Jim, a cab would be about $70 traffic pending from LAX to the Carnival terminal, we paid $65 incl tip to the Renaissance long beach Hotel. Carnival transportation is $19pp. Primetime shuttle is $15pp. (don't believe what is written at the back of the shuttle, the price quote is from a different location but it says $27) If you are asking what would be easier for all of you to meet up, I believe it wouldbe just as easy for any type of transportation. Maybe pick a spot for everyone to meet up in LAX, say at the Burger King or Cheers. Goodluck and happy sailing.