Princess To Remain in Los Angeles
September 2: Princess Cruises will operate their cruise ships from the port of Los Angeles for a one-year trial run with an option to extend the contract for five years. The agreement is a coup for San Pedro after Los Angeles had lost several ships to Long Beach after Carnival Corporation built a new $40 million terminal behind QUEEN MARY. The 2,600-passenger DIAMOND PRINCESS is expected in San Pedro at the end of September offering seven-day cruises to Mexico and will rotate with the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS. Royal Caribbean is now based in San Pedro with a contract in place, and Disney Cruises will be sailing in for a new 12-week trial period next year.