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Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

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Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

We are driving from Las Vegas to begin a cruise on April 20th 2014 - Easter Sunday. Are there car hire companies at the port where we can drop off the car. We will not be returning to LA

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1. Re: Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

Forget driving from Vegas, you should fly. What you want to do is very complicated -- first off, which port? Neither port is in LA itself/

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2. Re: Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

San Pedro is part of Los Angeles. One cruise Web site said Enterprise is at the Port of Los Angeles, and others are in Long Beach (one poster said Budget has a free shuttle to the port, and Hertz pays part of the taxi fare). You'd have to contact the car companies (just check the Web site) to see if you can do a one-way rental from LV to the port. I agree that flying, ideally to Long Beach Airport, but even SNA or LAX, and then taking a taxi or shuttle to the port, would be best.

You may want to look at www.cruisecritic.com, which has lots of folks who have taken or are taking cruises. You'd likely even find roll calls for your cruise.

Edited: 08 September 2013, 16:35
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3. Re: Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

p.s.Jetblue flies non-stop from Las Vegas to LGB. Southwest and others fly to LAX.

http://goo.gl/maps/YIItZ

http://goo.gl/maps/uvMZa

http://goo.gl/maps/O16pZ

http://goo.gl/maps/GGHSS

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4. Re: Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

To my knowledge, none of the car hire companies are open on Sundays in the San Pedro area. You might find one in an adjacent city but then you'd have to arrange transfer to the port. The drive from Las Vegas to Long Beach is not terribly interesting unless you research the route and take pains to drive to attractions along the way. If you plan to drive for the sole purpose of getting to the cruise port, with the hope of 'seeing some desert', I would instead drive 'into the desert' from Las Vegas (which, technically is in the desert) have a look around and then drop the car at Las Vegas airport and fly to LAX or LGB (long Beach airport).

For example, from the hotel zone in Las Vegas, it's a drive of about 45 minutes to the Hoover Dam -- a cool attraction to visit. This will give you a taste of the desert. LGB has 'fixed rate' taxi transfers to the port ($45) + tip or you can take a 'shared van' (redvans.com or supershuttle.com) -- $16 per person.

From LAX, taxi fares are about $65 (without traffic -- more, if there's traffic) + tip; shared vans are $16 per person. As stated, only Jet Blue flies from Las Vegas into LGB. Southwest.com flies to LAX along with a number of other carriers. Note: southwest allows 2 free checked bags and 2 free carry on items whereas other carriers charge for checked luggage (even for 'carry on' luggage in some cases).

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5. Re: Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

My advice is to either fly in the night before or drive over the day before and drop the car at LGB and then cab the next day to the cruise port. Which cruise line is it?

If you are not already on TA's sister site, CruiseCritic, I'd consider joining.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/?src=nav

It gives great advice on the specifics of cruises, what to do in each port, etc, how to get to the cruise port and also has a "roll call" so you can meet people on your cruise in advance of the trip.

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6. Re: Dropping a hire car off at LA cruise terminal.

Thanks for your advice. Decided to drive in the night before and stay overnight

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