Port of LA Seeking Proposals for Cruise Terminal Development

Discovery Princess cruise ship with the Port of Los Angeles cruise terminal in the background. Photo: POLA.

The Port of Los Angeles on Jan. 31 said that it is inviting comments on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the future development of a new Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal and redevelopment of the existing World Cruise Center on the LA Waterfront.

“This cruise development initiative is critical to our business, our community and the L.A. waterfront, and we want to make sure it’s done right,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said.

“Each cruise ship that calls the Port of Los Angeles generates more than $1 million into the local economy,” he added, “so it’s important that we maximize our opportunities to bring more visitors and revenue into the community.”

According to port data, the POLA is already experiencing a post-COVID cruise industry rebound, with 229 cruise ship calls in 2022, the most since 2008. Such calls are expected to rise to an estimated 250 by 2026 and include larger ships carrying more passengers.

The RFP scope includes development, redevelopment and management of all cruise operations at the port. The planned project entails development of a new Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal at Berths 45-51, a site that offers panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island.

It consists of 13 acres of backland, two existing wharves and 14 acres of associated off-site parking. A new Environmental Impact Report could be required as part of the Outer Harbor Terminal development process, the port has said.

The existing Los Angeles World Cruise Center, also called the Inner Harbor Cruise Terminal, is expected to be redeveloped under the RFP scope as well. Located at Berths 87-93, it consists of 22 acres, two existing cruise berths, two existing terminal buildings and a baggage handling structure.

The draft RFP is available at https://tinyurl.com/mry48fwu. The deadline to submit comments is 3 pm Pacific time on Friday, March 3.