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Cruise lines leaving from Long Beach, California

The only cruise line that'll take you from LA to Mexico and Hawaii.

Carnival is the only cruise line that sails from Long Beach, but it offers a wide range of itineraries and lengths, including quick 3-day cruises to Mexico and longer adventures to the balmy islands of Hawaii. And since it’s a budget-friendly cruise line, you should be able to book a cruise from Long Island for less than $100 per person, per day.

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Our favorite cruises from Long Beach

Cruise lineCruiseItineraryPriceBook
CarnivalBaja Mexico from Long Beach — 3 days
  • Long Beach, California
  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Long Beach, California
From $185 per personBook now
CarnivalMexican Riviera from Long Beach — 5 days
  • Long Beach, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Long Beach, California
From $270 per personBook now
CarnivalMexican Riviera from Long Beach — 7 days
  • Long Beach, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Long Beach, California
From $450 per personBook now
CarnivalHawaii from Long Beach — 14 days
  • Long Beach, California
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Long Beach, California
From $1,560 per personBook now

Cruises from Long Beach, CA


Carnival is the only cruise lines that sails from Long Beach, but it's well suited for a range of travelers.
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Baja Mexico cruises from Long Beach

Carnival offers a range of short cruises that visit destinations along the Baja peninsula over three or four days. While three-day itineraries make a beeline for the bright lights of Ensenada, an extra day at sea gives you time to hop over to the picturesque beaches and palm trees of Catalina Island.

Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach

Although the Mexican Riviera encompasses a whole load of coastal cities along Mexico’s southwestern coastline, Carnival’s routes focus on the big three: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta with enough sea, sand and cityscape for everybody.

Hawaii cruises from Long Beach

Carnival Miracle and Carnival Journey are two ships that sail from Long Beach to Hawaii on the regular. These cruises typically last 14 days and dock at Honolulu, Maui and Hilo in Hawaii before stopping at Ensenada, Mexico on the way back to the states.

When is the best time to cruise from Long Beach?

With Mexico being the destination of choice from Long Beach, you’ll find sailings at any time of the year.

Peak season (October to April). During this time the sun is shining and humidity levels are low, you’ll find the largest range of itineraries on offer. Unfortunately, great weather also brings high prices and busy waterways, especially during the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays.

Off-peak season (May to September). Mexico can be unbearably hot during these months, which is why you’ll find fewer people visiting. If you can stand the heat, try to book during May for the best chance of clear skies and great cruise deals. The possibility of rainfall and hurricanes are higher during July and August.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Long Beach

Fly into either Los Angeles or Long Beach Airport if you’ve got a cruise leaving from Long Beach. Uber and Lyft serve both airports and are generally the most cost-effective ways of transferring. They’ll set you back around $30 and $20.

If you’d rather, opt for one of Carnival’s shuttle buses that run directly from the airport to the cruise terminal. These cost around $30 from LAX and $24 from Long Beach. That’s the cost for each person for a one-way journey, so it can be the most expensive option.

If you’re heading to the terminal in your own car, there’s an indoor garage at the terminal that costs $17 a day for an average-sized vehicle.

Latest Carnival cruise deals


Carnival cruises starting from just $55/night to the Bahamas and other destinations

T&Cs apply.

Carnival cruises to the Caribbean starting from $179 per person

T&Cs apply.

Save up to 83% off Carnival cruises to the Caribbean

Caribbean cruises from 4-7 nights from $179 per person. T&Cs apply.

6-night Caribbean cruises from $324 on Carnival

Exclusive – up to $1,000 to spend on board, plus 10% off shore excursions! T&Cs apply. Ports of Call: Miami, Fl, Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Miami, Fl

Bottom line

Mexico’s coastal cities and sweeping beaches make for a stunning holiday destination that you can squeeze into less than a week from LA. To make sure you’ve got the best deal possible, take a look at these deals and discounts on cruises.

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