My fiancé and I decided to book a short cruise out of Long Beach for our honeymoon. We'll be flying in 2 nights before our cruise departs, so will have some down time in Long Beach from Oct 27 - 29. We mostly just want to relax, but having only ever been out to LA once (and never to Long Beach) I don't know much about the area.
We want to stay somewhere nice, modern and romantic since it will be the first part of our Honeymoon. Near the port would be convenient, but not required (that's what Uber is for!). If anyone has recommendations on fairly-priced upscale hotels, I'd love to hear! We'd like to stay at or below $150/night, which for our dates puts the Renaissance in budget but not the Hyatt (to give an idea of what we're working with).
I'd also love to have a really classy and delicious dinner one night, preferably with an ocean/harbor view, and somewhere where we could theoretically walk along the beach afterwards.
Lastly, I just discovered that there are private gondola rides. Has anyone done these? Would you classify it as a fun romantic experience, or do they come off as a bit tacky?
Thanks in advance!