If you are looking to take a cruise from the Los Angeles area, Long Beach is an excellent option. Located about 23 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California, this port is perfect for taking a Mexican Riviera cruise. Cruises from Long Beach are particularly popular among those that live within driving distance of the port.
Currently, only the very popular mainstream brand Carnival Cruise Line offers cruises from Long Beach, usually being fun Mexican Riviera cruises.
Although Carnival is the only cruise line with cruises from Long Beach, a bunch of cruise lines (such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line) offer cruises from nearby Los Angeles (from the San Pedro terminal). If you are interested in such cruises, check out our Cruises from Los Angeles page for detailed information.
Please note: Due to limitations of data coming from some cruise lines, this web page shows cruises that include all of Los Angeles, which in the cruising world means Long Beach and also San Pedro.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Long Beach, CA. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Long Beach, along with a brief description:
♦ Visit Los Angeles
The Port of Long Beach is located only about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles (about a 50-minute drive, depending on traffic). This makes for a great opportunity to visit one of the world's most diverse, fun and interesting cities. Among the many things to do in Los Angeles are walking along world-famous Rodeo Drive (featuring many upscale boutiques), relaxing at Venice Beach (and enjoying the entertainment typically available along its boardwalk), plus dining, bar hopping and shopping along the Sunset Strip. You can even further enhance your cruise from Long Beach by spending a few nights in LA before or after your cruise. The city has many lovely hotels that you can stay in!
♦ RMS Queen Mary
This retired ocean liner was once a member of Cunard Line's luxurious fleet. She sailed for them from 1936 through 1967, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. RMS Queen Mary is now docked at the Port of Long Beach and serves as both a museum and hotel. Over the years, there have been reports of ghosts being seen throughout the ship, so there are paranormal-themed tours available onboard. This historic vessel has been featured in several movies, TV shows and even a music video.
♦ Singing Gondolier Trips
Long Beach, CA is one of only a few places on the West Coast of the United States where you're able to ride in a gondola (similar to those often featured in Venice, Italy). Gondola rides are available through the romantic canals of Naples, a neighborhood in Long Beach.
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