Cruising to L.A.! A Guide to Cruises Leaving from Los Angeles

Los Angeles is commonly referred to as Tinseltown, because of the glitz and glamour of the movie and television industry. It also has two of the busiest and most complex cruise ship ports in the world, Long Beach and San Pedro (World Cruise Center).

World Cruise Center, Los Angeles

The World Cruise Center is the largest cruise ship port on the West Coast of the United States. It opened in 1907, and today cruise ships from Azmara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line all depart virtually every day for Mexico, Hawaii, and other destinations around the world.

Three passenger cruise ship berths transporting over 1 million passengers annually are located in San Pedro, east of Long Beach, California.

A number of ships currently call the World Cruise Center home:

  • Azmara Quest
  • Celebrity Century
  • Disney Wonder
  • NCL Star, NCL Sun, NCL Pearl, and NCL Jewel
  • Sapphire Princess, Golden Princess, Island Princess, Star Princess, Coral Princess, and Crown Princess.

Port of Long Beach, California

Founded in 1911, The Port of Long Beach, also known as Long Beach Harbour, is located just 25 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles. This port caters primarily to Carnival Cruise Ships and is the home of the Carnival Corporation’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal, located at 231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, California, 90802. Long Beach Harbor is also one of the busiest commercial container ports in the world and serves as a major port for U.S.-Asian trade with Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Currently three Carnival Ships, sailing primarily to Mexico and Hawaii, call the Port of Long Beach home:

  • Carnival Inspiration
  • Carnival Imagination
  • Carnival Miracle

Typical itineraries for Carnival ships leaving from Los Angeles include . . .

  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Catalina Island, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, México
  • Maui (Kahului), Hawaii
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Hilo, Hawaii,
  • La Paz, Mexico
  • Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico
  • Manzanillo, Mexico

Accidents on Cruises Leaving from Los Angeles

It is important that passengers who take a cruise leaving from Los Angeles understand that if they are hurt aboard the ship from a trip, slip and fall, or other type of accident, most cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Celebrity require that their passengers file a lawsuit within one year from the date of the incident in Federal Court in Miami, Florida.

This is often a surprise to passengers who are injured on a cruise leaving from a Los Angeles Port, as most of the time, neither the ship, nor the passengers have any real connection to South Florida. For example, Carnival, as well as RCCL, Celebrity, NCL, and many other cruise lines have a choice-of-law-and-venue clause buried deep in their passenger tickets that forces injured passengers to make the often difficult and expense trek to Miami to obtain compensation for their injuries.

Our Cruise Ship Injury Attorneys have successfully represented injured passenger against cruise lines for nearly 25 years. We understand how difficult, expensive, time-consuming, and stressful it can be to hold cruise lines accountable for their carelessness or negligence.

It is equally important to understand that not all injuries that occur during a cruise are viable personal injury cases against a cruise company. Someone’s simply getting hurt, does not mean that it is the cruise line’s fault. Knowing the difference between a viable and nonviable case and how to uncover how and why an incident occurred takes years of experience and perseverance.

If you or a family member has suffered an injury during your cruise, contact us today for a free initial consultation. We will take the time to help unravel the facts of why an accident occurred as well as determine if the incident is in whole or part the fault of the cruise line. Many common injuries can be avoided if the cruise industry would make a greater effort to put passenger safety ahead of their own profits.

Call us at 1-866-597-4529 or email us today as the longer one waits, the more difficult it can sometimes be to obtain the necessary proof to win your case and succeed in obtaining needed compensation for lost time from work, medical expenses, and money for pain and suffering.