Home of the Carnival Cruise Line, the Long Beach Cruise Port is surrounded by top Long Beach attractions and experiences. The view from the port -- which is also known as Long Beach’s Harbor Department -- is magnificent, a great place to take in an iconic Southern California sunrise or sunset. Additionally, you won’t need to leave the port to have a great time, as right there you’ll find restaurants, bars and attractions like the Queen Mary, Scorpion Submarine Museum and Aquarium of the Pacific.
How to Get to Long Beach
The cruise port is located less than two miles from downtown Long Beach and the easiest way to get there is via a cab. Parking at the port is $17 per day and reservations are not permitted.
One Day in Long Beach
There are many worthwhile ways to spend a day in Long Beach. First of all, there are a number of beaches to choose from, some of which include Alamitos Beach, Junipero Beach and Peninsula Beach. Spend the day sunbathing, enjoy the surf or play a game of beach volleyball. Long Beach is also home to a number of scenic experiences that allow you to explore Long Beach’s outdoor beauty, for example, strolling the paths at El Dorado Nature Center, meditating at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden or kayaking the canals at Naples Island. And for those who want to spend some time indoors, Long Beach is full of interesting museums, some of which include the Long Beach Museum of Art, Rancho Los Alamitos and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum.
For those who will be staying overnight either before or after their cruise, you’ll find a number of hotels located near the port. Luxury travelers can opt for upscale hotels like the Westin Hotel Long Beach, Hotel Maya Long Beach and Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach are great options. Those on a budget are better off booking a room at Rodeway Inn Long Beach, Beach Plaza Hotel Long Beach or Vagabond Inn Long Beach. And for something unique that’s in between, the Queen Mary Hotel Long Beach, located inside the Queen Mary, was once the most opulent ship on the high seas and is now features accommodations, restaurants, bars, tours and even a spa.
The Long Beach Cruise Port is the second busiest seaport in the United States. Additionally, the Port “supports more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach, 316,000 jobs through Southern California and 1.4 million jobs throughout the United States. The Long Beach Cruise Port services the Carnival Cruise Line, with itineraries going to Baja California and the Mexican Riviera.