Bayonne: A nightmare???

#1
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Ok...so I've heard a few stories about cruisin' outta Jersey...and they weren't good ones. Embarkation/Debarkation nightmares, we'll call them.
Anyone out there able to tell me it isn't all that bad??? Or should I just expect a circus and be prepared for the worst?
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I've gone out of Bayonne several times and the last time (Dec 07) was by far the worst. Due to several weather issues, the ship was late in coming in so you had people getting off the ship and others waiting to get on. Traffic was a nightmare.

One of the biggest problems at Bayonne is having to take the shuttle from the check in point to the ship. Everyone is anxious to get on and the shuttles are jammed. The it's the reverse when you get back, everyone is anxious to get home and it is a free for all.

We are planning on going out of Bayonne in 2009 but we will not make the mistake again of using a Cruise/Park hotel. Our plans are to park at the pier and not have to worry about the hotel shuttle getting into the port with all the traffic and waiting hours to get picked up.
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Originally posted by halos
Ok...so I've heard a few stories about cruisin' outta Jersey...and they weren't good ones. Embarkation/Debarkation nightmares, we'll call them.
Anyone out there able to tell me it isn't all that bad??? Or should I just expect a circus and be prepared for the worst?
Bayonne is actually quite a dream, especially since they moved LTP past the dropoff point.
And, my car is there right now!
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i've gone from bayonne 4X and it has always been a breeze, really pleasant..........with the excpetion of dec 2007 when it was a complete fiasco coming in and going out. it was snowing that day and the previous cruise was delayed because of a storm. it took about 1 1/2 hours or so to get from from the entrance of the port at the road to the actual parking lot. there were fights in the traffic, many people who had cabs decided to ditch the cabs and make their way by foot (with all thier luggage). i pray to never go through that again and my guess is that they have fixed the problem by now (i hope). i'll be going again in 3 weeks so i guess i'll find out then.
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Halos,

I see you're leaving in 25 days.....Dont fret a thing, you shouldnt have any problems. Problems are usually in bad weather situations where Explorer is late coming in and pax are debarking AND embarking. You shouldnt have any issues at all.

Its a luxury to leave out of Cape Liberty- we've personally never encountered ANYTHING to be called a nightmare. It has always been run smoothly when we've left from Bayonne. (Then again, some people just cant be pleased and will find something to compalin about! lmao)

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Originally posted by mgmigs
i've gone from bayonne 4X and it has always been a breeze, really pleasant..........with the excpetion of dec 2007 when it was a complete fiasco coming in and going out. it was snowing that day and the previous cruise was delayed because of a storm. it took about 1 1/2 hours or so to get from from the entrance of the port at the road to the actual parking lot. there were fights in the traffic, many people who had cabs decided to ditch the cabs and make their way by foot (with all thier luggage). i pray to never go through that again and my guess is that they have fixed the problem by now (i hope). i'll be going again in 3 weeks so i guess i'll find out then.

Im confused, lol (blon de moment maybe?? lol)

What was the 'problem' you hope they fixed? (Lost ya' there, lol)
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Our experience from two years ago was good and bad.

We arrived at about 11:30 and we were at the buffett at 12:15. That was the good.

We were in the last group getting off the ship. There were a lot of people arriving as we were disenbarking. It took our ride home an hour and fifteen minutes to get to us once he entered the port. That was the bad.

Arriving around 11:00 is a good idea. Your room won't be ready but the pools, bars and buffett iwill be open open. Most fun you'll ever have in Bayonne. Don't forget to put your bathing suits in your carry on.
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You have intrigued me. We leave out in October....we will be taking a cab from the Newark Airport to Cape Liberty...so give me the steps that occur please.

Question: they drop me at some point at some kind of entry...then I shuttle with luggage to the terminal...then do boarding????

Idea of what happens please.
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Originally posted by cruisingrightalong
You have intrigued me. We leave out in October....we will be taking a cab from the Newark Airport to Cape Liberty...so give me the steps that occur please.

Question: they drop me at some point at some kind of entry...then I shuttle with luggage to the terminal...then do boarding????

Idea of what happens please.
Lou

Your cab will drop you off at the terminal, where the porters will take all your luggage except your carry on bags. You then proceed into the building and check in. They will give you a number for the shuttle and you go and hang out in the waiting area until your number is called. The first shuttle starts around 12 noon. Then you get on the shuttle for the 3 minute ride to the ship and get on the ship
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Originally posted by CruiseDivaNJ
Im confused, lol (blon de moment maybe?? lol)

What was the 'problem' you hope they fixed? (Lost ya' there, lol)
the probelm was the traffic getting to the parking lot from the entrance to the port. this usually takes only a few minutes but that day it took 1 1/2 hours.
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Originally posted by cruisingrightalong
You have intrigued me. We leave out in October....we will be taking a cab from the Newark Airport to Cape Liberty...so give me the steps that occur please.

Question: they drop me at some point at some kind of entry...then I shuttle with luggage to the terminal...then do boarding????

Idea of what happens please.
Lou
Just ask the cabbie to drop you off at the drop off point, give your luggage to a porter, pay your cabbie, and go inside.

You will go through security, and then proceed to a check in counter based on your status and/or deck. Once checked in, you will be given a number for when your bus is ready.

Then find a seat and wait for your number to called.

When your number is called, it's off to the ship.
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This is a yes and no answer or maybe a better answer would be depends.

If the ship arrives late it creates a traffic jam with people who just got off picking up their luggage and those trying to get on dropping off their luggage. Getting off the ship does not seem to be as big of a problem as they have a seperate route for cars coming from the parking back to teh pickup point

I am told that RCCL that they are working on dredging the terminal area not only to be able to move ship up to the terminal but for the Genesis class ships (Oasis of the Seas).
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Originally posted by mgmigs
the probelm was the traffic getting to the parking lot from the entrance to the port. this usually takes only a few minutes but that day it took 1 1/2 hours.
Seems like that instance was because of very bad weather and simultaneous debarking and embarking pax.

This time of year that most likely wont happen.
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Originally posted by TWELVEOHONE
This is a yes and no answer or maybe a better answer would be depends.

If the ship arrives late it creates a traffic jam with people who just got off picking up their luggage and those trying to get on dropping off their luggage. Getting off the ship does not seem to be as big of a problem as they have a seperate route for cars coming from the parking back to teh pickup point

I am told that RCCL that they are working on dredging the terminal area not only to be able to move ship up to the terminal but for the Genesis class ships (Oasis of the Seas).
Ships dont often arrive late unless there are weather 'issues'.

Im not sure what you mean by RCCL dredging- there is NO water near enough to the terminal for ANY of the ships.

As for debarking, getting your luggage and a seperate route- not really.
There are usually two lines they try and maintain- one is to pull into a #'d bay (of sorts) to drop off luggage and the other usually is closest to the neighboring bldg and it leads right past luggage drop off to...........long term pkg. (I dont think I explained that right, lmao but visually in my head I get it, lol)

It depends on if you park in LT pkg or have a car picking you up. We've done both, if you have more specific ?s, ask.
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Just went through the whole process two weeks ago on embarkation and last week on disembarkation. Our friend dropped us off at 11:15/11:30. We went immediately into check-in. Place was pretty empty at that time. Check-in was so fast I had to ask the staff member if that really was all there was to it!

We sat in the waiting area for about 15 minutes and boarded the shuttle which took us promptly to the ship. Not sure why folks feel that's such a hassle. I did expect it to be a big pain in the rear given some of the comments found on this site, but it took about 4 minutes to get to the ship. Not sure about you but I'm not going to worry about being packed in an airconditioned bus for four minutes! No big deal on that front.

We explored the Explorer, had lunch in the Windjammer, went to our cabin and our luggage was already at our door. All by 1:30pm.

We used express disembarkation. I imagine this option is not a good one for those with disabilities, small children or who simply have too much luggage to handle on their own. If you are physically able to take your luggage, I highly recommend it. Just go to guest services first half of your cruise to sign up because there's limited availability.

Sure, some folks were snippy but I imagine it had more to do with end-of-vacation-blues than anything else.

Nevertheless, we were off the ship and eating breakfast at a local diner by 9am with no worries.
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We love going out of Bayonne, we are 45 minutes away, we can park there....the easiest by far port to get through. Love it! Leaves Miami in the dust!
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We have cruies out of Bayonne 2x and NY once. There are some things that bother us but all in all not having to deal with the airports makes cruising out of Bayonne easy. Yes you might have to wait a while, yes gettign off can sometimes be a pain but flying is worse. Go in with a positive attitude and all will go well.
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We had no problems when we sailed from Bayonne in July. It was actually a quick, smooth process.
We had a bit of a wait in our car (not bad - maybe 20 minutes) in line to drop off our luggage with the porter. But after that, it was quick and painless.
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We found flying in and out of Newark to be a delight when compared to the crowded hassel experienced with the Miami/Lauderdale airports. We arrived early by design, and the RC rep was actually waiting for us. The ride on the RC bus to the cruise terminal was fine.

At the terminal we enjoyed coffee and conversation with other cruisers until another bus took us to the Explorer about 11:30.

The return trip on the RC bus was fine also once we found where it was parked. There were no directions.

For us, the Newark airport provided an extra port-of-call, Manhattan! We had a late afternoon flight home. Northwest let us check our luggage early, and we then took the bus to Times Square. The round trip fare is $25 for adults ($15) for seniors.
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