San Pedro
(click on photos if you want to see a larger view)
Before the cruise in San Pedro
Room at LA Harbor Hotel

We drove down to San Pedro on Friday afternoon and stayed at the L.A. Harbor Hotel. The price included a overnight stay, full buffet breakfast, covered parking, a bottle of wine, and transportation to and from the ship.

The hotel was showing its age, but it was nice.  We walked down to the waterfront shopping area for dinner and looked around a bit.

Saturday morning we took advantage of the complimentary breakfast then headed out for a walk. This time we walked the short distance to the Cruise Terminal.

Sign to Cruise Terminal

The weather was beautiful that morning, so it was a very nice walk.

There is a lot of art along the sidewalk in front of the cruise terminal area.  Most of it is a tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Sign to cruise terminal


Beyond the sign on the left, there is a walkway that goes around,
and behind, where the ship is docked.

There is a whole promenade/boardwalk in this area, with signs and displays about the port.

Sapphire Princess promenade area
While walking along, we noticed this WWII cargo ship (below) - the S.S. Lane.
Jerry Walking
This is also a spot to catch a boat to Catalina.  Below, right, is a display about the S.S. Lane.
We were curious about the old war ship, so we decided to check it out. When the ship is docked, they offer tours.

View of the Sapphire Princess
from the S.S. Lane Victory ship.

We decided to take a tour - with our
own personal tour guide.

Tour of the S.S. Lane....