The ports of Los Angeles, combining the cruise ship terminals of Long Beach and San Pedro, represent one of the major cruise departure points on the West Coast. The ports are served by around a dozen major cruise lines, which offer itineraries featuring destinations all over the world. From Southern California, ships may cruise to places as close as Santa Catalina Island; head south to Mexico; traverse the Panama Canal; go northbound to Alaska; or head west on an epic around-the-world adventure, stopping in Hawaii, the islands of the South Pacific and beyond to Asian or Australian ports.
Holland America’s 14-Day Panama Canal Holiday Cruise
Holland America’s 14-Day Panama Canal Holiday Cruise begins in Los Angeles, ends in Fort Lauderdale and stops along the way in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia, journeying via the Panama Canal. After departure from Long Beach, California, the ms Amsterdam heads south along the coast of Mexico to the first port of call, Cabo San Lucas. More than 30 shore excursions are available here, including a jeep safari, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and whale-watching trips. In Acapulco, you can take a lesson in Mexican cooking or swim with dolphins, among 15 other options.
While the ship is docked in Puerto Quetzal, explore the natural and cultural wonders of Guatemala with a canopy tour, countryside drive or visit to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Spend two full days in Costa Rica — one in Puntarena and one in Golfo Dulce – before entering the Panama Canal and crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. On the northbound leg of the journey, dock in Cartagena, Colombia, and take a city sightseeing tour, an excursion to a fishing village or a bay cruise on a replica of a Spanish galleon.
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Carnival’s 4-Day Baja Mexico
Carnival’s 4-Day Baja Mexico cruise is a round trip from Long Beach that stops on California’s Catalina Island and at Ensenada in Mexico. The first stop is Catalina, which is 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Water-based shore excursions here include snorkeling, diving, glass bottom boat tours and dolphin-watching boat trips; land-based activities include a driving tour of the island’s rugged interior, or nine holes on the historic Catalina Island golf course. The itinerary allots 13 hours in Ensenada, during which time you can see the spectacular natural sea spout known as La Bufadora; tour the Calafia Valley wine country; or go horseback riding on scenic coastal trails. It takes a full day and night to return to Long Beach. Spend this time enjoying the ship’s resort-style pool, water park or adults-only retreat area, or treat yourself to a beauty treatment at the on-board spa.
Princess Cruises’ Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa
Princess Cruises’ Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa cruise is a 28-day journey with 10 ports of call in Hawaii, American Samoa, Samoa and French Polynesia. It takes four full days to cruise through the Pacific from Long Beach to Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. More than a dozen shore excursions are available, taking you to Big Island destinations such as Volcanoes National Park, coffee plantations and the summit of Mauna Kea. This is followed by a morning in Honolulu and a full day each on the islands of Kauai and Maui.
From Hawaii, head westward for four days to reach the port of Pago Pago in American Samoa. Excursions include driving tours of the island of Tutuila followed by an Ava ceremony — a traditional welcome given by Samoans to guests. Spend the next day exploring Apia in Western Samoa, where you can see Robert Louis Stevenson’s house and swim in an underground cave pool. Continue to the island of Bora Bora in French Polyneisa, which is famous for its turquoise lagoon and the numerous tiny islets encircling it, then on to the Polynesian island of Moorea, then the port of Papeete in Tahiti. During the eight-day journey from Tahiti back to Los Angeles, enjoy the ship’s facilities, which include four swimming pools and a spa.
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