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3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Jana Jones
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles has a lot more going for it than Woody Allen leads us to believe. Stretching along the Pacific from Malibu to Long Beach, the region offers plenty to see and do in what can only be called a sun-kissed blend of adventure, culture and whimsy. It all melds stylishly with an anything-goes attitude, and whether you're kicking back on one of its fabled beaches, grabbing a ride at a world-class amusement park, plunging into glittery shops for the latest Oscar-worthy fashions (you need to practice a regally bored look to fit in better), dining at Tinsel Town hot spots or exploring inspiring world-class museums -- you're in for a magic-carpet ride like no other. And in a city dominated by "show business" -- prepare for a ride that comes with a good deal of self-indulgent dazzle anytime of day, be it a Malibu glamour tan while nonchalantly reading Variety, catching the Pussycat Dolls at the Viper Club on Sunset Boulevard or browsing breathtaking art works at the Getty.

About Los Angeles


Pro

The feeling that everywhere you go must be famous isn't far off; even the gas stations have appeared in film

Con

Cruises don't depart from LA; you'll leave from the nearby ports of San Pedro or Long Beach

Bottom Line

There's so much to do in LA, but it's spread out; budget time wisely and beware of traffic


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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.

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.

Language

English is spoken.

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