Long Beach port = new territory... Hotel and transportation options

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#1
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So I've been on a few cruises before (Florida and Texas ports) but we have just booked a cruise on the Carnival Imagination out of Los Angeles (Long Beach port).

We need a hotel for the night we arrive and then some sort of transportation from the airport to the hotel and then transportation from the hotel to the port itself.

Our flight arrives around 10:30 the night before so hotel features and such aren't a big deal, we just need a safe place to sleep. I was wondering if any veterans of this port had any hotel recommendations. Preferably a hotel that offers free transportation from the airport to the hotel. But I guess my questions will be:

1. Is it a better option to stay at an airport area hotel and then get a shuttle in the morning?
2. Is it a better option to stay close to the port for less of a commute the next day? If so, what's the most cost efficient method of getting there for 2 people?
3. For shuttles from the port to the airport, what have you used and what would be recommended? Our flight isn't until after 5pm that day so we won't be rushed.

Thank you
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I suggest you post your question on the West Coast Departures forum.

Also, you might want to ask your question in your Roll Call.
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Originally posted by imakemistaeks
So I've been on a few cruises before (Florida and Texas ports) but we have just booked a cruise on the Carnival Imagination out of Los Angeles (Long Beach port).

We need a hotel for the night we arrive and then some sort of transportation from the airport to the hotel and then transportation from the hotel to the port itself.

Our flight arrives around 10:30 the night before so hotel features and such aren't a big deal, we just need a safe place to sleep. I was wondering if any veterans of this port had any hotel recommendations. Preferably a hotel that offers free transportation from the airport to the hotel. But I guess my questions will be:

1. Is it a better option to stay at an airport area hotel and then get a shuttle in the morning?
2. Is it a better option to stay close to the port for less of a commute the next day? If so, what's the most cost efficient method of getting there for 2 people?
3. For shuttles from the port to the airport, what have you used and what would be recommended? Our flight isn't until after 5pm that day so we won't be rushed.

Thank you
1 - It will depend on which airport your going to use Long Beach or LAX and time of arrival
2 -If early get a shuttle to a Long Beach or San Pedro hotel. I would use super-shuttle or similiar
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Originally posted by NMLady
I suggest you post your question on the West Coast Departures forum.

Also, you might want to ask your question in your Roll Call.
Originally posted by Kamloops50
1 - It will depend on which airport your going to use Long Beach or LAX and time of arrival
2 -If early get a shuttle to a Long Beach or San Pedro hotel. I would use super-shuttle or similiar
- I wasn't sure which forum to post it in. I figured the "First Time Cruisers" forum would be appropriate.

- Thanks, Kamloops
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If you use the Long Beach airport ( fairly small and easy to pass thru both ways) . Long Beach or San Pedro are a $45 usd taxi ride.
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Originally posted by Kamloops50
If you use the Long Beach airport ( fairly small and easy to pass thru both ways) . Long Beach or San Pedro are a $45 usd taxi ride.
We are flying into LAX.
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Originally posted by imakemistaeks
We are flying into LAX.
That was about a $70 cab ride for us.
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We actually stayed at an airport hotel LAX priceline and used Uber to and from the port. So easy and cheap


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#9
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We drive there, but do a search for port shuttles. Super shuttle is always most expensive. We used Prime Time from port of LA to home and it was significantly cheaper and less crowded. Might also search for hotels with shuttles to port


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Originally posted by MCC retired
No one yet mentioned the Queen Mary ?
We stayed there prior to a cruise from San Pedro .
Quite a pre cruise treat for a history buff .


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If you are arriving at 10:30 PM I would just stay near the airport. There are several hotels. One we have stayed at is the Marriott right outside the airport. They have a shuttle from airport to hotel.

Next morning you have many options. I would recommend either a private car service such as execucar and their web site is: www.execucar.com or Uber or Lyft.

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#13
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Joined Mar 2009
Thank you for the responses everyone!

I think we're going to stay at an LAX area hotel and get an Uber the next morning. Any issues with using Uber to pick us up from the port to the airport?
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Originally posted by Keith1010
No issues with Uber but if you had a tight time frame and no one was available then you would want to make a taxi a fall back.

Keith
Our return flight isn't until late so there shouldn't be any issues. Sounds like Uber each way is the best option. Thanks!