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Monday, June 8, 2015

Where to Cruise from Los Angeles

When planning your next cruise, don’t forget about the wonderful options available out of Los Angeles. More than a dozen cruise lines sail from the World Cruise Terminal (technically located in San Pedro) throughout the year, including Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

From Los Angeles, you have a choice of cruise destinations, lengths and styles. For example, it’s a popular port for a quick getaway cruise along the West Coast, featuring ports like the sophisticated city of San Francisco, scenic Monterrey, and relaxed and beautiful Catalina Island.

Or, board a ship that sails south to the Mexican Riviera. Popular ports along Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific coast include Puerto Vallarta and its busy beachside boardwalk; Mazatlan, where you can watch adventurous high-divers or experience the thrill of sportfishing; and Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific mingles with the Sea of Cortez, creating stately rock formations and some terrific snorkeling.

You can sail from Los Angeles to the islands of Hawaii: imagine sunbathing on Kauai, golfing on Maui, shopping in Honolulu, and visiting Kona, Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. A roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles can be quite relaxing, as you’ll have three or four days at sea before and after visiting Hawaii.

Los Angeles is also a departure port for cruises to the Pacific Coast of South America, backed by the majestic Andes. Popular ports include historic Lima, Peru, and Valparaiso, the port for the city of Santiago, Chile. On a longer itinerary, you might also visit Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; and Cape Horn.

If you’re ready for an extended cruise adventure, you can even embark on a world cruise from Los Angeles. These two-to-three month cruises visit multiple continents and exotic ports of call, making you a true world traveler.

If you live within driving distance of Los Angeles, park at the World Cruise Center for a maximum of $16 per day, no reservations required. If you fly in, catch a shuttle from Los Angeles International. If you have some extra time before boarding, enjoy the attractions along the LA Waterfront, including the Battleship IOWA memorial, shops and restaurants in Port O’ Call Village, and Cabrillo Beach. Better yet, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, to plan an extended pre- or post-cruise stay in sunny Los Angeles.

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