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  1. The luggage storage we recommend is Schwartz Travel on W 37th St between Penn station and Port Authority Bus Terminal - http://schwartztravel.com/nyclocation.html Luggagehero is new. My impression is that it’s small stores with extra space to store luggage all over the city. It may be cheaper than Schwartz Travel, but Schwartz has actually been in the luggage storage business for many years. A lot depends on you ability to manage your luggage. Schwartz Travel is several blocks from Penn Station and PABT. Train to Newark Airport Station is $13/pp. From the airport station you have to roll your luggage onto the free airtrain to your terminal and then take an escalator or elevator down to the check in level. From PABT to EWR there is an airport bus that picks up on the street level and drops you at your terminal for $18/pp. We can get you more details about the exact pickup location. Early Sunday morning you can Uber from Cape Liberty to Schwartz Travel. The current NJ Transit Sunday schedule is showing about 3 trains an hour - 5:17, 5:30, and 5:37 is an example. Please feel free to post back for more details when you decide on a strategy.
  2. Unfortunately no storage lockers at the pier or luggage valet either. What time is your flight? What exactly do you want to do in NYC? On a high level you can take an Uber into Manhattan and store your luggage, However, the details of how to do this would depend on exactly what you want to see and your flight time. It’s possible Celebrity will offer a NYC tour with an EWR dropoff. Post back with more details for suggestions.
  3. The area of 4 hotels is also inaccessible to foot traffic from local streets.
  4. Recent thread pointing to another thread - The ferry dock is right near the cruise dock.
  5. Thanks for the report back. The ever changing situation at LGA means that any of the great advice you give for LGA now could change dramatically before the folks asking actually travel. I hope folks will remember to post back when they are close to their cruise to get the current status of all the construction changes.
  6. The park sleep cruise is only with trinity and it’s not there yet for 2020. If you book a park, sleep, cruise check the cancellation policy. For 2019 I’m seeing a 1 day ahead at 12 noon cancellation policy. You could book a room for 4 with trinity (2 double beds) and a separate room for 2 directly with the hotel, so you have the transportation for 4 if necessary. I’ve personally used this package and was very happy with it
  7. OK - so it sounds like you’re 4 adults so I assume port parking would be split. Look around and book a cancellable room(s) now. Embassy Suites, Country Inns, Courtyard Elizabeth, and Residence Inn are all on International Blvd near the Jersey Gardens Mall at Exit 13A. The Doubletree, the Ramada, Courtyard Elizabeth, Springhill Suites, Fairfield Inn, and Home2Suites are on the north side of the airport near Exit 14, which is the closest to the port. They usually take very good care of the Turnpike in bad weather, so going from Exit 14 to 14A should be doable in bad weather. I’ve done it from Country Inns at exit 13 and I’ve disembarked in heavy snow and made it down the turnpike to exit 8. For the worst storm I was on the train and made it to Boston, but not to my house. Thank god for Hotwire in a snowstorm! Are you buying independent insurance? I was covered for the trip interruption.
  8. The thread I posted discusses some experiences with the ferry you are asking about. Folks have reported good experiences with it. The ferry leaves you right at the cruise terminal without the hassle of accessing it by ground transportation.
  9. I even have a plan C which involves going 2 days early and crashing with relatives in Westchester County. Recently I’ve been taking the train and getting a hotel room in Jersey City or NYC. My cruises leave on the weekend and I’ve found hotel deals a year out for a little over $100. I use accessible public transit to Bayonne and cab/Uber into the port.
  10. Where exactly in “Western Mass” are you coming from? That could be anywhere from Worcester to Pittsfield. 2 people? I’ve been cruising from Cape Liberty in the winter for over 10 years. I’ve tried every way to get there from the Boston area except flying. I’ve driven, taken the cruise bus (no longer an option), and train. I’ve parked at the port and offsite. I’ve also gotten caught in snow events. Having said all that, I learned early on to have a plan B for snow because missing the cruise due to weather is not an acceptable option for me. In your situation I would seriously consider driving down the day before and booking a park/sleep/cruise through trinityreservations.com. Unfortunately all their options for 2020 are not yet available. The 2019 price for the Ramada is $240 tax included for 2 people for a hotel room, 21 days parking, and round trip port transportation. Even if the price goes up, it’s a great deal. If you tell me where you live, I can suggest a route through NY.
  11. You need to post the ship, the exact date, and the airline
  12. Ok - that’s next week. At this point I would book an unnamed hotel on Hotwire in the Seaport District, which is close to the port and has access to the Silverline to go into South Station for a transfer to the Red Line. All the hotels in the Seaport area are relatively new. If you can roll your luggage at all, you can take the Silver Line from your terminal (free from the airport) to World Trade Center. From there you can walk to your hotel or take a quick cheap Uber. I’m seeing a 4* hotel for $174 plus tax, a 3* for $148 plus tax, and a 3.5* hotel for $163 plus tax (this could be the Yotel). There are really no bad properties in the Seaport District. If you choose to go this route, post back for more specific transportation details. The Yotel is right at the Courthouse Silver Line stop.
  13. What are your exact dates? Hotel budget range? Number of people? Are you driving, flying, or coming some other way to Boston? Sometimes the best deals for good hotels are blind hotels on Hotwire in the Seaport District.
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