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Los Angeles Cruises Port Guide

Most famous for being the leading film and TV hub of the world, Los Angeles is about more than Hollywood. It’s also home to gorgeous natural wonders, funky neighborhoods, and excellent cuisine. Spend a few days here before embarking on one of our Pacific Coast cruises from Los Angeles to experience the glitz and glam of LA firsthand.

Pose next to the stars of your favorite celebrities on the Walk of Fame. Discover the different personalities of LA’s most famous beach towns. Shop til you drop along the posh Rodeo Drive, strap on some mouse ears and head to Disneyland, or explore the scene at one of LA’s many trendy districts. No matter what kind of adventure you’re after, you’re sure to find it in the City of Angels.

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Top Sights & Attractions for Cruises to & from Los Angeles

Hollywood Walk of Fame

If you love movies, you can’t miss ambling down the Hollywood Walk of Fame before boarding cruises from Los Angeles. Hunt for your favorite movie stars who have their names on a star along the famous boulevard. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is right next to the TCL Chinese Theatre, where you can see handprints and footprints of famous stars imprinted in the concrete, and see how your own hands and feet size up to theirs.

Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park

Visitors on Los Angeles cruises go to Griffith Park for inspiring, panoramic views of the city skyline and hills, while the Griffith Observatory is the place for stargazing and learning more about astronomy in the city. The observatory is located within Griffith Park, which is the largest state park in California and covers over 4,200 acres. In addition to hiking trails through the park, you’ll find a planetarium, the Los Angeles Zoo, golf courses, and more.

Venice Beach

This piece of the city’s coastline is all about the California beach way of life. This bustling beach, full of bodybuilders and sunbathers, has a vibe like no other and makes a great place for people watching.

Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood sign, one of the most iconic sites in LA, is set high up on a hill overlooking the city. For an easy way to get close to the Hollywood sign, join a shore excursion tour that includes a stop for pictures of the sign. Despite what you may have seen in movies, keep in mind that climbing and sitting on the sign is forbidden.

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Top Things to Do in Los Angeles

Play on the Santa Monica Pier

For a fun-filled day in Los Angeles, head to the beach neighborhood of Santa Monica. Santa Monica is home to a long pier stretching out into the Pacific Ocean that’s famous for its carnival, where you can ride the Ferris wheel, try your hand at carnival-style games, and grab a bite to eat. From the pier’s vantage point, you’ll be privy to gorgeous views of the ocean and California coastline.

Explore Malibu

Escape the hustle and bustle of LA with a drive up the coast to the laid-back yet ritzy city of Malibu. Enjoy lunch at the end of the historic Malibu Pier at a farmhouse-style restaurant, then head down to the sand to check out Malibu’s gorgeous and rugged beaches, known for their light golden color sand and rock formations jutting out of the ocean’s waves.

Discover the Magic of Disneyland

If you’re taking one of our cruises from Los Angeles and have a few days beforehand, a trip to the city of Anaheim and Disneyland is a must. You can spend a whole day discovering the fun of the iconic amusement park, or get a park hopper ticket and split your time between the attractions of Disneyland and the exciting rides at nearby California Adventure.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Los Angeles Cruise Port

Cruises from Los Angeles give you the opportunity to try some of LA’s fantastic restaurants before sailing away. With so many rich and famous people calling the city home, it probably comes as no surprise that Los Angeles is full of trendy and expensive restaurants run by some of the most renowned chefs in the world.

It’s not just upscale places to eat at in LA, though. You can also find food trucks lining certain streets or parked outside popular breweries. Mexican cuisine is usually on the more affordable side, and in LA, you can find some of the best and most authentic Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico. LA also has a plethora of seafood options, from cheap eats like fish tacos, to locally caught and exquisitely prepared whole fillets of fish at waterfront restaurants, where you can dine to the sound of the crashing waves.

Southern California is one of the few places in the world where you can pretty much assume that there’s a low to no chance of rain for the day, so many restaurants offer outdoor dining areas. From beer gardens to patios perched on the beachside cliffs of Malibu to rooftop bars downtown, having a bite to eat or drink under the California sun is a can’t-miss experience while in Los Angeles. When it comes to drinks, try a skillfully made cocktail at a trendy bar, visit a local brewery, or head to a winery in Malibu.

Culture & History of the Los Angeles Cruise Port

Los Angeles was originally home to the Chumash and Tongva people. Eventually, the area became settled by Europeans, a process which began after it was claimed for the Spanish by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, though it wasn’t until 1781 when the city was officially founded by the Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. In 1821, LA came under Mexican rule after the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, the city was purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. A boom in the city’s population occurred several decades later when oil was discovered in the region in the 1890s.

Today, Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States and is home to over four million residents. Many of those residents work in the entertainment industry, but LA is also the financial and commercial center of Southern California as well as being the West Coast hub for many other industries. LA is much more than designer fashion and expensive cars. Its eclectic and artsy culture is evident in its many art galleries and installations, as well as other creative endeavors throughout the city. Head to regions of the city outside of the downtown and coastal areas, and you’ll find little artistic communities and neighborhoods with a more laidback vibe then the gleam of the ritzy areas of LA like Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles Port Facilities & Location

Shopping in Los Angeles is iconic. If you have dreams of sauntering down Rodeo Drive with your arms full of bags, you can definitely do that before embarking on cruises from Los Angeles. If you want to do some serious shopping without dropping a small fortune, head to the neighborhoods of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, where you’ll find an assortment of popular brand names mixed with affordable boutiques and beachwear shops. Thrift stores are also a great place to shop for those looking for a deal, where you can score designer goods at a fraction of the price.

Transportation in Los Angeles

The road is the way to get around in Los Angeles. There aren’t many public transportation options that will take you all around the city, except for the bus system. Though routes are typically consistent and reliable, it’s important to account for traffic delays, no matter what kind of transportation you’re using. Booking a shore excursion is a good way to guarantee that you’ll arrive at your ship on time. Taxis wait at both cruise terminals on days when passengers arrive.

Shopping Near the Los Angeles Cruise Port

Shopping in Los Angeles is iconic. If you have dreams of sauntering down Rodeo Drive with your arms full of bags, you can definitely do that before embarking on cruises from Los Angeles. If you want to do some serious shopping without dropping a small fortune, head to the neighborhoods of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, where you’ll find an assortment of popular brand names mixed with affordable boutiques and beachwear shops. Thrift stores are also a great place to shop for those looking for a deal, where you can score designer goods at a fraction of the price.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The official currency to use in and around Los Angeles is the U.S. dollar, and you will find many ATMs all around the city dispensing dollars. Tipping 15% to 20% of your total bill is customary for restaurants and taxi service, and most locals leave closer to 20%. It’s common to see a tip jar at eateries and cafes with counter service. Loose change or a small tip isn’t expected, but is often left by locals and appreciated by the staff of those establishments.

 

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Los Angeles, California: There is so much to see and do in this entertainment capital. Before embarking on a cruise from Los Angeles make sure to pad in some time to explore the City of Angels. Shop on Rodeo Drive and sightsee as you keep your eyes open for Hollywood's famous heroes and villains in their off-screen persona. See the homes of the stars, or visit the Griffith Observatory and do some celestial stargazing at the landmark planetarium. If low-key activities are more your style, the Los Angeles Conservancy does wonderful walking tours to explore the historic and architectural gems of the city. And, from Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills to The Grand Central Market, LA is a foodie’s paradise offering superb dining options. Los Angeles cruises have it all and then some.

 


Tip from Travel + Leisure

FreeCity Supershop Supermät

In-the-know Angelenos head to Hollywood’s FreeCity Supershop Supermät to pick up high-design hoodies, iPhone cases, and ceramics in this inspired concept shop. Go home with a silk-screened T-shirt that acts like a secret handshake among southern Californians.

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