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Next month, we shall be sailing on Tahitian Princess from Dover to New York, via the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland. The cruise will terminate at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York, where we shall rejoin the ship for its return journey to Dover. We shall have limited time in New York, and we don't know how long we shall require to clear US immigration. Although the cruise line does not offer special facilities for transit passengers, we would like to visit the Empire State Building and other places on Manhattan Island. What is the best way to travel from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to Manhattan and vice versa?
Submitted by - , Leicester - United Kingdom / Subject - Princess Cruises transatlantic Ports of Call
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Answer by , Shrewsbury (15 Jun 09 22:55) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
We arrived at the Brooklyn Cruise terminal a few weeks ago and were also apprehensive about being left to find our own way to Manhattan. It turned out to be very easy, quick and cheap. Luggage is colour-coded on board, and you wait for your colour to be called. The luggage is laid out in quite small "batches" in the arrivals hall so is easy to identify. Despite horrendous stories to the contrary, immigration was quickand friendly. The best way to go up-town is by yellow cab. There is a well organised queue. Touts there tell you you may have to wait for an hour and try to persuade you to take a black hire car (at twice the price). Rubbish. Yellow cabs arrive continuously and we got one within ten minutes. We arrived at our hotel in central Manhattan in about fifteen minutes. We had allowed for the fare being about 50 dollars - it was 30 dollars including a generous tip, which we thought was very reasonable. Returning, your hotel will call a cab for you or you can just go into the street and hail one as there are always plenty of cabs passing, and they seem to be very happy to go to the cruise terminal. Noel Almond, Shrewsbury, shrops.
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Answer by , Dudley (15 Jun 09 14:58) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
TAXI TAKES ABOUT 10 MINUTES ON A GOOD DAY
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Answer by , BROADWAY (14 Jun 09 22:34) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
Once you arrive in the Brooklyn Terminal - it is very quick. I presume that you are returning to the ship within so many hours, so you won't have any luggage. They are very nice in the terminal, much more friendly than JFK Airport and if you do have luggage, there are plenty of porters to assist. We travel over on the QM2 every year to visit our son and we like this way by far the best. There are plenty of taxi's. We visited the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Centre, which is new and far better than the Empire State Building.
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Answer by , Reading (14 Jun 09 21:04) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
Just a note re customs in Ne w York We were on QM2 in may, and discovered that the much vaunted new ESTA type visa system was not yet in operation, due to teething troubles. We had to go back to the Green Card system, which was a disappointment, and did not show up US customs in a very good light. The customs people, presumably as a friendly effort to placate us, were much more friendly than on other occasions. Although we were not intending to get off the ship in NewYork, we still had to get off and go through the customs shed for the usual formalities, which seemed to be a bit of a farce. Answering your question, taxis are available and I think it was something like a 40 minutes drive, to the centre, for a charge of about $25 each way. There is nothing worth seeing at the Cruise Terminal, which is in fact an old naval port facility. Birch (Berkshire)
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Answer by , WARRINGTON (14 Jun 09 16:49) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
SORRY DID NOT READ YOUR FULL ITINerARY . most cruise lines operate a tranfer and short sightseeing tour around New York if you are only there for the few hours - this is not advertised in advance but is often available once you are on board and dependent of the number of people interested in doing the trip. If not -request early disembarkation and get a yellow cab to Time Square - you should have time to visit Empire or in my opinion The Rock(Rockerfeller) is better for a view of New York -you can walk straight in and it takes around 45 mins to 1 hour.to see the presentations, ride the lifts and take in the views.the queues are shorter and quicker than Empire. Radio City is a good tour it takes 1 hour. A carriage ride through Central park can be done in 20 mins cost around $35 dollars lots of carriages available. Central Park is about a 20 minute walk from Empire or Rock.
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Answer by , WARRINGTON (14 Jun 09 16:41) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
aSSUME YOU ARE SAILING ON qm2 - i DID THE TRIP EARLIER THIS MONTH. SUGGEST YOU TIP A PORTER A COUPLE OF DOLLARS A BAG TO TAKE YOUR LUGGAGE AND GET YOU THROUGH IMMIGRATION QUICKER THAN NORMAL LINE - HE WILL THEN TAKE YOU TO TAXI RANK - WE GOT A YELLOW CAB AND IT COST US $40 FLAT RATE - TO OUR HOTEL IN TIME sQUARE .YOU CAN OPT TO PAY A FLAT RATE AGREED PRICE OR TAKE YOUR CHANCE WITH THE FACT THAT THE METER KEEPS TURNING IF YOU ARE STUCK IN TRAFFIC.AND BEAR IN MIND THERE CAN BE A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN NEW YORK.
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Answer by , Maidstone (13 Jun 09 18:28) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
Hi Lucas, beyond 'limited time', you don't say how long you actually have. I'll assume you're there for the day. It is very easy to get into Manhatten. Taxi will be your fastest means but be quite precise with the driver as to where you want to go. Should cost arounf £20 to the Empire State Building, which is very central. Tip: if you have any current or previous servie in the Armed Forces, take proof (an ID card is best if you're still serving) as you will get a significant discount on your entry. Don't be you're typical Brit and be shy of asking because the Americans want to help! Macy's is next door if you want retail. I would recommend the open top buses also. They're not cheap but good value for money and you'll need a good couple of hours to complete the downtown loop. Hope this helps.
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Answer by , Motspur Park (13 Jun 09 15:29) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
Whilst I agree with some of the comments made I can only write from personal experience. My girlfriend and I had a day to kill in Manhattan having sailed on the Mary to Canada from New York Brooklyn. My girlfriend was informed that there would be a bus going to Grand Central Station at 7.30am. She elected to take this bus whilst I decided to go by taxi to my destination which was near Macy's on 34th. I therefore left later and was lucky to find a taxi there are not many I assure you. I did not realise when I left that she was still at the bus stand further way from me when I left at 10.30am or she would have come with me in the taxi! The bus left at around 11am by the way!. This is appalling on Cunard's part as people leaving the ship had trains and flights to catch. We met a friend for lunch a South Sea Port which was great. He lives in New york state just north of NY and is a very well travelled fellow Cunarder. What I did to get there was to get the Lexington Ave Express subway train to City Hall and walked to the South Sea Port from there. Now to get to Brooklyn from south of there ie., near the Brooklyn Bridge take a cab baring in mind that they don't all want to take you there for the reasons stated in other answers. Getting off a Cunard ship is easy just walk off and present your ship's card at imigration as you are a transit passenger as we were. We were given a really great deal to stay on the ship on it's voyage back to Southampton. Heathcote Surrey
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Answer by , Pencaitland (13 Jun 09 14:13) to a QUESTION by Lucas (12 Jun 09 09:30)
Cunard ships and some other companies now dock in Redhook, an area of Brooklyn with superb views of the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island and the financial district of Manhattan Island. The new terminal is very good and can be processed thro' very quickly. No problems with long queues at customs.The bus pickups are immediately adjacent the terminal. The downside is that Redhook is some distance from central Manhattan and taxis are few and far between. Coming back is even more of a problem since taxis wil not come out to Redhook since they can't get a return fare. If your ship offers transport into the city I would advise taking it. This will probably give you around 5 hours in the midtown area (Empire State etc). Taxis in the city are quite inexpensive and you will be able to travel around to your chosen sights. The subway is even cheaper. The benefit of using the ship's transport is that you will not be left behind if you are late getting back due to traffic. (You can book a tour of the Empire State on the web before you go to save you queueing.) As an aside, some people say that the Rockefeller Centre, near Times Square is easier to access and the views from the 'Top of the Rock ' are superb Hope this helps.
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Comment by , Leicester (14 Jun 09 10:10) about an ANSWER by Bruce (13 Jun 09 14:13)
Thank you, to everyone who replied. Tahitian Princess is scheduled to arrive at Brooklyn at 7:15 am and will depart at 5 pm. We would hope to go ashore at around 8 am and return to the ship by 3.30 pm. In theory, that would allow sufficient time to explore. However, on our last visit to New York as transit passengers, the ship docked at Manhattan. It was the anniversay of 9-11, so security was very strict. We suffered major problems, because US Customs would not allow passengers or crew to disembark for several hours. They even prevented suppliers from delivering fresh food and other supplies to the ship. Although we were ready to go ashore by 8 am, we did not leave the ship until 11 am. It follows that I cannot predict how long we will have for our visit to New York. The return journey from Manhattan to the ship seems to be a problem, because I have heard from various sources that taxi drivers won't agree to take us back to Brooklyn. I wonder whether it might be better to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and catch a bus or taxi from that side of the river. I understand that there are frequent buses on Route B61, which serves the cruise terminal and runs from Red Hook (Ikea/Beard St/Otsego St) to Queens (Queens Plaza) via Downtown Brooklyn (Livingston St/ Smith St), Williamsburg (Gold St/ York St), Williamsburg (Bedford Av/ Broadway) and Greenpoint (Green St/ McGuinness Blvd).
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