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Well if you're coming back on the QM2 as well you can park right at the pier. We've done this several times for up to a month with no problems.If I can park in New Jersey for $20 for 12 days, as I've found, I'm prepared for some inconvenience vs. paying $300 to park on site. But if I'm alone here, I'm prepared to reconsider.
If you're flying back then it won't work for you. Have you tried tripadvisor.com? Just do a search by the hotel name (look for the 'search' icon) and then look for the frequently used descriptions (just before the actual reviews - like little oval buttons) and see if anyone mentions parking that will get you to a relevant review faster.
The airports were not on my mind when I originally posted, although I now see that they might be the best bet if one were going to park and ride. Cunard is quoting $40 per person each way for their bus. I wouldn’t have thought a taxi would be more expensive, but I may be behind the times. Parking at Newark is quite reasonable and one could definitely save some money vs. parking on site for 12 days, but so far I’m still planning to park at the port.From Newark? A taxi would be 2, maybe even 3, times as much as that, and with traffic between Newark and Red Hook being wholly unpredictable, I’d book the Cunard transfer and the peace of mind that the ship will wait for the bus.
While it may be easier to reach Red Hook from the other airports, when you factor in the additional driving it would require for me, I don’t feel it would be worth it.
I’m not concerned about the parking filling up. I believe there will be quite a few b to b to b passengers, and thus fewer than usual embarking in New York.
Agree with some who suggested that you park near LaGuardia or JFK then take an uber to the Brooklyn Terminal. However, bottom line you are spending so much for the cruise why not remove all of the hassle and spend a little more and park by the cruise terminal in bklyn. Will make your arrival and especially your departure so much more enjoyable-That's where I stand at the moment, although I'm still ready to be talked out of spending $300 to park.
That's where I stand at the moment, although I'm still ready to be talked out of spending $300 to park.As I wrote earlier, we've used the parking lot at the pier a few times. We also do self-disembarkation and with that we've been on the road and out of Brooklyn as early as 7:30AM. It's great. We live in New England and can be home by lunch if we want.
There are two additional factors in favor, though. One is that my embarkation date is reputedly the busiest travel day of the year in the U.S. Best to keep the variables at a minimum. The other is that, while most of the thought here has been around embarkation, it's at disembarkation where onsite parking really stands out. Out of customs, grab the car, gone.
I have a feeling there's a profitable opportunity to go into the park and ride business being overlooked here.
As I wrote earlier, we've used the parking lot at the pier a few times. We also do self-disembarkation and with that we've been on the road and out of Brooklyn as early as 7:30AM. It's great. We live in New England and can be home by lunch if we want.If people have to pay $150-200 to park far away, hassle taking a cab or car service for an expensive vacation, why not spend the money to park in the lot literally next to the ship.? IMO a no brainer.
If people have to pay $150-200 to park far away, hassle taking a cab or car service for an expensive vacation, why not spend the money to park in the lot literally next to the ship.? IMO a no brainer.If that were the case, it would be a no brainer. However, when I originally posted, and although I didn't say so specifically, I was looking at a hotel in NJ where I can park for $20 (first ten days free with a night's stay). I incorrectly assumed people driving from the west or south commonly did something similar. The fact that no one seems to makes me question it.