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  1. Thanks cruisegermany. Gatun Lake tour it is!!! When we do the full transit we can look at Puerto Limon then. Again, thanks for the tips!
  2. We are booked on the Zuiderdam for Oct 20 - Partial transit. We would like to do an excursion either in Gatun Lake or Puerto Limon. The HAL excursions we are considering sound somewhat similar but wondered if anyone had been on either or both and have a preference. We are looking at the Rainforest, Gatun Lake and Locks tour 4 hrs which is a 1.5 hr eco-cruise on the lake, a walk through the rainforest and also gives you a tour of the new locks by bus and time at the Visitors Centre then bus to Colon to catch the ship. Or, the Rainforest Walk, Canal Cruise and Countryside from Puerto Limon for 4 hrs which is a bus ride to Limon then on to the rainforest walk and a pontoon boat ride through the Tortuguero Canals. Alternatively in Puerto Limon there is the Caribbean Train, Countryside and Tortuguero Canals for 3.5 hrs which is the historic open air train through the countryside then onto a boat to go through the Canals. This is our first partial transit cruise (hoping to do a full transit next year!) so not sure if it is better to stay on the ship in Gatun Lake or do an excursion there or in Puerto Limon. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
  3. Thanks navybankerteacher - It's great to know the real distance between the avenues and streets.
  4. Thanks Turtles06 and Noxequifans, Thanks for the tips. It is always good to be reminded of safety - especially in a city as busy as New York. We are not sure which pier - so great to have all options open for which street to traverse. Thanks again!
  5. Thanks Expat Cruise - the water taxi sounds like a great option for returning to the ship. Thanks for the extra tips on what to see. It is always great to get other cruisers input, and I certainly appreciate you taking the time to help me out. Looking forward to seeing Boston!
  6. Thanks markeb, We will likely do the Downtown loop first and see how much time we have left to do the Uptown loop. We are in port 8 am - 5 pm so hopefully we can catch both. We are just looking to drive by most sights since we do not have much extra time to do any of the attractions. I think walking up 55th to 8th will be the best bet (it appears the terminal is at 54th & 12th), we just weren't sure if there were suitable walking paths from the cruise terminal and couldn't find that information on the Manhattan Cruise Terminal website. Hopefully it's a nice day and if not we will have our umbrellas!
  7. Thanks to all who responded. It looks like we can just walk up to 8th and find the closest stop from there. If it's not a nice day, we will take a taxi. Any other suggestions?
  8. Thanks mskaufman, There is not a stop near the Intrepid. We were told the closest would be either 42nd & 8th, 46th & 8th or 55 & 8th depending where the ship docks. We have never been into the NY cruise terminal so we do not know exactly where we dock and how close it would be to any of these stops.
  9. We are on the Zuiderdam, cruising from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale with a stop in New York. What is the best way to get to Central Park from the Manhattan Cruise Port? Is it possible to walk (it looks to be about 1 mile which is totally fine for walking but not sure about getting out of the terminal) or would we be better taking a cab or public transportation? We want to get on the City Sightseeing HOHO and figured the spot near Central Park is the closest. Alternatively, there is a stop at 55th & 8th or 46th & 8th. Any help would be appreciated!
  10. Expat Cruise, Thank you for the information. We got a great deal through groupon - $65 CAD for 4 of us. Figured it was a good way to get an overview of Boston as we have never been there and only have the one day.
  11. Thanks 138 East - sounds like a lot of transfers! princeton123211 - Uber sounds perfect - Thanks!
  12. Thanks Nitemare Where would we get off the Silver Line to walk to State St.? Is there a specific bus route # to get us there? Is the MBTA subway at South Station near where we would get off the bus? I like to be organized and know exactly where I need to be if you don't mind giving a little more detail that would be very helpful. Thanks
  13. We are arriving on the Zuiderdam on Tuesday Oct 15. We have purchased Hop on Hop off tickets from Cityview Trolley Tours. We need to get from the cruiseport to the starting point at 296 State St to redeem our voucher and get on the trolley. We would like to take public transportation if possible. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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