Port of Los Angeles
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For those who never watch TV or go to the movies, we should tell you that L.A. is a sprawling metropolis (with an atypically high percentage of beautiful people) with no "center" -- which means you'll wind your way through various neighborhoods and independently incorporated communities, keeping your eyes peeled for celebs and clusters of paparazzi everywhere. (Did you know that the city's Zagat restaurant guide actually has a "stargazing" category?) And still under the heading of Geography 101, try to think in terms of the major "areas" like Santa Monica and Malibu, the San Fernando Valley (the "valley" to locals), the Westside and Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Downtown and Pasadena.
One important note: Cruises don't actually leave from Los Angeles -- they embark and disembark from San Pedro and Long Beach, two adjacent ports. These are located about 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport.
Top Los Angeles Itineraries
Ruby Princess7 Night Mexican Riviera cruiseLos Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Los AngelesNow
Carnival Imagination4 Day Baja Mexico ItineraryLos Angeles, Catalina Island , Ensenada, Los AngelesNow
Carnival Inspiration4 Day Baja Mexico ItineraryLos Angeles, Catalina Island , Ensenada, Los AngelesNow
Star Princess15 Night Hawaiian Islands cruiseLos Angeles, Maui, Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Ensenada, Los AngelesNow
Norwegian Star9-day Mexican Riviera from Los AngelesLos Angeles, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Los AngelesNow
Where You're Docked
Los Angeles Cruise Port Address:
Long Beach - 231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
San Pedro - World Cruise Terminal, Berth 93, 92 and 91, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA 90731
Most ships embark and disembark at Berths 91, 92 and 93 A/B at the World Cruise Center in San Pedro, except for most Carnival Cruise Line ships, which sail in and out of the Cruise Terminal in Long Beach.
World Cruise Center is approximately 20 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via the San Diego Freeway (405) south to the Harbor Freeway (110); 25 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles via the Harbor Freeway; 12 miles from Santa Monica via the Santa Monica Freeway south (10) to the San Diego Freeway to the Harbor Freeway; 20 miles from Hollywood via the Hollywood Freeway (101) south to the Harbor Freeway. Once on the Harbor Freeway, continue south to the CA 47-Terminal Island exit. Parking is available; check Web site for directions and fees. Free shuttle buses are provided to and from the terminal on scheduled ship days. Note: They are not wheelchair accessible.
The Long Beach Cruise Terminal is at 231 Windsor Way and is approximately 30 miles from LAX via the San Diego Freeway south to the Long Beach Freeway (710); 35 miles from Downtown Los Angeles via the Harbor Freeway south to the San Diego Freeway south to the Long Beach Freeway; approximately 32 miles from Santa Monica via the Santa Monica Freeway east to the San Diego Freeway south to the Long Beach Freeway. Once on the Long Beach Freeway, follow the signs for the Queen Mary. At the entrance to the Queen Mary, stay to the far right for the Carnival Cruise Terminal. Note: No matter where you're driving from -- count on at least an hour's time to drive from locations listed above. The Long Beach Airport (LGB) is approximately five miles from the cruise terminal.
Passengers flying from Los Angeles International Airport after their sailing can check-in their luggage from the ship terminal; for a small fee, bypass the ticket counters, remotely check up to two bags and print out airline tickets.
Good to Know
Practice common sense safety as you would in any large city. Also, you may be asked for help from a homeless person. Help at your discretion, but if you choose not to help, avoid being rude as there's no need to antagonize them.
Chances are that agent, director or producer who thinks you or your child would be a great actor or model is probably scamming you. Go ahead and take their business card -- you can always do an Internet search later -- but don't go anywhere with them and don't give them money or personal information.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
Currency is the U.S. dollar, and ATM's are readily available. Exchange bureaus so common in Europe are not in the U.S., but major banks provide exchange services.
English is spoken.
Map to the stars' homes.
More Cruise Itineraries
- Carnival Imagination Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
- Carnival Inspiration Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
- Ruby Princess Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
- Star Princess Cruises to the Mexican Riviera
- Coral Princess Cruises to Pacific Coastal
- Emerald Princess Cruises to Pacific Coastal
- Norwegian Star Cruises to the Mexican Riviera