With the ease the Long Beach Carnival Cruise Terminal brings to cruising out of Los Angeles, taking your parents and kids on a trip can be the relaxing experience it’s actually meant to be. No need to wrangle with airlines, simply drive to Long Beach, park your car and board your vacation. A floating entertainment vessel that stops in exotic locations, designed to have something for everyone AND keep them all in one place sounds like the perfect family experience.
Cruises once catered to elite travelers, usually grown-ups, looking for a romantic getaway. Kids were relatively scarce or just tagged along with their parents. Remember when the only kid we ever really saw enjoy cruise culture was Vicki Stubing, daughter of Captain Stubing from the Love Boat? She was a trailblazer!
The Carnival Long Beach Cruise Terminal stepped into the spotlight last month at an event celebrating its Hollywood-style makeover. The nips and tucks performed within the geodesic dome, once housing Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose seaplane, revealed the improvised face of the Golden State. Families embarking onto sailings will now be greeted during check-in with lines of wooden benches atop manicured turf lawns, set between murals of ocean and mountains. Also available, as the perfect kid’s distraction, is the new, 1980s-style arcade.