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Los Angeles Cruise Port Tips

The Los Angeles cruise port is actually in San Pedro, which is a district within the sprawling city of Los Angeles.

So anyone planning a cruise out of Los Angeles will know that references to both San Pedro and Los Angeles mean the same thing.

San Pedro is home to the Port of Los Angeles, the World Cruise Center and at least nine major cruise lines. It is only eight miles west of the Long Beach cruise terminal.

Cruise lines that embark from Los Angeles include Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean.

Destinations include the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Alaska and the California coast.

The World Cruise Center, 100 Swinford Street, has two berths and two passenger terminals.

Parking free for the first hour and $2 an hour afterwards. The maximum cost is $18 a day. Courtesy shuttles take passengers between the terminals and parking lots.

Hotel Tips


At least a half dozen hotels are within walking distance or a short drive of the cruise terminal.

They include DoubleTree, Best Western, Pacific Inn & Suites, Crowne Plaza, Sunrise Hotel, Allstar Inn and Vagabond Inn. Most of them have room rates ranging between $100 and $200 a night.

Attractions and Shore Excursions


Anyone who goes on a cruise for the first time may fly into Los Angeles International Airport, take transportation to the World Cruise Center and start a cruise on the same day.

We like to take advantage of attractions at our embarkation ports. If we arrive or leave on the same day as a cruise, we will try to visit points of interest near the cruise terminal.


The World Cruise Center is on the Los Angeles historic waterfront by the World Cruise Terminal. Attractions there include the Battleship USS Iowa and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

Battleship USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Boulevard, is a museum with exhibits and tours. Visitors can take either a guided or self-guided tour. The Iowa launched in 1942 and was decommissioned in 1990. It saw action in World War II and the Korean War and served patrol duty in the Cold War. Tickets are $29.95 for 12-year-old children, teens and adults, $19.95 for children ages 3 to 11 and free for children 2 and younger.

Many cruises that embark from Los Angeles stop at nearby Catalina Island. For those that don’t, visitors can walk to the Catalina Island Express Terminal and take a ferry to the island before or after their cruise. Ferry rides are about one hour long. Round-trip tickets at the time of this writing are $74.50 for people ages 12 to 54, $67.50 for seniors 55+ and $59 for children ages 2 to 11. Ferry schedules vary with the season.

Two aquariums are a brief taxi ride away from the cruise terminal. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is about three miles south of the cruise center. Aquarium of the Pacific is a little more than six miles away at Long Beach.

Anyone with a lot more time can go one hour east to Disneyland in Anaheim. Beverly Hills is less than an hour north for anyone who wants to look for celebrities. Universal Studios Hollywood is about one hour and 15 minutes north.

Getting Around / Transportation


Cruise passengers who don’t live in the area and drive to the port most likely will fly into Los Angeles International Airport. It is 19 miles north or about 25 minutes by car from the World Cruise Center (assuming there are no major traffic jams).

A taxi is the quickest and most expensive way to get from the airport to the cruise center or the hotels near it. Ride services such as Uber and Lyft are usually less expensive, although their charges may go up during heavy traffic.

Most major hotels in the area offer free shuttle services. LA Metro offers bus and rail options from the airport to the cruise terminal. This is the least expensive but most time consuming option.

Cruise Port Weather


Los Angeles may have a reputation for heavy traffic, but it has a good reputation for weather.

The city has mild daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 60s Fahrenheit in the winter to the low to mid 80s in the summer.

It has distinct rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season goes from December through March with average monthly rainfall during that time of about three to four inches, according to historical data from the U.S. National Weather Service.

The dry season from April through November is quite dry with average monthly rainfall of about one inch and sometimes less.

- More information: World Cruise Center
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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