Long Beach Cruise Port Review: Parking, Shuttles, Hotels

Long Beach Cruise Port

So you’re taking a Carnival or Princess cruise bound for Hawaii or Catalina Island or the fabulous Mexican Riviera, and you’re leaving from the Long Beach cruise port. How do you get there, what’s there when you arrive and where can you stay and park?

The Long Beach cruise port is located about 23 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and about 12 miles away from the Long Beach Airport, and while there is parking available right at the pier, there are also many hotels in the area that offer park and stay packages that include room, parking and shuttle service to and from the port. As all of the cruises from Long Beach are onboard Carnival or Princess, they are the ones who make sure transition from land to sea is a smooth one. Parking at the terminal itself is $17 a day in a multi story structure that can hold close to 1500 vehicles, no advance reservations are required.

If you prefer the popular park and cruise option there are many hotels to choose from, all in close proximity to the port. The Queen Mary hotel could not be any closer to the port as it calls the port home on a permanent basis. With rooms that go between $139-$159 a night, free parking and no need for a shuttle as you can walk right on over to your cruise, this is a great option.

The Hotel Maya is located just minutes from the Long Beach cruise port and for $169 offer you a room and parking for the duration of your cruise, along with free rides to and from the port. Whether you are taking a Mexican cruise from Long Beach for a week or a Hawaii cruise for 15 nights, they have you covered. Not to be outdone, the Holiday Inn has rooms that go from $129 per night that also includes free parking, shuttle and breakfast for two before you head to the ship. At just five minutes from the terminal, the Comfort Inn and Suites offers a one night stay, free parking for up to ten days and a free shuttle to and from for only $169.

The park and cruise option not only allows you to arrive refreshed and have a hassle free transition to the sea, but allows you time to check out some of the attractions in the area like The Aquarium of the Pacific, a Catalina Island cruise or a Long Beach Zeppelin flight. Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland are also short hops away from your hotel and the cruise terminal giving you plenty of options for an extended vacation in the area.

The Long Beach cruise port is home to some of the best getaways with cruise deals from Long Beach available year round from the cruise experts at Carnival.