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  1. The car service I use operates exactly the same way. There is an extra charge for pick up prior to 5 am and there is no extra charge for whatever day of the week that service is required.
  2. Add East Rutherford NJ as an option. Hilton across from the sports complex, Homewood Suites on rt 17 south & Residence Inn off Paterson Plank Rd. The Hilton is isolated, the other two locations are close to numerous food options on 17. Park Avenue in Rutherford has non chain good dining options.
  3. OP: on my recent b2b, I used my perk of 2 free internet days on the last 2 full days of the cruise. Surprisingly on turn around day when the free internet should have expired, it did not. I had free internet for at least 24 extra hours. Others have reported similar. Again, it was FREE internet.😍
  4. I am referring to the off site lot on New Hook Road the one that claims they have a secured lot, which is only secured when the self storage facility is locked at night and is not secure during business hours of the storage facility. None of the vehicles used by the off site lot to transport to/from Cape Liberty had NJDOT numbers on them to be used commercially. Every other shuttle I saw did. Those shuttles need to have insurance as well. You can find more on the East Coast boards. They will issue you a discount coupon for a future visit if you do leave a positive review online.😁
  5. You will be relieved to know that there are questions regarding their "shuttle" vehicles having NJDOT numbers/identification.
  6. I too was stumped as to why you preferred not to return home for 2 days but now I understand. You said visiting NYC is of no importanc otherwise I would have suggested a stay in Jersey City. The best location I can think of that is suburban and with a walkable downtown giving you restaurants and options of things to do (such as the MAYO center) would be Morristown in Morris county. It is about 30 miles from Bayonne unfortunately.
  7. You might first want to search the East Coast board for comments on the off site parking lot on New Hook Rd in Bayonne. It has operated under different names. Since you are familiar with google maps, you can see for yourself that their "lot" is contained within the property of Delta Self Storage. The red pin on google maps is not the specific lot used but using that location as 9(as on a clock) go directly across to 3 and you will see an unpaved lot with many trailers. Adjacent to that location IS the lot used for cruisers cars and you can clearly se there is NO security fence surrounding that cruiser lot, despite the claims that the cruiser lot is secured. During business hours of Delta Self Storage, the cruiser lot is available to be accessed by anyone. When I asked them about this, they hung up on me. Not recommended as an option.
  8. You are correct. I had seen on the website the hours you listed & I had seen no service on Sunday. It is good news as I am also in Miami on a December Sunday on a b2b and would like to attend Catholic mass. Spoke to a rep at the Miami trolley and she confirmed the 8am/8pm schedule. She also said the nearest stop was by terminal J, which I am sure & hope is wrong. My last visit to POM after waiting 30 + minutes, gave up when the trolley still did not appear. Don't think the 8:30 mass will be doable but there is a mass at 10 or 10:30.
  9. Was also at Zeebrugge in May of this year. Once off the ship, port workers directed those on excursions to the right where buses were waiting. For those not on excursion, we were directed to the left for the free shuttle bus to the terminal gates. Buses to Bruges for independent travelers were located outside the terminal gates, a block or two away. On return the bus dropped us off directly outside the terminal entrance and after security, another free shuttle to the ship.
  10. As correctly pointed out by 138 East, you do not sail by the SoL on departures from Bayonne. Occasionally it does occur. I have had 4 cruises out of Bayonne and once the captain detoured to pass by the statue. That cruise was a repositioning cruise unlike the others that returned to NJ. Celebrity seems to detour with more frequency than Royal. It is not Royal's plan to sail by the statue. If it happens, consider it a bonus.
  11. You are welcome. NJ roads are lacking in signs to assist one is driving in the correct direction, so be aware of that as well and bring a gps. Since 1 member of your group is not going to NYC, you will check in at your hotel first so that person has a place to stay while you sightsee? The North Bergen park& ride ticket includes the cost of parking, which is why it is costlier despite being closer to NYC than the Clifton Commons p&r. There are 2 p&r lots in Clifton, the other being the "Allwood Road P&R". There may be a parking fee there but not sure if imposed on weekends. I do not know where specifically in the Clifton Commons, the NJ Transit bus to NYC departs and it is less frequent on weekends. The Allwood Rd p&r, which is about 2 miles north of Clifton Commons has a clearly defined bus stop with a shelter and ticket machine. The cost for transit tickets is the same from both p&r. The other factor to be aware of is on your Sunday hotel departure, most likely there will be a game in the Meadowlands so if you stay in the route 3 area, depart your hotel by 11 am to avoid traffic.
  12. I would look at hotels along route 3 off NJ Turnpike exit 16W. Hotels in Secaucus, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Clifton and you can add hotels off route 17 in Hasbrouck Heights, Carlstadt, East Rutherford, to find hotels for your budget. There is a park and ride facility in North Bergen with direct bus transit to the Port Authority in NYC but the cost will be almost as much as Rahway. There is a park and ride in Clifton from a mall which is much cheaper and no parking fee. Using the NJ Transit trip planner insert "Clifton Commons". There is a La Quinta adjacent to the mall but it appears no availability for your date. It would be easy to drive to that mall/park & ride from hotels along route 3 area.
  13. I have the same situation as yourself, disembarking on a Sunday in Miami with flight from FLL. Not able to find the info I needed online, I spoke with a rep from 1 of the shuttle companies. He said FLL flights after 11 am would be good, travel time on a Sunday from Miami about 35 minutes. I still plan on being on the earliest shuttle departing from POM that day.
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