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  1. Thanks for all the suggestions. The Homewood Suites on Western sounds like it may be our best option.
  2. The reason why I asked about the Hampton and Homewood is because I'm a Hilton Honors member. The total rates for 6/3/20 are $223 for Hampton or $287 for Homewood with evening drinks. We will be cruising out of Pier 66 (Bell St) and thought these properties are a short trip. We've been to Seattle before and has seen most of the sites, so a relaxing night before the cruise would be fine.
  3. Does anyone have any comments on either the Hampton Inn & Suites / Downtown or Homewood Suites by Hilton / Downtown? Both properties have reasonably good reviews on sites, but if anyone has stayed at the hotels or in the general area, any suggestions would be appreciated.
  4. Will be disembarking in Montreal and need transportation to the airport (YUL). Are there shuttles or car services available? I assume there are taxis but I was hoping for other alternatives. Also, what would the travel time be as we have a 1:30pm scheduled flight? Thanks for any help.
  5. We will need a car service from LGA to Midtown Manhattan the day before our cruise. Our plane will arrive about 2pm on a Saturday. On this thread as well as others the two most mentioned are Dial 7 and Carmel. Will there be an additional charge for tolls? Having never used a car service, are the tips included in the fee and if not, what would a normal percent or tip be for this trip? Any help would be appreciated.
  6. I will probably stay at the Embassy Suites and enjoy the evening drinks with the breakfast. My wife suggests that we stop at the Mood Fabric Store because it is used in one of her favorite tv shows on Bravo. Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center are top priorities, and then Saint Pats on Sunday morning before our cruise. Thanks for all the suggestions.
  7. Thanks for all the comments. It's our first time in Manhattan and will have lots to do in a short time. Are there any must see sites that we should not miss? We will only have a half a day on a Saturday to see the sites. Looking forward to our cruise into the New England and Canada ports.
  8. We will be cruising out of Manhattan on 9/1 and have reserved a room at the Embassy Suites and the Hampton Inn Manhattan Times Square South. Does anyone have any comments or concerns about either property. They are located within a few blocks of each other and not to far from the Pier 88. The rates are about the same $265 and $246. Also, any suggestions on a place for a good sandwich for lunch?
  9. What would be the recommended earliest flight to schedule for departure from the Montreal airport (YUL) after a cruise? I'm not sure of the locations of the port and the airport as well as the expected travel time mid-week. We may have to schedule a one or two stop flight so the earliest flight may be the most convenient.
  10. Cruise will depart from Pier 88 on Sept 1, 2019. Will arrive the day before and have hotel reserved in 37 St area. We have to decide what airport to fly into. Had planned on LGA but understand that there will be runway renovations during this time. Any thoughts on JFK or Newark? We will probably use a car service from airport to hotel and a taxi or other service to the port. Any suggestions on services? Trains and buses would not be an option. First time in NY.
  11. Thanks for all the comments. We will be looking forward to our first Oceania cruise.
  12. We are looking at a 10 day cruise between NYC and Montreal this fall. The cruise has 9 different ports of call with only 1 sea day. We have to decide on the type of cabin from the inside to a veranda. I would like to consider an inside with the savings to be used for excursions in each of the ports. We are first time cruisers with Oceania and the ship would be the Insignia. Any help would be appreciated.
  13. If one reserves an OLife tour, which is included in the package prior to the sailing, can the tour be changed without any penalty? I understand that the packaged tours must be reserved before the start of the cruise.
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