Los Angeles cruise port is located in California's biggest city (population around 4 million, density ~8100 per ml2 / ~3100 km2). LA is the USA's second largest city - after NYC New York (population over 8,6 million, density ~27000 per ml2 / 10400 km2).
The City of Los Angeles is in the Southern Californian basin (Pacific Ocean) and is most famous for being the world’s entertainment industry center. Los Angeles cruise port welcomes more than 300 cruises each year. Popular voyages are to the Hawaiian islands and the Mexican Riviera. The Los Angeles cruise port ship schedule offers roundtrips to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Ensenada, Catalina and Vancouver (on repositioning cruise itineraries to Alaska).
Port Los Angeles
Port Los Angeles is a large seaport complex covering a land area of 30,35 km2 (11,72 ml2) with around 69 km (43 ml) long waterfront. The LA port adjoins the separate Port Long Beach.
- The LA port is in San Pedro Bay in the Los Angeles' neighborhoods San Pedro and Wilmington. The port is located approx 32 km (20 ml) south of downtown LA. The port employs over 896,000 people throughout the county and over 3,6 million worldwide.
- The worth of cargoes comming through the LA port annually is around USD 1,2 billion. The port's cargo volumes represent around 43% of all the USA's imported cargoes, ranking it the country's largest container port and the world's 16th largest (9th when combined with Long Beach).
- The LA port district is an independent department of the city government. It is controlled by Board of Harbor Commissioners consisting of 5 members and an executive director. They are all appointed by the city mayor and approved by the city council. All vessels are assisted by professional harbor pilots.
- The channel depth (53 ft / 16 m) allows access to even the world's largest container ships, tankers and bulk cargo carriers. The port has a total of 23 cargo terminals (with 270 deepwater berths), 9 container terminals (equipped with 77 gantry cranes) and on-site railway system with total length 182 km (113 ml).
- The port's safety is guaranteed by dedicated Port Police, LA Fire Department (fire and EMS services), USCG (waterway security), Homeland Security (protecting the federal land) and LA County Lifeguards (for outside the harbour open waters).
- Among the port's main imports are furniture, auto parts, footwear and apparel, electronics. Among the main exports are wastepaper, scrap metal, cotton, animal feed. The port's largest cargo volumes come from East Asia - China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam.
- In 2012, LA port and the US Army Corps of Engineers completed a dredging project that deepened the main channel to the current 53 ft (16 m).
- In August 2017, Port LA reported a record-breaking container shipping volumes of 847,857 TEUs (containers), which was an increase of 6,1% over August 2016. August 2017 became the second-busiest month in the port’s history, following January 2017 when the container cargo volumes climbed by 9% over January 2016, with handled 8,8 million TEUs. The previous record year was 2013, when were handled 7,9 million TEUs.
- For FY17 (fiscal year 2017), the port reported a record year for its cargo shipping business - 9,343192 million TEUs (containers) handled, or 5,5% increase over 2016. Among the implemented in 2017 technology upgrades was the new “Port Optimizer” (online portal developed by GE Transportation). It collects and stores key cargo data to facilitate better tracking. Infrastructural upgrades were completed at the terminals TraPac and Yusen.
- World Cruise Center (San Pedro) is located beneath Vincent Thomas Bridge (length 6060 ft / 1847 m). The suspension bridge crossed LA Harbor and links San Pedro with the man-made Terminal Island. The San Pedro cruise port has 3 berths and serves over 1 million passengers annually. This ranks the port West Coast USA's largest cruise terminal. Popular among tourists waterfront attractions located nearby are USS Iowa Museum, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. They are all linked to the cruise port via a pedestrian promenade. Shuttle service is provided by the Waterfront Red Car Line (2,5 lm / 1,5 ml long vintage trolley line along the San Pedro waterfront). The line connects the passenger terminals at World Cruise Center with San Pedro downton, Ports O' Call Village (shopping / dining complex) and San Pedro Marina.
- LA Waterfront is a tourist-serving port destination funded and maintained by the LA port. In 2009 were approved the development programs for San Pedro and Wilmington waterfronts (officially known as "LA Waterfront"). The area consists of over 1,6 km2 (0,63 ml2) of San Pedro and Wilmington properties, miles long promenade and walking paths, large open space areas, The LA Waterfront project's construction works started in 2017, with scheduled for completion in 2020. This port development project costs around USD 90 million and was fully paid by Port Los Angeles.
- The Cunard ship RMS Queen Mary 2 is currently the largest cruise vessel that have visited Port Los Angeles. The largest passenger ship ever deployed / homeported in LA was Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. The 3835-passenger ship operated on regularly scheduled 7-day roundtrip itineraries to Mexican Riviera ports in the period 2009-2011. However, due to fears of violence in Mexico, in 2011 it was relocated to Caribbean and homeported in Galveston TX.
- In 2004, the port installed its first Alternative Maritime Power berth, providing shore-to-ship power up to 40 MW. It allows LA grid power supply for 2 cruise liners simultaneously. The facility also supplies with power 3 container terminals. The technology (by Nidec Corporation, Japan) enables docked vessels to receive electricity from the city's power grid. From the berth, vessels can plug in directly to the grid which allows full onboard operations without using the diesel engines (being shut down right after docking). The Japanese company has installed such shore-power systems in ports San Francisco CA, Juneau AK, Goteborg, Travemunde, Livorno, Genoa.
- In November 2017, Pier 400 (APM Terminals in Port Los Angeles) reported a single-vessel cargo record during the call of the containership Maersk Evora (a total of 24,846 TEU containers loaded and offloaded over a period of 128 hours. The vessel docked at Pier 400 on October 19, calling LA as part of the Europe-Far East service AE6/TP6. On December 26, 2015, while the boxship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin was berthed here, the terminal handled a total of 11,200 TEUs over a 56-hour period.
- In 2018, in Los Angeles was homeported the port's ever largest cruise liner so far - NCL's Alaskan ship Norwegian Bliss. The vessel's maiden port call was on May 25, ending here the 15-day Panama Canal repositioning cruise from Miami Florida. Following the Alaskan season's end in October, the NCL Bliss ship had scheduled all four 7-day roundtrips from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera ports Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo. Departures were scheduled for October 13, 20 and 27.
- In 2018 was also completed a major port update - the new shorepower (shore-to-ship power supply) system that provides more electricity for larger-sized vessels.
Port Long Beach CA
Port Long Beach is currently ranked USA's largest containership port - after the adjoining Port Los Angeles. Both ports are the country's main gateway for the shipping trade with Asia.
- The port covers a total area of approx 5 ml2 / 13 km2 (land) and has approx 25 ml / 40 km long waterfront (in Long Beach City). The port is located approx 3 ml / 3 km southwest of the city's downtown, and approx 25 ml / 40 km south of downtown LA.
- The port supports over 316,000 Californian jobs, handles USD 180 billion in annual trade and via 175 shipping lines is connected to 217 seaports worldwide.
- The port's combined annual shipping trade value (imports and exports) is nearly USD 100 billion, with ~USD 5,6 billion in California State and tax revenues. Annually, over USD 800 million is spent on Long Beach City-based distribution services. In LA, Long Beach port operations generate over 230,000 jobs, with over USD 10 billion going annually to Los Angeles City distribution services. [
- In 2017, Port Long Beach reported a record year for its cargo shipping volumes, handling over 7,54 million TEUs (containers) - an 11% increase over 2016, when were handled a total of 6,775171 million TEUs.
- In November alone, through the port were moved 612,659 TEUs, which was a 14,7% increase over Nov 2016. Long Beach is among the world’s largest cargo ports, and USA's gateway for Transpacific (USA-Asia) shipping trade.
- As of 2018, Port Long Beach is ranked USA's second largest and is connected to 217 seaports worldwide via 175 shipping lines. It handles around USD 180 billion in shipping trade annually and supports hundreds of thousands of maritime jobs.
- With its arrival in November 2013, the boxship CMA CGM Corte Real made a new North American record for cargo-handling in ports of call - more than 10,000 container moves.
- In 2018-Q1 (January-March), the Port Long Beach reported its record Q1 results, with its terminals handling nearly 1,9 million TEUs - or 19,4% increase over 2017-Q1.
- In May 2017, port's containerized cargo traffic was 687,427 TEUs (6% increase over May 2017).
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Los Angeles cruise terminal
The ships dock at two Los Angeles cruise ports – Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) and Port of Long Beach. More popular Los Angeles cruise port is the Word Cruise Center at San Pedro.
World Cruise Center Terminals (San Pedro)
The two terminals of World Cruise Center are located 18 ml (29 km) away from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), direction South. The first Los Angeles cruise port terminal has two berths 91 and 92. the second one has only one – 93. Two or three larger cruise ships can dock here.
- San Pedro Terminal's address is: "Port of Los Angeles, Berths 91-93, World Cruise Center, San Pedro, CA 90731".
- Parking is USD 15 per day (Port Authority prices are subject to change).
The facilities in the San Pedro cruise port terminal include check-in, cafes, bars, shops, parking area and taxi ranks.
Long Beach Cruise Terminal
The second Los Angeles cruise ship terminal is located approx 23 ml (37 km) away from LAX, and 5 ml (8 km) away from the World Cruise Center Terminals. It was inaugurated in 2003 for Carnival Corporation ships exclusively. The white dome building (former Spruce Goose aeroplane dome) now houses the cruise terminal.
The facilities here are parking space, bars, cafes, restaurants, check in, taxi ranks and shops.
- Long Beach Terminal's address: is "Port of Long Beach, 231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, CA 90802".
- Parking is USD 17 per day (Port Authority prices are subject to change).
In October 2016, Carnival Cruise Line signed an agreement with Port Long Beach and with the landlord Urban Commons to expand the "Long Beach Cruise Terminal" facility in order to accommodate larger vessels and enhance terminal operations.
- Carnival operates the Long Beach terminal since 2003, but using only part of the Geodesic Dome (former museum). The new agreement gave the company 100% use of the Dome (for customs and passenger check-in) for its cruise operations.
- Construction works started on April 13, 2017. The renovations increased the terminal facility from approx 66,000 to 142,000 ft2 (6130 to 13190 m2). Following the improvements, Long Beach Cruise Terminal now allows docking of larger-sized vessels and also provides additional space for 2-way passenger shipping operations. This enables embarking passengers to access the facility prior to completion of the previous cruise disembarkation process.
- Development plans also included expansion of portside cold-ironing capacity to accommodate larger vessels. Shore power allows berthed cruise ships to shut down their main diesel engines and plug into the city's electrical grid, using hydroelectricity for all the onboard services. The technology greatly reduces exhaust emissions in port.
- Carnival also made enhancements to the area surrounding the Dome and the adjacent "RMS Queen Mary" (former Cunard liner) city attraction. The terminal's parking capacity was also expanded to accommodate future growth.
- The multi-million dollar renovated and expanded Carnival cruise terminal was re-opened on February 10, 2018. with the arrival of Carnival Splendor.
In 2017, Carnival Cruise Line had 3 vessels homeported year-round in Los Angeles (Long Beach) - Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination (both for short Baja Mexico cruises) and Carnival Miracle (for Mexican Riviera, Hawaii and Alaska roundtrip cruises).
Los Angeles tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Near San Pedro
- Los Angeles Maritime Museum: explore the history of the harbor in Los Angeles. It is located half mile away from the Los Angeles cruise port, direction South, in the Municipal Ferry Terminal at Harbor and 6th.
- Ports O’ Call: a mile away from the Los Angeles cruise port, direction South. Great place where you will find shops, restaurants, galleries and bars in New England seaside town atmosphere.
- Red Car Trolley Ride: a vintage line connecting the Marina and the World Cruise Center. It stops by the LA Maritime Museum and Ports O’ Call.
- Abalone Cove: amazing, lively beach located 4 miles away from Los Angeles cruise port, direction West. Enjoy stunning Catalina island views or rock pool at the Sacred Cove Bay.
Near Long Beach
- Queen Mary: the famous ocean liner just by the terminal. It was in service from 1936 to 1976 for Cunard Line. Currently she is part hotel part museum.
- Aquarium of The Pacific, Shoreline Aquatic Park: you will need just 5 minutes by car to get there. Enjoy the sea with its habitants in the Aquarium of The Pacific and walk through the Shoreline Aquatic Park to discover amazing green spaces.
- The Naples Canals: explore the Naples Canal and the Rivo Alto Canal.
- Rancho Los Cerritos Ranch: explore the tradition of Mexican, Spanish and American California origins in a combination.
Port Los Angeles cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Los Angeles, Long Beach, California. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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