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Sailings
29 Nights Transpacific
departing from Sydney, Australia
Vendor Sailing Identifier R009
Cruise Line Princess Cruises
Ship Ruby Princess
Departing Sat, Apr 04, 2020
Return Port Los Angeles, California
Ports of Call Sydney, Australia | Fjordland, New Zealand | Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand | Akaroa, New Zealand | Tauranga, New...
Princess Cruises
Sydney, Australia | Fjordland, New Zealand | Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand | Akaroa, New Zealand | Tauranga, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia | Moorea, French Polynesia | Hilo, Hawaii | Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii | Los Angeles, California
Prices starting from
  • Inside
    Oceanview
    Balcony
    Suite
  • $2,649 USD $91.34 USD per day
    $2,755 USD $95.00 USD per day
    $4,349 USD $149.97 USD per day
    $6,399 USD $220.66 USD per day
Port charges of $580 included. Taxes and fees of $296 are not included.
Itinerary
  • Date Date Location Location Arrival Arrival Departure Departure
  • Sat, Apr 04, 2020 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA CHECK IN STARTS AT 1230P CHECK-IN 12:30PM-5:45PM See Travel Summary for Progressive check in times -- 6:45 pm
    Sun, Apr 05, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Mon, Apr 06, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Tue, Apr 07, 2020 FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK (SCENIC CRU SCENIC CRUISING 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Wed, Apr 08, 2020 DUNEDIN (PORT CHALMERS), NEW ZEALAN 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Apr 09, 2020 AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 10, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Sat, Apr 11, 2020 TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND 6:00 am 5:15 pm
    Sun, Apr 12, 2020 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND CHECK IN 1:00PM-5:00PM See Travel Summary for Progressive check in times 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Apr 13, 2020 CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE CROSS INT'L DATELINE -- --
    Mon, Apr 13, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Tue, Apr 14, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Wed, Apr 15, 2020 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA 8:00 am 4:00 pm
    Thu, Apr 16, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Fri, Apr 17, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Sat, Apr 18, 2020 TAHITI (PAPEETE), FRENCH POLYNESIA OVERNIGHT 9:00 am --
    Sun, Apr 19, 2020 TAHITI (PAPEETE), FRENCH POLYNESIA -- 4:00 am
    Sun, Apr 19, 2020 MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Mon, Apr 20, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Tue, Apr 21, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Wed, Apr 22, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Thu, Apr 23, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Fri, Apr 24, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Sat, Apr 25, 2020 HILO, HAWAII 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Apr 26, 2020 HONOLULU, HAWAII 7:00 am 11:00 pm
    Mon, Apr 27, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Tue, Apr 28, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Wed, Apr 29, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Thu, Apr 30, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Fri, May 01, 2020 AT SEA -- --
    Sat, May 02, 2020 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA SHIP @ PORT OF SAN PEDRO 6:15 am --
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Princess Cruises
General

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 114 days, allowing them to see the world and come back new.

Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called "The Love Boat." The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its "seawitch" logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Ship
Ruby Princess
Overview

Ruby Princess is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV's The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars, and sumptuous dining choices from Crown Grill to the International Cafe.

Entertainment

Original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs that get your feet movin' and groovin'. There's something happening around every corner; luckily, you have a whole cruise of days and nights to experience it all.

Movies Under the Stars

Throughout the day and night, our exclusive open-air poolside amphitheater is the go-to destination for feature films, thrilling concerts and exciting sporting events such as live football games. Cozy up under a fleece blanket in the comfortable lounger and feast on complimentary fresh-popped popcorn in the evening or delicious cookies and milk during the day, and enjoy that exciting car chase or mystery thriller on the giant screen.

The Voice of the Ocean

Think you have what it takes to take the stage? Princess Cruises brings all the excitement and spectacle of TV's hugely popular singing competition live and on stage with The Voice of the Ocean. Get ready to discover who among your fellow cruise passengers has what it takes to be a star! The contest features blind auditions, mentor sessions, the iconic "I Want You" chairs, three charismatic coaches and a grand finale performance where guests choose the winner. Rock to the songs. Thrill to the performances. Be a star!

Original Musical Productions

Crafted by some of the world's top directors and choreographers, our remarkable and dynamic Princess productions transport you to realms as exotic as the destinations we visit. Imaginative shows created in-house feature dazzling stage sets, Broadway classics, popular hits and original numbers performed by some of the largest and most talented casts at sea.

Music & Dancing

When it comes to music and dancing we've got everything that your musical palette may desire. Whether it's tapping your toes to cover bands, singing along in the piano bar, relaxing to classical strings or dancing the night away in the nightclub, you'll be satisfied!

Festivals of the World

There's nothing like a Princess party to bring people together. Our Festivals of the World hosts onboard events that celebrate timeless traditions from nearly every corner of the globe.* Parties and dancing, lively music and folkloric performances, enriching activities, themed movies and specialty shopping are just some of the ways our Festivals of the World come to life! From Oktoberfest to Rio's Carnival, Festivals of the World is a gala event you won't want to miss.

*On select sailings.

Featured Guest Entertainers

Grab a seat, order a cocktail and be prepared to be entertained by our lineup of world class entertainers. From magic to comedy, singers to instrumentalists, jugglers to balancing acts and much, much more, we search the globe for top talent to be featured on our ships. So get ready to be amazed, entertained, mesmerized or just laugh the night away!

Princess Theater

With dazzling stage sets, artists from around the globe, modern hits and timeless classics, the Princess Theater, our largest theater yet, showcases lavish, original productions with dynamic cast members in sumptuous surroundings. In this ultramodern theater, relax in a plush seat with unobstructed sight lines as the velvet curtain goes up, a state-of-the-art lighting system illuminates the stage, and it's on with the show!

Club Fusion

When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, it's time to get your feet movin' and your heart pumpin' at Club Fusion. A little eclectic and a whole lot of fun, the dance floor lights and booming sound system invite you to get up and show off your moves and grooves. Karaoke contests, live performances and theme-parties like "60s British Invasion" are just a few of the nightly events that will have you on your feet.

Skywalkers Nightclub

Hot music and cool cocktails set to a DJ spinning popular club tunes is the ideal setting for a night of dancing. Gleaming, ultra modern and ultra cool, this hot spot invites a little stargazing while the colorful neon dance floor invites everyone to get up and boogie down. Boasting panoramic views from its vantage point 15 decks above the sea, it's the perfect place for dancing and socializing.

Kids, Teens & Family

From family-friendly stateroom options to enriching youth and family programs, quality time is time well spent. Onboard activities spark curiosity and fuel creativity while excursions ashore engage and inspire!

Just For Kids 3-7

Even the littlest guests will delight in this whimsical, forest-themed world that inspires playtime and invites exploration. Kids, ages 3 to 7, can dance, enjoy pajama movie nights, create art projects like Animal PlanetTM puppets and masks or compete in a Lego boat-building contest.

Just For Kids 8-12

Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center keeps kids busy with games, dancing and kid-sized Olympic competitions. Their minds stay busy, too, with California Science Center programs like rocket building, or they can explore outer space with Stargazing and learning how to build a model roller coaster. Exciting events like talent shows, theme nights, and treasure hunts encourage new friendships and family togetherness.

Just For Teens 13-17

This contemporary lounge is "the place" for teens - perfect for hanging out and socializing with late-night movie viewing, hip hop dance classes, video game tournaments and sports competitions like dodgeball and basketball. But that's just the beginning. They'll dazzle on the red carpet with our Rock the Boat teens-only party, complete with awards and "mocktails."

Family

Princess makes it easy to sail together in comfort. There is a wide selection of staterooms accommodating up to four guests, and you'll enjoy substantial savings on your third and fourth guests. There are also connecting stateroom options, as well as Two Bedroom Family Suites, with room for up to eight guests, which offer more living space, a balcony and two bathrooms, including a full bath tub.


Onboard Experience

Throughout your cruise, whether you love activity or crave tranquility, Princess offers everything you could need for a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat, including a wide variety of freshly prepared cuisine and innovative experiences all designed to help you escape completely.

Activities

On every Princess ship, you'll find so many ways to play, day or night. Explore The Shops of Princess, celebrate cultures at our Festivals of the World or learn a new talent - our onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation.

Discovery at SEATM Programs
Our exclusive partnership with Discovery CommunicationsTM lets you come back captivated with Stargazing on our top deck; activities featuring DiscoveryTM hit shows such as Shark Week and Finding Bigfoot; plus our new Encounters with Discovery at SEA speaker series. Get more out of your travels with shore excursions recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel-DiscoveryTM and Animal PlanetTM.

Vegas Style Casino

From gaming lessons to the latest slot machines to prize tournaments, our Casinos offer fun and excitement. If you enjoy blackjack, or "21," and Texas Hold 'Em, our tables play by Vegas rules and if you relish the challenge of roulette, we offer the American version.

The Piazza

Discover Old World charm as you stroll through our breathtaking Piazza-a hub of activity, inspired by the vibrant squares of Europe. Roving street performers, quaint boutiques, a spiral staircase and several glass-walled lifts provide panoramic views. Visit the International Cafe for gourmet coffees, or marvel at the wine selection at Vines, voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea," by USA TODAY.

The Shops of Princess

It's no surprise The Shops are awarded "Best Onboard Shopping" from Porthole magazine year after year. On board, you'll find a fabulous range of fine merchandise from brands like Swarovski, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Calvin Klein, Citizen, and Tissot, plus local crafts, keepsakes and souvenirs. And everyday tax- and duty-free savings can add up to as much as 30% off suggested U.S. retail prices.

Art Gallery & Auctions

Great art, like the destinations we visit, can be awe-inspiring. Peruse our extensive art gallery, or attend an art history lecture highlighting some of the world's greatest masters. And don't miss our exciting Champagne Art Auctions, which give you the chance to view and bid on a wide range of fine art, including pieces by famous artists like Thomas Kincade, Peter Max, and Michael Godard. There is no charge to attend these lively events.

Photo & Video Gallery

Our staff of digital photographers and videographers helps capture the highlights of your cruise including onboard events, ports and scenery for lasting memories of your trip. Our studio locations are set up in the Atrium each evening and all formal and casual portraits are on display in the gallery the following day. Please ask our staff about portrait packages, reprints and canvas reproductions of your favorite photos!

Platinum Photography Studio

Our Platinum Studio specializes in premium black and white portraits. Skilled photographers using expert lighting techniques will create a suite of stunning photographs that truly capture the essence of its subject. After your purchase, the portraits are professionally printed and mounted at a custom photo lab on premium quality paper. Then, they're artfully packaged and delivered to your home after your cruise.

Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs

Take a dip in our sparkling freshwater pools and leave your everyday world behind. Unwind on a padded lounger and soak up the sun, catch up on reading, listen to music or dream of your next adventure on board or ashore. And what better way to relax and revitalize after a day exploring the world than a long soak in one of our whirling hot tubs. And don't forget, there is always a server nearby to bring you a refreshing cocktail or favorite beverage.

Sports Court

Feel the court under your feet and the thrill of victory as you sink the ball in for two points. No matter your athletic ability, there's nothing like shooting a few hoops out in the middle of the ocean as you watch the sun set and the stars come out. Our Sports Court is not only set up for basketball but also for volleyball. Pick up a game, compete against fellow passengers for bragging rights, or start your own dream team.

Princess Links

Imagine playing on the green while surrounded by a beautiful blue ocean. Whether you're a dabbler or a devoted disciple of the game, our nine-hole miniature putting course will put your finer golfing skills to the test. After you play a round, step inside to try your hand at our golf simulator, which recreates some of the world's greatest golf courses like St. Andrews and Pebble Beach so you can play and practice like a pro.

MedallionNetTM Wi-Fi

The best Wi-Fi at sea delivers land-like connectivity that lets you stream your favorite shows, movies, music, sports. Stay connected to the internet everywhere on board so you can text, post photos, video chat and more.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a treasured tradition whether it's a special occasion, an intimate moment for two, a mother-daughter tea party or just quiet time for reflection. Enjoy a wide selection of teas, or coffee if you prefer, served by white-gloved waiters in formal attire. The setting is an elegant dining room, with tables crowned with sparkling samovars and a delicious array of tasty treats: freshly prepared finger sandwiches, cookies and cakes.

Food & Dining

Indulge your appetite whenever you wish on board Princess. Every hour, our chefs are busy baking, grilling and sauteing great-tasting fare from scratch. Princess offers unparalleled inclusive dining options throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary delights to suit any palate, from endless buffet choice to gourmet pizza, frosty treats, decadent desserts and much more.

Anytime Dining

Just like a restaurant at home, Anytime Dining enables guests the freedom to dine when and with whom they wish, at any time between 5:30 PM and 10 PM. Reservations are available through an onboard dining hotline, but not required, and diners may choose to eat only with their own group, or be seated with other guests. The choice is yours.

Traditional Dining

Harkening back to the Golden Era of sea travel, our Traditional Dining option allows you to dine at the same time each day and enjoy the same tablemates and waitstaff throughout your voyage. Choose from either early or late seating.

Chocolate Journeys

There are few foods that inspire as much passion as chocolate, and master chocolatier Norman Love has designed some of the most decadent, hand-crafted treats exclusively for Princess' Chocolate Journeys program. Trained in France, and named the Inaugural Inductee into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional Magazine, Chef Love combined premium quality chocolate with unique flavors and artful designs to mastermind his exclusive creations found in the main dining room and at Horizon Court.

International Cafe

Open 24-hours a day, the International Cafe located in the Piazza is the place for an ever-changing array of small bite meals, treats and gourmet beverages. Grab a freshly baked croissant to start your day, snack on pies and quiche or choose from a wide variety of salads and sandwiches at lunchtime, and indulge in decadent desserts in the evening. Coffee and tea fans will love the New Grounds Crafted Coffee menu featuring a variety of specialty espresso-based drinks made from a custom blend of coffee beans, as well as iced tea fusions.

Horizon Court

Horizon Court offers an endless selection that changes throughout the day to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Indulge in a delightful array of worldwide cuisine, freshly baked breads and regional comfort foods, in a casual setting at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy fresh fruits, signature pastas and desserts galore along with your favorite beverages and customizable features like create-your-own salads and sandwiches.

Beverage charges apply. Venues and menu items vary by ship and are subject to change.

Salty Dog Grill

Treat yourself to one of our 100% handmade Gourmet Burgers, including our Princess Burger or Triple Smoked Burger. The Salty Dog Grill also offers new Street Tacos-a Princess first-featuring a choice of grilled chipotle-lime chicken or roasted sweet potato-green chile. And don’t miss the Classic Hot Dogs, plus loaded fries in tempting varieties including chili cheese and bacon & cheese.

Slice Pizzeria

Our top-deck pizzeria features a bold new look that sets the stage for tempting offerings that include specialties inspired by local favorites from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Try a Deep Dish Focaccia or a slice of our award-winning signature Neapolitan-style classics. Savor some California Artisanal Toast with Cali-Avocado or Caprese toppings. Or go for a Sliced Stromboli, and enjoy an East Coast take on a classic Italian calzone that’s stuffed with delicious Italian deli meats and cheeses.

Coffee & Cones

Complimentary ice cream cones await you at our transformed top-deck creamery venue. Pick up a chocolate cone, a vanilla, or a combination. Or treat yourself to an ice cream sandwich, with a tempting choice of flavors such as The Classic, Cookie Colada, Snickerdoodle, Honey 'N' Oats and Mint Paddy. We've added specialty New Grounds Crafted Coffee too. Including Espresso and Cappuccino, Latte, Chai Tea and more. You'll even find a choice of Frappes, such as Nuts for Caffeine, Mocha Milkshake and Mexican Frothed Chocolate.

24-hr Room Service

We offer 24-hour complimentary room service when you want to enjoy a quiet moment in your cabin eating a delicious club sandwich or maybe that slice of chocolate fudge cake you can't forget. Treat yourself to breakfast in bed, or stay in for an intimate dinner, and perhaps even cocktails, in the comfort of your stateroom. 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.

Charges apply on select menu items.

Specialty Dining

Dining on board a Princess cruise ship is a joyful celebration and our specialty restaurants always deliver an extraordinary experience. They are among the best at sea - or anywhere. We serve dishes made with the freshest ingredients, and our menus reflect regional flavors from around the world. You'll find our specialty restaurants are the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.

  • SHARESM by Curtis Stone
  • Crown GrillSM
  • The Salty Dog Gastropub
  • Chef's Table Experience
  • Crab Shack
  • Vines
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
Ship Facts
  • Guests: 3,080
  • Crew: 1,200
  • Refurbished: Oct 2018
  • Inaugural Cruise: Nov 2008
  • Tonnage: 113,561
  • Length: 951
  • Height: 195
Decks
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  • B1 Premium Balcony
    B2 Premium Balcony
    B4 Premium Balcony
    BA Balcony
    BB Balcony
    BC Balcony
    BD Balcony
    BE Balcony
    BF Balcony
    IA Interior
    IB Interior
    IC Interior
    ID Interior
    IE Interior
    IF Interior
    M1 Club Class Mini-Suite
    MB Mini-Suite with Balcony
    MD Mini-Suite with Balcony
    ME Mini-Suite with Balcony
    OB Oceanview
    OC Oceanview
    OE Oceanview
    OF Oceanview
    OV Oceanview (Obstructed View)
    OW Oceanview (Obstructed View)
    OY Oceanview (Obstructed View)
    OZ Oceanview (Obstructed View)
    S2 Owner's Suite
    S3 Penthouse Suite
    S4 Penthouse Suite
    S5 Premium Suite
    S6 Vista Suite
    S8 Two Bedroom Family Suite
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  • Will accommodate third person
    Interconnecting staterooms with private balcony (8 persons)
    will accomodate rollaway
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Destination
Transpacific
Transpacific cruises represent a variety of sailing options. Enjoy the contrast of the Pacific Northwest and Japan in just ten days sailing across the north Pacific. Or, take a longer trip across the southern Pacific from Los Angeles and visit Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia and Australia. Would you rather visit China or New Zealand? Would you rather sun in Mexico or shop in Seattle? Transpacific cruises visit a variety of ports and can last from ten to thirty-four days. Where you go, and for how long, are up to you.
Ports of Call
Sydney, Australia

Sydney is Australia''s showcase: the oldest settlement, the largest and most thriving city, the cultural melting pot. It curves around idyllic Port Jackson, where sandstone cliffs and bright islands complement the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Wander the cobbled colonial streets of the historic Rocks quarter, or tour the mansions of Watson''s Bay.

Fjordland, New Zealand
City Fjordland

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
City Dunedin

Dunedin is a little sliver of Scotland, set on the tropical shores of New Zealand's South Island. Founded by Scottish emigrants in 1848, Dunedin (the Gaelic name for Edinburgh) has fine Victorian and Edwardian architecture, including the Olveston stately home and majestic Larnach Castle--as well as New Zealand's only scotch distillery and kilt shop!

Akaroa, New Zealand
City Christchurch

Tauranga, New Zealand
City Tauranga

...It is no wonder why the region has become so popular, as it is safe, exciting, diverse, and warm.From touring in a four-wheel drive vehicle through the hills to swimming with the dolphins, Tauranga has it all.The hot springs are glorious, and you could spend an entire day and night lounging in the bubbling saltwater pools.They are truly magnificent, as are the restaurants and accommodations in Tauranga...

Auckland, New Zealand
City Auckland

New Zealand's largest city is draped over seven volcanoes and wrapped around Waitemata Harbour (meaning "sea of sparkling waters" in Maori). Despite its British feel, it is the world's largest Polynesian city. Shop for Polynesian crafts on Queen Street, the main drag. Or from atop Mt. Eden, overlook the "City of Sails," which will host the America's Cup races in 2000.

Pago Pago, American Samoa
City Pago Pago

Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, a verdant chain of seven South Pacific isles 2600 miles south of Hawaii. Populated for over 2,500 years, many experts believe this is the birthplace of Polynesian culture. The people of American Samoa are gracious and hospitable and value their traditional ways. You'll witness village life first-hand as you tour this lush, mountainous island.

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
City Papeete

The largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Tahiti held a magical attraction for artist Paul Gauguin and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. To understand why, simply listen to the winds whistling through casuarina trees on a secluded black-sand beach, or stroll through beautiful botanical gardens and marvel at island flora.

Moorea, French Polynesia
City Moorea

Part of the Society Islands of Polynesia, North West of Tahiti.

Hilo, Hawaii
City Hilo

Located on the eastern seashore of the big island of Hawaii, Hilo is an old sugar town and the second-best (after Honolulu) seaport in the islands. Also known as the flower capital of the state, Hilo boasts flower farms and Queen Liliuokalani Park, an authentic Japanese garden. You may wish to visit the black sand beaches of the Puna District. Or Kilauea, the world's largest volcano; its crater is the legendary home of Pele, goddess of fire, who keeps watch over her domain of Volcanoes National Park.

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
City Honolulu

Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor - these names evoke feeling of magic, mystery, drama and history, and they are all located in Honolulu. The capital of Hawaii, this city not only offers some of the best beaches along side big-city skyscrapers, there are also parks, fabulous shopping, the only royal palace in America, the Arizona Memorial in the harbor at Pearl City, the Polynesian Cultural Center and more.

Los Angeles, California
City Los Angeles

Sprawling between the mountains and the beaches, Los Angeles is quintessential California. Whether your taste runs to fashionable Beverly Hills, the mega-entertainment of the movie studios, or the sizzle of homestyle Mexican food on Olvera Street, the city of angels is worth exploring.