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Hi,

 

I will be leaving on a sold out cruise on the EOS out of Cape Liberty Port, NJ in April and I'm wondering when is the best time to arrive so I can avoid some of the lines and traffic getting in to the pier.

 

I live very close to Cape Liberty...

 

Thanks,

 

Rocky

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We like to get there before 11am and we are one of the first groups on the ship.

 

noon-1:30pm is probably the most crowded time. After that, it gets less crowded.

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We, too, like to arrive by 10:30 and be in the first groups on the ship. Will be on an April EOS cruise also. Can't wait. Will be our fifth trip on the EOS. So convenient to drive the 45 minutes to the port! :)

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We got there by 10:30am, and breezed right into the port, parked nice and close, checked in quickly, and were amongst the first people onto the ship.

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We have left from Bayonne a total of 6 times and arrive between 11:30 and 12:00 and been on the ship within a half hour of arrival. Those who say Bayonne is disorganised and would nevr cruise from there have probably never been there or have arrived at 9am when the previous cruise is still disembarking.:D

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We found Cape Liberty completely organized and smooth. We got there about 10:45 and were on the shuttle bus to the ship by 11:15.

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Don't be put off by the traffic going into Cape Liberty. Once you get out of the car, things move at a good pace. There is a comfortable waiting room with refreshments where you wait for your bus to the ship. Boarding is usually painless unless there is a wedding. That delays boarding by about 15 to 30 minutes.

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We got there around 10, baggage dropped off, parked and checked in by 1030. Disembarkation of the previous cruise was slow, so we didn't get on until just after noon. Bring a book just in case.

 

I have cruised out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. This was easy, well organized and probably our quickest check in yet. Everyone was extremely friendly!

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We got there around 10, baggage dropped off, parked and checked in by 1030. Disembarkation of the previous cruise was slow, so we didn't get on until just after noon. Bring a book just in case.

 

I have cruised out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. This was easy, well organized and probably our quickest check in yet. Everyone was extremely friendly!

 

I think Cape Liberty is great - I would rather get there early and sit in the waiting area then sit in traffic in the one way/out roadway! 10:30 is always my target time.

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When are you sailing? We're booked on the April 12th, our 6th time on the Explorer. We also get to the port between 10:30 and 11:00 and are enjoying lunch in the Windjammer, with a seat by the window, by noon. If you haven't already, sign up for your Meet and Mingle. Lots of nice fellow cruisers to answer any and all questions. Happy sailing.

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Thanks for all this information i too will be on Ship on April,26th 2012.

So i will try to be ther at 10:30 am.

 

I will see you there!

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Agree. We always get there and drop off our luggage at 10:30, then get the best parking spot right up in the front row by the terminal.

After we park, we take our time checking in, there's not much of a crowd. Always on the ship by noon the latest.

I've stood on my balcony and watched everyone else arrive, the long lines of cars, etc,.

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Whether coming by personal vehicle or private car/shuttle service, the roads leading into the pier can get crowded around 12:00 until embarkation. We parked near EWR, and took a shuttle to the pier around 9:30-10:00, and traffic was starting to back up when we arrive at the port. We had a bit of a wait to get onboard, but the traffic was horrendous looking out from Windjammers at those just arriving.

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I will see you there!

 

Hi Regina,

 

I guess I will see you again. We booked the cruise this morning. This time I am leaving Donnie home and traveling with my girlfriend. Donnie is glad to get rid of me for a while.

 

Barbara

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Whether coming by personal vehicle or private car/shuttle service, the roads leading into the pier can get crowded around 12:00 until embarkation. We parked near EWR, and took a shuttle to the pier around 9:30-10:00, and traffic was starting to back up when we arrive at the port. We had a bit of a wait to get onboard, but the traffic was horrendous looking out from Windjammers at those just arriving.

 

Could you provide more details for this please? Was it airport parking? Was the shuttle free? Does it take you right to the port? What is the name of the parking area? TIA!

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Could you provide more details for this please?

 

Was it airport parking? Most of the airport parking discussed on this board is the park/sleeps at various hotels.

 

Was the shuttle free? None of the shuttles are really "free" except maybe the Hampton Inn on Staten Island. Some hotels offer cruise packages but you pay for the shuttle through a higher room rate.

 

Two parking areas offer "free" shuttles - Park2Go in Elizabeth and Premier in Bayonne. Park2Go ends up being almost the same price as parking at the pier. Premier is new and has a limited track record.

 

Does it take you right to the port? Shuttles drop you off right at the porters at the cruise terminal.

 

What is the name of the parking area? TIA!

 

Are you llooking for a hotel as well? Tell us your cruise date, number of people, budget and any other considerations and we'll describe the options available to you. There are a number of choices out there that we don't recommend - Newark is a highly urban area and you must be selective about where you stay and/or leave your car.

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Are you llooking for a hotel as well? Tell us your cruise date, number of people, budget and any other considerations and we'll describe the options available to you. There are a number of choices out there that we don't recommend - Newark is a highly urban area and you must be selective about where you stay and/or leave your car.

 

Thanks 138East, I think we'll just park at the port. No, we are not needing a hotel as we are driving over from Pennsylvania. Only a 3 hour drive. I never thought of looking for options for port parking before this cruise as I didn't realize there were any. The more I think about the hassle of finding a parking option then waiting for a shuttle both on embarkation and disembarkation, its not worth the hassle to save a few bucks.

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Personally, I agree with you, but many folks will put up with the hassle of the shuttles to save a few bucks. The experiences vary widely - it was just fine for some folks and a huge time trasher for others.

 

The park/sleeps operate a bit differently - you arrange your own transportation at your convenience. There are options to share rides and reduce costs because other cruisers will be doing the same park/sleep.

 

There is just no easy answer for Bayonne - it is what it is, but IMO it's a lot better than dealing with Manhattan.

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We found Cape Liberty completely organized and smooth. We got there about 10:45 and were on the shuttle bus to the ship by 11:15.

After getting to the port, we need to take a shuttle bus to the ship??

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Sailing out of Port Liberty very nearly put me off cruising with Royal Caribbean for life. A disgraceful experience. Queued for an hour on the terminal 1 way system, waited the same in the freezing cold outside dodging the forklift trucks, the same again at the "fast track" crown and anchor check in. To add insult to injury the porters hustled for tips like the very best in the world.

 

Compare that to somewhere like Southampton in the UK! Even Miami is in a different league. All this talk of arriving at 10.30 goes totally against the wishes of Royal Caribbean and leaves no time for the hard working turn around crews to work their magic. You won't get your cabin for probably 3 hours or more, in the winter it is freezing outside so nothing to do but sit in the windjammer. Hardly living the dream!

 

A cruise terminal should be judged on how well it performs from 12.00 until 4.00pm the time when you are supposed to arrive and when most guests will pass through its halls. New York Port Liberty falls squarely on its backside during those hours as has been confirmed by a number of mentions of horrific queues, and that's just the road to get to where the queuing officially starts :(

 

Henry

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After getting to the port, we need to take a shuttle bus to the ship??

 

yes...it is about 2-3 minutes...and the buses are nice, flexible buses borrowed from Rutgers University...you can't walk to the ship...1) it's too far and 2) it is dangerous due to the heavy truck traffic, coupled with the crazy NJ drivers....

 

it really is NOT bad....and the terminal, despite its lack of beauty really is not horrible...contrary to what many think.....

 

Porters do NOT hustle for tips, and Cape Liberty is in New Jersey, not New York...

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it really is NOT bad....and the terminal, despite its lack of beauty really is not horrible...contrary to what many think.....

 

Porters do NOT hustle for tips, and Cape Liberty is in New Jersey, not New York...

 

 

We will have to agree to disagree. If you live in New York then it probably makes sense to put up with the queues because it will still be quicker than flying to Miami - just;) . As an international traveller who has a choice given we will be making a journey wherever we sail from in the US I'm afraid New York loses out by a country mile and it is a shame that it is such a terrible experience because I can fly 1st class from London to New York much cheaper than anywhere else in the USA. There are loads of flights and free air miles flights are readily available on virtually any given day.

 

As for hustling, well I say as I see. There was a definite gangster / union feel to the porters. When I pointed out that there was signage stating tipping was discretionary and given the fact we were being treated like cattle I was choosing not to tip I was left in no uncertainty as to where I luggage would end up (or rather not end up) were we to take our chances and follow the advice of said signs.

 

Sailing out of Southampton in the UK you would have to go out of your way to try and tip someone. None are expected or required. I appreciate America and the UK have very different attitudes to tipping but Miami seems to manage to releive you of your dollars in a less threatening way.

 

As I say it is a real shame given the ease of flying into New York for us Brits.

 

 

Henry :)

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How long will it take to get from the Westin, Jersey City to Cape Liberty by taxi, on a Sunday. Would like to get there by 11:00 a.m. .

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How long will it take to get from the Westin, Jersey City to Cape Liberty by taxi, on a Sunday. Would like to get there by 11:00 a.m. .

 

I's use 30 minutes as a reasonable estimate...although it could be done in about 20 minutes under ideal conditions.

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Are you llooking for a hotel as well? Tell us your cruise date, number of people, budget and any other considerations and we'll describe the options available to you. There are a number of choices out there that we don't recommend - Newark is a highly urban area and you must be selective about where you stay and/or leave your car.

 

138east, I would love some recommendations for a hotel and parking arrangement! We are sailing in January but trying to make plans now. 4 couples, 4 cars and we are driving in the night before. I wonder if booking a hotel and just parking at the cruiseport is a better deal on a 7 night cruise than some of these Sleep and Cruise packages I've seen! The one deal (might have been Hampton Inn) I saw was $300!! I'd prefer to be closer to $200 if possible.

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138east, I would love some recommendations for a hotel and parking arrangement! We are sailing in January but trying to make plans now. 4 couples, 4 cars and we are driving in the night before. I wonder if booking a hotel and just parking at the cruiseport is a better deal on a 7 night cruise than some of these Sleep and Cruise packages I've seen! The one deal (might have been Hampton Inn) I saw was $300!! I'd prefer to be closer to $200 if possible.

 

where are you all coming from??

 

i would suggest booking a room...or maybe a park & fly..then perhaps booking a mini bus.....if you all stay at the same hotel...

 

i would also call hotels direct...just one night?

 

check my blog...

 

 

http://mojitomegcapeliberty.blogspot.com/

 

we like the hotels on Glimcher Realty Way in Elizabeth/Newark, the Fairfield Inn by the airport (newark) and the Sheraton Meadowlands...

 

there are a couple transportation options too...Independent driver would be good for you but they do not have a website and only take reservations about 4-6 weeks ahead...no frills, but many CCers have used them....

 

hth...come back with more questions....

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This is difficult to do now because all your choices are not yet available. Nothing is showing on trinityreservations and the choices on stay123 are very poor. The same thing happened last year. The park/sleep places buy their rooms in bulk and resell them at a terrific price with parking, but they do this on a yearly contract that is not yet set up for 2013.

 

Your only other park/sleep option would be the Hampton Inn on Staten Island for $151 incl tax, breakfast, parking, and round trip shuttle to the port. You can get the room for a little less if you have AAA. The advantage of this is that it is probably going to be the best price. The disadvantage is that you have sign up for their shuttle and go at the designated times. This usually works well for folks, but sometimes not. You will not be hopping off the ship and into your car service. There is an additional $12 toll to get to Staten Island.

 

So an important question is where you're coming from in PA and how important it is to get on the road quickly after you disembark.

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We found Cape Liberty completely organized and smooth. We got there about 10:45 and were on the shuttle bus to the ship by 11:15.

 

We're arriving at 12:30 for Celebrity Summit departure...I thought I'd drop off the family and check the bags and go park...what is the process and how long will it take to return to them? IS this a walk to parking or a shuttle bus? I presume by 12:30-1pm the parking lot will be very full.

 

Is there valet parking? Can someone please advise on what to expect and how to make it the best experience?

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We're arriving at 12:30 for Celebrity Summit departure...I thought I'd drop off the family and check the bags and go park...what is the process and how long will it take to return to them? IS this a walk to parking or a shuttle bus? I presume by 12:30-1pm the parking lot will be very full.

 

Is there valet parking? Can someone please advise on what to expect and how to make it the best experience?

 

You've posted on an old thread. Cape Liberty changed dramatically last Nov. There is no valet parking, you can drop the luggage and your family off and continue on to park. It should take no more than 10-15 minutes to park and walk back. This depends on how long the line is to pay and where in the lot you can park. They are still offering a shuttle bus between the lot and the terminal, but it's really not necessary unless you have a lot of luggage or mobility issues.

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