Cruising from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

While it would never be mistaken with the world’s most popular cruise ports like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles is still a heavily trafficked cruise port. More than half a million passengers each year sail from the Port of Los Angeles, not even including the Long Beach Cruise Terminal a few miles away that serves Carnival Cruise Lines.

Today, you can have your choice of cruise lines in the area, from Carnival to Princess to Norwegian. Meanwhile, itineraries have expanded beyond simply the well-known Mexican Riviera trips to include coastal California cruises, trips through the Panama Canal and even cruises to Canada.

As mentioned, the LA area is served by two different cruise ports. Both are located just a few miles of each other, with one in San Pedro and the other in Long Beach. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, these cities are both part of the greater Los Angeles area and are about 25 miles south of downtown LA.

Los Angeles cruise port map

Which port you cruise from will depend on which cruise line you sail, as they each have their designated ports. To help you find your way, we’ve covered each port in detail below.

World Cruise Center (Port of Los Angeles)

The Port of Los Angeles is the busier of the two ports, served primarily by Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The port features three berths (91-93) and two terminal buildings. Expect it to take about 30 minutes to an hour to get to the port from the Los Angeles International Airport. It’s about the same time coming from downtown.

Los Angeles cruise berths

Cruise Lines Served: Norwegian, Princess Cruise Lines, Celebrity, Crystal Cruises, Cunard

Distance to Airports:
Los Angeles International – 20.5 miles | 30-60 minutes
Burbank Airport – 39 miles | 45-90 minutes
Long Beach Airport – 15.5 miles | 20-30 minutes

Getting to the Port of Los Angeles — Directions, maps, and information on taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Los Angeles Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Los Angeles Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.

Long Beach Cruise Terminal

The Long Beach Terminal is a short distance from the Port of Los Angeles (15 minute drive). It serves Carnival Cruise Lines, which primarily sails shorter trips to the Mexican Riviera. Visitors will also recognize the historic Queen Mary, which is docked permanently at the port. As with the Port of Los Angeles, expect it to take about 30 minutes to an hour to get to the cruise port from the airport, depending on traffic.

Port of Long Beach

Cruise Lines Served: Norwegian, Princess Cruise Lines, Celebrity, Crystal Cruises, Cunard

Distance to Airports:
Los Angeles International – 22.5 miles | 30-60 minutes
Burbank Airport – 41 miles | 45-90 minutes
Long Beach Airport – 10 miles | 20-30 minutes

Getting to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal — Directions, maps, and information on taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Long Beach Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Long Beach Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.

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