Port Of Los Angeles Sets Sail For Expansion With New Cruise Terminals


  • The Port of Los Angeles is setting its sights on the horizon with a major expansion project.
  • In a move to accommodate booming demand for cruises, the port has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of a brand new Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal and the redevelopment of the existing World Cruise Center.

“We’ve seen a tremendous surge in cruise travel out of LA in recent years,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “With a record 1.3 million cruise passengers in 2023 and even more growth expected, this project will allow us to significantly expand our capacity while providing an exceptional experience for our cruise line guests.”

The economic impact of cruises on Los Angeles is undeniable. Each ship calling at the port generates over $1 million, and with the rise of massive cruise vessels carrying over 4,000 passengers, the potential for local economic growth is significant.

Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal: A Multi-Purpose Hub

The centerpiece of the expansion is the new Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal. Located at the picturesque San Pedro waterfront, the terminal will boast 13 acres of backland, two existing wharves, and ample off-site parking. But the Port of Los Angeles is thinking beyond just cruises. The design will be flexible, allowing the terminal to be used for filming, conferences, and events during the off-season.

Revitalizing the World Cruise Center

The existing World Cruise Center will also get a makeover. The 22-acre site will see its existing features – parking, two berths, terminal buildings, and baggage handling – modernized to meet the demands of today’s cruise industry.

LA Waterfront Transformation Continues

“This project represents the next chapter in our ongoing investment in the LA Waterfront,” said Mike Galvin, the Port’s Director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate Development. “Over the past two decades, we’ve poured over $1 billion into enhancing the waterfront, and this expansion will continue that transformation, making it a vibrant and multi-use destination for both visitors and the local community.”

Proposals for the project are due by November 12th, 2024. Interested firms can tour the two cruise terminal locations on July 23rd to get a firsthand look at the exciting opportunities this expansion presents.

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Source: Port of Los Angeles