he Port of Los Angeles expects a major return of cruise ship operations next year.

More than 200 sailings are forecast for the 2022 calendar year, the most since 2008, the port said in a statement Wednesday.

The first cruise ship departure from Los Angeles since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry occurred when the Grand Princess sailed from the port’s World Cruise Center on Sept. 25.

A busy weekend, with three or four cruise ships in port, may bring as many as 20,000 travelers to the LA Waterfront district and each ship call generates more than $1 million in economic activity, the port said. 

Companies scheduled to operate out of Los Angeles include Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Viking Cruises, Crystal, Seabourn, Cunard and NYK. 

Associated Press