Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Discussion Topics > Ask a Cruise Question
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Ask a Cruise Question Post your general cruise questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old September 1st, 2013, 10:53 PM
smakle smakle is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Fairfax, VA
Posts: 14
Default Question on transportation to terminal port

My husband and I will go on Princess cruise in Brooklyn NY terminal port soon. I would like to know what is the best way to get there. I am thinking to take Amtrak from Union Station DC to Penn Station in NY. What is the best way to get to the cruise terminal port from Penn Station train station? I was thinking to get the Northeast Motorcoach but it takes too long (8am to 4pm).
Reply With Quote

  #2  
Old September 1st, 2013, 11:27 PM
cruiserking's Avatar
cruiserking cruiserking is online now
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New York City
Posts: 5,801
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by smakle View Post
My husband and I will go on Princess cruise in Brooklyn NY terminal port soon. I would like to know what is the best way to get there. I am thinking to take Amtrak from Union Station DC to Penn Station in NY. What is the best way to get to the cruise terminal port from Penn Station train station? I was thinking to get the Northeast Motorcoach but it takes too long (8am to 4pm).
You don't need to take a bus. There are plenty of cabs available. Just outside Penn Station on the 8th Avenue side there is a Taxi Cab line, you can easily get one here and the ride to Brooklyn, should take around thirty to forty minutes depending on traffic.

Try and come in a day before your cruise, Amtrak trains are notoriously late.

Jonathan
__________________











Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

RCCL Liberty of the Seas - 2015- RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 2014 -
RCCL - Explorer of the Seas - 2014 - Queen Elizabeth - 2011 -
Celebrity Summit - 2010 - HAL Eurodam - 2008
HAL Noordam - 4/5/08, 2007 - QM2 - 2009, 2006 x2, 2005, 2004 -
QE2
- 2003, 1971, 1970 - HAL Rotterdam 1974 - Royal Viking Line - 1979 -
SS France
- 1973 - Cunard Franconia - 1970 - Mississippi Queen - 1976 - Leonardo Da Vinci - 1969

Cunard Platinum Member
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 12:25 AM
Essiesmom Essiesmom is offline
10,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Coastal GA USA
Posts: 18,279
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruiserking View Post
You don't need to take a bus. There are plenty of cabs available. Just outside Penn Station on the 8th Avenue side there is a Taxi Cab line, you can easily get one here and the ride to Brooklyn, should take around thirty to forty minutes depending on traffic.

Try and come in a day before your cruise, Amtrak trains are notoriously late.

Jonathan
Long distance trains are often late, but the OP would be on a Northeast Regional or Acela and not have a problem with lateness. EM
__________________
Booked: Divina 5/7/16; Carnival Glory 8/27/16; Carnival Pride 2/26/17
Carnival Fascination 22 Feb 2016 Bahamas
MSC Divina 11/20-23/2013 Bahamas
Coral Princess 17 July 2013 Alaska
Celebrity Silhouette 22 May 2013 Adriatic & Italy
Queen Elizabeth 15 May 2013 4 nights
Celebrity Infinity 16 April 2013 B2B San Diego to Harwich
Nieuw Amsterdam Mediterranean 4/30 - 5/24/2012
Millennium B2B2B 2/6-20/2012 Caribbean
Caribbean Princess 10/29/2011 Caribbean Islander NY to FLL
Celebrity Solstice 5/1/2011 FLL to Barcelona
Carnival Fascination 2/28/11 Bahamas
QM 2 12/8/2010 Caribbean Delights
Celebrity Summit 10/24/10 B2B NY to San Juan
Emerald Princess 8/29/10 Western Caribbean
Diamond Princess 5/29/10 B2B Alaska
Westerdam 2/7/10 Eastern & Southern Caribbean
Carnival Dream 10/27/09 Transatlantic
Carnival Sensation 6/18/09 Bahamas
Carnival Splendor 5/17/09 B2B Mexi-not to Canada
Oosterdam 2/28/09 San Diego to Rome 32 nights
Carnival Fascination 12/13/08 Bahamas
QE 2 7/31/08 Lands of Fire and Ice
Celebration 3/27/08 Bahamas
Celebration 1/26/08 Bahamas
Norwegian Spirit 10/20/07 CTN
Elation 4/23/07 B2B Bahamas
Zenith 8/2006 Bermuda
Calypso 7/2005 Greek Isles
Star Princess Inaugural 2/2002 Pacific Rim Singapore to LA 26 nights
Millennium 8/2000 Baltic
Fantasy 6/1999 Bahamas
Royal Princess 1/1999 Buenos Aires to Manaus
Home Lines Oceanic x 2 1973 NYC to Nassau 7 nights
Homes Lines Homeric x2 Eastern Caribbean 1972 10 nights
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 01:28 AM
Hlitner Hlitner is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: New Cumberland,PA, USA
Posts: 23,472
Default

The terminal at Red Hook is a bit out of the way for public transit. Your best bet is to simply take a taxi from Penn Station.

Hank
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 03:28 AM
Keith1010 Keith1010 is offline
80,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 81,290
Default

I agree with the suggestion to take a taxi from Penn Station.

Keith
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 04:14 AM
smeyer418's Avatar
smeyer418 smeyer418 is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 21,018
Default

just have the directions with you. NY yellow taxi's are required to take you but many honestly don't know where it is or will claim not to know so they won't have to go to the dreaded Brooklyn.

The directions from Penn Station are simple go west to the west side highway(12th avenue) make a left and go to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel(Hugh Carey Tunnel) cash toll is $7.50 with a EZPass(required for all NY yellow cabs) its $5.33. Immediately after the toll booths take the Hamilton Avenue exit and Make two lefts(make sure not to get back onto the tunnel) go straight ahead to the light on Van Brunt street and make a left and then a right at the next light which is Bowne Street which will take you into the cruise terminal- there are blue cruise terminal signs to follow.

Even during rush hour this should take no more than 45 minutes and non-rush hour much less(like 20 minutes). It should be about a $30 ride on the meter plus toll and tip(15-20%).

You can also use a car service that will meet you and do this as a flat fare(plus toll and tip). Most car services will meet you or have you call when you get there from the train and tell you where to meet the car.
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 07:51 AM
Bonnie J. Bonnie J. is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: North Carolina Coast!, USA
Posts: 5,299
Default

Penn Station is on the west side of Manhatten, its not near Brooklyn. The East River is between the two boroughs. Cabs are metered so you pay for the time it takes to get anywhere and if you have traffic, which is probable, it could be a high fare.
Check out taking a train or even subway to Brooklyn from Penn Station. Don't know if that's possible from Penn Station. Look into going to Brooklyn from Grand Central Station which is on the East side of THE CITY (Manhatten). That is an easy cab ride across THE CITY from Penn Station. Then when you get to Brooklyn, take a cab to the cruise terminal.
__________________
CRUISE LINES
Dolphin
Commodore
Regency
Premier
Cape Canaveral Cruises
Carnival
Royal Caribean
NCL
Celebrity
Princess
Costa
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 08:46 AM
Hlitner Hlitner is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: New Cumberland,PA, USA
Posts: 23,472
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bonnie J. View Post
Penn Station is on the west side of Manhatten, its not near Brooklyn. The East River is between the two boroughs. Cabs are metered so you pay for the time it takes to get anywhere and if you have traffic, which is probable, it could be a high fare.
Check out taking a train or even subway to Brooklyn from Penn Station. Don't know if that's possible from Penn Station. Look into going to Brooklyn from Grand Central Station which is on the East side of THE CITY (Manhatten). That is an easy cab ride across THE CITY from Penn Station. Then when you get to Brooklyn, take a cab to the cruise terminal.
Just trying to picture using the subway while dragging luggage and then having to hail a taxi in Brooklyn. But it actually can be done from Penn Station by taking either the "A" or "C" Train over to High Street. From there a taxi fare would be pretty reasonable (probably around $10. So in the end one would save about $20 but not sure that is worth the hassle of dragging luggage from the train all the way to the correct subway station and then having to again drag your luggage from the subway out to the street...and then having to hail a cab (pray its not a rainy day). Personally, we would just take the taxi from Penn Station

Hank
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 08:58 AM
smeyer418's Avatar
smeyer418 smeyer418 is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 21,018
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bonnie J. View Post
Penn Station is on the west side of Manhatten, its not near Brooklyn. The East River is between the two boroughs. Cabs are metered so you pay for the time it takes to get anywhere and if you have traffic, which is probable, it could be a high fare.
Check out taking a train or even subway to Brooklyn from Penn Station. Don't know if that's possible from Penn Station. Look into going to Brooklyn from Grand Central Station which is on the East side of THE CITY (Manhatten). That is an easy cab ride across THE CITY from Penn Station. Then when you get to Brooklyn, take a cab to the cruise terminal.

while this may be technically feasible, did you ever try catching a cab in Brooklyn? and its two cab rides that with tip will cost $20 Its easier than it once was but they are not as plentiful as in Manhattan.


there is absolutely no reason to do this at all as they saying in Vegas you are making your points the hard way.. Penn Station is connected to the A and C trains.
I wouldn't get off at high street.
I would take the A or C or Jay Street in Brooklyn change across the track platform(no steps)to the F train to Carroll Street and catch a cab there because many cabs take Smith Street back to Manhattan and its fairly close to the cruise terminal. Better yet when you get out call arecibo-a local car service 7187836465 and have them come and get you and take you to the cruise terminal for about $10.
But I wouldn't do this at all. the subway with luggage is way too much a hassle to save $15 or so. ($20 for the cab and $2.75 pp for the subway)

BTW the directions for the cab in Brooklyn are make the first left you can on smith street than at the light make the first left on court street at Hamilton Avenue make the right and go straight on Hamilton Avenue to Van Brunt Street. left on Van Brunt and then the first right as above. Its less than a mile.

Last edited by smeyer418; September 2nd, 2013 at 09:03 AM.
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old September 2nd, 2013, 10:36 AM
thinfool's Avatar
thinfool thinfool is online now
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Palm City, Fl
Posts: 3,011
Default

Unless you really know the subways I cannot imagine using them for this trip.

I lived in Brooklyn for several years, used and liked the subways...went everywhere on them, but I had time to learn and explore and didn't have a ship's timetable to conform to.

Take the train to Penn Station, get a cab (or car service) that will take you to the Carnival/Princess dock in the "Red Hook" area of Brooklyn.
__________________


Carnival Spirit 2003 (Caribbean)
Carnival Fascination 2004 (Caribbean)
HAL Noordam 2004 (Norway)
Celebrity Horizon 2005 (Caribbean)
Sun Princess 2006 (Caribbean)
Diamond Princess 2007 (Alaska)
Carnival Splendor 2008 ( E. Mediterranean)
Carnival Glory 2010 (b2b E+W Caribbean)
Emerald Princess 2012 (Caribbean)
Island Princess 2012 (Panama Canal-full transit)
Ruby Princess 2014 (Caribbean)
HAL Ryndam 2014 (W. Caribbean)
Ruby Princess 2014 (W. Caribbean)
Carnival Glory 2016 (Journey-E. Caribbean)
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:02 PM.


© 1995 - 2016, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.