your destination. You will be transferred by a thruway coach onward from the train station to the required bus stop. The bus stops are within easy walking distance of the cruise ports.

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