D & B - Answered a Question by Farbizio (03 Dec 08 16:59)

Hello Charles, I would echo the replies below. If you visit www.multimap.com or Google earth and put in "Lancaster Gate London" to "London Liverpool St, Railway Station" you will see the journey is just less than 6 miles. The trains go from London Liverpool St every hour; the journey takes about 1hr 30mins. I have done a check on the rail fare and it is showing £24 each. Myself I find the best web site for rail inquiries is obtained by going to "Google UK sites" and put in the inquiry box "National Rail Inquiries" although I would defiantly check out the web site for the special cruise train mentioned by Wilba…May I ask how long you are in London for.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Farbizio (01 Dec 08 07:44)

I'm assuming your cruise is from Harwich & by road is approximately 90 miles along some of the busiest & congested roads in Europe. There is a special 'Cruise Train' that leaves from London Liverpool St Station to Harwich Cruise Terminal for Jewel Of The Seas. I would use a taxi from Park Inn to Liverpool St, 3 or 4 miles, as the underground (subway) would be a nightmare with luggage at that time of day. The website for the cruise train is www.londontoolkit.com/travel/harwich_london_transfers.htm#rail........Any attempt by road transport would need a very early start due to London traffic. Good Luck ......Wilba.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Farbizio (01 Dec 08 15:00)

Hi Charles, as an alternative to Wilba's idea, I'm not saying a better idea, you could try "googling" taxis at Harwich or Colchester or even Chelmsford and get one to pick you up at the hotel at 10-30am. That will probably be a lot cheaper than using a London Cab. We invariably use a taxi to start and end a cruise as it takes the hassle out of travelling but we've always considered Harwich to be an awkward place to start a cruise. Good Luck. ......Neil.

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Vincent - Answered a Question by Farbizio (03 Dec 08 10:38)

Hi, as a licensed private hire company in the South East, (but not in London), first DO NOT use a 'traditional' Black Cab for the journey. Although fares are regulated they run on a meter and would work out very expensive. The private hire industry in London is now also regulated by the PCO (Public Carriage Office) and display both their licence and logo on the vehicle so make sure you use one of these companies! If you 'google' for 'taxis in London' it will provide you with a number of firms who will offer this service obviously predominately for airports but they will also take you to the cruise terminal which ever one you are sailing from. They will provide you a fixed price quote which you could compare with different companies for the best deal. Using public transport in the UK (unless you book well in advance) can prove expensive and you have to get to and from them at either end adding to the cost and time. This makes booking a vehicle the best option. The companies also advertise as Chauffer Services, but do not forget to ask them if they are licenced with the PCO (Public Carriage Office). As an alternative your hotel may have a recommended list of companies that they use and may provide one for you at a reasonable cost but remember the firm may pay the hotel a 'commision' on any work they get which could, I stress, could increase the fare over what you could achieve through the internet. As a guess for a journey of about 90 miles (Lancaster Gate to Harwich, if in my operating area) my company would be looking at a fare of about £150. Please remember the car has to go back to the home area usually empty. Even if there is only 2 of you travelling taking into account a taxi to the station, the train fares and taxi to the terminal it will still probably be a competitive price. You may also wish to think about your return or do you have transfer arranged with your cruise? This advice is given not as a 'taxi' company but as a fellow cruiser (2 down and 1 next April) having been 'conned' in other countries.

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sutton - Answered a Question by Farbizio (03 Dec 08 20:46)

The following web page may be well worth a visit re rail and other travel requirements www.seat61.com which is the official web page of the 'man in seat 61' relating to when he travels on eurostar .

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