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San Pedro Cruise Terminal Information
Last updated on September 18th, 2023 at 09:42 pm
Serving as the primary cruise terminal for Los Angeles, San Pedro offers a convenient departure point for cruises along the California coast and to Mexico. Explore nearby attractions like the Queen Mary and the vibrant Long Beach waterfront before setting sail.
There are two Los Angeles cruise ports – the World Cruise Center in San Pedro and Carnival’s terminal in Long Beach. See here for information on the Long Beach Cruise Terminal.
World Cruise Center – San Pedro California
The World Cruise Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles is located at 100 Swinford Street in San Pedro. The ships dock at berths 91,92 and 93.
Only a 20 minutes drive from downtown L.A., this can be a great stop for the projected 600,000 passengers to come through the San Pedro terminal.
Within a 5 mile radius of the terminal are many different things for passengers to see and do – the Battleship IOWA, Ports O’Call Village, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, and downtown San Pedro, home to many galleries, shops and restaurants.
San Pedro Cruise Terminal Tips:
– There is no luggage storage for passengers. – Follow the signs for Berths 91-93 when you get to the port entrance – There are free shuttles to transport passengers from the parking lot to the terminal entrance, and the shuttles are wheelchair accessible , but it is advised to drop passengers and luggage at the terminal prior to parking.
See here for cruise terminal parking and cruise port transportation at San Pedro
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Royal Caribbean's new home port should get West Coast cruisers excited
In a big development for West Coast cruising, Royal Caribbean on Wednesday announced plans to base a ship in Los Angeles -- something it hasn't done in a decade.
The world's largest cruise line said its 3,386-passenger Navigator of the Seas would sail year-round to Mexico from the city starting in June 2022, offering a range of three- to seven-night voyages.
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Royal Caribbean said the voyages would include three-, four- and five-night trips that feature a mix of stops in Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and California's Catalina Island. The ship also will operate some longer, seven-night holiday sailings to Mexico.
The voyages will go on sale the week of March 29, the line said.
"We're excited to return to Los Angeles to add bigger, bolder vacation options along the West Coast," Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "With a ship like Navigator of the Seas, complete with waterslides, activities from day to night and a lineup of restaurants, bars and lounges, friends and families alike are in for a memorable getaway."
Sailing since 2002, Navigator of the Seas isn't a new vessel. But it underwent an unusually massive, bow-to-stern makeover in 2019 designed to transform it into the king of short-haul cruises out of its current home, Miami.
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The overhaul brought the ship such brag-worthy features as the longest waterslide at sea and the only headfirst mat racer waterslide at sea.
The ship also got a completely revamped pool zone complete with a three-level bar hangout called The Lime and Coconut. Other changes included the addition of glow-in-the-dark laser tag (set in the ship's ice-skating rink during the daytime and offered as an activity at no extra charge) and an escape room, plus a bunch of new dining and drinking venues.
Royal Caribbean executives have said the changes to Navigator of the Seas were designed to wow newcomers to cruising, who often start out with short cruises out of Miami. The ship's move to Los Angeles for short sailings will no doubt help the line bring in more first-time cruisers on the West Coast.
In deploying a ship year-round to Los Angeles, Royal Caribbean is going up against Carnival Cruise Line , which currently is the leader in cruises out of the Los Angeles area by a wide margin. Carnival traditionally has based three ships in the Los Angeles area year-round for sailings to Mexico and Hawaii, with departures out of the Port of Long Beach.
The announcement also comes as cruise lines eye more "close-to-home" sailings in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, which has shut down most cruising around the world for a year. Short sailings out of Los Angeles that Californians and other West Coasters can reach in a few hours by car fit right into that trend.
Los Angeles is one of the biggest cruise hubs on the West Coast. But it doesn't compare in size as a cruise hub to such East Coast cruising centers as PortMiami and Port Canaveral in Florida.
This is, in part, due to the limited number of cruise destinations that can be reached in a few days of sailings from Los Angeles. Most cruises from Los Angeles are to the West Coast of Mexico, known as the Mexican Riviera -- a region that has a limited number of port towns suitable for cruise ships.
Other West Coast cruise hubs include Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, which serve as the bases for summer cruises to Alaska .
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Royal Caribbean Will Sail Out of This California Port Next Year For the First Time in a Decade
Royal Caribbean is heading back to Los Angeles.
A Royal Caribbean ship is heading to Hollywood next year, calling Los Angeles home for the first time in a decade.
The cruise company said on Wednesday it will plan to move its "Navigator of the Seas" ship to LA in June 2022, sailing for trips lasting for 3-5 nights to Catalina Island in California as well as Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Additionally, the ship will sail select winter holiday week-long trips.
"California was calling us home once again, and what better way to reintroduce Royal Caribbean than to bring our next-level cruise vacations to the City of Angels and make it a year-round adventure starting just in time for summer," Michael Bayley, the president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement released Wednesday. "We're excited to return to Los Angeles to add bigger, bolder vacation options along the West Coast. With a ship like 'Navigator of the Seas,' complete with waterslides, activities from day to night, and a lineup of restaurants, bars, and lounges, friends and families alike are in for a memorable getaway."
The "Navigator of the Seas," which was refurbished in 2019, features a three-level poolside bar for taking in warm California nights, and a pair of waterslides that will get anyone's heart pumping: the Blaster aqua coaster (the longest waterslide at sea), and Riptide (a thrilling headfirst mat racer).
Before heading to LA, the ship is expected to sail from Miami or Fort Lauderdale on three- and four-night itineraries to the Bahamas, according to the company.
On land in LA, officials started loosening coronavirus-imposed restrictions this week , allowing attractions like indoor dining and museums to reopen with capacity restrictions. Additionally, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will finally be allowed to reopen on April 30.
The city of Angels, however, isn't Royal Caribbean's only new city. The cruise line plans to sail three to seven-night journeys from Haifa in Israel to the Greek Isles and Cyprus for fully-vaccinated travelers in May.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram .
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News | 1,020-foot Royal Caribbean cruise ship returns to Port of LA after 11 years
After a more than decade-long hiatus, a Royal Caribbean International ship sailed into the Port of Los Angeles last week.
The 1,020-foot Navigator of the Seas arrived for its first passenger sailing out of Los Angeles on a weekend cruise to Ensenada. It left Friday evening, Nov. 19.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship Navigator of the Seas docked in San Pedro Friday. The Port of Los Angeles will be the ships home port, it’s the first time in a decade that Royal has based a ship in Los Angeles.(Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)
“Our waterfront visitors have an up-close view of the vessels transiting the main channel,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka wrote in an email. “And when a cruise ship glides by, everyone stops to watch it.
“There’s a special connection between the passengers on the ship deck and the visitors on the waterfront,” he added, “and they always smile and wave to each other.”
Royal Caribbean International has more than 100 sailings scheduled for 2022 from the Port of Los Angeles. In all, the port is forecasting more than 200 passenger cruise sailings during the 2022 calendar year.
The ship, which cruises at 22 knots, can host as many as 2,000 passengers with a crew of 1,200. The 15-deck vessel went on her maiden voyage almost 19 years ago in December 2002. The ship’s features include the largest waterslide at sea, a revamped pool deck and new nightlife venues.
“As a native Californian, I’m so happy that Royal Caribbean International is back in Los Angeles for the first time in 11 years,” Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean senior vice president of sales, trade support and service, wrote in an email. “The newly amplified Navigator of the Seas is the right ship for the LA market, and we wanted to explore more variety in the West Coast.”
The ship will run Friday to Monday cruises to Ensenada and Monday to Friday cruises that include a stop anchored off Avalon, on Catalina Island.
“People wanting short getaways will love the 3-, 4- and 5-night cruises to Catalina, Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas,” Freed said, “and will still have the option of 7-night vacations to those amazing destinations.
“Additionally, our consumers enjoy the venues we have onboard,” Freed added, “from Navigator’s reimagined and beautiful poolscape to the world-class entertainment, expansive dining choices and the newest features and experiences, this ship offers it all.”
The cruise industry felt the COVID-19 pause in operations as much or more than other industries.
“The last 20 months have been hard on all of us,” Freed said. “We are committed to the West Coast market as part of our Royal Comeback, and our goal is to continue to build on that momentum in Los Angeles and well into the future.”
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Port of Los Angeles Berths 91-93 World Cruise Center 100 Swinford Street San Pedro, CA 90731
The World Cruise Center at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California is approximately 18 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Parking is $20.00 per day (rates are subject to change by Port Authority).
From LAX: Travel southbound on the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405), then southbound on the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110). Exit at Harbor Boulevard and proceed straight through the Harbor Boulevard intersection. Turn right to enter the World Cruise Center.
Guests using GPS should enter the following address for the Port of Los Angeles: 425 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731-3309 (Port of Los Angeles). Please note that this is the address for the port administration building. Upon arrival at the port, guests should follow signs to the cruise ship berths 91-93.
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The Port of Los Angeles is the busier of the two ports. A number of lines, including Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity depart from the port.
The port features three berths . Expect it to take about 30 minutes to an hour to get to the port from the Los Angeles International Airport. Its about the same time coming from downtown.
Getting To The Port Of Los Angeles
Southern California is known for its car culture. It shouldnt be a surprise, then, that the most convenient way to get to the cruise ship is to take an Uber/Lyft. These services provide access from all major airports in the area. And you can be picked up anywhere else in the area to get to the ship on your own schedule.
Expect the ride to cost at least $30 for a car from LAX to the cruise port. Higher rates will apply if going a longer distance or during peak times.
Estimated ride times from major points of interest are below:
- Los Angeles International : 30 min
- Long Beach Airport : 25 min
- John Wayne Airport : 45 min
- Downtown: 40 min
You can read more about all your options on getting to the ship and pricing on our Los Angeles cruise transportation page .
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The incredible ports youll visit arent the only things to look forward to when you book a cruise from Los Angeles . The ship youll be sailing on offers just as many one-of-a-kind experiences. Amplified with epic activities and spaces to unwind, Navigator of the Seas® is a fleet-favorite that truly lives up to the hype. If youre chasing thrills, brave any of the ships hair-raising waterslides, like The Blaster® aqua coaster and the RiptideSM mat racer. If all you want to do is kick back and bask in the sunshine, youll be happy to know the ship features an expanded resort-style pool deck with plenty of room to chill out in between refreshing dips. And at night, the adventure keeps going with dazzling ice-skating shows, Broadway-style performances and drinks that raise the bar at Bamboo Room and The Lime and Coconut®.
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Stationed in Los Angeles, year-round guests have the opportunity to sail onboard Navigator of the Seas 3-, 4- and 5-day cruises to Southern California and Baja California, Mexico.
Her first voyage from LA is a 7-day cruise sailing today, which will make calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, with a day at sea after departing Los Angeles and a day at sea before arriving back in Los Angeles.
Other cruises include a 3-night cruise sailing to Ensenada, a 4-day cruise sailing to Isla Catalina and Ensenada, and a 5-night cruise that calls at Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada.
The crew and officers of Navigator of the Seas have been waiting for their first cruise with guests for twenty months while the ship remained on hold since the start of suspensions. And with plenty of improvements to the ship there is more than enough to enjoy for guests onboard.
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This Was The Big Announcement
The day before Royal Caribbean revealed its plans to return to Los Angeles, Freed told travel agents to expect a big announcement , referring to it as “the news we’ve all been waiting for.”
While cruises from the West Coast are significant, many readers were disappointed the news was not worthy of the hype preceding it.
Because several travel agents reported being told by Royal Caribbean that the big announcement was being delayed or canceled, we suspect that larger news was originally on the docket.
Sailing From The Long Beach Cruise Terminal
Los Angeles while far from being the biggest cruise departure port in the country offers two different cruise ports. The Long Beach terminal is a short distance from the Port of Los Angeles . It serves Carnival Cruise Lines, which primarily sails shorter trips to the Mexican Riviera.
Visitors will also recognize the historic Queen Mary, which is docked permanently at the port. As with the Port of Los Angeles, expect it to take about 30 minutes to an hour to get to the cruise port from the LAX airport, depending on traffic. If flying in, Long Beach Airport is much closer, reducing travel time.
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Los Angeles Cruise Guide
Due to its location along the Pacific Coast, many cruise itineraries to Mexico, the Panama Canal, South America, the Transpacific and Hawaii depart from the city of Los Angeles. This is the best port to find affordable getaways to the Mexican Riviera.
The port itself is actually located in Long Beach, which is a short drive away from the big-city L.A., but also has its fair share of attractions. You can stay overnight at the Queen Mary, a retired vintage luxury ocean liner that is rumored to be haunted and offers ghost tours. Take a dip in the calm waters at the beach, or take a whale watching tour along the Pacific Ocean. Once youve seen it all at the port, a short ride by car, Uber or the L.A. Metro brings you to the star-studded city of Los Angeles, where you can easily spend a week exploring all that it has to offer.
There are many ways to snap a picture of the infamous Hollywood sign, depending on the angle youd like. If you have a car you can make a pit stop along Deronda Drive, and take a quick walk over to the sign. If youre looking for more of a challenge, take the 6-mile hike along the Brush Canyon Trail, where youll eventually get that picture-perfect shot. You can also see the sign from outside of the Griffith Observatory, where for a small fee you can go up to the top of the observatory and take in the best panoramic views of the city of Los Angeles.
Royal Caribbean Will Once Again Offer Cruises From Los Angeles
Royal Caribbean will begin offering cruises from Los Angeles in 2022 for the first time in 10 years. Navigator of the Seas will sail three and four night sailings to Catalina Island, California and Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The cruise ship will also offer week long holiday sailings that will feature an overnight port visit.
Royal Caribbeans new year-round adventures from LA that begin June 2022 will open for sale the week of March 29, 2021.
After a $115 million amplification in 2019, Navigator of the Seas brings star power that will thrill guests with its reimagined Caribbean poolscape anchored by the lively three-level bar The Lime & Coconut two daring waterslides that cantilever over the edges of the ship The Blaster aqua coaster, the longest waterslide at sea, and Riptide, the industrys only headfirst mat racer the first standalone blow-dry bar at sea, To Dry For elevated nightlife and dining, and transformed spaces that each are dedicated to kids and teens.
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The winning combination of these thrilling features and activities alongside Royal Caribbean favorites against the backdrop of Hollywood Hills will make for a new short getaway, over the week or weekend, that makes the most of every minute for vacationers of all ages.
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Parking At World Cruise Center
Of course, if you live in the area as millions do then you may be interested in simply driving and parking at the port.
The good news is that there is ample parking right at the port. You can park practically at the terminal and walk right in. While the convenience is nice, it does come at a cost. Rates are $20 per day for most vehicles. So over the course of a weeklong cruise, you can expect to spend $140.
For more details on parking, see our Los Angles cruise parking page here .
Want to park cheaper? If you are traveling from farther away and plan to stay at a hotel in the area, then look for a hotel with a park and cruise package. With these deals you can get your hotel and have parking included.
See our list of Los Angles cruise hotels with parking deals .
Royal Caribbean Cruises Highlights
- An incredible company that has been in operation since 1969.
- A well-known name in the cruise line industry, with service standards that accompany their length of time in the industry.
- Winner of a plethora of service awards, including “Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean,””Best Cruise Line Overall,” and “Best Cruise Ship Symphony of the Seas.”
- Amazing rooms in various sizes available for all of your accommodation needs and party sizes.
- Breathtaking views, offering you uninterrupted views of the water, the shores, and all of the beautiful sights of each destination.
- Unmatched customer service to make your trip a relaxing and unforgettable experience.
- Knowledgeable tour guides to accompany you to places that you might have never heard of.
- Lots of space to explore and get to know the ship.
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Getting To The Long Beach Cruise Port
As with the World Cruise Center in San Pedro, your best bet for getting to the port if you need transportation is with an Uber or Lyft. These services are widely available, including offering rides from the major airports.
Prices will vary depending on where you are coming from. For reference, you can expect to spend around $30 for a ride from Los Angeles International to the Long Beach cruise port. Prices will vary based on traffic.
Here are some estimated commute times from certain points:
- Los Angeles International : 40 min
- Long Beach Airport : 20 min
- John Wayne Airport : 35 min
- Downtown: 45 min
You can read more about all your options on getting to the ship and pricing on our Long Beach cruise transportation page .
Reserve Transportation Between Lax Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal & More
Book a transfer to a Royal Caribbean Cruise out of Los Angeles with Xpress Shuttles. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line operates out of the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA . And whether youre headed to LA or leaving, Xpress Shuttles is a great to travel to or from the cruise port. Hop aboard the Vision of the Seas® to the Panama Canal, and it all start with an Xpress cruise shuttle. Avoid traffic and long-term cruise terminal parking in San Pedro with Xpress Shuttle. Royal Caribbean Cruise transfers can be arranged from hotels, LAX, and more.
On a Royal Caribbean International Panama Canal Cruise you can explore the Mexican Riviera and Caribbean Islands. Stops include Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Puntarenas, Costa Rica Panama Canal, Panama Cartagena, Colombia George Town, Grand Cayman and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Set sail on your perfect Panama Canal vacation with Royal Caribbean!
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Returning After A Decade
Royal Caribbean’s announcement that it will cruise from Los Angeles regularly after more than a decade is significant, as industry insiders have speculated about its West Coast return for years.
While other cruise lines returned, Royal Caribbean stayed away, claiming it was able to make more money elsewhere.
In 2015, Freed pointed out the low rates competitor cruise lines were getting. “We always look at the West Coast. But we continue to look at the rates that the other cruise lines are getting, and we offer an experience that we can’t afford to be selling at those low rates.
“If and when we see the rates start to bounce back, and we feel we can get paid for what we offer for our product, then well be back there. But right now, unfortunately, it’s a bath out there. They’re selling four-day cruises at $199 per person, and were not just talking Carnival.
“We spend more on food, more on entertainment and more on our overall onboard experience , and so we cannot be the low-price leader out in any market.”
The line also cited the logistical challenges of returning its ships to the West Coast, much of which had to do with the rise of cruise popularity in other areas of the world, such as Europe and China. Sending ships to those locations meant fewer ships to go to other ports.
Where To Stay For A Los Angeles Cruise
Flying into Los Angeles for a cruise? Its always a good idea to plan to arrive into the city the day before. That way if there are any delays, you arent scrambling to make it to the port or have any worry about missing the ship.
So where should you stay? The area around the port offers a number of hotels within just 1-3 miles of the ships. This includes some right on the waterfront and some that offer a shuttle service to get guests to the cruise terminal.
You can see a list of nearby hotels to the World Cruise Center here .
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Los Angeles & Long Beach Cruise Port Locations
Both ports are located just a few miles of each other, with one in San Pedro and the other in Long Beach.
If youre unfamiliar with the area, these cities are both part of the greater Los Angeles area and are about 25 miles south of downtown LA. If flying in for your cruise, expect the trip from Los Angeles International to take at least 30 minutes and possibly more due to traffic.
Which port you cruise from will depend on which cruise line you sail, as they each have their designated spots To help you find your way, weve covered each port in detail below.
The Royal Caribbean Navigator Of The Seas
Based in Los Angeles and refurbished just three years ago in 2019, over 3,300 travelers can set sail on this highly-rated RCI VOYAGER class ship.
Want to puzzle your way out of an escape room or do tricks on the Flowrider artificial surf wave? These features are only offered by Royal Caribbean and are both found on the Navigator of the Seas. Plus, experience rare amenities like an ice skating rink and a roller skating rink.
The Navigator of the Seas also offers a ping pong table, a basketball court, an outdoor movie theater, a solarium, a spa, four pools, a gym, a waterslide, a casino, and seven jacuzzis.
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Royal Caribbean Is Returning To Cruising From Los Angeles
Anne Kalosh | Mar 17, 2021
The amped-up Navigator of the Seas will operate the program, Royal Caribbean announced during today’s Coffee Talk with Vicki Freed , SVP sales and trade support & service.
Three-, four-, five- and seven-night itineraries
Navigator will operate a variety of itineraries, including three-/four-night sailings to Ensenada and Catalina Island, five-night cruises to Cabo San Lucas and, in winter, some seven-night cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas will overnight in Cabo.
Reaction from travel partners on the Coffee Talk was enthusiastic. Freed cited one who called the news a ‘lifeline to recovery.’
Sales open the week of March 29.
After a $115m amplification in 2019 , Navigator of the Seas offers features like the three-level bar The Lime and Coconut, specialty seafood venue Hooked, two waterslides that cantilever over the sides of the ship and a standalone blow-dry bar.
Royal Caribbean Is Back In La
It has been ten years since Royal Caribbean sailed from Los Angeles, so the return of Navigator of the Seas to the city will seem long overdue to fans of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships. However, with a massive $115 million investment in 2019, guests will be able to enjoy the best Royal Caribbean has to offer.
California was calling us home once again, and what better way to reintroduce Royal Caribbean than to bring our next-level cruise vacations to the City of Angels and make it a year-round adventure, said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. Were excited to return to Los Angeles to add bigger, bolder vacation options along the West Coast. With a ship like Navigator of the Seas, complete with waterslides, activities from day to night and a lineup of restaurants, bars and lounges, friends and families alike are in for a memorable getaway.
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The voyager-class Navigator of the Seas will remain in LA year-round, and she departed on a short two-day cruise with media and travel companions on board on November 17. Her first cruise with guests sails today from the Port of Los Angeles.
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Royal Caribbean Back In Los Angeles With Navigator Of The Seas
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After more than a decade, Royal Caribbean International is resuming homeport operations in Los Angeles.
Setting sail on its first post-pandemic cruise today, the Navigator of the Seas is marking the companys return to the West Coast with a seven-night cruise from LAs World Cruise Center.
Sailing to three ports in Mexico, the first voyage includes calls in Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
With departures currently scheduled through April 2023, the year-round program also features a variety of short three-, four- and five-night cruises to additional destinations, including Catalina Island, California, and Ensenada, Mexico.
A Voyager-class vessel, the Navigator of the Seas originally entered service in 2002. Extensively refurbished in the past, it drydocked in Cádizs Navantia shipyard this summer for maintenance work and cosmetic enhancements.
The refit follows a bigger, $115-million modernization that took place in 2019, as part of the Royal Amplified program . The refit added new attractions to the 3,500-guest ship, including a resort-style Caribbean pool deck, the three-level signature bar The Lime & Coconut and the first blow-dry bar at sea To Dry For.
One of the vessels most iconic features, the Royal Promenade, was also reimagined, with the creation of new restaurants, retail and nightlife.
The Navigators entertainment lineup also includes the Studio B, an ice-skating rink and the FlowRider surf simulator.
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Port Canaveral expanding as 'economic powerhouse,' but faces growing pains
Fresh off a record-breaking year for cruise, cargo and overall operating revenue, Port Canaveral will continue its momentum during the next two years, Chief Executive Officer John Murray predicted Wednesday, during his annual State of the Port presentation.
But Murray cautioned that the port faces challenges, as it grows its operations in a limited geographic space, necessitating a new cruise terminal, expanded cruise passenger parking and solutions for space-industry companies desiring to use port facilities.
Port Canaveral became the world's busiest cruise port a year ago, topping PortMiami. In the budget year that ended Sept. 30, Port Canaveral had a record $191 million in operating revenue, with $158 million from cruise ships and cruise parking, $21 million from cargo and $12 million from non-ship revenue from such things as real estate leases and recreation. Operating revenue was three times what it was 10 years ago and five times what it was 20 years ago for the 70-year-old port. And it was up from $127 million in 2021-22.
"We are an economic powerhouse," Murray said, with an estimated $6.1 billion economic impact on Florida, including $3 billion in the Central Florida region. Along the Space Coast, for example, hotels, restaurants and retailers benefit financially from Port Canaveral cruise passengers who vacation in the area before or after their cruises.
Murray said he expects similar operating revenue numbers in the 2023-24 budget year that began Oct. 1 ― which he termed a "transitional year" ― before things really accelerate in 2024-25.
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That's when Celebrity and Princess will join the list of cruise lines with ships based at Port Canaveral, with the Caribbean Princess entering the lineup in November 2024 and the Celebrity Equinox coming in December 2024. In addition, Disney will add a third ship to its Port Canaveral operation in December 2024, with the debut its new Disney Treasure, which is under construction. Also in December 2024, Carnival will add the Venezia to its Port Canaveral fleet.
Other cruise lines with one or more ships based at Port Canaveral are MSC, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
With the addition of the Disney Treasure and, in July 2024, Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas, Port Canaveral will have four ships powered by cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas, joining Carnival's Mardi Gras and the Disney Wish.
Murray said, during the winter of 2024-25, Port Canaveral will have at least 16 home-ported ships, up from the peak of 13 in the winters of 2022-23 and 2023-24.
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Port Canaveral ended its 2022-23 budget year with a record 6.8 million multiday cruise passengers, up from 4.1 million a year earlier. Murray predicts the figure will rise to 7.3 million in the 2023-24. Passengers on home-ported ships are counted twice ― when they board the ship at the beginning of their cruise and when they depart at the end of their cruise. Passengers on ships based elsewhere making port-of-call stops at Port Canaveral are counted once.
The passenger numbers will be even higher in 2024-25, with more and bigger ships entering the lineup. But port officials aren't prepared to make a prediction on how high that number might be.
Murray said cruise lines now are more regularly selecting Port Canaveral, rather than Miami, to debut their newest ships.
"We do have some of the best ships in the world," Murray said. "The bigger ships come to Port Canaveral because we deliver. The ships are full. If we can fill a ship every week, then that's a benefit to the cruise lines."
Challenges with constraints
Murray said one of the biggest challenges for the port is juggling dock space for all its operations.
He said some of Port Canaveral's six cruise terminals will have ships in port five or six days a week in the coming year.
"It really makes our life a lot more challenging to keep up the pace of what we're doing," Murray said during his presentation, held at Cruise Terminal 1 and attended by about 250 community leaders.
To meet those challenges, the port is building two new parking garages this year on the port's north side; added parking lots on the south side; and is starting to plan out construction of a new Cruise Terminal 4/parking garage complex on the south side, near the current site of the Bluepoints Marina, which would be relocated.
"We need another cruise terminal," Murray said. "If we had it right now, we can fill it up. We need it as soon as we can get it."
The new terminal would have multiple cruise lines as users, Murray said.
Murray noted that "not everyone will be happy" with the displacement of some port tenants to make way for the new cruise terminal. But he pledged to support the commercial fishing industry, including seafood wholesalers and fishing charter captains.
Murray said the port also is making cruise parking more efficient with a pay-on-entry system that speeds up the exit of passengers from parking garages after their cruises. Port parking facilities handled cruise passenger parking for about 840,000 vehicles in the just-ended budget year.
Other challenges, Murray said, are pushing the state to speed up the widening of State Road 528 and replacement of the "functionally obsolete" drawbridges on State Road 401.
Space industry presence
In the area of cargo, Murray said a challenge the port faces is balancing the needs tied to traditional cargo commodities like fuel, aggregates used in construction and lumber, with the growing need of the space industry's booster recovery operations that use port facilities.
Murray said SpaceX is the main user of those facilities, but it is being joined by Blue Origin ― as well as up to 10 additional commercial space companies in the future.
Space Florida is coordinating a Florida Department of Transportation-funded study of options for wharf space for the launch industry, including looking at land and water access outside of Port Canaveral's boundaries that could be worked into the plan. Space Florida is working with the port, military branches, federal agencies and launch service providers on the study, with final recommendations due by the end of the year.
Among Port Canaveral's capital investments in cargo are the completed North Cargo Berth 3, plus the adjacent North Cargo Berth 4 that now is under construction.
The port is planning to spend $182 million in capital improvements during the current budget year. In addition to the North Cargo Berth 4 construction and portwide parking expansion, the spending involves such things as pier improvements, a new mobile harbor crane, passenger boarding bridge renovations, maintenance dredging, and upgrades to recreation and other public facilities.
"While we made money, we're spending money," Murray said.
One of the big unanswered questions now, Murray said, is whether Port Canaveral will retain its No. 1 spot among cruise ports when the new ranking of passenger volume comes out in early 2024, or if Miami will regain its place on top.
Murray said he's not worried about it, because it is good for the Florida economy to have the two busiest cruise ports, plus likely Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades in the No. 3 slot.
"A rising tide lifts all boats," Murray said.
Dave Berman is business editor at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Berman at [email protected] , on X at @bydaveberman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dave.berman.54
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Largest Princess Cruise Ship Ever Homeported at the Port of Galveston Debuts for Inaugural Season of Western Caribbean Voyages
3,560-guest regal princess offers 21 voyages for winter 2023 through spring 2024.
GALVESTON, Texas (November 5, 2023) – Regal Princess arrived in Galveston today, marking the start of a milestone cruise season as the largest Princess cruise ship ever based in Texas. Carrying 3,560 guests, Regal Princess offers roundtrip voyages to the Western Caribbean through March 24 with an anticipated 75,000 cruisers sailing aboard this Love Boat from this convenient, scenic Texas homeport.
To celebrate the occasion, Princess Cruises Chief Commercial Officer Terry Thornton, Regal Princess Captain Aldo Traverso and Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan hosted a traditional maritime plaque exchange with Galveston Wharves Board Vice Chairman Jeff Patterson. A festive performance by Galveston’s local Ball High School Drill Team Tornettes and school mascot Tuffy kicked off the event.
"We first started sailing out of Galveston nearly 20 years ago. Princess loves Texas and we know Texans enjoy the convenience of having the Love Boat so close by offering a hassle-free drive or convenient fly option to enjoy the beautiful destinations in the Western Caribbean," said Thornton. "As we celebrate the arrival of Regal Princess, we extend our deep appreciation to the Port of Galveston for their ongoing partnership, and we’re excited to welcome aboard the only premium cruise experience from Galveston."
Regal Princess begins a series of 21 voyages from Galveston, ranging in length from seven- to 12-days, visiting popular destinations in the Western Caribbean and Mexico like Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan. Cruisers can also choose special holiday sailings over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. There is even a "Love and Romance Celebration" themed cruise with Love Ambassador and bridal fashion icon Randy Fenoli, departing Dec. 3. He will host special events, share his personal success story, offer tips on how to choose the right wedding dress and even debut the "Randy" cocktail.
"Princess Cruises is an iconic cruise line and we’re delighted to welcome guests from Regal Princess, the largest Love Boat to ever sail from Galveston," said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port director and CEO. "Regal Princess will visit beautiful ports throughout the western Caribbean while expanding the array of attractive and enticing cruise vacation choices from Galveston, America’s fourth most popular homeport."
The 142,229-ton Regal Princess boasts 19 decks and features ocean views from more than 1,400 stateroom balconies. Guests can stroll on the SeaWalk, a glass-floor walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, take an inviting dip in top-deck pools and hot tubs and relax in the Sanctuary retreat reserved for adults. From the cruise line’s delicious array of dining options, mesmerizing entertainment and welcoming MedallionClass service, Regal Princess offers something for everyone.
To mark the 20th anniversary of when Princess first started sailing out of Galveston and the 10th anniversary of the debut of Regal Princess, the ship will return for another series of Western Caribbean cruises for the 2024-2025 season. Cruises are on sale now.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-Princess (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting www.princess.com .