Car rental Long Beach Port
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I suggest checking Long Beach Airport. It's about 10-12km from the Carnival pier, but all the major rental companies are there. The cost of a taxi ride may be offset by a lower rate and convenience. FYI, many of the rental car companies allow you to pick up and drop off at different locations within the LA metro area without a one-way drop fee.
The other idea is to get a shuttle van to LAX. They are plentiful on cruise arrival days. Then, rent a car at LAX. Hope this helps!
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Taxis will not hold 6+luggage. Most in Long Beach are Prius's (What is the plural of Prius?), or other small car.
An idea --
One adult take the kids to the Long Beach Aquarium (by taxi or free Passport bus) while the other one gets the car.
The Aquarium will hold luggage.