Alright, you’ve booked your cabin aboard Groove Cruise LA, and you’re ready to have one of, if not, the best weekends of your life! This guide is designed to help you navigate your way from wherever you are to the cruise port where GCLA departs from.
Ultimately, this is where you want to end up so you can board the ship.
Long Beach Cruise Terminal
231 Windsor Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Carnival has a short writeup on how to get here.
Travel Time to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal:
23 miles from Los Angeles International Airport; travel time is approximately 50 minutes
12 miles from Long Beach Airport; travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
There are two close airports you can fly into:
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Be sure to check budget airlines like Southwest or regional carriers as they fly from your location and offer lower prices.
Overall, the cost of your flight is going to depend largely on your departure city, what airline you fly, etc.
Airport to Cruise Port
Once you’ve reached the airport, you will need to get to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. There are multiple ways to get to the cruise port and they all vary in price and convenience (time).
Shuttle/Taxi/Uber to Cruise Port
During your travels to LA and to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, you will probably have to hire a shuttle, taxi, or Uber car to ultimately get you to the cruise port.
If you’re staying in a hotel before or after GCLA, check to see if the hotel offers complimentary airport and/or cruise port shuttle transportation. Factor this into your costs to see if if staying at certain hotels ends up being more affordable or convenient.
Shuttles – If you’re interested in taking a shuttle from your arrival airport or hotel, run a quick Google search to find shared and private options. These usually end up much more affordable than taxis, but take longer to reach your destination.
Taxi – If, at any point, you’re considering taking a taxi to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal or anywhere else, I recommend you take a look at Uber.
Uber – Uber is a popular ridesharing service that is easier and more affordable than using a taxi. Just download the app on your phone, and you can easily estimate fares, call an Uber with the press of a button, and pay the fare…all from the app. Read more about Uber here.
*Full disclosure: If you sign up using my link, you will immediately get a credit for a free ride. If and when you actually use Uber, I will get credited with a free ride. It’s a great way to say thanks if my site has helped you. You don’t have to use my link, but that means we both miss out on a free ride, and that makes me sad 🙁
Pro Tip: Try to find a hotel that offers complimentary airport and/or cruise port shuttles. The Long Beach Cruise Terminal is located right by Long Beach, so try to find a hotel in that area OR by your arrival airport.
If you want to save some money and/or book unique accommodation, take a look at AirBnB. AirBnB is a room/house sharing service that enables users to book a stay in someone’s extra room or book an entire house/apartment/condo from other users. Read more about AirBnB here.
*Full disclosure: If you sign up using my link, you will receive $20 off your first booking. If and when you make your booking, I will get credited with $20 towards an AirBnB. It’s a great way to say thanks if my site has helped you. You don’t have to use my link, but that means we both miss out on savings on our accommodation, and that makes me sad 🙁
If you plan on making the drive to and from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal in Los Angeles, then you’ll need somewhere to park. Parking at the cruise port is going to be the most expensive, but a quick Google search for other parking options in the area will result in more affordable options.
By using the information provided above, you shouldn’t have any issues getting to Los Angeles, to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, and back home again!
Image: Sidney Samson in the theater.