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About Los Angeles

Alive with glitz and glamour, Los Angeles - the City of Angels - is all about fulfilling the American Dream all the way from Hollywood and the original Disneyland to swish Beverly Hills, Malibu and then Hollywood Hills where the stars love to live out that dream in their spectacular mansions.

This starry lifestyle is fun for visitors, too, though.  Watch the surfers at the fabulous surfing beaches of Santa Monica, give those cards a hammering at Rodeo Drive's exclusive shops, or be impressed by the high quality of the exhibits at the smart Downtown museums and art galleries.

The filmmaking capital of the world exudes style and offbeat artistic expression. Check out all the movie star hand and foot imprints on the sidewalk outside the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard or stroll the boardwalk at bohemian Venice Beach with its wacky street artists, musicians, roller skaters, cyclists and the outdoor weightlifting at Muscle Beach.

 

Shore excursions in Los Angeles

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beverly Hills and Californian Coastline

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the über exclusive Beverly Hills and head along California’s coastline to Santa Monica.

Sit back and relax as you head for the hills, yes that’s Beverly Hills! This well-heeled neighbourhood has plenty of glitz and glamour, from the lavish 5 Star luxury hotels, to its world renowned shopping. Enjoy some free time on Rodeo Drive to browse the boutiques or simply take a stroll and see if you can catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two.

Heading further along the coast road, admire the surrounding scenery before arriving into Santa Monica, home to the world-famous amusement pier. Here, you’ll have time at leisure to soak up the atmosphere, parade along the pier or take in the scenery from the Pacific Park ferris wheel.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Traffic restrictions can often be put in place without notice which may affect the order of itinerary. Coaches are not permitted to drive along Rodeo Drive and the drop off and pick up point is located a 15 minute walk away. The journey time to Beverly Hills is approximately 45 minutes.

Highlights and Hollywood Homes

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy the highlights of Hollywood, the capital of the entertainment industry and see the homes of the rich and famous.

Your tour begins by following the famous freeways of LA through some of the most eclectic areas of the city. You will pass through downtown LA and the trendy bohemian Echo Park neighbourhoods on your way to Hollywood. Along the way, make sure you look for the iconic Hollywood sign. Arriving at the foot of the ‘red carpet’ in front of the Dolby Theater, have your camera at the ready as you star gaze on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

During your visit to the residential areas of Beverly Hills, your guide will provide the latest Hollywood gossip, as you drive past over 40 breathtaking mansions. Share the feeling that there is no place like home for stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise and Christina Aguilera to name but a few.

As you drive by Sunset Strip, look out for such infamous locales as The Whiskey A Go Go, Johnny Depp's notorious Viper Room, The House of Blues, the trendy Sky Bar, Chateau Marmont and The Beverly Hills Hotel. You’ll drive along the world famous Rodeo Drive to see the stores where the rich and famous shop, including Bijan, Gucci, Prada and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel featured in ‘Pretty Woman’.

Celebrities are constantly moving in and out of the neighbourhood, so you never know who you might see!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, minibus and on foot. Passengers are advised that the return transfer to LA is by coach and the Hollywood homes tour is operated by minibus, due to coach restrictions within the residential areas of Beverly Hills.

LA Discovery

Activity highShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Discover birthplace of LA, the glitz of Hollywood and Highland and the historic Farmer’s Market.

Setting off from the port, sit back and enjoy the city sights as you head to Olvera Street, the oldest section of Los Angeles and the birth place of this famous city. Take time to admire this colourful street and its thriving cultural marketplace.

Next stop is Hollywood and Highland, where you’ll have free time to view famous sights such as the Dolby Theatre and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre, located on Hollywood Boulevard. Stroll along the sidewalk and admire the star studded walk of fame with its array of handprints and footprints. Actress Norma Talmadge launched the tradition in 1927, by accidentally stepping into wet cement while the theatre was under construction.

To round off your day, you’ll take a drive along Sunset Strip and onto the bustling Farmers Market in the Fairfax District. Here, you’ll have free time to purchase lunch and refreshments and browse the souvenir shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking overall on mostly flat surfaces.

LA On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

The perfect option if you prefer to explore this diverse city independently.

Sit back and relax during your one hour transfer to Los Angeles. Your drop-off point will be at the state of the art Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards.

You’ll have approximately 3 hours to explore the must-see sights. Experience ‘Tinseltown’ glamour at the Chinese Theatre, wander along the Walk of Fame and find your favourite star. Los Angeles and luxury go hand in hand, so for the shopaholics there are plenty of celebrity filled shops along Rodeo Drive or Robertson Boulevard.

However, if you want a more leisurely experience, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants to sample, from California cuisine to street food.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended, as is a bottle of water. This tour is unguided, exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. Please remember to take Dollars; major credit cards are also accepted for purchases. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, so please listen carefully for the pick-up time and place. Transfer time to Los Angeles is approximately one hour each way.

LA Shopping Day

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6¼ hours

Treat yourself to a little retail therapy, when you shop ‘til you drop at 2 of LA’s premier shopping areas.

Beautiful Newport Beach offers spectacular, shimmering Pacific Ocean views and Fashion Island. Enjoy around 2 hours of free time to soak up the sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, whilst you browse an array of luxury shops and boutiques.

Then it’s a short drive to Costa Mesa to visit South Coast Plaza, boasting over 250 shops and boutiques. With 2 hours to explore this pedestrian-friendly shopping area, there’s plenty of time to find that ‘must have’ purchase and sample some of the award-winning restaurants.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is unguided and includes a local transfer escort. Refreshments and lunch are not included, therefore carrying US dollars is recommended. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour each way and maps will be provided on the coach.

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