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  1. Easy is a subjective term that isn't so easy to answer. I've lived here my entire life and I try to avoid flying into LGA anytime I can. Whenever possible, and it almost always is, I aim to go out of JFK, and if not, Newark...more recently because I don't live in Brooklyn or Queens anymore. A lot of what can affect your ground transport, which is what you've asked about after arriving into either airport, is the time of day - rush hour/commuters - and the weather...oh and if there's an event happening near LGA (baseball game, tennis or something else near Flushing Meadow Park vicinity) because traffic can be pretty intense. There are ways to get into Manhattan via mass transit from either airport though these aren't always appealing for out of town visitors; they are more reliable, generally, and much less expensive. The shuttles (coach buses) tend to be pretty good and less expensive but again, if there is traffic, it'll take a bit longer. I had a particularly dreadful trip home last year flying home from Houston into JFK; just lots of traffic, it took so long because we had to go over the 59th Street Bridge aka Ed Koch Bridge, getting there was not quick. Almost missed a plane out of LGA on a Saturday morning because a commuter train just stopped en route...by the time it finally got going I caught the M160 bus to LGA in Harlem and made it in time to the security line. Basically, even with mass transit, shuttles, you just never know. I can't think of a time I've ever taken a taxi except when I lived about 3 miles from the airport for 17 years, it was a local car service that cost probably average about $8 over the years. Even when I moved to Brooklyn, for a time, I'd go back to my old neighborhood and park, take the taxi a few miles to the terminals. So spoiled! (Mass transit options from JFK are the A train, subway, and LIRR, commuter rail goes into Penn Station, both reachable via SkyTrain from terminals) Long story short: whatever you decide to do, allow plenty of time for travel day so that you have plenty of time to make it to port. As was mentioned, Grand Central Terminal (where the shuttles arrive at) has many restaurants on the lower level that are decent and some higher end restaurants too if you care to sit down for a proper meal. The Terminal itself is lovely and historic and full of locals and visitors alike, you'll see lots of people taking selfies and sometimes even brides and grooms posing for pictures. You never know. Also, if you were thinking of taking the shuttle to the city, it's arguable to simply take one ride and pay the money for the taxi instead. Making all the transfers to get from the airport to the city to the port would be exhausting; not having to make any transfers at all would be worth the cost of a taxi if you've never been here before or had a lot of luggage or just weren't particularly into a multi-step journey prior to starting a relaxing cruise. Fares are set and you cannot be overcharged by a yellow taxi or car hire app. If you use a yellow taxi, be sure to get in the queue at the proper place curbside because there are people there managing the process. Whatever you decide to do, have a safe and wonderful journey. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. No worries, and of course that makes sense. As this is a global matter and folks are planning travels from place to place all over the planet, it seemed like it definitely could not hurt to get it in front of more eyeballs. The more people who have access to the information, the more value the information has. If no one knows where it is or even that we have it, then it's not useful. It's not an exciting topic, travel insurance, I grant you, but it is important. In a moment like we are experiencing now, it's helpful to give everyone easy access to information. And that's all it's meant to be, information, optional. Nothing more than that. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ˜ฎ๏ธ
  3. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  4. Hi hammo! Everyone here is kind of on island time already ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, car hire isn't that common on these port visits, but that said, it does happen though more often in Tahiti and Fiji (think Suva). You are stopping in some amazing places (I'm a bit envious!) and so while it's surely possible, these are the reasons it might requite a bit more waiting to get helpful answers. Not as many cruisers calling in these ports, fewer renting cars. In Fiji I just walked places. I can drive anywhere/anytime in New York City, my hometown which intimidates a LOT of people, but I'm less keen on driving places overseas! Nevertheless, I have faith in our amazing community, we have the best in the world, and that's not just me being biasedโ€“which I surely am, it's verified. In the meantime, search back through our topics, you may just find what you need! I hope when you return from your wonderful journey, you'll be back and let us know how it went. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  6. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  7. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  8. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  9. Use Google! It's the best starting point to help you find what you are hoping to find. How to start? Go to google.com and type in exactly what you wrote here: "resorts in mediterranean sea for port visits" (omit the quotation marks) You'll probably have a lot of results, and spoiler alert, the ones that are on the first page (scroll down to the bottom to see the number of pages you have for results, but no, you needn't read them all!) tend to be the ones that A) paid to land on page one or B) know how to promote themselves C) combination of A & B. That might or might not mean they are right for you but it can be a good place to start to get ideas for what is out there. A better way to narrow it down is to add in one of the port calls into your search and do each port individually, this way you won't have to search through as many results. So for example, better to do a search for: resorts in St Tropez for port call, or, resorts in Corfu....etc. You get the idea. If you haven't already, look through our message boards. There are plenty of topics here (and on other boards) where people discuss how/when they found ways to visit a beach or go kayaking, snorkeling, etc. It all depends upon what you wish to do. Hope this helps. There's also something to be said for spontaneity; you can book things when you come into port (avoiding costly ship excursions) or go DIY. But finding out what's available before you arrive is definitely good planning. Have fun planning!
  10. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  11. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  12. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  13. Everyone can read five free New York Times articles per month. If one has not yet reached their limit of five free, you should be able to click on to the article and read it without being a subscriber. If you're at the limit and blocked by the paywall, your library card will usually grant access the library's subscription, if not online, certainly at their local branch. Some libraries (schools and public) may not subscribe to every papers, but many do!! Hope this helps.
  14. From The New York Times today regarding the Diamond Princess and some other cruise news: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/world/asia/coronavirus-cruise-ship.html
  15. SCMP >>>> South China Morning Post, in case anyone wasn't familiar with the acronym. My sister works for NASA and when she starts speaking in letters (I know a few of them!) I usually have to remind her I don't speak NASA. Especially when other NASA people are in the room ๐Ÿ˜‰ I tend to the do the same thing when it comes to finance which I far less exciting than Space. Or travel. Thanks for the points of reference @mking8288. We recommend the Cruise News board for conversations stemming from news of the day. Also helpful may be Cruise Travel/Insurance for anyone who may have questions related to their policies. We want you to be able to communicate as always, but we also want everyone to be able to find information you need right now. As this matter has reached global proportions, we believe the more organized we are, the better we can assist you. Safe travels to everyone and thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚
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