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  1. According to Marine Traffic, she's headed to Coco Cay. Perhaps she'll transfer crew for repatriation and hang out in the Coco Cay Anchor Club.
  2. I was able to get TAP, after 6 weeks and countless twitter DMs, including sending them the link to the DOT ruling about refunds being required for flights THEY cancelled, that operate to or from the USA, to refund my clients' tickets. Not sure how long it will take but they finally agreed that we're right and they have to refund the money. Persistence and knowing the rules pays off.
  3. Yes based on the DOT ruling that came out last week. Good luck getting it. My Aunt's in the same boat. All they offered for a flight they cancelled (TAP) and rebooked for the next day, was a voucher. She's filing a complaint with TAP and she also sent one to DOT. And she's been fighting with them for at least 2 weeks.
  4. The bottom photo is taken from the parking lot at the Newark Courtyard. You can see the Home2Suites, then the Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites.
  5. Yes, that is the Doubletree. I was actually in the hotel and one of the rooms last summer and the hotel, while indeed isolated, was nicer than I imagined. The room was nicely redone and the lobby/restaurant/lounge area looked appealing. My friend stayed there and was happy. Again, there is NOTHING around. If you think you MIGHT want to be by 'stuff', stick with the Courtyard or Residence Inn Newark/Elizabeth, or the Embassy Suites. Those are all adjacent to each other, and as Carol mentioned, they're close to food and an outlet mall. The Country Inn there is OK...but it's been under renovation for years and literally has (or had) the WORLD'S SLOWEST elevators. I haven't stayed there in years due to the lousy elevators and I prefer some other hotels. No one I know has ever stayed at the Extended Stay America. I've stayed in a couple over the years and they're really basic. Oh, and there is a new Home2Suites by Hilton that is near the SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn and other Courtyard. Let me see if I can find my pix from February. I stayed at the Courtyard that is by the FFI and SHS back in November and it was surprisingly nice.
  6. Just read on IG, from a guest, that they are going to sail to MIA. No suspected cases.
  7. The Port Authority of NY and NJ runs MANY things, EWR, LGA, JFK and SWF airports, the PATH trains, PABT bus terminal, bridges and tunnels, the World Trade Center and more. I would think that any potential issues with the ports/piers are minimal.
  8. With extra pax AND seemingly incessant and worsening traffic, I'd take a later train. AND do NOT, if possible, take the train up the same day. It's WAY too easy for there to be a bleep show on the rails. Just this week, in one day, within about 2 hours, there were 2 trespasser fatalities on the tracks near NY Penn which caused a LOT of chaos and delays that were in the 2 hour range. If you DO come in the same day, take a train an hour earlier than you plan. Yes Amtrak is GENERALLY on time. Acela trains get priority over their regular NEC trains and the local, commuter rails. But, one windy day and downed wires and you're SOL. Do yourself a favor, and follow Amtrak, Amtrak Alerts, Amtrak NEC and even New Jersey Transit on twitter. They're pretty good with posting delays or other issues. Last time I was up there a couple weeks ago, the station was a hot mess. And yes, you DO want a Red Cap. It's money well spent.
  9. In that case, you should be good. Use the chat function when you get the check in notice! 😉
  10. That's one of those things that will be a case by case basis. With Coronavirus, Royal MIGHT be a bit more lenient on their policies. Technically the answer is no, but if you really want to, give them a call and ask. You'll need to get to resolutions and likely keep pushing. I'd put your chances at better than 50% in your favor considering the current situation. Under normal circumstances, they'd make you cancel and pay the penalties.
  11. If the hotel wasn't sold out the night before, chances are good that they'll let you in early. I've stayed there often and I can't think of a time when I haven't been able to check in well before the appointed time. I do use the app to check in, and note early check in on my reservation. It may help that I am Titanium Lifetime and that I stay there quite a bit, but, being an airport hotel, people come and go at all hours and the housekeepers start around 8 AM during the week and they turn the rooms fast. You can wait in the lobby, it's quite comfy.
  12. I like MJS Shuttle....nice buses, reasonable cost. http://gomjstrans.com/MJS_Trans/Home.html
  13. The Red Caps at NY Penn and Newark Penn (as suggested by 138east) work for Amtrak and are generally NOT thrilled with helping non-Amtrak guests with their stuff (especially at Newark, if you can even find one. On one occasion, I was switching from Amtrak to NJT and a red cap assisted but he was NOT happy about it at all and he got a decent tip) I'm sure that for a healthy tip, they'd assist BUT if you're taking LIRR, you're going to have to haul your stuff to the Amtrak area to even find one. Honestly, if you're not comfortable schlepping luggage, I'd drive or see if you could get a local-to-you car service (maybe Carmel Limo? Or Dial 7? ) If you figure in stress, aggravation and the overcrowded, stinky mess known as NY Penn, you'll find that driving is the best, most cost effective choice. (I place a 'value' on my mental and physical well-being the older I get. And last time I was at NYP a month or so ago, the stench was overwhelming and I was REALLY not comfortable being there at all.)
  14. I LOVED the Drury Court. If you contact them via email, they may be able to offer you a better rate. I did not get included breakfast but you can do that and it's quite good. I'd stay there again in an instant.
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