The worst part was the action of the morning desk clerk. We had heard the taxi fare from Newark to the NY pier was about $50 plus tolls (better then the HAL $37 p/p transfer) and more convienent. We asked the desk clerk to call a cab. Well, a Lincoln Town Car showed up. Driver speak no English. When I finally got her to tell me it would be $85 + tolls, I threatened to take the hotel shuttle to the airport to get a cab. She had me speak to the dispatcher on the cell (a little better English) and we finally negotiated $55 + tolls ($6). It was obviously a kick back deal for the desk clerk.
It actually turned out well. The NYC traffic was horrendous. There were two 100,000 ton Carnivals, the Celebrity Zenith, and the Rotterdam all loading that day. Some busses or taxis were dumping passengers and luggage a block from the pier. Sitting in the Town Car for the two hours in gridlock traffic was bearable and she dropped us right at the correct pier. After that, embarkation was smooth for a great cruise.
We will be using Cunard's transfers for our QM2 cruise in September.
'89 STARDANCER (Viking Seranade-Alaska); '90 CUNARD PRINCESS (Canary Iles); '92 CROWN ODYSSEY (Royal-Scandinavia/Russia); '93 SKY PRINCESS (Panama Canal); '94 MAASDAM (S. Carib); '95 CROWN ODYSSEY (Royal-Brit Isles); '95 ZENITH (W.Carib); '95 OCEANIC (Big Red Boat-Bahamas); '96 REGAL PRINCESS (Alaska); '96 WESTERDAM (E. Carib); '98 STATENDAM (S. Carib); '99 NORWEGIAN WIND (Vancouver to Hawaii); '00 NORWEGIAN CROWN (Crown Odyssey-South America); '00 NORWEGIAN SKY (Alaska); '00 VOYAGER OF THE SEAS (E. Carib); '01 PRINCESS JEANNTE (China); '01 RADIANCE OF THE SEAS (Vancouver to Hawaii); '02 RIVER ODYSSEY (Europe); '02 INFINITY (Ensenada to Hawaii); '03 NORWEGIAN SKY (Panama Canal); '03 MARINER OF THE SEAS (E. Carib); '04 PRIDE OF AMERICA (SFO to Hawaii - Ship Sunk); '04 NCL STAR (Hawaii to Vancouver - NCL Cancelled); '04 HAL ROTTERDAM (Transatlantic); '04 QUEEN MARY 2 (Canada); '05 PAUL GAUGUIN (Tahiti); '05 SERENADE OF THE SEAS (Ensenada to Hawaii); '05 HAL AMSTERDAM (Alaska); '05 DISNEY MAGIC (W. Carib); '06 DAWN PRINCESS (Mexico); '06 NCL PRIDE OF HAWAII (Honolulu R/T); '07 ISLAND PRINCESS (Long Beach -Hawaii R/T); '07 GRAND AMAZON (Amazon River); '08 RCI VISION OF THE SEAS (Mexico); '08 HAL AMSTERDAM (Alaska); '09 INFINITY (Panama Canal); '10 RADIANCE OF THE SEAS (Mexico); '10 ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Caribbean); '10 REGATTA (Caribbean); '11 OOSTERDAM (Mexico)