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  1. The OP is sailing from Cape Liberty and is taking Yankee Trails bus round trip, probably parking their car in Albany for the duration of the cruise. I interpreted their question to be “Are there benches outside of the (Cape Liberty) port to wait for the (Yankee Trails) bus or should we wait as long as we can on the ship to disembark? There is a limited amount of bench seating outside customs, so no guarantees for a seat. I’d call Yankee Trails to see what strategy they suggest.
  2. The Hampton Inn is apparently nice, but the neighborhood is very urban. Look at Parsippany NJ. Budget hotels would be Red Roof Inn, Days Inn, Ramada, and Travelodge. I believe these hotels are on US route 46 which means they will have nearby services and are close to I80, so it should be an easy off, easy on.
  3. This hotel is in the highly urban area of Newark/Harrison with few services. Personally I would never suggest this area to out of towners arriving from a very long trip with children. Staying an hour out in a nicer suburban area is a strategy we often recommend - no reason to deal with the congested NY metro area after a long trip or trying to find a hotel on local streets in Newark/Harrison. The morning of the cruise you leave around 9 am to miss the height of the rush hour, you come in I80 and take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 14A Bayonne. No reason to deal with any local streets in Newark/Harrison at all. For the Turnpike south from I80 you follow the signs to the Lincoln Tunnel, but do not get off at that exit. Stay on the turnpike to exits 14-14A-14B-14C and get off at exit 14A. I
  4. ok - so you’re down to the wire. Look at the Red Roof in on Hotwire - about $67 plus $10 tax - 2 double beds - cancellable until May 8. TripAdvisor reviews are very good for any hotel like this at this price point.
  5. What is the cruise line charging for this excursion? Have you considered doing the Aquarium on your own? It is free for wheelchair users. I’d be willing to bet that booking an accessible ride two ways and paying one admission is cheaper than paying for two ship’s excursions. https://www.neaq.org/visit/accessibility/
  6. Make sure they have plenty of small bills for tipping. My experience traveling with my mobility impaired mother was that money talks when you need help with luggage lifting.
  7. You might want to explore this site for “The Ride” - https://mbta.com/accessibility/the-ride
  8. Perhaps you’re on Anthem on Thursday May 23? I’d be leaving about 8-8:30 am. Traffic will ease up after 9 am.
  9. Zuiderdam is going from Quebec to Ft Lauderdale in Oct. with a port stop in Manhattan Oct 17. It’s listed on the Manhattan Cruiseport schedule.
  10. Cheryl - she’s on the Jan 27, 2020 Anthem cruise to the Caribbean.
  11. The Doubletree is one of the closest airport hotels to the port. There is easy access to NJ Turnpike Exit 14 with additional easy access to the Turnpike Extension to exit 14A (Bayonne) without having to actually get on the main turnpike. My advice is to go between 9-9:30 to minimize any backups on the 2 mile port road. Last cruise I got caught in a traffic jam for over an hour on the port road. Much much better preferable to spend that time going through security, checking in, and waiting a little bit to board. Anthem usually boards very early by 10:45-11 am. I see see you are a solo traveler and are on the same cruise as I am. Please feel free to email me at cc138east at gmail dot com. We have a small informal group of solo cruisers who dine at 5:30 and do beach days in the Caribbean - no obligations.
  12. https://www.ferry.nyc/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2018-route-map.pdf https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/ It looks like it would take a little over an hour from Astoria with a transfer at Pier11 Wall St.
  13. You’re right to plan to stay an hour away. When you decide on a route, post the date you need a hotel, number of people, budget, and any special requirements and we’ll make suggestions.
  14. Your choice - one is free and you have to roll your luggage and the other will cost In the $20 range. On the Silver Line you go through the Ted Williams Tunnel and get off at the first stop which is the World Trade Center outdoor street stop. If the construction is still there, you walk back to the previous corner to cross Congress Street. There are signs that point that way for the pedestrian crossing. Once you cross Congress Street you make a right and walk down Congress Street along the back of the Seaport hotel to Seaport Lane where you make a left and the hotel lobby entrance is right there. When I was there last month, the crossing on Congress Street directly across to Seaport Lane was blocked off. You can see what’s happening currently when you get off the bus.
  15. Uber or Lyft. Get off at Atlantic & State and walk in. What kind of shopping do you want to do? Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market has regular stores and lots of carts with touristy things. https://faneuilhallmarketplace.com/shopping-directory/
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