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HELP!! Need a Hotel with shuttle service! Near Cape Liberty


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We are cruising out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne NJ on October 6th. We would like to take the train into the Newark train station (near the airport) on October 5th.


Does anyone know of a hotel that offers a shuttle from both the train station to the hotel and then from the hotel to the port?


Also, will a hotel bring you "round-trip"? Meaning, if we stay there on Oct. 5th for one night and use their shuttle to get to the port, will their shuttle pick us up and bring us to the train station when we return? We will not be staying after the cruise. Or should we plan on taking a taxi from the port to the train station?


Just trying to get the loose ends tied down and this is the biggest one! The transfers from the port to travel home always make me nervous!

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Let me see if I can answer some of your questions, but I also need some more details. What is your hotel budget? Where are you coming from on the train and what time do you arrive?


There is no ground transportation at the Newark Airport Station. You have to take your luggage on the monorail to the P4 station to pick up the hotel shuttles. Please note that there is also Newark Penn Station which is in downtown Newark, so be sure you are looking at the correct station.


Very few of the Newark Airport hotels offer a shuttle to Cape Liberty. The only one at the airport that we recommend is Country Inns. The other two hotels with shuttles are located on Staten Island - Hampton Inn and Hilton Gardens and these hotels do have an airport shuttle and a Cruiseport shuttle. Most folks end up making their own transportation arrangements - there is a lot of available transportation in the airport area.


Coming from the port there are more shuttles available. You can get a shuttle to the airport for $16 and a shuttle to Newark Penn station for a similar amount. The dispatcher at Cape Liberty just fills up the shuttles and sends folks off to their destination.

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My hotel budget is flexible - would like to keep it under $200 if possible though. (leaves more money to spend on the cruise :D)


We are coming from CT - will be arriving either @ 2:30 or 4:30 pm, depending on which train we take in.


It is good to know about the shuttle coming back from the port to the train station.


As an alternative, what do you think about driving from CT? Do you know of hotels that offer "park and cruise" kind of like "park and fly"? How is the security that these parking places? I have a car that is popular when it comes to theft, and I worry about it being stolen or damaged.


Thank you so much for answering my questions and for all your help!:rolleyes:

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The recommendation for a park/sleep for Oct 5 would be Country Inns on stay123.com for $139 plus tax including up to 14 days parking in a secured lot. If you contact the hotel, you should be able to buy round trip port transfers for $35/pp.


Where are you coming from in CT?

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Quite frankly, if I were coming from CT, I'd just get up fairly early the morning of the cruise and drive straight in -- no need for a hotel. The lot at Cape Liberty charges $19/day and it's reasonably secure.


But it's up to your risk tolerance level -- you have to ask yourself 'how badly would things have to go wrong for you to miss the ship'. For people flying in morning of, one canceled plane could completely do for them. So we recommend they don't. But if you're driving, and you leave early enough to plan to arrive by about 11am, then even 3-4 hours of traffic delays (on what can't be more than a three-hour drive anyway) still gets you on the ship.


I know that my personal tolerance is that being a four-hour drive away from the ship is about the limit for morning-of drives. YMMV.

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Depending on where you are in CT, the cruise bus could be an option. After getting to Cape Liberty by every means imaginable, I finally settled for getting up early and driving to Braintree Ma to catch the bus. The problem with the CT stops is that it is expensive to park, so if you don't live close enough to Hartford, New London, New Haven or Bridgeport to take a cab or get a ride, the parking plus the bus fare is really expensive.

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I am actually pretty used to driving from CT to NYC because I am employed by a company that most of our work is in the city. We are not close to any of the major cities, so we don't even have access to a taxi at all! We are out in the "sticks" LOL We just figured that coming in a day early would save us some of the stress of a possible problem getting there It is just my husband and I, so we figured we would just chill out with the hotel, maybe use the pool if there is one, and relax before we go go to the port in the morning. I will definitely check out Country Inn if there parking is secure.


Thanks everyone for your help!



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