Hello EB: when we cruise out of LA we use a town car service to get us from LAX to the pier. Cost this past February was $60 one way plus tip. No waiting for a cab or shuttle. Our driver was Norm. We used shuttle service in the past, but with that you wait until the shuttle fills up before you leave for your destination. It's less expensive, but can be a hassle if you're on a schedule.
My husband and I would enjoy your thoughts on your cruise experience when you return. We thinking of booking this same cruise.
Enjoy your cruise!