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    San Antonio, Texas
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    Royal Caribbean, Princess
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    Southern Caribbean

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  1. Thank you for the great info. I think I'll probably just take Uber to Liberty State Park. The other option is good, and I hadn't heard of the $2 ferry, but Uber will probably be quick and convenient, and less walking (considering I'm once again leaning towards climbing up to the crown). Assuming I'm done at the Statue of Liberty with enough daylight left, going to Ground Zero Saturday rather than trying to cram it into Sunday (when my main destination is in the opposite direction) would be a better option. I appreciate all your help.
  2. Called today and got my points. The C&A rep first started telling me that I booked using a "promo" so I started to get a bit angry, but then he cut me off and said he would contact the department that takes care of adding the points, and get it fixed. So, after a slight scare, I got the points credited. Now my friend has to call and hopefully get the same result for her cruise. What he couldn't help with though, was the fact that I never got a post-cruise survey. Too late for that. Next time I'll call the same day I get off the ship if I don't have it by the time I'm disembarking.
  3. No worries. I hope you're having a great weekend. When you get back though, here are a few more questions. No rush. 🙂 Any idea what to reasonably expect for cab fare if I decide to just grab a taxi to my Jersey City hotel from the ship? I prefer the light rail option though, but just in case I'd like to know what to expect (and therefore not get ripped off). How is traffic on a Saturday morning? I was off the ship at at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale by 8 am last week. I don't think things are quite as efficient at Cape Liberty, but maybe I'm wrong. What I want to do on Saturday is get off the ship as soon as possible, drop my luggage at the hotel and head back out to the Statue of Liberty. Ideally I'd be on a ferry before 10:30 a.m. I'd have to get to Liberty State Park, go through security and the line for the ferry, and then the ferry ride. I guess going from NJ, the ferry stops at Ellis Island first so I'd have to do that and then head for the statue. It seems like it could be an all day adventure. Is it reasonable that I'll have enough time for this on the day the cruise gets back? Still debating whether I want crown access or not. I watched a YouTube video showing the climb. Not for the faint of heart. I've managed 150+ steps before without much problem but this is more than twice that 😮 Sunday will be a bit more relaxed because I won't have luggage to deal with, and can take my time getting into NYC for the Yankees game, and a visit to Times Square either before or after (obligatory Hard Rock Cafe visit). I'd like to see Ground Zero but not sure there's enough time for that. Last time I was in NYC (2005), Ground Zero was a giant hole in the ground surrounded by a fence 😞 My flight home is Monday morning around 8:45. I imagine Monday morning traffic is going to suck. What is the best option for getting from Jersey City to EWR to be at the airport by 6:45? Cab? Uber? Train? Train/bus? I looked up cab fare and one site said around $35 and another said $70 😮 The airport site said $46. Talk about inconsistency. I'd be OK with paying $50 if it means not having to drag luggage between trains twice.
  4. The long trip in and out of Manhattan from the port, and back to the airport is why I ended up picking NJ hotels. It will be easier and cheaper with my luggage. I'll only be going into NYC on Sunday, so just one day to deal with the long train rides. It looks like I'll take Uber to get to the port for the cruise, and possibly the light rail after the cruise, once I get a bit more info, or a cab - not like it would break the bank. I booked flights in/out of EWR. I'm looking forward to this cruise, and looking forward to a couple days in NJ/NY at the end of it. I'm thinking of trying to visit the Statue of Liberty on the Saturday after the cruise, from Liberty State Park which I can get to from Light Rail, from my hotel.
  5. Question about light rail from the cruise port. You said there was a shuttle? Where does that pick up? Is it easy to find once you get off the ship? I'm wondering how easy it will be to navigate with luggage. Are there steps anywhere to get on and off the train or is the train level with the platform?
  6. The cruise leaves April 27 and returns May 4. Yankees are playing Minnesota. I did a search for Yankee stadium on CC but didn't find what I needed. For now at least, I've booked a room at the Jersey City Doubletree. I wanted to stay under $200 per night. This was right around that budget ($414 total with tax) and is walking distance to the PATH station. Editing to say that I just looked up the Hilton Newark Penn Station and it seems to be a lot cheaper so I'll do a little more research on the transportation later when I finish waking up. LOL still a little early here for a holiday. Cab fare looks to be around $30 - $35 both from the cruise and to the airport from the Doubletree. I seriously don't want to be dragging all my luggage on and off trains. Pre cruise I will find a hotel with a shuttle to the port. Still working on that one. I'm assuming I'll buy a fare card that works on both PATH and the subway, at the PATH station?
  7. A friend and I had our April cruise canceled. We each received a credit to use towards a future cruise. Well. both of us recently sailed and used those credits. The credits did not cover the entire cost of the replacement cruise and we each had to pay more out of pocket for the fare. My cruise is still not showing up on my completed cruises, but my friend's is, and it shows as earning ZERO POINTS. wth? Why? It's not like the cruise was free, we still paid plenty and this is on top of the hassle Royal Caribbean put us through in April when they canceled our long-planned NZ cruise. Curious if anyone else has run into this issue. Neither of us got a post-cruise survey either, and those things are usually sent out before we're even off the ship. It's like we never sailed at all and I'm ticked
  8. Another comment. There is a slim possibility of a friend who lives in Southern New Jersey making the drive up to go to the game with me and staying with me overnight, in which case having a hotel with parking would be important. Maybe staying somewhere in NJ, not necessarily Newark would have better parking & transportation options. Thinking out loud.
  9. I'm taking a cruise out of Cape Liberty (Bayonne) at the end of April and arrive back on a Saturday. I'd like to stay in the area a couple extra nights and fly home Monday. What I really want to do is attend the Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium. Other than that, I'm sure I can fill up Saturday afternoon and the rest of Sunday with other sightseeing but I'm not too fussy about what to see/do (been there before). The main thing I want to do is the game. I can plan other activities once I decide on a hotel. So, where should I stay and how do I get there from the ship, and how do I get from the hotel to the stadium? I was thinking of flying in/out of EWR because that will be closest to the ship for sailing away. I guess I could fly into EWR and out of another airport if it's more convenient to my post cruise hotel. I'm flexible as nothing has been booked yet (except the cruise). I'll stay in Newark for one night before the cruise, but If I stay there after the cruise, I've checked and it seems to be a rather involved train/subway trip to the stadium taking over an hour. I'm OK with that, but I'm sure there is a better way. If I stay somewhere in Manhattan for two nights, wouldn't it cost a lot more than an EWR airport hotel? I imagine I'd save a lot of time staying in NYC, but getting there from the ship could be costly I imagine. Plus, I'll have 50 pounds of luggage to be dragging around. I'm just looking for some thoughts and suggestions.
  10. Thank you Bob. You're always so helpful 🙂 I called, and the did have my correct address, sort of. They had the right street address but no apartment number, which would be a challenge for the mailman 😉 Now I'll probably start getting all sorts of advertising in the mail as well. lol.
  11. I am getting a FCC due to an issue on my latest cruise. The Diamond Concierge said I should receive that within 30 days. My question is how do I get this? Will they e-mail me something, or mail me a letter? I went to the Royal Caribbean website to make sure they have my correct address and I can't find anywhere to update that information. Do I need to call them to make sure they have the right address, or am I just blind looking on the website?
  12. Cruzin-K

    Norwegian Jade mechanical issue

    Hi 4774Papa. Hope all is well. You were lucky that you found that tour to NZ. I just returned from using my FCC from that cruise - sailed on the Adventure to the Caribbean last week. That was about all I could afford after spending so much to go to Australia. I still had to pay about $200 out of pocket for an oceanview cabin, when what I had on Radiance would have been a corner aft balcony. The 100% FCC sounds great, but depending on the cruise that was canceled, and where you live, it doesn't necessarily mean you get a do-over of the same cruise. I'm out of pocket a few thousand dollars (mainly by choice because I didn't want to fly home right away, another 24 hour travel day), plus used a ton of vacation time. Royal Caribbean didn't come close to replacing my costs for the Radiance issue.
  13. I'm sorry. I didn't think to ask
  14. I also found him to be quite friendly, and chatted with him on a couple of occasions on the Adventure. No, he's not as outgoing and lively as some of the others, but he was nice. The activities manager on the other hand, Magic Marvin was a hoot, and very outgoing.