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  1. I found this nifty little site... https://www.suncalc.org/ Enter date/city and you will get the track of the sun for that day. What it showed is that in July the sun will be just south of the ship from late morning to late afternoon the sun will be in the south. What this means is that while the ship is travelling south from NY the aft will not be in direct sun. Travelling north you will have direct sun.
  2. If you look online many parking garages have coupons that you can print out to save some money.
  3. I agree with above... 1/2 day is not really a lot of time. I am going with 6 hours for 1/2 day. It is recommended you get to the airport 2 hours (2 1/2 - 3 for international) ahead of time. I would allow a minimum of an hour travel time to the airport. LGA maybe a little less... ( you more or less pass LGA on the way to JFK). That leave you with 2 or 3 hours left... not a lot of time. You may be better off just walking along the water for a bit before heading out. There is the USS Intrepid right next to the Cruise Piers to consider.
  4. Sat/Sun mornings traffic should be light. If you are coming in on a weekday plan on arriving after 10am to get the tail end of rush hour. As always when driving, build in a cushion. I have been on a couple of road trips where the interstate was closed due to accidents and we have lost 1-2 hours due to traffic and detours around the closure.
  5. We'll be on the Mid-July cruise out of NY. If you drive to NY did you figure in the cost of Parking? Parking at the port is $40/day or $320 for the the 8 days. There may be cheaper parking nearby but I did not bother to look since we can just take the train into the city and then a cab to the port.
  6. I login to Carnival... Manage my cruise... login and go to Fun Shops... There is an option for In-Stateroom Beverages. Beer and Liquor listed. I did not see any Johnny Walker on the Liquor list though. Bud Light was definitely listed.
  7. It could also be some maintenance item came up that needs to be addressed right away.
  8. Went a little bit upstate last weekend to catch the tail end of fall...
  9. I too have no problem with the cutoff time... if they let someone in at 12 minutes late what's to stop then they have to let the 13 minutes late also enter. Where is the real cutoff then? As someone previously mentioned I am pretty sure the passenger manifest needs to be sent a certain time period before the ship can actually sail. If they are 15 minutes late sending the manifest then the ship sales 15 minutes late. Our next cruise I just have a 1 hour train ride and short cab to the port. There are many things that can go wrong in that hour to have a serious delay of an hour or more. Even if I get a late check in time I plan on leaving at least 2 hours to get to the port. I would rather have to find something to do for an hour than be too late.
  10. Where's the fun in that? You need to printing out the documents the day before the trip and run out in the middle of printing. Nothing like scrambling at the last minute.
  11. When we booked our cruise for next year there was an offer for 10% or 20% (I forget which) if we booked an excursion within a couple of days after booking the cruise.
  12. And here is the useless answer... you'll need to print 1 more page than you have ink for
  13. I also agree... the drinks package is not 'free'. When researching our cruise for next year the price for Carnival + drinks package was comparable to NCL with 'free' drinks package. This was for similar bookings... IE: Balcony, July, 7 or 8 night.
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