After 18 Months, Cruise Sailings Resume at Port of Los Angeles

On Saturday, the Port of Los Angeles saw its first cruise sailing since COVID-19 halted cruise industry operations with the departure of the Grand Princess.

The cruise ship left for a five-day getaway to Cabo San Lucas Getaway, the first of five scheduled sailings and the start of 11 sailings from the port this year.

This is also the first time the ship is sailing since March 2020 when a COVID-19 outbreak stranded the vessel for days.

“It is a pride point for us that Grand Princess is returning to service in our hometown port,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Our crew members are eager to welcome guests back on board as we continue resuming operations in the United States. We are grateful to the Port of Los Angeles for their support during the pause and are excited to be working together once again.”

Port Executive Director Gene Seroka said the port is excited to welcome Grand Princess back.

“We are a full-service port – with cargo, marina, cruise and visitor-serving businesses – and every cruise ship call generates more than $1 million dollars in local economic activity,” he said. “That’s especially important to the city and Port of Los Angeles right now.”

By Karen Robes Meeks