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Cruise lines leaving from Long Beach, California
Sail your way to the idyllic beaches of Mexico with Carnival.
Once you’ve had your fill of the glamorous streets of downtown LA and heady mansions of Beverly Hills, make your way to the Long Beach Port, where you’ll find a fleet of Carnival liners waiting to take you on that cruise that you’ve been dreaming about.
Cruises from Long Beach, CA
Find out if Carnival is the cruise line for you with this expert overview of its amenities and services.
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.
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
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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