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May 14, 2021

Royal Princess is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Sunday at 6:30 a.m. No departure time yet on the schedule.

May 12, 2021

Emerald Princess will arrive in the Port of Los Angeles tomorrow around 5:30 a.m. from anchorage. No departure yet on the schedule.

Update:Emerald Princess is now scheduled to depart Friday at 5 p.m.

Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. and is set for departure at 8 p.m.

Princess Cruises is now showing August 28 as its earliest passenger departure. That's a five-day Cabo San Lucas sailing on Grand Princess. The first seven-day cruise from Los Angeles is currently scheduled for September 11 on Majestic Princess.

May 7, 2021

Holland America Line's Noordam is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Sunday, May 9 at 6:30 a.m. and depart the same day at 8 p.m.

May 6, 2021

Grand Princess is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Saturday at 7 a.m. No departure on the schedule yet.

Its next scheduled cruise is a five-day voyage to Cabo San Lucas round-trip from Los Angeles on September 25 followed by a four-day cruise to Ensenada on September 30, also round-trip from Los Angeles. In October 2022, after the Alaska cruise season, Grand Princess will head to Australia and New Zealand for a number of sailings.

Update May 7, 2021: Grand Princess is now scheduled to arrive at 5:30 a.m. and depart at 11 p.m.

May 5, 2021

As we noted about a month ago, Princess Cruises is taking bookings for its July 1 four-day cruise on Ruby Princess from Los Angeles. It currently has 10 other cruises listed for the remainder of 2021. And it appears that the July 1 sailing is selling well. Some sub-categories are sold out. Again, though, everything will depend on the government giving the go-ahead for these cruises. And berthing for the ship at the World Cruise Terminal for a July 1 departure has not yet been announced.

May 3, 2021

Norwegian Sun is scheduled to depart at 8 this morning.

Ruby Princess will be moved from anchorage tomorrow morning at 6 to Berth 93A. Departure is set for 5 p.m. the same day.

May 1, 2021

Holland America Line's Zuiderdam is scheduled to be moved from anchorage to Berth 92 at 5:30 a.m. today. It is set to depart at 5 p.m.

Norwegian Sun is scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m. and will be at Berth 93A. No departure is on the schedule yet.

Update: Norwegian Sun is scheduled for departure Monday morning at 8.

April 19, 2021

Royal Princess is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning at 5:15 and sail at 5 p.m.

April 15, 2021

Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive this morning at 5:31 and sail at 5 p.m. (The odd arrival time has to do with the way that port pilots are scheduled for arriving and departing vessels.)

Update: Nieuw Amsterdam's sailing time has been updated to 11 p.m.

April 13, 2021

Emerald Princess is now scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning at 5. Still no departure on the schedule.

April 12, 2021

Emerald Princess is on the schedule to arrive Wednesday at 7 a.m. No departure time yet announced.

April 11, 2021

Holland America Line's Noordam is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning at 7 and depart at 5 p.m.

April 9, 2021

Grand Princess will depart at 5 today from the World Cruise Terminal to a local anchorage.

April 8, 2021

Grand Princess is scheduled to arrive at 7 tomorrow morning. No departure yet set.

April 6, 2021

Ruby Princess is now scheduled to arrive at 5 a.m. and sail at 4.

Princess Cruises is accepting bookings for a July 1 four-day cruise on Ruby Princess, along with other cruises from San Pedro. Whether they actually get to sail will depend on the government and whether it approves resuming cruises.

April 4, 2021

Holland America Line's Westerdam is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning at 5 and sail tomorrow afternoon at 5.

Ruby Princess is scheduled to arrive from anchorage Tuesday morning at 7 and sail that afternoon at 5.

April 3, 2021

Holland America Line's Zuiderdam is scheduled to arrive at 6 a.m. It is set for departure at 4 p.m.

March 30, 2021

Majestic Princess is on the schedule to arrive tomorrow morning a 7. It will be at Berth 92. Regatta is scheduled to department tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

March 29, 2021

Regatta is on the schedule to depart Wednesday at either 8 or 11 a.m. (both are listed as tentative).

March 28, 2021

Regatta is scheduled to arrive Monday at 7 or 8 a.m. No departure yet scheduled.

March 27, 2021

It appears that cruise lines are getting ready to sail again. Crew Center is reporting that about 100 officers and crew members embarked Diamond Princess in Manila yesterday and are enroute to Singapore, where they will transfer to other Carnival Corporation lines' ships.

March 25, 2021

Holland America Lines' Koningsdam is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. No departure yet set.

March 22, 2021

Royal Princess is set to arrive at 7 a.m. tomorrow from its anchorage and is likely to depart at 5 p.m. 

March 19, 2021

Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled for departure at 5 p.m. today.

March 17, 2021

Scheduled has been updated to show Emerald Princess arriving at 5 this morning but still no departure yet set. It will be at Berth 93a. Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 a.m. and will be at Berth 92. It also does not have a departure time scheduled yet.

March 15, 2021

Emerald Princess is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 a.m. No departure time yet set.

March 13, 2021

Holland America Line's Noordam is scheduled to call at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, March 15, arriving about 6:30 a.m. It is scheduled to depart about 5 p.m. from Berth 92.

March 11, 2021

Both Royal Princess and Grand Princess are on the schedule to arrive from anchorage to the Port of Los Angeles tomorrow. Royal Princess is set for 6:30 a.m. and Grand Princess for 7 a.m. They're both showing that they will be at Berth 92 (the berth along the Main Channel). If they are both actually in port the same day, it's likely that Grand Princess will be at Berth 93a, where it has been before. Royal Princess can't fit into that berth because of its length (1,083 feet). The issue is the turning basin under the Vincent Thomas Bridge where cruise ships are turned to sail into the berth or out of the harbor. There are limitations on how large a ship it can accommodate. Big ships, such as Royal Princess and Norwegian Bliss (1,094 feet), for example, have to back in or out of the Main Channel. Grand Princess, by the way, is 951 feet long and at the time it was built was the largest and most expensive cruise ship to date.

March 7, 2021

Royal Princess is scheduled to call at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, arriving from anchorage around 6:30 a.m. It will depart that evening at 5.

Ruby Princess arrival is now set for 5:30 a.m. tomorrow. Still scheduled for departure at 5 p.m. Update March 8: Departure is now scheduled for 8 p.m.

March 6, 2021

Holland America Line's Zuiderdam is departing at 9 tonight, headed out to sea after a call at the Port of Los Angeles.

Westerdam is scheduled to make an interharbor move from its anchorage to Berth 92 in Los Angeles at 6 tomorrow morning. No departure is yet on the schedule.

Ruby Princess will arrive Monday morning around 7 and is scheduled to sail around 5 p.m.

March 3, 2021

Majestic Princess is tentatively scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Friday morning at 8. It is set to be at Berth 93a. No word yet on its departure.

February 24, 2021

Emerald Princess is tentatively expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles tomorrow morning at 8. Not known which berth it will occupy and no departure yet projected.

February 19, 2021

Holland America Line's Koningsdam is projected to arrive Saturday morning at 8 and be at Berth 93A. No departure yet set. 

February 17, 2021

Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Los Angeles from an anchorage Friday at midnight. It will be at Berth 93a. Departure is not yet on the schedule.

Update: Nieuw Amsterdam is now scheduled to arrive Thursday morning at 6 and will be at Berth 92. Still no schedule for departure.

Also, Emerald Princess is scheduled to arrive Friday at 6 a.m. and to be at Berth 93A. Its departure is shown for both 5 and 6 that evening. Update: Now confirmed for 4 p.m. departure.

It's being reported by www.Crew-Center.com that Astoria, which was originally the Stockholm and is currently the world's oldest large passenger ship, is for sale for $10 million.

Astoria began sailing in 1948 as a transatlantic liner under the name Stockholm and was the smallest of the liners across the ocean. It was rebuilt into a cruise ship in 1993. Its most recent North American sailings had been in the Sea of Cortez.

But Stockholm gained infamy on July 25, 1956 when it was headed eastbound and collided with the Italian liner Andrea Doria, sinking the Italian vessel. In all, 51 people died on the Andrea Doria.

You can find more information about the Andrea Doria and its collision with the Stockholm at this site.

February 14, 2021

Holland America Line's Noordam is scheduled to pick up its port pilot on arrival tomorrow morning at 5:30. It will be at Berth 93a and is scheduled to depart at 5 tomorrow afternoon. 

February 7, 2021

Cruise ships around the Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor areas that you might see offshore are Carnival Miracle the Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Ruby Princess and Royal Princess inside the Long Beach breakwater. NatGeo Orion is outside the breakwater approximately parallel with Huntington Harbour. 

February 5, 2021

Westerdam to Call in Los Angeles Sunday, February 7

Holland America Line's Westerdam is scheduled to be at the Port of Los Angeles on Sunday, February 7. This is not, of course, a passenger call because cruises are still not permitted under COVID-19 safety rules; the cruise ships are calling from time to time to resupply and to comply with health regulations in advance of the resumption of sailings.

No Alaska Cruise Season This Year

There will be no cruises from the U.S. to Alaska this year after Canada's Ministry of Transport banned cruise ships in Canadian waters until February 28, 2020. The U.S. Jones Act requires foreign-flagged ships, which virtually all major cruise ships are, to make a call in a foreign port between U.S. ports that begin and end a cruise. In the Alaska region, the only foreign port options are Canadian. Read more about it at this link.

Below the Surface

Your cruise ship crew members have lives beyond their ships. Many have great accomplishments ashore. This is a sad but informative story about a man working in a ship's laundry, but who was also a poet and author. Click here for the story of I Komang Alit Juliartha from Bali, Indonesia.

Something Fun

Examples of the towel art created by cabin stewards. I'm Starting To Think We Need A Towel Art Museum - 18 Pics