Posted December 22nd, 2016, 06:56 PM
Originally Chuck and I were going to be on the QE crossing that you are on. I booked it last January, and we were to be in a Princess Grill room. At that time the price was astronomical, and I knew that I would cancel if the price didn't come down. I waited as long as I could and the price never lowered. I cancelled. Well, the price finally did come down, and during October what Cunard wanted last January for a P-2 would have put us in a Queens Grill penthouse with plenty of change left over! Too late for me though as I, and my friend Cheryl, were booked by that time in Queens Grill on the QM2's January crossing at a fraction of the original QE price.
Now to your question! Customs and immigration will be cleared the day that you arrive. Be ready for long lines. Everyone needs to leave the ship and stay off the ship until everyone has cleared. So if you want to go into town for a bit, you might want to go through the formalities early and head into town for several hours before you come back to the ship. If you plan on getting right back on to the ship, do hold off and be one of the last to clear customs.
The next morning it's your choice what to do. It's really quite like departing the ship after any other cruise, but you have already cleared immigration. Now mind you this could all change at the fiat of Homeland Security, but that's how it was done the last time I was on the QE and we stayed at Pier 88 overnight.
As far as plenty of taxis being available...forget it! The lines for departing passengers were long and slow waiting for a taxi to come by. People were schlepping their luggage off of the pier and across the highway to the taxi stand, and waiting in the brutal cold till their turn to get a cab. It wasn't pretty!
With that all being said, Bon Voyage, and one of these days Chuck and I will catch up with you and Jan!
Thanks for the info, Frank. It's reassuring to get it from you
, in particular !!
We're gonna ship one big bag home via White Star, then shoot for Self-Help disembarkation the next day.
BTW, Jan & I will do everything we can to hold you & Chuck to that promise - and that'll be catching up on the high seas !!!