Los Angeles, California
Downtown LA skyline
Los Angeles is the turnaround port for many Mexican and Hawaiian cruises.
Where You're Docked
The World Cruise Center (berths B92 and B93) is located in San Pedro approximately 25 miles south of downtown LA and four miles west of Long Beach. With the USS Iowa taking over berth B91, B46 at the southern tip of the Outer Harbor is used (with a shuttle to the main terminal) when both of the main berths are occupied. Google map link to berth B46 here. World Cruise Center schedule here http://www.portsamerica.com/cruise/los-angeles-terminal.html
Carnival Corp has a pier in Long Beach beside the Queen Mary with the old Spruce Goose hangar converted to a cruise terminal.
World Cruise Center B92/B93, San Pedro
Long Beach Terminal
Getting To/From the Airport
The cruise terminal is 18 miles south of LAX. To use public transit from the airport, take the free "G" shuttle to Aviation/LAX Station. There is one kiosk on the west side of the station where the shuttle stops but two more kiosks on the east side. Take the green line east heading to Norwalk. Get off at Harbor Freeway Station and transfer to the 950X bus heading to San Pedro. Tell the bus driver you want to get off at the cruise terminal though you should see your ship when you get close.
Alternatively, you can continue on the green line heading east and change to the blue line at Willowbrook station to get to Long Beach. From Long Beach, take a taxi to the cruise terminal or bus CE142 to get to San Pedro. At Willowbrook, taking the blue line north will get you downtown. http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1240
Shared van services operating from LAX include Primetimeshuttle and Supershuttle.
A taxi to World Cruise Center from LAX should cost $55 + tip according to taxiwiz.com
Flyaway bus service is available to various locations including Long Beach and Union Station (downtown and most frequent). http://www.lawa.org/FlyAway/
Money and Tipping
There is now express bus service from San Pedro to downtown Los Angeles with a stop outside the cruise terminal on Harbor Blvd. You can take route 950X on the silver busway line which was extended to San Pedro in Dec 2015 and replaced route 450. Buses typically run every 20-30 minutes and it takes about an hour to get downtown. Route and schedules available at the LA metro website. Fare is $2.50 (Oct 2016, 2 hr transfer available if using a TAP card). https://www.metro.net/riding/maps/
If you want to go by metro or if you want to go to Long Beach, you will have to head there first. Walk south from the cruise terminal with the water on your left to 7th St and Harbor Blvd by the Maritime Museum. If the trolley is running, you can pay $1 and save a bit of a walk. From historic downtown San Pedro, take the CE142 bus to Long Beach Transit Mall (20 mins, $1.50 Jan 2016). From the mall, you can take the blue line metro into LA (60 min).
To use the LA metro system, you need to purchase a TAP card for $1 plus stored value ($1.75 for a 1-way fare, $3.50, $5, $10, $20) or a pass loaded on to it. Fares are good for one way travel up to 2 hrs (stops and returns not allowed, valid for buses and metro). You can optionally load a daypass for $7 (breaks even on four trips). TAP cards can be purchased from kiosks at any metro station which accept cash, credit or debit card. You can load value (cash only) onto a TAP card on buses or purchase a TAP card with a daypass for $8. TAP cards are also available from select retailers including Ralph's supermarket though the cost is $2. (Jan 2016)
There is an infrequent trolley service that can save you a bit of a walk from the cruise terminal but it only runs from noon to 9:30pm Fri-Sun. Fare is only $1. Update Sep 2015 - Service suspended due to construction http://www.sanpedro.com/spcom/redcar.htm
In Long Beach, the city's Passport bus service is free in the city center. Route C will take you to the aquarium and out to the Queen Mary.
A taxi from downtown Long Beach to the World Cruise Terminal should cost around $20 plus tip according to taxiwiz.com
Shopping & Restaurants
In Long Beach, City Place shopping center is north of the transit mall and has a Walmart, Nordstrom Rack and Ross Dress For Less. There are a lot of restaurants along Pine Ave. There is a Famous Dave's BBQ restaurant by the waterfront.
Some famous LA eateries
In San Pedro, there is a Von's Supermarket at 1221 S Gaffey St (at 13th Ave) and a Ralph's Supermarket further north at 1050 N Western Ave (with a In-n-Out Burger in the same complex). There is an Ocean Liquor Market at 233 N Harbor Blvd across the street from the cruise terminal.
In San Pedro, there is a post office at 839 South Beacon St (at 8th St). In Downtown Long Beach, the post office is at 300 Long Beach Blvd.
Cafes and some restaurants may provide free wifi to customers. The cruise terminal may have free wifi.
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