No one really walks to get from point A to point B around Los Angeles. In fact, locals will only walk just so far--like from their front door to their garage and from the parking lot to the store. And since it is all a huge urban sprawl, consider wheels (be it taxi, car rental, bus, or train) to get around.
Taxis can be expensive--primarily because everything is just so spread out. The first drop is $2, then $2 per mile after that. A surcharge of $2.2050 is added for fares originating from LAX. Taxis are not hailed in Los Angeles and must be called, unless you are at a major hotel, at an airport, or downtown at Union Station.
Public buses (there are more than 205 lines) are recommended for quick daily trips only. Fares are $1.3205. Transfers are $0.2205.
Long Beach's public transportation is excellent. The Passport is a free shuttle bus March - September that provides hop on/hop off service throughout the downtown area.
Where You're Docked
Most ships embark and disembark at the Berths 91, 92, and 93 A/B at the World Cruise Center in San Pedro. Carnival Cruise Lines sails in and out of the Cruise Terminal in Long Beach.
Staying in Touch
Cafe Dot Com: 301205 Main St., Santa Monica
Charley Brown's Steakhouse: 3030 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
Coral Tree Cafe: 1164205 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
CyberJava: 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Residuals: 11042 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Rooms Cafe: 1783 Westwood Blvd., West Los Angeles
Where to Eat and Drink
Acapulco: Big, bold, and better-than-you'd-think Mexican cuisine at really good prices. The Fajitas Gigante are not just gigantic when it comes to portion size--this dish is a sizzling extravaganza of shrimp, chicken, and steak with plenty of sauteed onion, guacamole, and peppers--it's only $1205! Per-person cost with wine (though we highly recommend a margarita grande) will run about $22. 72050 Sampson Way, San Pedro.
The Ivy: No two ways about it. This is the place to see and be seen. On top of that, it's, in a word, lovely. Country French to the nth degree, you'll enjoy the good food, too. Per-person cost with wine will run about $3205. Reservations recommended. Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3pm. 113 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A.
What to See and Do
Use the Cruise L.A. Card for substantial (and exclusive to cruisers) savings to some of the best attractions, accommodations offers, theme parks, museums, movie studio tours, shopping, and car rentals from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The Hollywood CityPass gets visitors half-price admission to six popular cultural and entertainment attractions: University Studios, Hollywood Entertainment Museum, Starline Tours of Hollywood, Kodak Theater guided tour, and the Hollywood Museum. Valid for nine days from first use, you can purchase it for $72 (valid for 14 days) at the first attraction you visit or online. You can also consider the Southern California CityPass which gives visitors a special price of $172 ($129 for kids) to five fab attractions: a three-day ticket for Disneyland (including California Adventure), and one-day tickets to Knott's Berry Farm Park, SeaWorld, and a choice between the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park.
You can take a 40-minute Trolley Tour through Beverly Hills to see some of that city's best sites including Rodeo Drive. There are several types of docent-led tours to sign up for, including Sites and Scenes and Art and Architecture. Schedules vary with time of year. A monthly Public Art Walking Tour is also available.
We dare you to pass up one of the bus tours that take you past famous movies stars' homes, past and present. Consider one with L.A. City Tours which includes downtown, Hollywood, and the beaches in its five-hour sojourn, or Starline Tours, which has a specific Movie Stars' Homes' tour through Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Hollywood to see where the likes of Lucille Ball, Natalie Wood, Harrison Ford, and Richard Gere hang or hung their hats.
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