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  1. The Robert Treat has both an airport shuttle and a train station shuttle plus free breakfast. I have stayed there and would stay again - I think it’s a very reasonable budget option. This is an older refurbished hotel with an elegant lobby that faces on a park. Newark Penn Station does have elevators up to the platforms, but you have to look for them - they are not in your face. It also has escalators, but old and narrow ones. NJ Transit will take you to New York Penn Station for $5.25/pp (senior fares available) and PATH will take you to World Trade for $2.75/pp (no senior fares without a special senior card) What exact dates would you be doing this? What are your plans in NYC with grandpa and his wheelchair? I’d be more concerned about dealing with grandma and his wheelchair in NYC.
  2. The “HOHO” buses are trolleys. The streets in downtown Boston tend to be narrow, congested, and one way and large buses don’t fit well. Even the trolleys don’t fit well on the smaller streets. Old Town Trolley has a connector trolley that picks up cruisers at the port. If you book through the cruise line be sure you are getting a true Hoho bus where you can actually hop on and off and not just an hour 40 minute ride on a Hoho trolley. If you’re interested in the Freedom Trail, what I recommend is taking a cab to the Constitution, the MBTA water taxi back to Long Wharf, walking along the waterfront into the North End, and walking the trail backwards to the Boston Common. At Park St you can get the MBTA Red Line to South Station for a free transfer to the Silver Line SL2 bus back to the cruise terminal. Do some research and post back with questions.
  3. You can take the MBTA water taxi between Long Wharf and the Constitution in Charlestown for about $3pp each way and a minicruise in the harbor. I always recommend this rather than walking from the North End. Consider taking an Uber to the Constitution, water taxi to Long Wharf, and walk along the Waterfront into the North End to pick up the trail to walk in reverse. If you end up at the Boston Common, you can take the Red Line at Park St to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line SL2 Bus to the cruise terminal. Just remember that there is nothing sacred about the Freedom Trail. It was created so that tourists would have a clearly marked path to follow through old Boston and not miss the historical sites that are tucked in between the more modern buildings.
  4. HPN is Westchester County Airport. Which of the 3 NY cruiseports are you sailing from? Car Service would likely be a good option - book in advance with a fixed price quote so there are no surprises.
  5. https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/south-brooklyn/ https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/
  6. Did you look at google maps? 911 Memorial area to Pier 11 Wall Street is quoted as an 18 minute walk - .9 miles The ferry is $2.75/pp to go to the Brooklyn Cruiseport at Red Hook. Times Square to Pier 11 is about 6 miles. Have you been to Manhattan before? As I said before, don’t underestimate how long it will take to go from point A to point B on surface streets. 6 miles could easily take you 30+ minutes on a hoho bus. If it were me, I would cancel the hoho excursion, take the ferry to and from Wall Street, and explore downtown Manhattan.
  7. Yes - Red Hook is the location of the Brooklyn Cruiseport. Take a look at the video that was posted. Question - do you just want to see the 911 Memorial or do you want to pay to see the 911 Museum (reservations required)? Pull up a map of Manhattan and take a look at downtown (the lower tip of the island). You can walk to Battery Park and get a nice view of the SOL. You can take a look at Trinity Church. You can go up the Freedom Tower. Everything is very close in downtown Manhattan. Then find Times Square in midtown and find the Brooklyn Cruiseport in Brooklyn and you will understand what I’m talking about. You may have paid for the return to Brooklyn, but you’re going to have to either pay for a subway ride back to Times Square or sit on a Hoho bus all the way back to midtown to transfer to yet another bus to drive all the way back to Brooklyn. Surface transportation can be very very slow in Manhattan (there’s a traffic light on almost every corner) whereas subway and ferry transportation is not subject to street traffic congestion. Here’s a ferry ride showing the QM2 -
  8. That’s crazy. I can understand the first part - take the transfer to Times Square and then the HOho downtown to see the sights along the way. But once you’re at the 911 Memorial you should just walk down Wall St to pier 11 and take the ferry back to Red Hook. It will cost you the same money as going back to Times Square, it will take less time, and you’ll get a nice minicruise of the East River to see the Brooklyn Bridge and the lower Manhattan skyline with lots of photo ops, particularly of your Princess ship as you approach her from the river. https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/south-brooklyn/
  9. Here’s a video of the ferry at Red Hook.
  10. Another vote for considering the train or bus option. New York Penn Station has red caps. The bus has undercarriage luggage storage. I also have used both options a lot since I grew up in Princeton and my folks lived in the area for over 50 years.
  11. From the Brooklyn pier you could just take the MTA South Brooklyn ferry to Pier 11 Wall St for about $3/pp and just walk to the 911 Memorial. https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/
  12. There could be some sort of “other” lounge or separate room to wait. I was not in a suite, but I am D+. I arrived around 10:30-10:45, went quickly through security and checkin, and had barely sat down to wait when the D+ boarding started and I was on the ship! One noticeable change in the process was that on Serenade the Seapass cards were at your room, so the folks checking you in didn’t have to waste time looking for them.
  13. Boston is a seasonal port without lounges. When I sailed in Sep they had segregated seating areas with chairs for at least D, D+, and suites.
  14. I think you’ll be happy with your choice.
  15. It’s still a bit early for hotel prices for Sep 25, 2020. $225 is a tight budget. Tell us more about where your drop off ride is actually willing to take you. A trip from South Jersey to a Brooklyn hotel could be a lot more aggravation than a trip up the turnpike to a NJ hotel. For your budget you are likely to find a much nicer hotel in NJ than in the Cruiseport area of Brooklyn. In NJ right now Residence Inn in Jersey City is $218 plus tax cancellable. This is a very nice new hotel at the Grove St Path Station (I have stayed there), but then you have to get yourselves to Brooklyn (Uber to Pier 11 and ferry to Cruiseport is doable with luggage from Jersey City),
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