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Old August 6th, 2003, 04:11 PM
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Hi!

We are cruising on Carnival in September out of NYC. We are arriving a day early, will stay overnight & head for the port the next day. Not too worried about that schedule, but on the return, we have a 12:40 flight out of LaGuardia. the ship is supposed to dock at 8 am.

What would be the best/fastest way to get from the ship to the airport?

Is it better to just carry all your luggage & then hail a cab? Should we sign up for a transfer with Carnival? I know we can let them know that we have an early flight, but when we sailed with NCL to Alaska, even though we asked to depart early, they gave priority to the people who had purchased transfers through NCL, no matter what flight time they had. (we made our own arrangements to get from Vancouver to Seattle) Does anyone know if Carnival gives priority to people that purchase transfers from them? And...what are the costs involved? Cab vs transfer vs other shuttles???

I would have booked a later flight, but we are using FF miles & the schedule was limited. We are also trying to arrive back in time to see our daughter in a college theater production that night.

P.S. Any suggestions on where (or where NOT) to stay in NYC?
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Old August 6th, 2003, 05:15 PM
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Round trip transportation in NY for Carnival runs about $75 per person.
A Cab to Laguardia (presume that is where you are going) is about $35 and cabs are
available.
You don't say which Carnival ship, but when we disembarked from Legend in NY 8 weeks ago, they gave priority to nobody . They disembarked the ship randomly by Half
decks. The disembarkation process was quite slow and based on our experience your 1240 flight will be tight. When you board, go to the pursers desk and explain your schedule and see what they can do for you. I would think that a cab would still be best because you will not be waiting for a bus to fill up and a cab will definately make it through Manhattan into Queens faster than any bus will.
Stay somewhere in Midtown Manhattan, after all that's where everything you want to see is located. Do some research on Hotels .com and those types of web sites. There are Summer price deals going on for midtown hotels. Just remeber that cheap in NY is expensive anywhere else.
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Old August 6th, 2003, 07:28 PM
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Our favorite NYC hotel is the Doubletree Suites at 47th St and 7th Ave.
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Old August 6th, 2003, 10:43 PM
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You didn't tell us whether you're arriving back on a weekend day, but I presume you are. Cab is best, and should do the trip in about 20 minutes on a weekend. Even if you don't get off the ship until 10 or 10:30 you should still make it easily.

If you are interested in New York history, you might want to spend your night at one of my favorite hotels, The Algonquin, dead center midtown, and former home to all of New York's literati. The ghosts of Noel Coward, Dorothy Parker and all their buddies still haunt the lobby. Matilda the house cat will greet you at the desk (or maybe from her favorite spot on the bellman's cart). Lerner and Loewe wrote "My Fair Lady" in one of the suites upstairs. The hotel's been renovated and it's a gem.

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Old August 7th, 2003, 07:36 AM
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Sorry, didn't tell you that we sail out on Saturday & arrive back in on Saturday.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 07:39 AM
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That will make you transit times to and from the airport so much shorter. Enjoy your cruise.
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