Dropping Off at the Port of Los Angeles & Long Beach (With Pictures)

First things first, if you are dropping a passenger off at one of the LA-area cruise terminals, pat yourself on the back. Not only are you doing someone a big favor by dealing with the city’s traffic and congestion, but you are also saving them some serious cash.

The parking garages charge around $20 a day for parking. Even a short four-day trip racks up nearly $80 in parking fees.

Of course, if you’re unfamiliar with the port area then navigating can be a little intimidating on cruise day. With thousands of people getting on and off the ship, as well as a busy port area, trying to find your way if a bit easier if you have a better idea of exactly where you are going.

To help you out, we’ve provided some instructions and photos below to give you a better idea of where and how to drop passengers off at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Dropping Off at the World Cruise Center (Port of Los Angeles)

If you’re letting people off at the Port of LA, the process is relatively simple. First, you’ll want to approach the port from Harbor Boulevard, turning east onto Swinford Street. If you are using GPS, the port address is:

100 Swinford St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Once entering the port area, you’ll see ample signage directing you to the cruise terminals:

Direction to LA portOnce entering the port, you’ll head south, looping around near the USS Iowa battleship. Once you pass the battleship, you’ll head back toward the cruise terminals and see signs for drop off.

Directions to LA port 2
As you continue around the port, look for your ship on your right-hand side. Continue following signs posted for passenger drop off. After letting out your passengers, continue around to exit the cruise terminal.

Dropping off Los Angeles port

Dropping Off at the Port of Long Beach

If you’re dropping at the Long Beach terminal for a Carnival Cruise, it might feel a little easier since you don’t have to worry about multiple ships in port at once.

For those using GPS, the address is:

231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The hardest part is simply getting to the port area. You can come to the port area from several different directions, but you want to end up on Queens Highway. Keep in mind that not every sign will mention the cruise terminal. In this case, you want to follow signs for the Queen Mary, which is docked right next to the Carnival port.

Dropping off at Long Beach

As you come to the port, you’ll see a fork in the road. Keep to your right, going to the side that says “Cruise Terminal”

Dropping off Long Beach 2

From here, continue down the road in the right lane. You will see the parking garage on your left. The road will turn left as you pass the garage. After this, you’ll turn left again to go between the domed cruise terminal and the parking garage. Follow the signs for dropping off.

After you let your passengers out, you will continue looping around, exiting back in the direction you came in.

Dropping off Long Beach map

Feature Photo: Anthony Jarvis

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