The Port of Los Angeles has announced a development opportunity for an Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal at Berths 46 and 50, with plans to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this fall. Click here to download an informational brochure.

Port of Los Angeles announces development opportunity for outer harbor cruise terminal

The proposal is intended for cruise lines, terminal operators, and real estate developers interested in creating a new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in a prime location for expansion of west coast cruise travel at America’s busiest port. Located on the south end of an extensive LA Waterfront development, the proposed 13-acre site offers unique panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island. The area is currently used as a concert venue, special event site, and temporary berth location for cruise ships.

The opportunity includes development, operation, and maintenance of two cruise berths and landside terminal facilities, on and offsite parking and other amenities.  Along with the Port’s large cruise customer base, the Outer Harbor is the ideal location to handle the largest ships presently serving the west coast market, with deep water, room to expand to handle larger ships and the closest terminal location to the open ocean. In addition to the Outer Harbor location, an optional opportunity would enable a developer to operate the Port’s existing cruise terminal at Berths 91-93, plus seasonal use of facilities at Berths 54-55.

To meet industry demand, future cruise facilities must accommodate ships that are longer than 1,100 feet and carry more than 5,000 passengers. Due to the seasonality of the existing cruise business in Los Angeles, new cruise facilities are expected to accommodate alternative uses when no cruise ships are in port. These alternatives may include filming, conferences, events, and other agreed-upon uses. 

Developers with questions should contact Michael Galvin, the Port’s Director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate at (310) 732-3836, or For more information, visit

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Port of Los Angeles, with miles of public promenade and walking paths, acres of open space and scenic views, the LA Waterfront blankets more than 400 acres of prime waterfront property and boasts historic Los Angeles Harbor landmarks, such as the welcoming Vincent Thomas Bridge and Angels Gate Lighthouse. The busiest container port in North America, the Port of Los Angeles funds and maintains the LA Waterfront, and remains committed to enhancing public access to the waterfront by connecting visitors and local harbor communities with recreational and commercial attractions that expand and diversify the Port’s position as a premier source of economic vitality for the region.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative, strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.

Source: Port of Los Angeles (Additional information about the Port of Los Angeles at CruiseMapper)