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Sept. 25 update: Cruising resumes in Los Angeles with hometown line Princess

From left, Grand Princess Hotel General Manager Riccardo Capraro, Princess President Jan Swartz, cruisers Blake and Lara Handler and Capt. Andrea Spinardi
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-related cruise news.

Grand Princess's cruise from the Port of Los Angeles today marks the resumption of cruising at San Pedro.

Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz was on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming the first passengers on board. Earlier in the week she visited the ship to thank the officers and crew.

'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,' Swartz said. 'We are grateful to the Port of Los Angeles for their support during the pause and are excited to be working together once again.'

Princess has been sailing from Los Angeles since 1965. Over the past decade, Princess had more than 700 calls there, the most of any line.

'Princess Cruises is a valued longtime partner, and we are excited to welcome Grand Princess back to Los Angeles for the first passenger cruise since March 2020,' said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. 'We are a full-service port — with cargo, marina, cruise and visitor-serving businesses — and every cruise ship call generates more than $1 million in local economic activity.'

Grand Princess is sailing a five-day Cabo San Lucas getaway, the first of five departures with this itinerary and the first of 11 sailings from Los Angeles in 2021.