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Hi Everyone - happy Sunday
I just booked a cruise leaving from NY (Brooklyn Pier) for next fall. Any hints / suggestions on the best way to get there from Boston? Bus vs train vs flying... have any CruiseMates from the area done this cruise?
No, but I have gone from Boston to New York more than a few times...
Basically, there are three realistic options other than driving to New York on your own.
>> 1. Cruise lines often include free "motorcoach" service (IIRC, Princess calls it the "Love Boat Express" or something similar) from the bus terminal at South Station directly to the pier in New York with such bookings. This would be your least expensive and most seamless option.
>> 2. The Delta Shuttle operates frequent "premium coach" service on "mainline" aircraft between Terminal A (the Delta Airlines terminal) at Boston's Logan International Airport and the Marine Air Terminal -- NOT the Delta Airlines terminal -- at LaGuardia Airport. The US Airways Shuttle likewise operates frequent "premium coach" service on "mainline" aircraft between the US Airways side of Terminal B at Logan International Airport and the US Airways terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Both of these shuttles offer substantial discounts at off-peak times, including midday and weekend service. I think that service on Delta is vastly superior to service on US Airways (note that there's an express line for Delta Shuttle passengers at the security checkpoint), but YMMV. In either case, you should be able to purchase transfers between the respective terminals at LaGuardia Airport and the pier through your cruise line.
>> 3. You could take Amtrak's Acela Express between either South Station in Boston or Route 128 Station in Westwood and Pennsylvania Station in New York, but you probably would have to take a taxi from Pennsylvania Station to the pier.
I think that I listed these options more or less in order of desirability, but taking the train from the Route 128 Station, which is right off the Yankee Division Highway/Route 128/I-95 at the Railroad Station/University Avenue exit, would eliminate the need to go into the city if you live in the 'burbs.
I'm also wondering if its worth it to go down a day early and sight see? I've heard NY hotels are expensive. I'd like to stay near the Brooklyn area if I do end up doing a pre-cruise trip.
Well, there's certainly plenty to see and to do in New York, but I'm not aware of very much in Brooklyn. Many of the major attractions, other than Coney Island (is it still open?) and the Statue of Liberty, are in Manhatten.
Unfortunately, decent hotels in New York tend to be considerably more expensive than other places ($250 per night and up for any place in the city where I would dare to stay). The city's mass transit system does work pretty well for those who are familiar with it, and taxis are readily available. And New York is the worst place in the world to try to drive or to park, so I would recommend very strongly against renting a car there.