Hi Mr/Mrs Kirkham. For your first question, there are Avis (beside Holiday Inn) and Europcar/National (at Ibis Hotel) drop off points. These are not dockside but a taxi from either hotel shouldn't cost any more than £7-£10. Your second question is difficult - it really depends on your budget. The most important thing really is the hotel location. If you are searching online, almost any well known hotel group in the "Midtown Manhattan/Times Square" area will be fine. On a past cruise, I have actually booked my hotel through Virgin. Log onto www.virginholidays.co.uk and select the "Hotel Only" option, input your dates and you will see a whole host of options at fairly reasonable prices. Hope this helps and I hope you enjoy your cruise. All The Best, Tim.