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Hello,

 

Have never cruised from NY. All things equal (price, direct flight, etc) what is the best and/or easiest airport to fly into for a NY Cruise.

 

LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark?

 

We would probably arrive late morning, early afternoon. After the cruise, not sure but would guess a noonish flight.

 

Thanks in Advance.

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Forgot this would be flying in the day prior to cruise.

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Sorry It would be Manhatten on the CCL Triumph.

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Are you sailing from Port Liberty, Manhattan, or Brooklyn?

More questions -

1) What ship and exact date?

2) What is your hotel budget (Manhattan hotels can be very pricey)

3) What do you want to see in Manhattan?

 

You need to balance time, money, and stress by picking the right airport and knowing your transportation and hotel costs before you make a nonrefundable commitment. New York is complicated with its 3 airports and 3 cruiseports,

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Triumph and looking at June 2019.

Hotel we don't want to over spend, but know we are in the 250+ range.

We didn't have any specific plans for pre cruise sight seeing. I think we would make do with plans based on where we end up with a hotel.

 

Getting to the cruise... into and out of NY with the least amount of worries is #1.

 

Thanks

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Triumph and looking at June 2019.

Hotel we don't want to over spend, but know we are in the 250+ range.

We didn't have any specific plans for pre cruise sight seeing. I think we would make do with plans based on where we end up with a hotel.

 

Getting to the cruise... into and out of NY with the least amount of worries is #1.

 

Thanks

You are sailing from Manhattan. $250+ tax is reasonable for a hotel, but you need to make a refundable reservation as soon as you book the cruise. The La Quinta in midtown is in this range, but the rates vary depending on the day of the week.

 

Fly into LGA. Take a car service like Dial7 or Carmellimo to Manhattan. LGA is under construction and the rules for pickup seem to change constantly and currently involve taking a shuttle to the limo pickup area.

 

You could also fly into Newark where you can get limo pickup at the terminal. Price Dial7 or Carmellimo to see what it would cost. They will quote a base price. Expect to pay about $20 in tolls plus a 18-20% tip. From LGA tolls can be up to $8.50.

 

Post back for more detailed advice from our New York experts when you know your airline flight options and costs (be specific about the carrier) plus your car service quotes.

 

What you need now is advice as to how early you can consider booking a return flight.

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Just a quick note about disembarkation @CCL and booking flight home - in general ... out of NY area airports. Please be very conservative and allow generous, extra time for clearing the ship, getting thru CBP, securing ground transportation to the airport of choice (it appeared all the dates are on a weekday !!!) - allowing a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes to get to the "best" airport, which isn't necessary the same as "easiest" or closest airport. I recommend booking flights no earlier than 1 PM ... 1:30 PM or 2 PM and later would be better.

 

CCL does have the option (upon payment of fees for a pass) for early disembarkation - assumed that OP is familar with her/his option.

 

Nevertheless, CCL does not sail out NYC on a year-round basis, unless NCL which we sail out of often & more familiar with their "routines" - which is just as inconsistent & unpredictable ... tides at the NY harbor & weather, etc. With the posted 8 AM arrival, assumed you will be off the ship, thru CBP & on 12th Ave for taxi/car service to airport no later than 10 AM - another hour + to the airport, 90+ minutes for check-in and TSA, and at least 30 to 60 minutes with early boarding before push-back from the gate for taxiing to departure.

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Thanks to all ... always of interest to us since our children are up there.

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So we are doing this in September. None of the airports are great, but depending where your located, and airline, this may restrict you. Southwest, for example, only fly's to LaGuardia and Newark. JFK and Newark are about equal distance from Times Square and the port, LaGuardia is closer but probably the worst of them.

 

 

 

We are staying 4 extra days, and as you probably know, NYC is expensive. At least in September, you won't find hotel rates much under $300/night after taxes and fees. We used Hotwire where you don't know the hotel name but do know the location and we probably save about $250 total.

 

 

 

From the airport to cruise port, I would take a shared shuttle. Maybe $23/person one way. You have to plan on 90 minutes. Cabs will be $75+ total, unless LaGuardia, maybe $50.

 

 

 

We were going to stay two extra days, but there is so much to do there, we added two more days. Note, if you do go in summer, it gets pretty hot.

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Sorry It would be Manhatten on the CCL Triumph.

 

Newark would be the easiest/closest airport. Just across the river.

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Newark would be the easiest/closest airport. Just across the river.

 

No...LGA is about 12 miles from the cruise terminal by the shortest route versus about 18 miles for EWR, and it is far more expensive for a car service or taxi from EWR than from LGA. Given the construction at LGA, it may be "easiest" however.

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Newark would be the easiest/closest airport. Just across the river.

 

No, Newark is neither the closest, nor easiest: it is across the river - but a good distance south; and involves often delay-inducing Lincoln tunnel or GW bridge and NJ Turnpike. La Guardia is closest - with perhaps $40-$45 taxi fare, then JFK and Newark with likely $50–$60 fare. Problem with LGA is ongoing construction, which makes delay possible.

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No, Newark is neither the closest, nor easiest: it is across the river - but a good distance south; and involves often delay-inducing Lincoln tunnel or GW bridge and NJ Turnpike. La Guardia is closest - with perhaps $40-$45 taxi fare, then JFK and Newark with likely $50–$60 fare. Problem with LGA is ongoing construction, which makes delay possible.

 

Absolutely correct, when you ship is in the upper bay, past the Statue of Liberty to sail towards the Verrazano Narrow Bridge is about where Newark Airport is off to the west, you could even see the planes landing/taking off in the far distance.

 

NY Airports are best based on the price of the airfare plus the cost/time or value of your time of transportation from/to the NY airport, not physical distance.

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I have always taken the NJ Transit train from Ewr to Manhattan Penn station. I would guess a cab from Pen station to the dock to be $15-20.

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LaG has the highest percentage of delays and cancellations when it comes to weather related issues.

 

 

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LaG has the highest percentage of delays and cancellations when it comes to weather related issues.

 

 

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I thought they were #4 and Newark was #1? They are both pretty bad.

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I thought they were #4 and Newark was #1? They are both pretty bad.

LGA is worse than EWR

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What is the best transit from Newark to Carnival cruise port? Uber. Lyft. Taxi? What is the approximate cost? Hubby has a bad arm so taking transit may be too difficult with luggage.

 

 

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What is the best transit from Newark to Carnival cruise port? Uber. Lyft. Taxi? What is the approximate cost? Hubby has a bad arm so taking transit may be too difficult with luggage.

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You're crossing state lines from NJ to NY. Book a car service like Dial7 or Carmellimo (get quotes online) and expect to pay the base rate plus 18-20% tip plus $15-20 in tolls.

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You're crossing state lines from NJ to NY. Book a car service like Dial7 or Carmellimo (get quotes online) and expect to pay the base rate plus 18-20% tip plus $15-20 in tolls.

 

Carol several questions:

 

1) the tolls are paid in cash at the time you are there or are added to the account?

2) the tip is added to the account or is in cash to the driver?

3) what is better to call them to request the service or use the APP on the iPhone (works like UBER?) ?

 

 

Thank you for your help:)

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Carol several questions:

 

1) the tolls are paid in cash at the time you are there or are added to the account?

2) the tip is added to the account or is in cash to the driver?

3) what is better to call them to request the service or use the APP on the iPhone (works like UBER?) ?

Thank you for your help:)

Honestly I never use car services in New York. I'm assuming you will use a credit card for your trip. I'm sure that the driver will add the tolls to the bill. The car services all have EZ passes to pay any tolls automatically. At certain times the tolls are reduced. You may also be charged tolls if the car has to return somewhere and pay a toll to get there (example: NY/NJ trips) There should be a line on the charge slip to add the tip or you can give it in cash. As said before, the tip expectation is 18-20% of the base rate.

 

Others will have to answer your question about contacting them by phone or by the APP.

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Carol several questions:

1) the tolls are paid in cash at the time you are there or are added to the account?

2) the tip is added to the account or is in cash to the driver?

3) what is better to call them to request the service or use the APP on the iPhone (works like UBER?) ?:)

 

Tolls are paid electronically and cost added to your total. Depending on traffic and how the driver chooses their route toll may be different.

 

Tips can be done cash or added. If using Dial7 type you can pay cash or pre-pay credit card or hand the driver a credit card as well. Pre-Pay add's the tip as well. I've never pre-paid.

 

I've done it both ways, call with or without a reservation or used the App. Called without a reservation when I was stood up by a friend was not a problem, maybe a slightly longer wait but there wasn't any special request just two people with standard luggage.

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Honestly I never use car services in New York. I'm assuming you will use a credit card for your trip. I'm sure that the driver will add the tolls to the bill. The car services all have EZ passes to pay any tolls automatically. At certain times the tolls are reduced. You may also be charged tolls if the car has to return somewhere and pay a toll to get there (example: NY/NJ trips) There should be a line on the charge slip to add the tip or you can give it in cash. As said before, the tip expectation is 18-20% of the base rate.

 

Others will have to answer your question about contacting them by phone or by the APP.

 

Tolls are paid electronically and cost added to your total. Depending on traffic and how the driver chooses their route toll may be different.

 

Tips can be done cash or added. If using Dial7 type you can pay cash or pre-pay credit card or hand the driver a credit card as well. Pre-Pay add's the tip as well. I've never pre-paid.

 

I've done it both ways, call with or without a reservation or used the App. Called without a reservation when I was stood up by a friend was not a problem, maybe a slightly longer wait but there wasn't any special request just two people with standard luggage.

 

Thank you for your comments

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Has anyone used Dial 7 or other car service from Red Hook in Brooklyn to EWR recently. I was wondering what the tolls would be for that trip. Last time we used Dial 7 from Red Hook to EWR the tolls were very high. Forget the amount right now.

 

We will be doing it again in a few months and will probably take Dial 7. Do they have to go across the Verrazano bridge as the driver did last time, or would the tolls be less by going back into Manhattan and then to NJ and EWR?

 

Thanks for any answers.

 

By the way, I believe that the drivers prefer that their tip be in cash rather than added to the bill. That is what our driver wished.

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Has anyone used Dial 7 or other car service from Red Hook in Brooklyn to EWR recently. I was wondering what the tolls would be for that trip. Last time we used Dial 7 from Red Hook to EWR the tolls were very high. Forget the amount right now.

 

We will be doing it again in a few months and will probably take Dial 7. Do they have to go across the Verrazano bridge as the driver did last time, or would the tolls be less by going back into Manhattan and then to NJ and EWR?

 

Thanks for any answers.

 

By the way, I believe that the drivers prefer that their tip be in cash rather than added to the bill. That is what our driver wished.

How much is your time worth?

While Verrazano is double cost of the tunnel into Manhattan as round trip toll is collected one way. The time savings can be significant avoiding Manhattan.

 

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How much is your time worth?

While Verrazano is double cost of the tunnel into Manhattan as round trip toll is collected one way. The time savings can be significant avoiding Manhattan.

 

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Totally agree! I put it into my google just to check and the suggested route was the Verrazano. 2nd and 3rd was Hugh Carey Tunnel with 30 and 40 minutes more. Especially for going to the airport it’s not worth the money.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Brighton Line and Got2Cruise.....Looks like we will go over bridge again. If it takes that much more time, the car service would probably not go through Manhattan.

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Posted (edited)
-Looks like we will go over bridge again.-

 

Gee don't knock my home boro, visit some time.

You do know how Staten Island got it's name?

Giovanni da Verrazzano was coming up the narrows and looked to his left and shouted out in in his italian accidented english "Is da-an-island"?

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Another, advantage, sometimes, using the VZ Bridge over SI, especially if sailing Brooklyn's Red Hook Pier, going over/from EWR (Newark Int'l A/P) is the HOV 3+ lane, now 24/7 ... perfect with driver and 2 or more riding along.

 

This past weekend, with the launch of the 3 years+ Lincoln Tunnel / Rt. 495 roadwork, the other 2 East River crossings were fairly congested - VZ Bridge was not much better at 10 am, Saturday morning & the Bayonne Bridge was closed, drivers squeezing to the Gothel Bridge. HOV 3+ save us easily 15 minutes pulling away from the SI side's cashless toll plaza, as we headed to the south shore for the Outerbridge crossing, heading down to the Jersey shores for the weekend.

 

We did this coming from N.E. Queens by Whitestone/Malba, normally not the best and fastest route, but Waze did not steer us "wrong" as the Bronx/Upper Manhattan crossing were just as bad, and extra traffic on the outbound GW Bridge to/from NJ.

 

While we recognized that many out-of-towners are not familiar with nor comfortable telling car service drivers how & where to go, launch that smartphone/iPhone app, whether it's Navigation, Google Maps or Waze, it serve as a useful "check" to confirm routing and ETA.

 

The SI - VZ Bridge toll rate is $17 cash, collected one-way leaving Brooklyn, the NJ into NY crossing toll is $15, collected coming into NY but is sometimes collected for a one-way trip going to the airport, as permitted under regulations. Tolls for the short distance on the NJ Turnpike isn't much. If & when traffic are bad, it's worth every extra dollars spent.

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