Embarkation at Port of Los Angeles
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The embarkation is not so bad, the debarkation is the pits.
Embarking was terrible and really so unnecessary. It was much easier when we returned. Of course we had a shuttle waiting for us - still chaos. Florida handles this much better than San Pedro. When talking to the Celebrity reps they also said they did not like that particular port.
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We have sailed out of the World Cruise Center, in Los Angeles, seven or eight times, and have never had a problem with embarkation. There have been several occurances that led to chaos in the terminal, but these are very rare. In one case the portable passenger gangway broke down, and the returning passengers could not get off the ship, while at the same time the embarking passengers continued to arrive. I believe it took some four hours to get things sorted out. In another case there was a delay in arrival of the Vision of the Seas, and the early arriving passengers were delayed in boarding, resulting in a terminal crowding and subsequent delays.
As you enter the cruise center the roadway takes you on a loop to the left that passes directly in front of the terminal. If you have your baggage tags on your checked bags you will find a porter right there to take your bags. Your driver then just continues on out of the terminal area, and you enter the terminal. There are two terminal buildings, and on mondays and fridays there may be as many as three ships in port, but normally you should have no problems in boarding. Fill out your on-line check in, and have your express pass when you check in and you should not have any problems.
The cruise ships usually complete the debarkation about 10:30A, and begin boarding about 11:30A, so if you arrive around noon you should have a minimum of delay before boarding.
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