Am contemplating a cruise to Northern Europe summer of 08. How easy / difficult is it to get from Heathrow airport to the pier at Harwich ?
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How long does it take? If we stay at a hotel pre-cruise on our own would there also be transfers avaliable? maybe we'd have to book the hotel through the cruise line or get back to the airport somehow????
It seems like it took us around 2 hours. It was really enjoyable seeing the country side and it was a very comfortable coach bus.
We stayed pre and post cruise. You can make the arrangements yourself and not go through RCCL. We arranged for a transfer for both ways before we left the U.S. through RCCL. They make a stop at Victoria coach station or Heathrow. There may be other stops but that is all I remember. We stayed at a hotel within walking distance of Victoria station and it worked out really well. There were things to do within walking distance. We even walked to Buckingham palace, Big Ben and etc. It was quite a walk but we enjoy walking.
You just have to be careful because there is a Victoria train station and a Victoria bus station. You will want the bus station.
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You can also take the "Cruise Train" If you are staying in London take the tube or a taxi to the Liverpool Street Station. They even have non-stops on cruise dates. You can purchaes tickes there or in advance on line at britishrail.com. I believe that you can only purchase on-line tickets 30 days out from your date of travel. Here is a link http://www.britishrail.com/timetable_tickets.html
It's a fraction of RCCL transfers and it gets you there quicker. The pier is right next to the Harwich International stop, you could porter your own bags it's that close. There is plenty of room for Luggage on the train.
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Its cheaper to use the train & tube & train again however, on my journey home from the US the Heathrow tube wasnt working as somebody had jumped infront of a train earlier that morning. It took us 7 hours to make the trip with disruptions all the way getting on & off tubes.
I now know you can hire a car with a driver prices from £159 from adig.co.uk.
Hotel link will provide a car from Heathrow to Liverpool street ( and the last part of the journey is train form Liverpool street to Harwich) for £16.The Great Eastern Hotel is next door to Liverpool street station.As Hotel link is a hotel service.
dot2.com offer car & driver from Heathrow to Liverpool street for £19 each 1 way.
Train from Liverpool st to Harwich International leaves at 18 minutes past the hour & takes 1 1/2 hours. Single ticket cost £24.50 but a 'standard open return' ticket cost £28.50 per person for return travel in 1 calender month.
Hope this helps.
We used a company called abbatrans for our transfer from Heathrow Airport into central London to our Hotel, for 6 of us they charged 100gbp this was really good as they turned up in a nearly new air conditioned minibus, very luxurious and comfortable, driver was very pleasant and smart and met us in the airport as we arrived, then 4 days later they picked us up and took us to Dover to our ship for 180gbp.
We just did this last month and we booked with Silver Fleet. It was the same amount that RCCL quoted us, $170/pp/rt but what sold us was SF picks you up and returns you to your hotel/airport. We didn't have to drag our luggage from hotel to Victoria Station, in and out of cab, etc. if we took RCCL transfers. They were timely and waiting there for us when we got off the ship. It was about 2 hours but we stopped for a restroom break 1/2 way.
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Hi, I'm going to piggyback on this thread. Does anyone have any feedback they can give on one of the following companies? I have contacted by email four transfer companies and am looking for positive or negative reviews to narrow down my search.
Any info on these companies will allow me to weed out one or two so I can make an informed decision. I know I can always count on all who repsond for good info.
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We used Abbatrans and found them both great on cost and very reliable, they were there to meet us at Heathrow Airpot London as we arrived and took us into Central London to our Hotel, then they picked us up on time to transfer us to our ship. The guy was very friendly and smart too, made us feel very welcome, so we would recomend this company to anyone travelling in the U.K.
Their phone number is 01702 304331 or you can go to their website which is www.abbatrans.co.uk