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  1. What exact date in August do you need a post cruise hotel? What is your budget? I agree with the suggestion to stay in Jersey City for that night. Room prices should be reasonable on a Sat - both business travel and tourist travel should be down at that time of year. PATH transportation to both midtown and downtown is good and you will significantly reduce your car service costs from the port and then back to the airport by staying in NJ.
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    Parking Manhattan terminal

    Try to avoid the intersection of I95 & I87. Check Waze to see how the traffic is. I recommend avoiding I95 through NYC. Here are directions for the cars only route to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal: If you come down I95 there is a cutover to the Merritt at Milford CT exit 38. At Rye NY there is another cutover to the Hutchinson River Parkway South exit 21 immediately after exit 2 in CT (no exit 1). This cutover is just a bit longer than the one at Milford and involves getting off onto I287 West and following the signs to the Merritt/Hutch. You get off onto a service road, go through one or two lights and take the turn for the Hutch south. The Merritt Pkwy becomes the Hutchinson River Pkwy at the NY/CT line. From the Hutch take exit 15 in New Rochelle to get on the Cross County Pkwy. Stay in the middle left lane, which will become the left lane when the road "scrunches". This leads directly onto the Saw Mill River Pkwy South which becomes the Henry Hudson Pkwy at the NYC line ($6 toll - if no EZPass they will bill you in the mail and you need to pay it!). The toll is worth every penny to avoid the I95 & I87 intersection. The Henry Hudson Parkeay takes you directly to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
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    Parking Manhattan terminal

    There have been no reports of the Manhattan cruise terminal parking being full. The worst that has happened is that folks are parked on a different terminal roof from the one they leave from or arrive at. What is your sail date, where are you coming from, and what time do you expect to arrive?
  4. It’s $20/day to park at Port Imperial and about $9/pp each way for the ferry.
  5. Look at the items on International Blvd in Elizabeth - Embassy Suites, Marriott Courtyard, Residence Inn, and Country Inns. These are next to the Jersey Gardens Mall with a Ruby Tuesday’s, Ihop, Applebees, Johnny Rockets and mall food court nearby. Embassy Suites and Country Inns offer add on shuttle transportation. All these hotels have a free shuttle from the P4 air train station at the airport.
  6. Fly into Newark airport. You will pay a transportation premium to fly into LaGuardia or JFK. What do you consider a “moderately priced hotel”? How many people? Any special bed configuration? Do you plan to sightsee in NYC? These are all considerations that can affect your hotel choice.
  7. 1). Let’s identify where you’re staying in NYC. What exact dates are you doing this? 2). Will you have no phone at all or just no phone service? 3) I’m at sea now. When I get a chance I will post the taxi phone numbers for Bayonne as well as the accessible instructions for taking PATH from 33rd & 6th to Hoboken and the light rail from Hoboken to 34th St Bayonne. This is an easy trip with rolling luggage - I’ve done it several times and will do another version of it again in Feb. If you leave about 9 am, you will arrive in Bayonne about 10 am before the crowds that cause the traffic backups. This is important because local cabs don’t make money sitting in a Cape Liberty traffic jam. No problem even leaving a bit earlier. This is an outbound trip during the morning rush, so outbound trains will be very empty with seats. 4). IMO if you have the local cab numbers, you can ask someone at the Bayonne 34th St station to call for you. It’s a travel adventure. $5/pp to take Path and the light rail plus about $10 into the port vs at least $60 and up for private transportation.
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    Best hotel near Path??

    What are your exact dates, ship, number of people, and target hotel budget? Are you flying into Newark or driving?
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    Boston plans

    What do you want to do in Boston? To be in Back Bay I’d go with the Park Plaza over the Hotel 140. The Renaissance is also just fine - very close to the Silver Line Way Silverline stop Hotel cost is not always everything. Both the Yotel and Renaissance are a cheap cab ride or an accessible Silverline ride from South Station and the port. It will cost you more money to get to and from Back Bay.
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    Boston plans

    $200 is an excellent price. What hotel exactly? You’ve lucked out on your dates!!! Prices will tend to be less Labor Day weekend - no business travel and locals will be heading to the beaches for one last weekend. Personally I wouldn’t mess with Airbnb in Boston unless you really know the neighborhoods. For your dates a queen bed at the Yotel is $203 plus tax cancellable if you join their club. Read the details on this hotel - it’s a little different but it’s one of the newest properties in the Seaport District You can get to this hotel for free on the Silverline bus from the airport getting off at Courthouse Station which is right at the hotel. This is a very accessible trip with luggage - one step on and off plus escalators and elevators in the station. More details can be provided. For $2.75/pp you can also take the Silverline SL2 right to the cruise port.
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    Boston plans

    $200 is an excellent price. What hotel exactly? You’ve lucked out on your dates!!! Prices will tend to be less Labor Day weekend - no business travel and locals will be heading to the beaches for one last weekend.
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    Jewel Nov 5th TA

    As Bob said, the seas have been very good so far. We also got to sail through the straits of Gibralter in the afternoon instead of in the middle of the night!
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    Boston plans

    What are your exact dates? Boston hotels are expensive. I would be looking at hotels in the Seaport District - short cab ride or Silverline ride from South Station and short cab ride or Silverline ride to the port. ALL the hotels in the Seaport District are relatively new and are at least 3*. Make a cancellable reservation NOW and watch Hotwire for a good deal on a Seaport District hotel.
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    New York hotels

    It’s helpful to specify your cruise ship and exact date plus the airport you’re flying into plus your target budget and number of people. There are 3 New York airports and 3 New York cruise ports, so it’s hard to give any kind of good advice without more details.
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    Newark to Port Liberty

    Embassy Suites has a free shuttle between the airport and the hotel and offers a port shuttle for $20/pp each way.