CRUISE SHIP PORTS

** CRUISE SHIP PORTS **

There are two ports in the L.A. area: the Carnival Cruise Port in Long Beach and the World Cruise Port in San Pedro:

PORT #1: For all passengers on the Carnival Cruise Line ONLY: Long Beach Cruise Terminal at 231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562-901-3232 (You will need to put a "1" in front of that number if you are calling from a "land line" within the U.S. If the landline phone is within the 562 area code, omit the “1” and the “562”). Info about the port including a map and driving directions can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/2d5fna

First, we'll discuss transferring between this port and LAX and then we'll discuss other starting and ending points.

CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP TRANSFERS FOR LAX PASSENGERS...To transfer between the LONG BEACH CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES PORT and LAX, you have five options:

1. Taxi -- The quickest, most convenient and also the most expensive method -- about $75 to $85 (during 'commuter hours' the ride takes longer, so the fare is more). You can talk to the taxi dispatcher at the airport to see if there is a taxi driver that will take you there "for a fixed rate" -- exclusive of how long it might take. Generally, the ride will be about 40 minutes, closer to an hour during commuter hours (Monday through Friday, between 6:00 and 9:00 and between 15:00 and 19:00). Sundays between 4:00 and 9:00 in the afternoon/evening can also have heavy traffic.

2. Enterprise Car Rental has an office close to the port of LONG BEACH at 438 W. Ocean Bl, Long Beach, CA 90802. Note: they are closed on Sundays. Their telephone number is: 562-495-1149. (You will need to put a "1" in front of that number if you are calling from a "land line" within the U.S.) Here's a link to their website: http://www.enterprise.com/

If you are picking up the car from LAX, specify LAX under item #1 on the Enterprise.com home page. If you are picking up the car in Long Beach, type in 90802 (it's the postal -- zip -- code of the office you'll be using) on Line #1. Select the office on Ocean Blvd. Call the office to make arrangements or if you reserve online, there is, presently, no provision on Enterprise’s website to pickup in one location and drop off at the other. So, online bookings should be made for pickup and dropoff at the same office (the office at which you plan to pick up the car). When you arrive at that office, indicate your intention to drop the car off at a different office. A surcharge of about $50 will be added to your reservation, for this privilege.

If you drop the car at a different office than where you picked it up, there will be a surcharge added to the published rate (it will be explained in the contract you sign). The surcharge generally runs about $50. The one-day rate between Long Beach and LAX will run between $85 and $95 (including this surcharge and exclusive of gasoline, any insurance you might purchase and, of course, any parking charges). You might not have to purchase insurance if the insurance policy on your personal car has coverage for car rental/hire in the U.S. or if the credit card you will be using has automatic insurance coverage as part of your benefits. Check with your insurance agent and your credit card issuer. If you keep the car for more than one day, the surcharge is not applied daily: it is a one-time charge.

Renting/Hiring a car is about the same price as a taxi. If you have the time for a little touring, a car is a great option.

3. Vans (shared or private) -- "Shared van" and "Private Van" services between LAX and the port are offered by two major companies, Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com) and Super Shuttle (supershuttle.com). These van services may be pre-arranged or you may take any available seat upon arrival. (It's often best to pre-arrange, though).

"Shared Vans' are shared amongst a number of passengers going to different destinations so it is likely to take longer to reach your destination (as the van will wait to pick up other passengers or will go to other stops to pick up or drop off other passengers before it drops you off)  The advantage of a 'shared van' is that it's less expensive than a 'private van' which expresses to your destination.

Prime Time Shuttle's website is a little confusing because the CRUISEports are listed among the AIRports on their site.  So, to select a CRUISEport as your starting or ending destination, select the option of going TO an AIRPORT or FROM an AIRPORT.  Once you do, you'll be given the option to 'select your airport' from an airport drop-down menu.  On that menu, the Long Beach Port will be listed as follows:

Carnival Cruise Long Beach Queen Mary

Once you have selected it, complete the form and click 'continue'.

Super Shuttle's website is also a little confusing to use for cruiseport transfers.  There are two types of transfers: those between the port and LAX and those between the port and hotels. If you're transferring to or from LAX...You must first select whether you are arriving at or departing from LAX.  Once you've done that, click on the 'select address type' drop-down menu and select 'hotel / popular landmark'. Select the number of adult and child passengers and click 'next', On the page that follows, enter the following into the box above the blue-and-white 'search' button:

CARN

and click 'search'.

The match that appears is "Long Beach Harbor Carnival Cruiseport".  Select it by clicking on the arrow at the right.

If you are transferring between this port and a hotel, first select whether you're arriving at or departing from the cruise port.  Do this by clicking on the 'select one way or round trip' option on the drop-down menu at the top left corner of the page. Select the appropriate option keeping in mind that Supershuttle lists that PORTS under the 'airport category' so if you are arriving at the CRUISEport and are looking for a one way transfer to your hotel, select the option:

From Airport -- one way

Then click on the 'select airport' drop-down menu and select "Los Angeles Harbor -- LAH" near the lower right corner of the list. Then scroll back to the top left corner of the next page and select the 'address type'.  Complete the form to make your reservation.

4. Vans -- pre-arranged (shared or private).  These vans must be reserved in advance as they are not permitted to solicit passengers at the port: Sav-on Shuttle (sav-onshuttle.net, 800 642-0167), Payless Airport Shuttle (www.paylessairportshuttle.com, 562-726-2210), Thrifty Airport Shuttle (800-693-4909), 24-7 Ride (8888-700-1222) and Zippy Shuttle (zippyshuttle.net) and many, many others.  Most of these services provide 'private vans' (no sharing with other passengers) which will be faster but might be more expensive than a 'shared van'. The Transfer Answer (www.thetransferanswer.com).

5. Public Transit (Bus/Metro).  Taking public transportation is the lowest cost option but takes the longest time (3+ hours) and is not recommended for those with limited time, young children or large pieces of luggage. Options include the #232 bus or the Green/Blue Metro line.

If you are transferring between this port and other parts of Los Angeles, here are the instructions:

CARNIVAL CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR BOB HOPE (BURBANK) AIRPORT PASSENGERS... Take a taxi, shared van, rent a car or use public transit. (Taxis will run about $110 depending on time of day). “Shared van” service costs $60 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional passenger, each way. A sedan car (for up to 3 passengers) will cost $101.48 (including an 18% tip). A private van (for up to 7 people) is $108; a private 9-passenger van is $123. Town Car service for up to 3 people (including tip) will cost $119.18.  (Information on 'pre-arranged van sercices and special instructions for using the websites of Super Shuttle and Prime Time Shuttle for transfer to and from the port are listed above in the section dealing with CARNIVAL CRUISEPORT TRANSFERS for LAX PASSENGERS).

A car from Enterprise car rental (enterprise.com) will run $85 to $95 including a $50 one-time surcharge for dropping the car at a different office than the one at which you picked it up. Get more details about these options by looking at the prior section (“Cruise Ship Transfers for LAX Passengers”)

Via Public transit: From the Carnival Cruise port: Walk (2 minutes) to Queens Highway, adjacent to the permanently-moored Queen Mary Luxury Liner/Museum/Hotel. Take the Long Beach “Passport C” Bus (running every 8 to 10 minutes, most of the day, no charge) to the corner of Pine Av & 1st Street (22 minutes or more, depending on traffic). The bus will make stops at several tourist destinations on the way, including the Coast Hotel, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and others.

Get off the bus, turn left onto 1st St, and the Blue Line Metro Rail stop will be just ahead in the middle of the road. Buy a ticket for the blue line train (runs every 12 minutes) from the vending machine on the platform ($1.50 per person / or $1.75 if purchased on or after 15 Sep 2014) for the 55 minute ride to the last stop, “7th Street/Metro Center” station in downtown Los Angeles. Here, you will transfer to the red or purple line metro rail line for the short ride to Union (Rail) Station.

You must purchase an additional ticket for the ride on the Purple Line or Red Line (no free transfers). Walk down one level from the Blue Line Platform to meet the red or purple line train. Take the next train labeled “To Union Station” to Union Station. Trains run every 5 to 7 minutes. The ride takes 6 minutes. At Union Station, transfer to an aboveground train to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

There are two train companies that make this trip: Amtrak (amtrak.com) and Metrolink (metrolinktrains.com). On Metrolink, the ride takes 20 to 25 minutes, costs $5.25 and is ONLY available Monday through Friday. Note: The trains sometimes run up to 5 minutes early. On Amtrak, the ride takes 25 to 28 minutes and costs $4.50. Trains run on weekdays and weekends on Amtrak.

This public transit method of transfer is the least expensive method from the Carnival Cruise Port to Bob Hope Airport. It costs only $7 or $8 but it has disadvantages:

a. There is no provision for luggage storage on any of these conveyances (except the Amtrak and Metrolink trains and they offer only small shelves above the seats for carry-on sized luggage).

b. You are not guaranteed a seat on any of these conveyances.

c. You must travel on 4 conveyances: the “C” Passport Bus, Blue Line Metro Rail, Red or Purple Metro Rail and finally, Amtrak or Metrolink aboveground trains.

d. The entire transfer can take a lot of time. Assuming minimum waiting times between conveyances, the trip will take: 22 + 55 + 6 + 25 = 108 minutes (1 hour, 48 minutes) but it is more likely that it will take closer to 2-1/2 hours since there will be some walking and some waiting for each conveyance.

CARNIVAL CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR LONG BEACH AIRPORT PASSENGERS..

Taxi fares from the airport are: $23.00 to downtown Long Beach; $30.00 to the Carnival Cruise Port or Queen Mary Hotel; $45.00 to the San Pedro Cruise Port or Disneyland; $49 to LAX from Long Beach Airport or to John Wayne Airport in Orange County (SNA). These are ‘flat rate’ taxi fees as of 28 Jun 2008). Prime Time Shuttle  offers shared vans for $25 (for the first passenger) and $10 for additional passengers, each way. Prime Time also offers private sedan cars (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $63.90, PRIVATE van service for up to 7 guests, excluding tip) for $80 and PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $95. Lastly, they offer a Town Car (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $82.60  (Information on 'pre-arranged van sercices and special instructions for using the websites of Super Shuttle and Prime Time Shuttle for transfer to and from the port are listed above in the section dealing with CARNIVAL CRUISEPORT TRANSFERS for LAX PASSENGERS). 

Sav-on Shuttle (sav-onshuttle.net) (800 642-0167)  offers 'shared van' services for $22.00 for the First passenger, $7 for each additional passenger.  

A car from Enterprise car rental (enterprise.com) will run $85 to $95 including a $50 one-time surcharge for dropping the car at a different office than the one at which you picked it up. Get more details about these options by looking at the prior section (“Cruise Ship Transfers for LAX Passengers”)

CARNIVAL CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR ONTARIO AIRPORT PASSENGERS

Take a taxi, shared van or rent a car. Taxis will run about $130 to the Carnival Cruise Port. Super Shuttle charges $60 for the first passenger in your party to the Carnival Cruise Port in Long Beach; $9 for additional passengers in your party. The share van services also offer PRIVATE vans holding up to 7 (or 9) people for between $118 and $133. Enterprise car rentals offers $85 to $95 car rentals (see previous paragraphs for details). Note: Enterprise is closed on Sundays.

CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP TRANSFERS FOR AMTRAK PASSENGERS (National Rail): Amtrak provides "Thruway" service (a transfer bus for Amtrak customers from Union (Rail) Station (in downtown Los Angeles) to the Carnival Cruise Port). Inquire with Amtrak on the phone or at Amtrak.com (If you specify LONG BEACH as your destination, Amtrak will automatically book you on a "Thruway bus").

CARNIVAL CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR DOWNTOWN (CITY CENTER) Los Angeles: (Taxis will run about $70 to the Carnival Cruise Port. Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com) charge $51 for the first passenger; $10 for each additional passenger. In addition, Prime Time Shuttles (redvans.com) offers private sedan cars (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $107.38, PRIVATE van service for up to 7 guests, excluding tip) for $99 and PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $154. Lastly, they offer a Town Car (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $119.18

Enterprise car rentals offers $90 to $100 car rentals (see previous paragraphs for details). Note: Enterprise is closed on Sundays.

Plus, you have an additional means of getting to/from the port:

Here it is... Take the "blue line" metro rail train from the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles to the last stop on the line -- the LONG BEACH TRANSIT MALL stop (about an hour). The fare is $1.50 per person / $1.75 if purchased on or after 15 Sep 2014 (or if you purchased a DAY PASS, it is valid for this ride). The trains depart from each station every 12 minutes. To transfer between the TRANSIT MALL and the port, you can either take a taxi (about 5-7 minutes; about $8-$10) or wait for the Passport “C” bus on the corner of 1st Street & Pine St (southwest corner, heading south on Pine St). The Transit Mall stop on the blue line (the last stop on the line) is on 1st Street, 1/2 block west of Pine Av.

Keep in mind that the metro rail does not provide storage for your luggage. In addition, you will need to go up and down escalators (or walk to nearby elevators) when entering and exiting the metro rail station in downtown Los Angeles. (Long Beach's "Transit Mall" station is on street level). Lastly, there is no guarantee that you will have a seat for all (or even part) of the journey. The trains are especially crowded during the commuter "rush hours" (going INTO the downtown areas-- between 6:00 and 9:00; going OUT OF the downtown areas -- between 15:00 and 19:00). This method of transfer is, by far, the least expensive but it is the least comfortable and will take longer than a car or taxi.

Once you exit the metro rail in Long Beach, if you have decided to take a taxi, it is your responsibility to locate a taxi to the cruise port. In the event that there are none immediately available, you have 2 choices: Take the phone number of a taxi company with you and arrange to have a taxi meet your at the "Transit Mall" metro rail station or walk to a nearby hotel for assistance with getting a taxi. The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is the closest hotel to the Metro rail station. To reach it, walk to the corner of Pine Av & 1st Street (1/2 block back from the metro rail station). Turn right on Pine and walk one block to Ocean Av. Turn left. The hotel will be immediately on your left.

Between the Long Beach Port and Hollywood or Mid-Wilshire: Use the same options as with downtown except that you will need to take the "red line metro rail" train from Hollywood (or the Purple Line Train from Mid-Wilshire) into downtown (7th Street/Metro Center Station) and transfer to the Blue Line train (upstairs). (Each ride is $1.50 or $1.75 if purchased on or after 15 Sep 2014 -- no FREE transfers unless you have a DAY PASS which is good for unlimited rides or, if you are traveling on or after 15 Sep 2014 and you use a TAP CARD that is loaded with fare of at least $1.75, you can transfer from one Metro conveyance -- bus or train -- to another at no extra charge as long as the transfers are done within 2 hours of one another and you don't reverse directions).

From other parts of the Los Angeles area: Take a taxi or rent a car to the port.

PORT #2: For ALL OTHER Cruises (Besides Carnival): Use the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center at 600 N. Harbor Blvd in San Pedro, CA. Info about the port (including a list of nearby hotels) can be found at www.pcsterminals.com

We will first discuss transferring between the SAN PEDRO port and LAX and then discuss other starting and ending points

To transfer between the San Pedro Port and LAX, you have three options:

1. Taxi -- the quickest, most convenient and also the most expensive method -- about $85 to $95 (during 'commuter hours' the ride takes longer so the fare is more). You can talk to the taxi dispatcher at the airport to see if there is a taxi driver that will take you there "for a fixed rate" -- exclusive of how long it might take. Generally, the ride will be about 40 minutes, closer to an hour during commuter hours (between 6:00 and 9:00 and between 15:00 and 19:00).

2. Enterprise rent-a-car has an office close to the port of San Pedro at 233 N. Harbor Bl, San Pedro. Their telephone number is: 310-548-8060. (You will need to put a "1" in front of that number if you are calling from a "land line" within the U.S.) Here is a link to their website: http://www.enterprise.com/

If you are picking up the car from LAX, specify LAX under item #1 on the Enterprise.com home page. If you are picking up the car in San Pedro, type in 90731 (it's the postal -- zip -- code of the office you'll be using) on Line #1. Select the office on Harbor Blvd. Call or reserve a car online.

If you drop the car at a different office than where you picked it up, there will be a surcharge added to the published rate (it will be explained in the contract you sign). The surcharge generally runs about $50. The one-day rate between San Pedro and LAX will run between $85 and $95 (including this surcharge and exclusive of gasoline, any insurance you might purchase and, of course, any parking charges). You might not have to purchase insurance if the credit card you will be using has automatic insurance coverage as part of your benefits. Check with your credit card issuer. If you keep the car for more than one day, the surcharge is not applied daily: it is a one-time charge.

Renting / Hiring a car is about the same price as a taxi. If you have the time for a little touring, a car is a great option.

3. Shuttle bus -- "Shared van" services between LAX and the port are offered by two major companies, Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com) and Super Shuttle (supershuttle.com) (www.paylessairportshuttle.com, 562-726-2210).  Other smaller shuttle services include Thrifty Airport Shuttle (800-693-4909), Zippy Shuttle (ZippyShuttle.net) and many, many others.

Prime Time Shuttle's website is a little confusing because the CRUISEports are listed among the AIRports on their site.  So, to select a CRUISEport as your starting or ending destination, select the option of going TO an AIRPORT or FROM an AIRPORT.  Once you do, you'll be given the option to 'select your airport' from an airport drop-down menu.  On that menu, the WORLD CRUISE Port will be listed as follows:

LA Cruiseship Terminal

Once you have selected it, complete the form and click 'continue'.

Super Shuttle's website is also a little confusing to use for cruiseport transfers.  You must first select whether you are arriving at or departing from LAX.  Once you've done that, click on the 'select address type' drop-down menu and select 'hotel / popular landmark'. Select the number of adult and child passengers and click 'next', On the page that follows, enter the following into the box above the blue-and-white 'search' button:

HAR

and click 'search'.

The first 3 matches that will appear are "berth 91", "berth 92" and "berth 93".  These are all docks at the San Pedro port.  Select the appropriate berth by clicking on the arrow to the right of that berth.

If you are transferring between this port and a hotel, first select whether you're arriving at or departing from the cruise port.  Do this by clicking on the 'select one way or round trip' option on the drop-down menu at the top left corner of the page. Select the appropriate option keeping in mind that Supershuttle lists that PORTS under the 'airport category' so if you are arriving at the CRUISEport and are looking for a one way transfer to your hotel, select the option:

From Airport -- one way

Then click on the 'select airport' drop-down menu and select "Los Angeles Harbor -- LAH" near the lower right corner of the list. Then scroll back to the top left corner of the next page and select the 'address type'.  Complete the form to make your reservation.

If you are transferring between this port and other parts of Los Angeles, here are the instructions:

SAN PEDRO CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR BOB HOPE (BURBANK) AIRPORT PASSENGERS... Take a taxi, shared van or rent a car. (Taxis will run about $100 depending on time of day). Prime Time Shuttles (redvans.com) offers “shared van” service to the port for $60 for the first passenger an $10 for each additional. In addition, Prime Time offers the following services:

Private sedan cars (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $101.48, PRIVATE van service for up to 7 guests, excluding tip) for $108 and PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $123. Lastly, they offer a Town Car (for up to 3 guests, excluding tip) for $119.18. Supershuttle.com also offers: PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $126 and Sedan Cars (up to 4 guests, excluding tip for $118.

A car from Enterprise car rental (enterprise.com) will run $85 to $95 including a $50 one-time surcharge for dropping the car at a different office than the one you pick it up at. Get more details about these options by looking at the prior section (“Cruise Ship Transfers for LAX Passengers”)

SAN PEDRO CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR LONG BEACH AIRPORT PASSENGERS...Take a taxi, shared van or rent a car. (Taxis will run $40 to the San Pedro Cruise Port). This is a ‘flat rate’ taxi fee as of 2 Dec 2008). Prime Time Shuttle charges $25 for the first person in your party and $10 additional for each person in your party, each way. Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com) provides the following additional services: private sedan cars (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $64.90 PRIVATE van service for up to 7 guests, excluding tip) for $80 and PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $95. Lastly, they offer a Town Car (for up to 3 guests, excluding tip) for $82.60.

Supershuttle charges $17 per person. (Note: Supershuttle refers to the San Pedro Port by its berth #s: Berth 91, 92 and 93 with the berths’ associated street addresses on Front Street. To find the port, type in SAN PEDRO in the LANDMARK/HOTEL section and select the berth # or street address of your ship). They also offers: PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $82 and Sedan Cars (up to 4 guests, excluding tip for $83.

Enterprise Car Rental has an office near the port. See the previous paragraphs for additional info. Note: Enterprise is closed on Sundays.

SAN PEDRO CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR ONTARIO AIRPORT PASSENGERS

Take a taxi, shared van or rent a car. (Taxis will run about $175 to the San Pedro Port. Super Shuttle charges $69 for the first passenger and $9 for each additional passenger to the San Pedro Port (Berths 91, 92 and 93). They also offer a PRIVATE Van for up to 9 passengers for $134 (excluding tip). Lastly, they offer a Sedan car for up to 4 passengers for $138 (excluding tip). Prime Time (redvans.com) charges $70 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional passenger.

(Note: Supershuttle refers to the San Pedro Port by its berth #s: Berth 91, 92 and 93 with the berths’ associated street addresses on Front Street. To find the port, type in SAN PEDRO in the LANDMARK/HOTEL section and select the berth # or street address of your ship).

Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com) provides the following additional services: Shared Van Service for $70 (for the 1st Passenger) and $10 for each additional passenger; PRIVATE sedan cars (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $125.08; PRIVATE van service for up to 7 guests, excluding tip) for $118 and PRIVATE van service (for up to 9 guests, excluding tip) for $133. Lastly, they offer a Town Car (for up to 3 guests, including tip) for $136.88

SAN PEDRO CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR AMTRAK (NATIONAL RAIL) PASSENGERS: Amtrak provides "Thruway" service (a transfer bus for Amtrak customers only) to this port. Inquire with Amtrak by phone or at Amtrak.com (If you specify SAN PEDRO as a destination, Amtrak will automatically book you on a "Thruway bus"). Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com) offers "shared van" service as follows: The fare is $60 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional passenger. Prime Time Shuttle also offers PRIVATE VANS for this route: $108 for up to 7 passengers; $123 for up to 9 passengers. They also offer PRIVATE Sedan cars for up to 3 guests for $82.60 (including 18 percent tip) and Town Car Service for up to 3 guests for $100.30 (excluding tip).

SAN PEDRO CRUISE PORT TRANSFERS FOR DOWNTOWN (City Centre) LOS ANGELES: Take a taxi, shared van or rent a car. Taxis will run about $60. Prime Time Shuttle charges $47 for the first passenger and $10 for each additional passenger. They also offer PRIVATE VANS for $95 (up to 7 guests) and $110 (up to 9- passengers). They also offer Sedan Cars for $80.24 (for up to 3 guests, including 18 percent tip) and Town Cars for $97.94 (for up to 3 guests, including 18 percent tip.

Enterprise Car Rental has an office near the port. See the previous paragraphs for additional info. Note: Enterprise is closed on Sundays.

And, you have an additional means of transferring between this port and downtown Los Angeles:

Here it is... Take the "blue line" metro rail train from the 7th Street Station to the last stop on the line -- LONG BEACH TRANSIT MALL stop (about an hour). The fare is $1.50 per person/ $1.75 if purchased on or after 15 Sep 2014 (or if you purchased a DAY PASS, it is valid for this ride). The trains depart from each station about every 12 minutes. From the TRANSIT MALL station, you will need to take a taxi to the port (about 10-15 minutes; about $10-$15). Keep in mind that the metro rail does not provide storage for your luggage. In addition, you will need to go up and down escalators (or walk to nearby elevators) when entering and exiting the metro rail station in downtown los Angeles. (The Transit Mall station in Long Beach is on street level). This method of transfer is, by far, the least expensive but it is the least comfortable and could take longer than a car or taxi.

Once you exit the metro rail in Long Beach, it is your responsibility to get a taxi to the cruise port. In the event that there are none immediately available, you have 2 choices: Take the phone number of a taxi company with you and arrange to have a taxi meet your at the "Transit Mall" metro rail station or walk to a nearby hotel for assistance with getting a taxi. The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is the closest hotel to the Metro rail station. To reach it, walk to the corner of Pine Av & 1st Street (1 block back from the metro rail station). Turn right on Pine and walk one block to Ocean Av. Turn left. The hotel will be immediately on your left.

Between Hollywood or Mid-Wilshire and the San Pedro Port: You have the same options as downtown L.A. except that you will need to take the "red line metro rail" train into downtown (7th Street / Metro Center Station) and transfer to the Blue Line train, upstairs. (Each ride is $1.50 / $1.75 if you ride on or after 15 Sep 2014 -- no FREE transfers between the metro rail trains unless you have DAY PASS which is good for unlimited rides or, you ride on or after 15 Sep 2014 and you use a TAP CARD that is loaded with fare of at least $1.75, you can transfer from one Metro conveyance -- bus or train -- to another at no extra charge as long as the transfers are done within 2 hours of one another and you don't reverse directions).).

From other parts of the Los Angeles area: Take a taxi or rent a car.

A good utility for fares for taxi is www.taxifarefinder.com

** Note:  The original information for this thread came from the following forum thread: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...