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  1. In addition to budget, we need the exact date you need a hotel? Number of people? Bed size requirements? Are you flying or driving? If driving, where are you coming from and are you looking for a park/sleep/cruise or are you parking at the port? If flying, are you looking for a sleep/cruise or are you arranging your own transportation.
  2. The OP is currently booked at Jersey Gardens Mall which IMO does not have easy access to transit unless you Uber to Newark Penn Station, which is always an option. OP - what tour exactly are you looking at? I’m not seeing anything at either “Met” that is specifically at 10:30 on a Saturday.
  3. Great catch! I’m an opera fan and the Met is the opera to me. I know they do tours. Anyway, we can give directions to the Metropolitan Museum, which is more complicated. Even more reason to consider changing hotels to Newark to minimize the travel time.
  4. To get to the Met you would have to take the hotel shuttle to the P4 Airtrain Station, which is the connection point for all the hotel shuttles (you will have been through this station when you arrived). Take the Airtrain to the Newark Airport Train Station. https://www.panynj.gov/airports/pdf/ewr-airtrain-brochure-english.pdf Buy a ticket to New York Penn Station for $13/pp each way. There are about 3 trains per hour on a Saturday. https://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo You should leave your hotel between 8 and 8:30 am. At New York Penn Station you have easy access into the 8th Ave Subway uptown. Take the A or C train (not the E train) uptown 3 stops to 59th St/ Columbus Circle and walk up Broadway to the Met. You could get a bit closer to The Met by transferring, but IMO the transfer to the #1 train is confusing. http://web.mta.info/maps/Large_Print_Map.pdf Having said all that, I would consider changing your precruise hotel from the Jersey Gardens Mall to the Hilton Doubletree Penn Station (name is being changed from Hilton Penn Station to a Doubletree this month). This hotel should be competitively priced with your current booking (which hotel at the mall?) and has a skywalk connection to Newark Penn Station. Train fare to NY Penn is $5.25. This will cut your travel time in half. An Uber to the port should be in the $20-25 range (how were you planning to get to the port?)
  5. What date do you sail? Where are you staying? How many people? What is your hotel budget? How are you getting to the area? If flying, which airport? If you have a full day, it is certainly possible to get to the Met by public transit. How easy it is to do will depend on your date and where you are staying.
  6. Here is the link to the PATH weekend ferry process from Exchange Place to Lower Manhattan with all the details about how it works. Last ferry is 11:30 pm. https://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories/advisories-path-weekend-closures.html You can also take the Hudson Bergen light rail a block+ away from the Newport stop behind the Mall (pedestrian cut through from Washington St) to Exchange Place for $2.25 (Senior fare available) For an easier trip, you can walk to the Newport PATH Station from the Westin and ride to 33rd & 6th in midtown. Easy walk up Broadway to Times Square and option to go up the Empire State among other things to do in midtown. The entire Jersey City waterfront is a walkway. http://hudsonriverwaterfront.org/map/map4.html I’m sure you can find some place to sit and drink your wine. If you want to shop, there’s Newport Mall up the street.
  7. Hotwire says it will be the Lenox, Hotel Commonwealth, or the Langham. And if you look at “details”, it says the last person got the Hotel Commonwealth. Also, it says it’s .2 miles from Fenway Park, which makes the Commonwealth most likely. Anyway, at $138 it’s a steal regardless of which hotel it is.
  8. https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=breakfast_brunch&find_loc=Jersey+City%2C+NJ Brownstone Diner (listed in the above link) has been mentioned before on this thread. You’d have to drive there. Also cruisers have mentioned Broadway Diner in Bayonne not far from the port. I don’t know how “inexpensive” these places are, but I sure they’re not charging hotel prices. IMO if it’s costing you $12.50 to use your points at the Westin, it’s a great deal and will be a totally different experience from staying anywhere at the airport. I think the Westin has views from the top floor, so check that out. Another thought for a mini excursion - read the sticky about PATH at the top of this forum. PATH Service between Exchange Place and World Trade is currently replaced by ferry service on Sat and Sun. For $2.75/pp each way you can ride the ferry across the Hudson and back to see the sights.
  9. https://www.opentable.com/landmark/restaurants-near-the-westin-jersey-city-newport Yes. There are lots of offices in the area. My company along with many other companies moved everyone out of the Wall Street area after 911.
  10. My experience with Hotwire is that they quote a base price and add any taxes and fees to create the price they quote you. If you like the final quote, you buy it. If you don’t like the final quote, you don’t buy it. What date are you looking at? Back Bay/Copley? What makes you think it is the Sheraton? There are a bunch of similar hotels in that area.
  11. I personally think it’s worth it. The atmosphere in the Newport area of Jersey City is new and upscale whereas the airport area is urban industrialized. The hotel is a few city blocks from I78. You can actually stroll on the waterfront and see lower NYC day and night. The Freedom Tower is lit up at night and it’s awesome.
  12. The Westin would be great. Sorry - Didn’t even think to mention that since you asked about three specific hotels. That whole area of Jersey City is recently developed with hotels, restaurants, services, Newport Mall, and a nice waterfront promenade. It’s usually a more expensive hotel and I bet more points. Also a charge for parking. IMO it’s not more difficult to get to the port (it’s actually closer), but it is a little bit of extra driving (well worth it) on I78 and local streets. I have stayed at the Courtyard Newport and Residence Inn in that area and would recommend them as well.
  13. Meg’s post from late Feb refers to hotels in Linden, NJ. The outlet mall area in Elizabeth is fine. IMO it’s the best area EWR has to offer because it’s an easy off easy on for the turnpike and it has eateries and the mall including movies. It’s the best this highly urban industrialized area has to offer.
  14. Residence Inn and Courtyard Elizabeth are on International Blvd easily accessible from Turnpike exit 13A. This is the only area at the airport that has a choice of non hotel restaurants. The Courtyard has a restaurant and Residence Inn offers free breakfast. IHOP, Ruby Tuesday’s, Applebee’s, Johnny Rockets, and the Jersey Gardens Mall food Court are your nearby food choices. Based on the feedback on this forum, I would pick Residence Inn. The Renaissance is on Route 1&9 and is trickier to get to. It has an on site restaurant. i believe there will be a parking charge for all 3 hotels.
  15. Do you have any NYC sightseeing objectives on your precruise day? Do you want to be somewhere where you have a choice of restaurants other than the hotel? Do you have a hotel chain preference or dislike? Do you have a hotel budget? I’m assuming 2 people. mjaycacmom is right - you can book the hotel yourself and use Uber Lyft to the port. Rooms are under $200, so you would spend less than the RCL hotel/transfer. Newark is a highly urban area and is not a vacation destination. Most hotels have no walkable access to other restaurants and services and some hotels offer free breakfast, but have no restaurant at all.
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