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  1. The Red Caps at NY Penn and Newark Penn (as suggested by 138east) work for Amtrak and are generally NOT thrilled with helping non-Amtrak guests with their stuff (especially at Newark, if you can even find one. On one occasion, I was switching from Amtrak to NJT and a red cap assisted but he was NOT happy about it at all and he got a decent tip) I'm sure that for a healthy tip, they'd assist BUT if you're taking LIRR, you're going to have to haul your stuff to the Amtrak area to even find one. Honestly, if you're not comfortable schlepping luggage, I'd drive or see if you could get a local-to-you car service (maybe Carmel Limo? Or Dial 7? ) If you figure in stress, aggravation and the overcrowded, stinky mess known as NY Penn, you'll find that driving is the best, most cost effective choice. (I place a 'value' on my mental and physical well-being the older I get. And last time I was at NYP a month or so ago, the stench was overwhelming and I was REALLY not comfortable being there at all.)
  2. I LOVED the Drury Court. If you contact them via email, they may be able to offer you a better rate. I did not get included breakfast but you can do that and it's quite good. I'd stay there again in an instant.
  3. Well...it's not the most exciting place! You can check bags 4 hours ahead. Might be worth investing in a lounge pass.
  4. You're welcome. Also, keep checking the NJT website too, and their various twitter accounts as they'll post delays, etc. (There is a main NJ Transit one, plus one for each of the lines and IIRC a few of them stop at Newark Penn--I only ever take the Northeast Corridor line)
  5. Likely 30-60 minutes after arrival. No way I would even attempt that. Traffic, construction (still) and the hell hole that is EWR. I have CLEAR (which is ONLY currently at United's terminal) and TSA Precheck and I wouldn't try it. AA changed it, look at their schedule, find another one and call them and have them change you to a preferable time.
  6. Look for the middle doors in the cars if it's a double deck train. That's where it's all one level and while the seats are priority for disabled or elderly, most people with luggage will sit there. If it's a single deck train, good luck. Try to sit near the end of the cars. The NJT trains can get packed, even on weekends. Newark is almost the last station so be prepared. I suggest asking Mr. Google for images of NJ Transit trains (there are hundreds) and have a look around. It's a crap shoot as to what equipment will be running on any given day. Hope that helps. I haul too much luggage on NJT trains all the time and tend to look for the aforementioned seating areas. Again, it's priority for disabled and elderly but anyone can sit there. Just be mindful that you may have to stand if someone needs the seat though IME people who are in wheelchairs tend to need the bridge plate so they board where the conductors are located.
  7. I am there now. Well I came back to NV 20 minutes ago. Paid 40 bucks on Black Friday. I'd go maybe up to 60 or so. More than that, I'd find pals and get a cabana. It's reallllllly nice! Comfy chairs, nice, but coolish pool, fabulous service and the lunch was the BEST meal I've had all weekend! Get the lobster. You CAN get surf & turf per the restaurant manager if you ask. Lunch is served, but there is a self serve salad bar. They will make a reservation for your lunch when you arrive. They could use more restrooms, though perhaps there are some in the beach club that I missed.
  8. What do you want to do while you're there and are you sailing from NJ or NYC? And what airport are you flying into? Transportation costs need to be figured in as well. There are more Marriott properties in NYC than I can count. I'm a huge Marriott fan but I'd been staying at Ink48 (ex-Kimpton/IHG as of 2/1/20) so I haven't stayed in any of them recently. The Marquis is always cool, right on Times Square and it can be a zoo, but it's fun to stay there. Essex House is another option as is the Lexington. Just a few ideas. Again, it depends on what you want to do and how much time you'll have. Transportation to and from is something to consider. It took me almost 30 minutes by Lyft to get from Ink48 to Penn Station last week due to traffic, and it's about 2 miles.
  9. I actually was going to do a HOHO bus but opted for the much cheaper, and still double decker, megabus tour. It was really good, around 2 hours and you see a lot. It's recorded narration but they use 2 different voices so I actually paid attention. I too was a first time visitor and tbh, traffic was terrible. Public transit was great and even though it did involve sitting in traffic, I preferred the buses to the Tube (mainly because even though the stations are all over, once you get into the station, you still may have a LONGGGGG walk to the platform. Just an observation. PLUS, the escalators are SCARY fast!! Yikes!!) I liked being able to see stuff from the public buses too. Get the CITYMAPPER app. It's FABULOUS and really makes getting around easy as it shows lots of ways to get from point A to point B. It made London almost megr1125-proof! 😁 And, JB and others here gave me awesome advice too. I took National Express to Southampton the day before my cruise. It was fairly easy but I didn't care for it. (Got a bit motion sick even with Bonine, and the bus was a little on the hot side.) Have a great time. Just don't underestimate how long it takes to get around. OYSTER cards are great or you can use contactless credit cards or smart phones with apple pay or google pay but each person needs a different one. I got a regular oyster card at LHR as opposed to the visitor one, loaded around 30 GBP and ran all over for 3 days! I think I wound up with a little bit left, but I just kept it on there instead of getting a refund. I'll be back...(I'll leave the explanations of those cards/payments to the experts so I don't confuse anyone!)
  10. Not sure where the shuttle buses drop off but you should be able to get a taxi back to the pier. The hotel could certainly call one for you. I'd guesstimate the cost to be around 20-25 Euros (I am sure someone will come along with a more accurate estimation) I walked around Dublin in November alone at night, though not quite that late, and again pretty early in the AM and felt safer than I do in some US cities. Of course, since you're near DC, I am pretty sure you'd use common sense too!
  11. Does who have a shuttle?? TBH, just get a cab, Uber or Lyft. Easier and it goes when you want to go. With the airport hotels, unless you book a cruise package, none of them will use their airport shuttles to take you to the pier. (Well, not as a rule...)
  12. Honestly, call them because no one here knows your particular situation. CFAR insurance is pricey. And medical evacuation isn't limited to the USCG. Suppose you have to be flown home from another port? Just things to consider. Their staff is really good at cutting through all the options! For me, I go with high medical insurance coverage and high med evac. Better safe than sorry. I rarely get CFAR insurance.
  13. If, perhaps Royal would set ONE price, fleetwide, per person, per day, THEN maybe run sales and stop this ridiculous "FROM $XX.xx per day", which, per their twitter team TODAY, ALREADY has the "sale" price included, people would be able to determine whether or not it's actually a good deal, good value or actual savings. I'm considering buying it for an upcoming 3 day cruise. Banner says buy 1, get 1 50% off, FROM $65. Added to the cart, (I'm sailing solo) it says, 'price is 25% off per guest'...the total is actually 65 per day PLUS tip. So, there's no real savings. BUT the twitter team said "it's already at the sale price." Um. Wrong.
  14. If you choose the green bus, be sure that it's really LIVE! On 2 occasions, the bus was marked as live, the rep at the stop SAID it was live and it was recorded. And on that bus, the recording really was dull and it was easy to lose interest. I rode 3 times in November and finally just gave up.
  15. I was on this crossing too! And it was my birthday, and of course the final day. The weather the other days was cold and gray but the motion of the ocean, mainly pitching, was tolerable. This day though, the rolling was getting to me although IIRC things improved greatly around lunch time. That said, aside from not being able to pack early in the day, I was fine and QM2 really does handle the seas very well. Walking was a bit of a challenge though for several hours, nothing that a few G & Ts didn't handle! 😄 I've been in higher, rougher seas on Caribbean sailings from Cape Liberty, on ships that aren't built to deal with the seas as well. (I will admit though that I did hit my stash of ginger chews on the above referenced date...as a precaution, and I fared very well.) Stock up on your favorite seasickness remedies just in case! Happy anniversary and enjoy your voyage!
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