Part of the reason we chose this cruise, in fact most of the reason, was price. My husband and I had been to LA several times, but never to San Diego or Catalina. We wound up flying out on Easter Sunday at 8am because we were flying on Southwest Airlines on a reward ticket.
We stayed at the Doubletree in San Pedro because it was close to the pier and they offer a free shuttle to and from the cruise terminal. I also had enough Hilton points for a free stay. We took a taxi from LAX to our hotel. The price was $60.00. Yikes! It was a 40 minute ride.
On arrival we received a warm chocolate chip cookie. They had rooms available, so they allowed us to check in early.
The Doubletree is a nice property right on the marina. Our room overlooked the marina. Since we were leaving the next morning we did not rent a car. In retrospect, I wish we had rented a car for the day, because there is very little within walking distance of the hotel. We walked about a half mile and found ourselves in a neighborhood that made us uncomfortable, so we headed back.
We found a restaurant at the pier, 22nd street landing, that was serving Easter brunch for $15.99. As you can imagine, primarily seafood served here. Food was good and the price was right & seeing as it was Easter Sunday & we had no transportation, our options were limited.