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Hi! Any suggestions for touring the area post cruise (Mariner of the Seas)on April 19. We have a 9:30pm flight out of LGB, and RC only listed a post tour, with drop-off at LAX. Thanks!

Need a little more info. Would you rent a car? Do you want to stay in the Long Beach area or venture out? What about your luggage?

Give us a little more info and we'll come up with some good suggestions for you.

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You could rent a car from Enterprise across the street at the Crowne Plaza.

Then take one of my driving tours:

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=567043

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=500138

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=511653

 

Then return the car at Enterprise at LGB.

 

If you don't want driving...

You could take a Sunseekers Tour, which will pick up in San Pedro and return to Long Beach.

 

You could taxi to Queen Mary and/or Aquarium of The Pacific, which will both hold your luggage (for a tip) while you tour around their facilities.

 

 

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We booked this yesterday....yes...we are crazy! But that's life. Opportunity for much needed break. We are from NJ...and I've not studied or done any research re: the LGB area. All sounds good to me. We are 2 40 yr olds, plus 10 yr old daughter. I would have preferred a simple post cruise tour...where I just didn't have to think too hard. (not my normal approach...but with the timing, you know..)

 

Is it better to get a car? I saw the post about the rental place by the crowne plaza. Should hubby walk there, and get a car, and come back for us and luggage?

 

Otherwise, I will check into that Sunseekers tour company.

 

Thank you all! Fantastic source of knowledge...all of you! Maureen

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Ed...In a perfect world, I would have done a post cruise tour up to the places offered by cruise line...either LA, or the other tour to Santa Barbara, etc. I really tired...so I'm not sure if I would feel up for finding my way up there, unless you told me it was simple! :)

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Ed...In a perfect world, I would have done a post cruise tour up to the places offered by cruise line...either LA, or the other tour to Santa Barbara, etc. I really tired...so I'm not sure if I would feel up for finding my way up there, unless you told me it was simple! :)

 

Unfortunately, no. I love Santa Barbara but it seems these days it's well over 3 hours each way. Santa Barbara, is also not the place for a few hours. I used to live very close by------and still found it hard to see much in only one day. Save it for another trip when you can stay in the area for a few days.

Sounds like you might be best to stay in the local area. As CJW mentioned, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Queen Mary are both close by. With a 10 year old girl, the Aquarium might be the better choice.

 

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org

 

Disneyland is a stretch for that amount of time, but your daughter might enjoy "Downtown Disney", basically a shopping mall/restaurant area next to the parks. A lot of times they do have the Disney characters wandering around there as well as live entertainment. It's about a 25 minute drive there from Long Beach. It's good for 3 hours or so of walking.

 

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/moreMagic/landing?name=DowntownDisneyLandingPage&bhcp=1

 

Finally, there is the Shoreline Village/Pike area of Long Beach. This is where the Aquarium is-----so you could easily make a day out of both.

 

http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

 

Any questions about dining in the area----feel free to ask.

Hope this helps!

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fantastic ideas...as always from the group. Thanks a bunch for the links, too.

 

Seems like I'll have to get hubby to find a car (unless we do the sunseeker tour, etc)

 

Can you actually walk to enterprise by the crowne plaza?

 

We are going to stay at the Doubletree day before. Any good restaurants you recommend? I read some other posts. I know we could take the hotel's shuttle in town, so that's a plus. Obviously, with my daughter, this would not be the night to try a pricey, romantic place...although I'm sure there's some lovely ones!

 

Thanks again!

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My favorite place for breakfast and lunch nearby is the Gaffey Street Diner. Here's a review I did of it a few years ago. Very reasonable, kid-friendly and unbelievably good breakfasts and lunches.

 

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=4390&RefID=4447

 

 

For dinner, it depends on what you like. I'm not normally one to suggest chain restaurants, but for location Acapulco is hard to beat and if you are lucky, you will get a patio or window seat and see one of the cruise ships going in or out. Cal-Mexican food, kids menu and decent margaritas.

 

http://www.acapulcorestaurants.com

 

310-548-6051

 

I would think that the hotel shuttle will be able to take you to either of these places.

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