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Old April 15th, 2006, 09:25 PM
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I'm considering Diamond Princess mexico cruise next March but hesitate to choose a ship that leaves from Los Angeles because of the airport headaches. Anyone have any experience on this particular cruise, or leaving from Los Angeles in lieu of other Southern Calif ports like Long Beach or San Diego?
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We have cruised from all three ports with no major problems. San Diego is a little smaller and less organized but again, no major problems. Only Carnival docks in Long Beach. We have cruised out of San Pedro (Los Angeles as some refer to it) many times, just recenly on the Sapphire and it went very smoothly. We live minutes away from the ports so no airport problems. If you can, arrive the day before or earlier and relax.
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We just got off of the Sapphire Princess two weeks ago using the San Pedro Port and thought it was hassle free. We flew in the day before to LAX from Michigan and had no problems at all. Hired a Super Shuttle van to take us to the port from our airport hotel and he dropped us off right in front of the porters and off we went into the terminal. (We scheduled Super Shuttle for 10:00 a.m. and were in the terminal by 10:45 at the latest) I am sure LAX can be crazy but we were pleasantly surprised by how smooth everything went.
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milovenus,

I'm considering Diamond Princess mexico cruise next March but hesitate to choose a ship that leaves from Los Angeles because of the airport headaches. Anyone have any experience on this particular cruise, or leaving from Los Angeles in lieu of other Southern Calif ports like Long Beach or San Diego?

Whether a ship leaves from "Los Angeles" or Long Beach is pretty much a wash because the Port of Los Angeles is in a section of the city called San Pedro that's right next to Long Beach. There's a very narrow strip of land around the Harbor Freeway, threaded between several other cities on either side that connects San Pedro to the rest of the city. The transfer from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) takes about an hour either way. There's a reason why most cruise lines charge about $55 for the transfers, and taxis probably will charge about as much. The process is pretty seamless if you buy the cruise line's transfers, though. Long Beach Airport (LGB) is much closer to both ports of departure, but it has a lot fewer flights so many cruise lines do not operate transfers to or from Long Beach.

San Diego is much more convenient as a departure port because the cruise pier is about a major block from the airport terminals. The transfer service is very inexpensive as a result.

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I live in the L.A. area and agree that LAX can be a hassle BUT it's like anything else, proper planning saves the day! We use the satellite airports whenever possible (Ontario/Burbank/Santa Ana) but for your cruise, LAX should be fine. Come in early and budget for the transfers accordingly. For the design of LAX it really does a good job with the real estate that it has.
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Robbie H,

I live in the L.A. area and agree that LAX can be a hassle BUT it's like anything else, proper planning saves the day! We use the satellite airports whenever possible (Ontario/Burbank/Santa Ana) but for your cruise, LAX should be fine. Come in early and budget for the transfers accordingly. For the design of LAX it really does a good job with the real estate that it has.

Yes, Los Angeles International Airport {LAX) works very well as an originating or terminating airport because it has a dozen or so terminals, each of modest size, rather than one huge terminal, and good access to the freeways. The only problem with Los Angeles International Airport, when you are going on a cruise, is that it is too far from the cruise teminals in San Pedro and Long Beach.

The airpors in Ontario, Burbank, and Santa Ana certainly are much more convenient than Los Angeles International Airport for people travelling to or from those regions. Unfortunately, they are even further from the cruse terminals in San Pedro and Long Beach and the cruise lines do not operate transfer services to or from those airports.

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