Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community

138east

Members
  • Content Count

    21,928
  • Joined

About 138east

  • Rank
    20,000+ Club

About Me

  • Location
    Boston area

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Identifying what you want to see is just a piece of the NY sightseeing puzzle. Here are some other considerations: 1) hotel costs 2) local transportation costs 3) time costs Are you planning to drive or fly? Cost of parking is a big consideration if you’re driving. Cost of transportation to and from an airport is a big consideration if you’re flying (recommended airport is Newark). NYC hotel costs are expensive. When sailing from Bayonne we often recommend looking at hotels in Jersey City or even Newark for time and cost effective access to both Manhattan and Cape Liberty. Hotels in the Newport or Grove St area of Jersey City have quick direct access to both midtown and downtown NYC via PATH. No matter where you stay, you’re going to spend time taking public transit and walking to get to the places you want to see. If you want to see the 911 museum, you will have to book a time slot. (https://www.911memorial.org/visit/museum). If you want to go to the Statue of Liberty and also climb to the crown, you will have to book a time slot (https://www.statuecruises.com) This is best done directly on the web site for each attraction. Lots of folks use the Hoho buses. Organized bus tours of Manhattan are difficult because there are no places for the bus to wait while you visit a site. If you can identify what you’re interested in, folks can give you lots of advice. If you can give specific dates and a hotel budget range, folks can make suggestions.
  2. As others have mentioned for winter sailings you always need a plan B in case of snow. Research your hotel options close to the port or perhaps your relatives could put you up for the night. Train plus hotel could also be a good choice. Think it through now instead of at the last minute.
  3. My advice would be to check out Jersey City first. It appears that The Marriott Courtyard, Residence Inn, and Candlewood Suites all have coin laundries. Other hotels like the Westin, Doubletree, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt House offer “laundry services”. The Newport area of Jersey City offers many restaurant options and a nice waterfront boardwalk with great views of lower Manhattan, quick PATH access to lower Manhattan, and the Newport Mall. If you can manage your luggage, you have the option of Accessible PATH trains from midtown to these hotels as well as accessible light rail trains to 34th St Bayonne and Uber into the port. Details can be provided. If these hotels don’t suit, post back for Newark Airport suggestions. The airport hotels may be less expensive, but your transportation costs may be more expensive, your food options will be limited, and there is really not anything to do at the airport except the Jersey Gardens Mall.
  4. What is your hotel budget range? Cruise date? Number of people? Do you have a car? The closest hotels to Cape Liberty are about 8 miles away. Coming from the Manhattan Cruiseport, the closest hotels are in Jersey City. The Newark Airport hotels are a bit further away, but offer more Laundry options. Having your car opens up the possibility of the Secaucus hotels. So please answer the above questions so we can give you the appropriate advice.
  5. You just have to keep in mind that all these airport hotels are just that - airport hotels, not vacation destinations. The airport itself is an isolated enclave almost completely surrounded by railroad tracks, water, and highways - no residential areas with services nearby. The only commercial stuff is at Jersey Gardens Mall. Overall it’s a highly industrialized urban area.
  6. Yes - that’s the Fairfield Inn. It is 2 buildings from the Courtyard Newark, which does have food service for dinner. Another property with a nice pool and full food service (no free breakfast) is the Hilton Doubletree, which was refurbished last year. Google Earth is a great tool to bring up pictures of these properties to see how close together some of them are. You can also get a feel for the area around any airport hotel to understand why we don’t recommend walking anywhere for some of the hotel properties.
  7. You really don’t want to plan to walk 10-20 minutes around Newark airport to any restaurant, so I’d scratch Hampton Inn, Hilton, and Crowne Plaza. For free breakfast add Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites - restaurant is next door at Courtyard Newark. For access to the mall and restaurants consider Courtyard Elizabeth and eat breakfast at IHOP across the street. Dinner choices are Ruby Tuesday’s, Applebee’s, Johnny Rockets, and the Mall food court. There has been no feedback about staying at Extended Stay except for booking a day room.
  8. My bad. The SL2 (usually marked Dry Dock Ave) takes you back to the port.
  9. I would be looking at hotels about an hour from NYC along Route I80. There are a number of name brand hotels in the $100 range in the Parsipanny and Mt Olive/ Rockaway area for your Sat Mar 14 date. I think are looking at a good alternative strategy which might not even cost you as much as $250 extra and certainly will limit your exposure to the much more congested NYC area.
  10. It appears you’re in Boston on Sat June 13 docking at 9 am. My suggestion would be to take an Uber directly to the Constitution in Charlestown. The museum opens at 9 am and the ship at 10 am. You will beat any crowds. Then take the MBTA water taxi to Long Wharf ($3.50/pp) and walk along the waterfront into the North End to pick up the trail and visit whatever sites are of interest to you there (This gives you a mini cruise in the Upper Harbor). Walk the trail backwards to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market and on back to the beginning of the trail at Boston Common. You can Uber back to the ship or take the Red Line at Park St (any train direction Braintree/Ashmont) two stops to South Station for a free transfer to the SL1 SilverLine bus back to the pier ($2.90/pp). Using an Audio guide sounds good. There is nothing sacred about the “Freedom Trail”. It’s basically a tourist walking route that has been laid out so that tourists can find the historic sites that are hidden among the more modern buildings in downtown Boston.
  11. What date do you need a hotel? 2 people? Any bed size requirements? Where are you coming from? You’re basically looking at Newark Airport hotels and chances are the packages will run more than the cost of cruise parking for a 7-9 day cruise. I’m not sure any of the options could be categorized as ‘great park and stay hotels’, but some are better than others.
  12. What exact date? There is a difference of an hour+ in the sunset time between Sep 1 and Sep 30 - https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/boston?month=9 My suggestion would be to take the SilverLine to South Station and do a free transfer to the Red Line to Park Street, which is the beginning of the Freedom Trail. Explore anything of interest in the Boston Common first and then walk the Freedom Trail. Explore the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market Complex. Continue on the Freedom Trail into the North End. Have some Italian food and dessert and Uber back to the ship. Details can be provided.
  13. The Alamo web site says they are at the P3 Airtrain Station. Having said that, your Uber should be able to take you directly to Alamo. A quick call to Alamo can confirm you can bypass getting dropped off at the terminal and taking the airtrain and just follow the Alamo rental car returns signs at the airport to the actual rental car location at 25 Newark Airport Bldg 25. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 25 Newark Airport Bldg 25 Newark, NJ 07114 US Phone: (844) 727-2984
  14. One strategy is to book a refundable hotel now and wait. The lower Manhattan hotels cater to business travelers Sun to Thurs night and may have good deals on a Fri or Sat night. The closer you get to your date, prices may drop. Lastminutetravel.com is a good resource to check. Downtown is not as exciting as midtown, but it does have the 911 Memorial & Museum, Freedom Tower, the Statue of Liberty views from Battery Park, the free Staten Island ferry, Historic Fraunces Tavern & Delmonicos, and Trinity Church. You can arrive in style to your cruise on the MTA ferry and get lots of photos of your ship. This area is very walkable and comfortable after dark.
×
×
  • Create New...