FAQs

Q. Do I need to bring identification?
A. Yes, all persons must have a U.S. government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or California ID card) to enter event pavilions or ship tours. Those who have registered for ship tours must have both their ID and confirmation to board – no exceptions. IDs are not required for children under 18 years of age when accompanied by an adult.

Q. What items are NOT allowed at the event?
A. The following items are not allowed:
• NO BAGS of any kind, including oversized purses, backpacks, diaper bags or camera bags
• NO WEAPONS of any kind
• NO FOOD, DRINKS, COOLERS or ICE CHESTS will be allowed on board U.S. Navy vessels
• NO PETS with the exception of seeing eye dogs
• NO FIREWORKS, EXPLOSIVES or FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
• NO SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES or BICYCLES
• NO GANG-RELATED, VIOLENT, OBSCENE, EXPLICIT or SUGGESTIVE CLOTHING, or CLOTHING THAT PROMOTES TERRORISM, ACTS OF VIOLENCE or SUBJUGATION OF A PERSON or PERSONS
• NO ILLEGAL DRUGS or PARAPHERNALIA

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Q. Any tips on what to wear?
A. We highly recommend closed-toe shoes—no sandals or flip flops—on ship tours, as these are active military ships. Be sure and wear sunscreen and hats too!

Q. The weather is hot this weekend. How should I prepare for the heat?
A. We recommend you bring a hat, sunscreen, and stay hydrated. While you are here, you’ll see:

  • Water stations at multiple points throughout the area
  • Two first aid stations, one inside the main expo area and one outside Battleship IOWA
  • Shade and tents throughout the area
  • The main building with exhibits, booths and lines to board ships is AIR CONDITIONED
  • Red Cross Los Angeles and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel and security monitoring visitors and available to assist

Q. Will there be security screenings at the event?
A. All persons entering the event pavilions or ships will be subject to strict security procedures, which could include metal detectors and possible pat-downs — airport-type security screening.

Q. Are there any restrictions on the ship tours?
A. Yes, there are several restrictions that should be noted:
• Visitors must be at least five years old to tour vessels.
• No strollers are permitted on ships.
• There is no disabled access on vessels: guests must be physically able to walk through tight spaces and up/down steep ladders – an equivalency experience will be offered if desired.
• There are no public restrooms on vessels; restrooms are located at the dock.

Q. Where can I buy ship tour tickets, and how much do they cost?
A. Ship visits are FREE, but guests can make reservations ahead of time. Reservations are suggested but not required. Walk-up visitors are able to take tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our Ship Tours & Reservations page for more information.

Q. If I made a reservation, do I need to bring a copy of it or will I be in the system?
A. Please bring a printed confirmation or have it on your mobile device. Those who arrive more than 20 minutes later than their scheduled time, will automatically forfeit their reservation(s). Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes earlier than your scheduled time.

Q. Where will ships be located?
A. Ships will be located at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, located at 100 Swinford Street in San Pedro, just off Harbor Blvd.

Q. Is the Battleship IOWA tour also free?
A. No. Battleship IOWA tours are separate, but will be offered during LA Fleet Week® at a special discount rate of $10 per person as available. However, current enlisted military and veterans with proof of service are free.

Q. Where should I park?
Visit our Parking page for a map and more information on parking options.

Q. Will you have a special tour for veterans?
Yes, Friday, September 1 is dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces. Thank you for your service!

Q. Are taking photos while on ship permitted?
A. Yes, taking photos on the decks of vessels is allowed. No interior photography, please. No camera lenses over 100mm will be allowed into the event.

Q. What is a ship-viewing tour?
A. If you don’t have a confirmation to tour a ship, a ship-viewing tour is still an option. Escorted individuals will have the opportunity to take exterior photos of the ships, including photos with ships in the background up close. This is a great way to show you everyone that you were at the event! These tours are available to all ages, but you must be able to climb stairs.

Q. Can I bring my “drone” to the event?
A. The Port of Los Angeles is a “No Drone Zone.” Photography is encouraged, but Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are strictly prohibited and subject to enforcement by the Los Angeles Port Police, per Los Angeles Municipal Code 63.44(B)8, which states: “No person shall land, release, take off or fly any balloon, except children toy balloons not inflated with any flammable material, helicopter, parakite, hang glider, aircraft or powered models thereof, except in areas specifically set aside therefor.”

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