LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Princess Cruises will launch its first cruise ship since the start of the pandemic outside the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday. The 951-foot Grand Princess will embark on a five-day trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
All passengers must show proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 test results before boarding.
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Port officials said every time a cruise ship arrives it brings in more than $ 1 million to local restaurants, hotels and businesses.
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Locals said the income is needed to help businesses and employees recoup some of their financial losses gained during the pandemic.
“I think it’s important to have an economic impact right now,” said Jesselyn Moreno, a resident of San Pedro. “I mean we come from so much: local businesses are breaking down. San Pedro may be a tourist spot because of the cruises, but at the same time, if no one comes, there is no money coming in.
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The Grand Princess departs nearly five weeks after the Carnival Panorama took off from the port of Long Beach: the first cruise ship to do so since the pandemic.