I arrived in to Newark Airport on the Tuesday 16th April and stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton at the airport. The hotel was lovely (especially the warm chocolate chip cookie). If you head to P4 at the airport, all the hotel pickups are there.
I went to the Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall and then headed in to Manhatten 5th Ave to stock up on my Abercrombie and Fitch gear on the Wednesday. If you get your hotel pickup/dropoff to take you back to P4 at the airport, there is shuttle that takes you to the mall for $5 single or $9 return. Also, to get to Manhatten, do the same thing to get to P4, take the airtrain to the Newark airport railway station and get the NJ Transit to New York Penn Station. This cost me $25 return. Easy!
On the Thursday, I woke to see my ship on the CBS channel, backing her way in the dock. I started getting very excitied. Couldn't wait to get down there. I ordered a taxi for just after 10.30am. The traffic was very busy heading to the port. It cost me $55 including toll.
Check-In was easy. I waited in the Gold Member line and was at the front but the normal line was quicker. Didn't have to wait for the bus to the ship as they were there waiting. Hoped on and away we go. Only took about 30 secounds and I was off again. On to the gangway and heard the 'BONG' that everyone loves when they check your seapass.
I quickly went around the ship to take pictures before it got crowded.