About Los Angeles

Alive with glitz and glamour, Los Angeles - the City of Angels - is all about fulfilling the American Dream all the way from Hollywood and the original Disneyland to swish Beverly Hills, Malibu and then Hollywood Hills where the stars love to live out that dream in their spectacular mansions.

This starry lifestyle is fun for visitors, too, though.  Watch the surfers at the fabulous surfing beaches of Santa Monica, give those cards a hammering at Rodeo Drive's exclusive shops, or be impressed by the high quality of the exhibits at the smart Downtown museums and art galleries.

The filmmaking capital of the world exudes style and offbeat artistic expression. Check out all the movie star hand and foot imprints on the sidewalk outside the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard or stroll the boardwalk at bohemian Venice Beach with its wacky street artists, musicians, roller skaters, cyclists and the outdoor weightlifting at Muscle Beach.


Shore excursions in Los Angeles

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beverly Hills and Californian Coastline

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the über exclusive Beverly Hills and head along California’s coastline to Santa Monica.

Sit back and relax as you head for the hills, yes that’s Beverly Hills! This well-heeled neighbourhood has plenty of glitz and glamour, from the lavish 5 Star luxury hotels, to its world renowned shopping. Enjoy some free time on Rodeo Drive to browse the boutiques or simply take a stroll and see if you can catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two.

Heading further along the coast road, admire the surrounding scenery before arriving into Santa Monica, home to the world-famous amusement pier. Here, you’ll have time at leisure to soak up the atmosphere, parade along the pier or take in the scenery from the Pacific Park ferris wheel.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Traffic restrictions can often be put in place without notice which may affect the order of itinerary. Coaches are not permitted to drive along Rodeo Drive and the drop off and pick up point is located a 15 minute walk away. The journey time to Beverly Hills is approximately 45 minutes.

LA Discovery

Activity highShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Discover birthplace of LA, the glitz of Hollywood and Highland and the historic Farmer’s Market.

Setting off from the port, sit back and enjoy the city sights as you head to Olvera Street, the oldest section of Los Angeles and the birth place of this famous city. Take time to admire this colourful street and its thriving cultural marketplace.

Next stop is Hollywood and Highland, where you’ll have free time to view famous sights such as the Dolby Theatre and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard. Stroll along the sidewalk and admire the star studded walk of fame with its array of handprints and footprints. Actress Norma Talmadge launched the tradition in 1927, by accidentally stepping into wet cement while the theatre was under construction.

To round off your day, you’ll take a drive to the bustling Farmers Market in the Fairfax District. Here, you’ll have free time to purchase lunch and refreshments and browse the souvenir shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking overall on mostly flat surfaces.

LA On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

The perfect option if you prefer to explore this diverse city independently.

Sit back and relax during your one hour transfer to Los Angeles. Your drop-off point will be at the Hollywood and Highland Centre.

You’ll have approximately 3 hours to explore the must-see sights. Experience ‘Tinseltown’ glamour at the Chinese Theatre, wander along the Walk of Fame and find your favourite star. Los Angeles and luxury go hand in hand, so for the shopaholics there are plenty of celebrity filled shops along Rodeo Drive or Robertson Boulevard.

However, if you want a more leisurely experience, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants to sample, from California cuisine to street food.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended, as is a bottle of water. This tour is unguided, exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. Please remember to take Dollars; major credit cards are also accepted for purchases. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, so please listen carefully for the pick-up time and place. Transfer time to Los Angeles is approximately one hour each way.

LA Shopping Day

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6¼ hours

Treat yourself to a little retail therapy, when you shop ‘til you drop at 2 of LA’s premier shopping areas.

Beautiful Newport Beach offers spectacular, shimmering Pacific Ocean views and Fashion Island. Enjoy around 2 hours of free time to soak up the sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, whilst you browse an array of luxury shops and boutiques.

Then it’s a short drive to Costa Mesa to visit South Coast Plaza, boasting over 250 shops and boutiques. With 2 hours to explore this pedestrian-friendly shopping area, there’s plenty of time to find that ‘must have’ purchase and sample some of the award-winning restaurants.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is unguided and includes a local transfer escort. Refreshments and lunch are not included, therefore carrying US dollars is recommended. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour each way and maps will be provided.

Queen Mary Ship Visit

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Admire the elegance of a bygone era onboard the Queen Mary.

Your tour will take you over the Vincent Thomas Bridge to Long Beach and the historic Queen Mary.

Cunard’s ‘grand lady of the seas’ was launched in 1934 by HM Queen Mary, wife of King George V, and entered into service in 1936. During her life on the high seas she did 1,000 transatlantic crossings, carrying 2,112,000 guests over 3,792,277 nautical miles. In 1967 she was retired from service. The Queen Mary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still remains one of the most famous ships in the world.

Today, the Queen Mary is an elegant floating hotel with 314 staterooms, an award-winning restaurant, a wedding chapel and several Art Deco reception salons. Discover the ship's fascinating history on a guided tour with time to explore at your own pace.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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