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Old August 23rd, 2004, 03:04 PM
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I am wondering if anyone out there has started a cruise from the port of Los Angeles (San Pedro)?
I am wondering if it would be best/cheaper to fly into LAX or Long Beach. Someone told me that I should avoid LAX if at all possible.
I am planning on staying at a hotel in Long Beach the day before the cruise. Any help out there?
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Old August 23rd, 2004, 04:59 PM
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I bet the LB airport (or John Wayne in Orange County) might be good alternatives.

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Old August 23rd, 2004, 05:42 PM
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It seems to me that Long Beach Airport would be about the same distance to the port as LAX and a heck of lot less frantic. Good alternative and especially so since your hotel is in Long Beach. That makes perfect sense.
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thanks for the info. I have never been to California and I never thought that the airport would be any different than Miami Int. I guess when you think about it, LAX would be very busy. I am not a large crowd person so maybe long beach is best.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 08:15 PM
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Flying into LAX is often times MUCH cheaper. So if that is what ends up happening, don't worry. LAX is really not that bad! You'll have a whole vacation to get over any overwhelming experiences anyway! Have a great cruise.
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I'm cruising on the Diamond Princess 12/11/04 and I plan to use Long Beach airport...there is not much price difference from LAX and its closer to San Pedro pier.

I'm just wondering if I should chance flying on the day of the cruise. I could get an 8am flight out of Seattle and be in Long Beach by 10:30AM. Otherwise I'd have to find a hotel in Long Beach the night before. Any opinions..should I fly the day of?
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My, let me tell you ... whenever we leave for a 7-nighter from LA, we always go up a day early.

It's not so much that we are worried about missing the ship (it's only 90 minute drive from north San Diego), but it's the relaxed way in which we embark on the cruise.

Before I leave, the morning is spent getting the house ready to leave, making sure everything is nice for the Andy sitters, and keeping the baby content. Not to mention handling last-minute work requests, too.

We have stayed for as little as $65 a night in Long Beach ... just search Hotwire, etc, but I would say it will make yo8ur cruise much more pleasurable from the get-go.

Finally, we are on the Diamond on the 30th, and this is the exact plan we have too.

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I agree, that is why we are flying out early. Since we have never been to Calf. we are flying out Thursday afternoon and then planning on getting a hotel in Long Beach. Then on Friday we are going to look around Long Beach for any fun attractions and have fun that day. Then on Saturday, we can sleep in check out and then be relaxed and board the Diamond. My first cruise we flew out the same day. I felt so rushed getting to Miami looking for our transfer then boarding the ship. I did feel rushed. My other 2 cruises we flew down so that we would have the day before. I highly recommend flying in a day early.
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Hi folks, thought I would also include this link of the Diamond photos I took in March:

http://www.cruise-forums.com/gallery/view.php?id=1770

Long beach is great for tourism, because they have this free red "trolley" that takes you to the attractions: Shoreline Village, teh aquuarium, Queen Mary, etc

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I only live 29 miles north of San Pedro and still book a hotel room the night before. The way I look at it my vacation starts earlier.
Even when I fly from Lax to Seattle or Vancouver I fly one day ahead.
Like Harry says, you start the trip more relaxed.
I use either PriceLine or Hotwire. Hotwire does not cover San Pedro - it does Long Beach.
I am going on the Diamond 11/27/04. I just booked the 3* Marina Hotel for $55 bid ($68.55 total with taxes etc) for 11/26. In my case this is less then the parking fee at the port.

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Steve, great point about being cheaper than paying for parking.

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