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Old February 2nd, 2004, 01:44 PM
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Can any one advise me re transportation to LaGuardia Airport from the ship when we arrive in New York from Southampton - Cunard seems unwilling to handle such transfer unless we have them book our air - we don't need that additional expense as we have sufficient FF points. I've tried the Net but that seems geared to 'locals' well versed in the NY/NJ areas.

With added security, I would not consider a flight before 2 pm - does that seem reasonable? Also, any idea of cost (not a major factor) but more as a guide.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 02:36 PM
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Transfers via bus to the airports and Penn Station will be available on-board in the travel office. These cost more than taking a cab yourself, but you know that you will get on the bus and to the airport without queuing up for a taxi which can take a long time depending on where you are in the queue.
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Thank you Marc - I'd much prefer to to have a Cunard/CarnivalLine sponsored transfer to the Airport so will look into that. Seems to me it's more 'safe as a group' .

Do you know if this can only be arranged on board?
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Hi Suki,
Rollerdonna's hubby here. last August when we arrived back in New York on the Carnival Legend we were advised by a Cruise Rep. to go across the road from the pier and hail a taxi. This we did.Less than thirty minutes later we were checking in for our flight to Canada from LaGuardia. Fare-just 17dollars for the three of us.

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Old February 2nd, 2004, 09:48 PM
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Thank you very much, Rollerdonna's hubby - that's the kind of info I'm looking for - and thr price is right! - trouble is I'll need a porter (if you can find one!) to help with luggage - going across the road is probably not on for them. I'll certainly keep it in mind but think I'd feel better with something prearranged.

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There is an on-board travel office where you can book the transfers. I have done both transfers and also transporation on my own. I agree that I always feel a bit more secure with the Cunard-arranged bus to Penn Station, or the airport in your case. I know hailing a cab yourself is a few bucks cheaper, but, oh my, after spending thousands for the crossing, why haggle over 10 bucks?
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Old February 3rd, 2004, 01:45 PM
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Thank you for this information.
Does anyone know if the Pursers Office arrange transfers to New York hotels if you have not booked with Cunard? I expect there may be a lot of passengers wanting taxis
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Old February 4th, 2004, 05:13 PM
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Hello Martin - spoke with Cunard today - transfers from the ship upon arrival in New York to any airport can be arranged on board - cost about US25.00 - don't know about to hotels - maybe from the airport your hotel has a shuttle, check that out.

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My thought exactly Martin! I'm a bit leery about London though - begrudge Cunard's hotel price but on the other hand you're sure of getting to the ship. Any advice to offer on that score?

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Thanks for the advice.
If you want a less expensive hotel in London i suggest you Check out the Holiday Inn website (their Bloomsbury and Regents Park hotels are good and usually have offers) or the Thistle Hotel site (their hotels are of a similar standard)
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I like Thistle Hotels and have frequently used Holiday Inns - however, getting to Southampton to join the ship then becomes the problem - doubt that Cunard does 'pick-up' and transfer so I'd have to go by train. Adding that all up, it's probably about the same as a 'Cunard overninght with transfer' - sometimes you just have to bit the bullet!

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Cunard runs a motorcoach from Victoria Bus station on sailing days. Ask your trabvel agent. It costs about $60 a person but is worth it. It gets you right to the pier -- hassle free. You check your luggage when arriving at the bus staion (dock #1) and the next time you see it, it is in your cabin!

Also, Cunard runs the Orient Express Train on sailing days. It leaves from London. About $250 but fun. Usually the lunch is all seafood so beware of you do not like seafood.
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