During my recent 7-day California Coastal cruise on the Star Princess, I booked a shore excursion through Princess Cruises to tour Los Angeles and Hollywood during our port call in Long Beach, California.
The tour, which cost $69 per person, was focused on the Chinese Theatre, Olvera Street and the Los Angles Farmers Market.
After boarding our coach and driving from Long Beach, we stopped at Olvera Street in the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles. The city was founded in 1781 by Spanish settlers just southeast of here near the Los Angeles River. The town was named El Pueblo de Nuestra Seí±ora Reina de los íngeles as the marker in the photo above indicates.
We could walk along part of the 1.3 mile long Hollywood Walk of Fame, and find our favorite “stars” among the more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Finally, we headed back to the freeway to the Port of Long Beach. This was a good day to do a tour as Long Beach is the first port of entry on the California Coastal cruise itinerary after Ensenada, Mexico. Since the ship is re-entering the United States, everyone on the ship must get off and clear customs. With a ship of 2,600 people, that can be a long wait if you aren’t planning to go anywhere.
This shore excursion was detailed and reasonably priced, and gave a good overview of the highlights of Los Angeles and Hollywood. It is, however, a lot of time riding on a bus, and viewing sites from the bus, or standing outside of them.
Have you visited Long Beach via a cruise ship? What did you enjoy doing while in port? Please share in comments below.
Are in considering a cruise on Princess? Check out these other posts on my recent California Coastal Cruise on the Star Princess:
- Trying Out San Francisco’s New Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 27
- Views from the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- A Look at the Sabatini’s Menu on Princess Cruises’ Star Princess
- A Look Inside Interior Cabin B-625 on the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- A Quick Visit to Ensenada, Mexico via the Star Princess Cruise Ship
- How Joining a Roll Call on Cruise Critic Made My Solo Cruise a Blast