Bay Cruises Near Long Beach

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Long Beach is just a few miles from downtown Los Angeles and also just minutes away from Orange County, home of some of the best beaches in Southern California. The city offers residents and visitors a chance to visit attractions like the Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific, in addition to shopping, dining and live entertainment at the City Place Shopping Center in downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach is home to the ocean liner Queen Mary.

Long Beach is home to the ocean liner Queen Mary.

Spirit Cruises

Whether you want to cruise around the Long Beach Harbor on a summer day or take that special someone on a dinner cruise at night, Spirit Cruises—based out of Shoreline Village—offers entertainment and dining options. For the dinner cruise, dine on lemon basil chicken breast or prime rib with au gratin potatoes, green salad and dessert. After dinner, dance to live music. For special events, Spirit Cruises offers privately chartered yachts, and prices include a captain and crew, drinks, food and entertainment. Reservations are required.

Spirit Cruises

429 Shoreline Village Drive #100

Long Beach, CA 90802

310-548-8080

spiritmarine.com

Catalina Classic Cruises

Just 20 miles away from Long Beach sits Catalina, a mountainous island surrounded by beaches, with shops, dining, horseback riding, museums, snorkeling and kayaking. If you want to sail through the Long Beach bay on the way to the island, Catalina Classic Cruises provides transportation in addition to offering tours of the harbor itself. While on the Catalina King or Duchess, you can eat simple foods from the snack bar or order a drink from the full-service bar. Reservations are required, as space is limited.

Catalina Classic Cruises

Queen Mary Port

1046 Queens Highway

Long Beach, CA 90802

562-495-3565

catalinaclassiccruises.com

Harbor Breeze Cruises

The Long Beach bay is a good spot for whale watching, so Harbor Breeze Cruises provides the opportunity to spot dolphins, gray whales and fin whales traveling along the coastline from Alaska to Mexico. Whale watching occurs between December through mid-May, and Harbor Breeze provides commentary by a biologist from the nearby Aquarium of the Pacific. The cruise features galley services for snacks and drinks, in addition to a deck area for viewing sea life and taking photos. Because migration season is limited, reservations are required.

Harbor Breeze Cruises

100 Aquarium Way

Dock #2 in Rainbow Harbor

Long Beach, CA 90802

562-432-4900

2seewhales.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Leiva has been writing since 2006, specifically on topics of beauty, fashion, travel and health. Her work has appeared on several websites including Overstock.com. Leiva is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in marketing from the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

PHOTO CREDITS

  • long beach port image by Xavier MARCHANT from Fotolia.com

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