Princess Cruises is resuming sailings from the Port of Los Angeles following the cruise industry’s pause in operations early last year.
Grand Princess is to run a five-day Cabo San Lucas cruise, the first of five sailings on this itinerary and 11 departures for the rest of 2021.
The line has been sailing from the west coast port since 1965 and claims so more frequently than any other line.
Princess had more than 700 ship visits in Los Angeles over the past decade.
Company president Jan Swartz visited Grand Princess to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially welcoming the first passengers on board.
She said: “It is a pride point for us that Grand Princess is returning to service in our hometown port.
“Our crew members are eager to welcome guests back on board as we continue resuming operations in the United States.
“We are grateful to the Port of Los Angeles for their support during the pause and are excited to be working together once again.”
Port executive director Gene Seroka said: “Princess Cruises is a valued long-time partner, and we are excited to welcome Grand Princess back to Los Angeles for the first passenger cruise since March 2020.
“We are a full-service port – with cargo, marina, cruise and visitor-serving businesses — and every cruise ship call generates more than $1 million dollars in local economic activity. That’s especially important to the City and Port of Los Angeles right now.”