100 Swinford Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
The Port of Los Angeles is home to two separate cruise terminals: San Pedro's World Cruise Center, the second busiest passenger port of call on the West Coast, and the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. At the World Cruise Center, major cruise lines embark to destinations such as Baja California, the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Alaska and the Panama Canal. Annually, the World Cruise Center welcomes roughly 100 cruises. The terminal is about a 30-minute drive (18 miles) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), depending on traffic; from Long Beach Airport, it's 12 miles and about 20 minutes.
Travel southbound on the San Diego Freeway (405), and then southbound on the Harbor Freeway (I-110). Exit at Harbor Blvd. and proceed straight through the Harbor Blvd. intersection. Turn right to enter the World Cruise Center.
From downtown Los Angeles:
On the Harbor Freeway (110), travel southbound. Exit at Harbor Blvd. and proceed straight through the Harbor Blvd. intersection. Turn right to enter the World Cruise Center.
From Long Beach:
Travel westbound on Ocean Blvd., Seaside Ave. and the Vincent Thomas Bridge (CA-47). Exit at Harbor Blvd. and proceed straight through the Harbor Blvd. intersection. Turn right to enter the World Cruise Center.
There are two rental car companies located in downtown San Pedro near the World Cruise Center that offer free customer pick-ups and drop-offs to the terminal: Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz Car Rental.
Passengers on cruises departing from Port of Los Angeles can fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Long Beach International (LGB). After claiming your baggage at LAX, go outside to the shuttle stop on the outer island for shuttle transportation via SuperShuttle -- usually $30 per person. No reservations are required unless you need accessible van service. At LGB, after collecting luggage, exit the baggage claim and proceed across the middle island toward the rental car area to the booth marked "Ground Transportation." Notify the attendant at the booth that you are there for Prime Time or SuperShuttle -- it's approximately $18 per person. Taxis run about $80 from LAX and $55 from LGB, the port. At LAX, Uber (UberX rides only) and Lyft are available for pick-ups; neither is available at LGB.
By taking the Metro's Silver Line to the last stop -- Pacific Coast Highway -- you can reach the port from many cities in Los Angeles County, such as Santa Monica, downtown LA or Hollywood. Metro Rail fares are $1.75 per trip. From the Pacific Coast Highway Metro stop, it's roughly 4 miles or an eight-minute taxi ride to the cruise terminal.
Disembark at Los Angeles Union Station to connect with a bus specifically for Amtrak customers that stops directly at Berth 95. Look for Thruway signs in the train station, past the baggage claim, to go to the Catalina Express Terminal. These buses run daily. The bus transfer fee is included in the rail fee.
Parking is available, by Parking Concepts, Inc., at parking lots 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8. The daily maximum for standard vehicles is $17; $32 daily for oversized vehicles. For drop-offs, the first hour of lot parking is free, $2 for each additional hour. Payment is required upon exiting the garage. A courtesy bus to and from the cruise terminal is available, although not wheelchair accessible.
Taxis are readily available on days when ships are embarking or disembarking passengers. A taxi between LAX and the World Cruise Center is roughly $80, and $30 between LGB and the terminal.
Your arrival time depends on when your specific ship is scheduled to leave. Check with your cruise line for more information. Port of Los Angeles recommends all passengers arrive at the port no fewer than two hours prior to sail-away to allow ample time for check-in and security screening.
Here is where to expect for most cruise lines:
Cruise lines served: Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises
Specifically, two cruise lines with regular port calls embark as follows:
Berth 92: Norwegian Cruise Line
Berth 93: Princess Cruises
Note: When several ships are in port, cruises occasionally embark at Berth 46 or 54.
Each security process varies slightly, depending on the ship you are sailing, but you will encounter security screening before proceeding to check-in counters to receive your keycard. Port staff will then direct you to the appropriate areas for waiting or boarding, based on whether you have priority status.
The World Cruise Center terminal does not provide wheelchairs. If you require wheelchair assistance to board the ship, make sure to arrange with your cruise line in advance.
Roughly within a 13-minute walk, there are dozens of restaurants -- from English pub fare to Thai food -- and shops at the Los Angeles Waterfront. Further down the harbor, roughly a 20-minute walk, Ports O' Call Village features a mix of souvenir and gift shops, dining, fish markets and quick-service eateries. Closest to the terminal, there are a few grocery stores such as Von's Supermarket and a Ralph's Supermarket farther north (with an In-n-Out Burger in the same complex).
Porters are available to take your luggage at the entrance of each berth.
Plenty of seating is available at all terminals. Berth 93 includes a VIP room with seating in a spacious area with three 50-inch flat-panel televisions.
Restrooms are available near each cruise ship dock.
Wi-Fi is not available at the port, but there are nearby cafes and restaurants that do offer it.
For security purposes, lockers are not available at World Cruise Center. Please contact your cruise line to make arrangements to check your baggage with the cruise ship within a few hours of embarking. Carry-on baggage must stay with you until you board.
Google has a hard time recognizing the actual addresses at both ports. If you're driving here, the GPS coordinates are N 33° 44' 50.07", W 118° 16' 37.03 (World Cruise Center).
--By Lanee Lee, Cruise Critic contributor
Updated October 10, 2019