We are going on Golden Princess in October, out of New York. Will fly in the day of departure so we could use the ship's transfers (from airport to ship) then, but wondered what other options were out there for us? We are spending a night in New York the day we return, so ship transfers won't work for us that day. Suggestions for transfers from the pier to a hotel? We haven't booked air yet...so could fly into LGA or JFK either one.
From what I have read, seems a taxi could be the mostly costly,depending on the traffic we encounter.
From the pier to a hotel you would have three options. 1) walk- Not that terrible depending on where your hotel is. With wheeled luggage and a midtown destination, you might only be walking 4 or 5 blocks. 2) taxi - NY taxis are not as expensive as other places I have been . They are not cheap either, but you can't spend that much. 3) private car service.. Arrange in advance to be picked up by a car service. They usually use Lincolns or Mercury Marquis type vehicles and charge by the hour. The driver will generally meet you outside the luggage pick up. They will generally ask you to call and confirm a pick up time (use a cell phone from the ship).
Enjoy your NY stay.
It's a little more to get a taxi from NYC to JFK so you might want to consider LaGuardia.
There are shuttle vans that will pick you up at your hotel but they also pick up others as well. Look into that as well. Might be cheaper to take a taxi to the airport. Check with your hotel.
The port of NY is a little unorganized, so a limo pickup would be the most convenient. To get a cab can take up to one hour if there are many ships coming in at the same time. They give you a ticket with a number and you have to wait at the curb till your number is called.
If your hotel in in the 12th to 10th Avenue vicinity you could walk to the hotel, anything further you might want to be picked up.
Cheryl and Rick We are also sailing out of NYC. I have a number at home for a wonderful limo service you can call. I will get the number and get back to you. We are also staying over Oct 9-10 and getting back to LGA.
We just got back from this cruise last Saturday. We flew into JFK. Do not take the ship transfer! Taxi from JFK is $45 flat rate plus tolls (which were $4.50) and tip for both of you -- cheaper than the ship transfers. Also took taxi back to JFK when returned -- this was not a flat rate but on the meter, so would apply also to your hotel -- was $44 plus tolls (4.00) and tip. Both trips took a little over half an hour -- remember it's Saturday morning -- not much traffic! Also see my post about the FREE shuttle bus in Bar Harbor to visit Acadia Nat'l Park, instead of taking ship tours. Hope this helps.
To avoid the taxi problem at the ship terminal when you get back (waiting in line etc) use the Golden Princess option of express walk-off. You take your luggage off the ship. You are the FIRST ones off. Considering if you do the traditional way of putting the luggage in the hall the night before, finding it in a zoo of people, and then need to take it yourself anyway to the taxi stand, it is a LOT less hassel just to take it off yourself. (Don't overpack haha). We did this and got a taxi right away -- no waiting.