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What are some of the features available at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal?

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The Long Beach Cruise Terminal is the local port for Carnival Cruise Lines and features a five-story parking facility, cruise ship boarding and immigration facilities. Owned by the Carnival Corporation, the terminal is next door to the Queen Mary, a high-end cruise ship now serving as a museum and hotel.

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As of 2015, the five-story parking garage has space for 1,450 vehicles. An adjacent outdoor lot is available for RVs and other vehicles that are over-height. Most of the garage space is taken up by cruise ship passengers, since all of Carnival's branded ships and others they own a stake in use this terminal. Most cruises head for the Mexican Riviera and Baja California, but destinations such as Hawaii and Alaska are also included, as of 2015.

Some hotels are within walking distance, including the Queen Mary, and offer pre- and post-cruise packages. The Queen Mary also offers tour and hotel stay packages with which passengers may explore the presumably haunted ship at night. The ship's cabins serve as hotel rooms.

The Queen Mary also offers nearby dining. The Champagne Sunday Brunch works well for most cruise passengers on weekly cruise itineraries because check-in at the terminal is on Sunday afternoons. Other dining options in the area include the Reef, Yardhouse Long Beach and Gladstones. The Aquarium of the Pacific is a short taxi ride away.

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