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In a city that spans 467 square miles, getting out to explore all there is to see and do in Los Angeles might seem overwhelming – there's Downtown LA, the San Fernando Valley and coastal communities, not to mention smaller cities such as Beverly Hills and Pasadena.

 Cruise Terminals in Los Angeles, California

There are two cruise terminals in Los Angeles, the The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center and the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal, the first cruise terminal in the USA to be built by a cruise line.

The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center

The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center in San Pedro is the busiest cruise port on the west coast of the USA. Spread over 18 acres along 43 miles of waterfront, the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center offers 3 ship berths processing more than a million passengers each year.

The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center was named the most improved terminal facility by Dream World Cruise Destinations Magazine according to its global survey of ports and destinations.

New and improved facilities at Berth 93 include a VIP room, and ample seating in a spacious area with three 50 inch flat panel televisions.

Overnight parking is available and no reservations are required.

Long Beach Cruise Terminal

Long Beach, California is home to Carnival Corporation's new $40 million facility - the Long Beach Cruise Terminal.

The 30,000-square-foot terminal includes staff offices, luggage collection areas, and US Immigration and Customs check-in posts.

For those arriving by car, there is a 1,450-vehicle parking garage within easy walking distance of the cruise terminal via covered walkway. There are also separate car, bus and taxi drop-off and pickup areas, and X-ray screening area for checked luggage, which is carried to the ship via a tram system.

Both cruise terminals are about 20 miles from both the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Long Beach Airport, (LGB) and it takes 30 - 40 minutes by car.

Amtrak now provides daily Thruway service to Cruise Line Port Areas in San Francisco, Long Beach, San Pedro and San Diego.
Direct Thruways operate from Bakersfield and Los Angeles Union Station to the Carnival Terminal in Long Beach and to the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center in San Pedro.

 Cruise Lines using Los Angeles Cruise Terminals as an Embarkation / Disembarking Port

Many of the major Cruise Lines offer vacation cruises to Baja California, the Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, and other destinations around the world.

Cruise lines using Los Angeles as their port of embarkation and disembarking include Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, the Cunard Line, the Disney Cruise Line, Holland American Line, the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International.

 Must See Attractions in Los Angeles, California

Some of the world’s greatest amusement and theme Parks are in easy reach of the cruise ship terminals in the Port of Los Angeles' World Cruise Center.

Disneyland Park: The original Disney theme park in Anaheim inspires fun and adventure in eight themed “lands” with classic Disney characters. Next door, Disney’s California Adventure celebrates California's storied past and exciting future in 4 themed lands with shows, parades and attractions.

Universal Studios Hollywood: This movie-based theme park, "The Entertainment Capital of LA”, includes Universal CityWalk which features 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas; and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The world-renowned Studio Tour takes guests behind-the-scenes of landmark TV and movie locations.

Six Flags Magic Mountain: This Warner Brothers theme park in Valencia has over 100 rides, games and attractions. Also within Six Flags Magic Mountain is Thomas Town, where you can take a ride around the Island of Sodor on Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids can also explore Bugs Bunny World, a six-acre, interactive wonderland.

Knott's Berry Farm: This family-friendly theme park in Buena Park recreates the spirit of the Old West. It has six themed “lands” including an action-packed Old West Ghost Town and six-acre Camp Snoopy for kids. Each offers wild rides, live attractions, food, shopping and more. Next to Knott's Berry Farm is one of Southern California's largest water parks, Knott's Soak City. Also nearby are Medieval Times and Ripley's Museum.

Attractions in downtown LA include the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Japanese-American Museum, the Los Angeles Central Public Library, the Grand Central Market, the Broadway historic district, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument (Olvera Street) and one of the largest public art collections in the US, the Getty Center in Brentwood. The Hollywood Entertainment Museum and the Hollywood Museum chronicle the entertainment industry.

 Cruise Ports

• Cape Town – South Africa
• Durban – South Africa
• Las Palmas – Canary Islands
• Mahé – Seychelles
• Port Louis, Mauritius
• Tenerife – Canary Islands


• Bangkok - Thailand

• Chongqing - China
• Hong Kong
• Mumbai - India
• Shanghai – China
• Singapore
• Yichang - China


• Brisbane - Australia
• Melbourne - Australia
• Sydney - Australia

• Quebec City – Quebec
• Montreal – Quebec
• Vancouver – BC
• Victoria – BC

• Barcelona - Spain
• Copenhagen – Denmark
• Lisbon - Portugal
• Nice - Villefranche - France
• Piraeus / Athens – Greece
• Rome (Civitavecchia) - Italy
• Venice – Italy

• Dubai - United Arab Emirates
• Istanbul - Turkey

• Tunis - Tunisia

• Auckland, New Zealand

• Dunedin, New Zealand

• Wellington, New Zealand

• Anchorage - Alaska
• Baltimore - Maryland
• Boston - Massachusetts
• Cape Canaveral - Florida
• Cape Liberty - New Jersey
• Fort Lauderdale - Florida
• Galveston - Texas
• Honolulu - Oahu - Hawaii
• Los Angeles - California
• Miami - Florida
• New Orleans - Louisiana
• New York - Brooklyn
• New York - Manhattan
• Norfolk - Virginia
• San Diego - California
• San Francisco - California
• Seattle - Washington
• Seward - Alaska
• Tampa - Florida
• Whittier - Alaska

These are just a few of the more than 70 ports and cruise terminals to be featured here on the port pages which are being updated daily with more port destinations

 in Los Angeles

Warm, dry summers, and cool, wet winters characterize the Los Angeles climate.

The average number of rainy days is about 4 each month in the winter and less than 1 in the summer. Average temperatures in summer range between 20 and 26ºC and between 8 and 18ºC in the winter.

As pleaant as this all sounds, however, Los Angeles, is also susceptible to the hot Santa Ana winds, and the smog for which it is famous.

 in USA

The currency in the USA is the United States dollar (USD) which equals 100 cents. A “dime” is the unofficial name for the 10c coin, and a “quarter” is 25c.

 of California

The USA does not have an official language as such, but the majority of Americans speak English as a native language. About 30% of the Californians however, speak Spanish.

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