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  1. Geographically yes, but they are across the harbor from each other. You really don't want to stay near Boston airport unless you have an early flight the next morning-- its a no man's land. The Seaport area is nice-- a bit manufactured (ie chain restaurants and more modern residential buildings)-- but nice. It wouldn't be my pick if I were from out of town and coming to get a quick taste of Boston. If you have only one day I agree with the above poster-- concentrate on Copley Square, Back Bay, Faneuil Hall, or even the Financial District. All of these will put you within easy walking distance of most of the major sights. Hotels run the gamut from budget to 5 star. Some favorites for a little bit of a splurge are The Fairmont Copley Plaza (one of Boston's grande dame hotels and off a nice restoration), Four Seasons right on Boston Common, The Liberty (in an old jail in Beacon Hill) or Boston Harbor Hotel right on the water. Some more budget minded, but well located options are the Hilton Faneuil Hall, Park Plaza Hotel near Copley, or Club Quarters. The good news about Boston is that most of it is very walkable-- very little public transportation needed. As many have mentioned on these boards, the Freedom Trail is a great way to spend the good part of a day and will take you on a walking tour of most of the major historical sights. A little trick is to not backtrack your steps from Charlestown Navy Yard and just take the water taxi back over to the aquarium to get you back to town. On the day of the cruise, assuming you stay in one of the areas of town I recommend, an Uber or Lyft will be the easiest and quickest way to get you and your luggage to the pier. A quick, 8-10 minute ride over.
  2. Makes having that extra last swizzle a little more fun too. I agree wholeheartedly with you-- we spend a a lot of time on the island and the rental scooters are just bad news. They might be better if they didn't have their speeds limited but the ones a tourist can get their hands on barely go half the speed of a similar scooter thats owned by a resident. Everyone and everything is just blowing by you-- nothing enjoyable about it. We just stick to taxis as well.
  3. It's also because a bunch of them haven't even reopened yet. One of our favorites (because of its half a block walk from Back Bay Amtrak station among other reasons), The Fairmont Copley Plaza, is only reopening this coming weekend. I think as more hotels figure out their short to medium term operating strategy, you'll start seeing more availability a bit further out. I would stay off of Hotwire, Expedia, or most other third party booking sites-- with hotels hit as hard as they have been the deals, and the most flexible terms, are going to be booking directly with the hotels themselves. To save money they are going to try and cut out the middlemen.
  4. She was designed to sail til 40 years old-- much longer than most cruise ships.
  5. The seas can be rough at times-- very unpredictable though. It's more that it can also be colder on the first 3 days and last 3 days at sea-- uncomfortable to be in the pool or sunbathe outside cold. Unless you have a ton of time or really enjoy a bunch of sea days I think Hawaiian vacations are much better done flying to the islands and staying there.
  6. Its very close-- maybe a 5-8 minute walk. There are a few that are a little bit closer-- I think theres a Marriott and a Hyatt that are directly across the street. But its sort of splitting hairs unless you wouldn't be up for a short walk.
  7. CDC just extended the cancellation of all cruises trough September citing that cruises are a major cause of spread of the virus. On top of that Hawaii is said to be mulling a cruise ban through the end of the year. Not to be debbie downer but I seriously doubt that POA will operate in 2020.
  8. You beat me to answering your own question-- if you wanted something unique and organized, I was going to say that the caves might be a good option. Frankly you can't go wrong just picking a nice beach for the day but if you want to make sure to see something else while on the island I'm sure they will enjoy the adventure of going underground for a bit.
  9. If you're looking for something thats a bit more updated, more what you would find in Manhattan, the W Hoboken is also a good choice and still on the river with views of midtown.
  10. They had some fabulous deals at the height of the shutdown-- we were able to book with them for what equates to be around $350 a night.
  11. You can also fly through JFK direct. There is a rumor that American will restart Philadelphia to Bermuda service in the next couple months but that it will only operate 2-3 times per week. Again, its unsubstantiated but I heard it from someone who is often right with these things. The new testing regime is a bit stringent-- to be frank its making us reconsider going. Its evolved a little over the past week but they are requiring a negative test, taken no longer than 5 days prior (and ideally 3 days prior which is difficult to obtain), be presented upon arrival. You will then take a test at the airport and then immediately proceed to your hotel where you must quarantine in your room for the 6 or so hours it takes for them to process that test. Once you receive the all clear you are free to go about the island. You must go to a testing site and retake the test on day 3 and on day 7 although you do not need to quarantine prior to the results. You have to pay a $75 processing fee prior to arrival per person which will cover all testing. I fully support why they are doing this, but we are wondering if this would really make for a relaxing getaway.
  12. Just got a predeparture briefing from our Bermuda hotel regarding changes in ground transportation that was just published by the Ministry of Tourism and Transport. Going forward all mini busses must operate at less than 50% capacity with everyone wearing masks-- 30 passenger minibuses with no more than 14 passengers, 22 seat busses with 10 passengers etc. I have to imagine thats going to be another major reason cruising will be a long ways from coming back to the island. If you cant move large amounts of people around efficiently theres no point to bringing them there in the first place. On top of that they are requesting all taxi transactions now be cashless with a credit card-- cant imagine the local drivers are going to be thrilled about that.
  13. I mean I guess thats fair-- $2500 isn't something to sniff at. Thats also assuming that Southwest even survives in its current form which isn't a sure bet but they are in better shape than others. If they somehow went into bankruptcy restructuring theres a good chance those outstanding points and credits could become worthless. For a larger group I would then just splurge on hiring a private service-- either a couple large SUVs or a minibus. Will save you a lot of headaches trying to corral your group in expensive taxis. Getting from LGA over to Cape Liberty is a total PITA and rife with opportunities to get caught in crippling traffic.
  14. QE2 visited Quebec City many, many times over the years. I was talking about going all the way to Montreal which I'm nearly positive she never did because of her height and size. I do believe the old Sagafjord and Vistafjord/Caronia both visited Montreal numerous times as Cunarders.
  15. While it's encouraging that the 14 day quarantine requirement now has a reasonable work around with the negative test, it's not like even the inter island cruise on Pride of America is coming back any time soon. While you can visit the islands starting in August, the ship itself is a prime environment for the virus to spread in. I can't see them giving the green light on that right away.
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