We are looking to book the Carnival Pride for the Mexican Riviera in June 2008. We sailed the Pride in its first year when it was on the east coast, and liked the ship. We will be traveling from PA and prefer to book our own flight so that we can get a direct flight with no transfers. The flight we plan to book will get in LA around 8:00 PM CA time. Is it true that the Pride leaves from Long Beach and not the Port of LA? Since we will be arriving the evening before, we don't plan to do any real sightseeing. Every time we cruise, we just like to get there the day before to avoid hassles with luggage, flight delays, etc. Does anyone have any recommendations for a nice hotel that's not terribly expensive and also provides transportation to the pier? Thanks!
Carnival Sensation - 2001
Carnival Pride - 2002 (Eastern Caribbean)
RCI Grandeur of the Seas - 2003
HAL Zuiderdam - 2004
Carnival Valor - 2006
Carnival Pride - 2008 (Mexican Riviera)
RCI Explorer of the Seas - 2009
RCI Explorer of the Seas - 2010
Celebrity Equinox 2011
RCI Explorer of the Seas - 2011
Celebrity Summit - 2012
RCI Enchantment of the Seas - 2013
RCI Freedom of the Seas -2014
the above link takes you to the Queen Mary Hotel, bang NEXT DOOR to the terminal, you can actually check-in for your cruise at the hotel. the Captain and the Mrs have stayed here a few times but it seems that lately this ship/hotel has been getting a lot of bad reviews. But I think that staying for one night, you'll be OK and you'd have experienced staying on the original Queen Mary. Their cheapest rates run aprroximately $150 per night. As a guest staying there you also get to tour this historical ship for free.
the above link takes you to the Coast Hotel which is literally across the parking lot from the Queen Mary/Cruiseship Terminal. It is maybe a 10 minute walk straight across the parking lot and a small green area/park.
They also provide complimentary transportation to the cruisehip terminal.
We've also stayed here before and this hotel consistently gets good reviews. Their cheapest rate is about $120 a night.
Another attraction within the cruiseship terminal/Queen Mary area is the English Village. As the name implies, this is a replica Tudor English village complete with shops, bars and restaurants. Nice attraction in itself. From the English Village, you can take the RED Passport complimentary trolley bus to downtown Long Beach and explore/sightsee if you have the time.
If you have any more more questions, fire away, the Captain is very familiar with the area and I think we must have done the Mexican Riviera run at least 10-12 times, if not more.
For a cruiser flying into LAX the day before when Carnival transportation is not available what is the best option for transport to Long Beach Cruise Terminal/Queen Mary?
LAX is serviced by numerous shuttle companies, if you do a google search, you'll come up with a bunch of companies. One service we have repeatedly used ourselves is Super Express, their toll-free # is (877) 397-7371. They charge approximately $32 per person each way wherever you are in the Los Angeles area. And they will pick you up from LAX and take you to any Los Angeles/Long Beach area hotel with a shuttle reservation that is guaranteed with a credit card.