Hi there, we went transatlantic last november. Getting a taxi at the cruise terminal is very easy as they are arriving all the time. We got a taxi across the brooklyn bridge into manhatten and then all the way up to 81st st on central park west...over 1/2 hour journey. It came to $36 so we gave $45 total. The taxis are reasonable and they have a electronic map in the back so you can always see where you are heading. We found this very helpful. So see where your hotel is, if it is before 81st where we stayed you will be looking at a total of less than $45 including tip. Its a great city, enjoy it...and also enjoy the QM2, the best ocean liner in the world.
Thanks,we are not staying in a hotel ,we will only be in NY for the 2 seperate days they are docked there, so wanted to make the most of our time . we want to visit Empire State building and some other sights plus a little shopping and thought we would have more time if we went by taxi. or is there a shuttle bus?We've been on QM2 in past can't wait to go back on her!
Hi, if you are taking a organised excursion i am sure cunard will provide transport in the price to take you around the sites and then bring you back to the ship. If you are going into new york independently a taxi from the terminal would be the way to go. This should cost around $15 from the terminal to downtown manhattan. I would get out of the taxi here and see the twin towers site and maybe take the ferry out to the statue of liberty and ellis island. Wall st is downtown also. I would then get the subway upto times square which is on 42nd st. Macys is on 34th st, 5mins walk from times square. The subway costs $2 for one trip or $7 all day. From times square you can do the shops and the empire state building and grand central station are only 8 blocks down (10mins walk) on 5th ave at 34st. Bloomingdales is on lexington ave. If you want to go to central park I would get the subway upto 81st street. Here you will find the american museum of history and the park is opposite. If you need any info let me know. As for the QM2, our cruise last november was our first ever cruise and we loved the ship so much we are going on again in july. Have fun...
Hello,Thank you for the useful info you posted in this reply.Last time we sailed on QE2 we were not allowedto disembark until everyone on board had been through immigration is this still the case?