I posted this in the port hotel/transportation thread but haven't had any luck, so thought I'd try soliciting the opinions of the RCCL experts...
I'm leaving Saturday (!!!) to drive to Bayonne, NJ, for my cruise out of Cape Liberty, which leaves Sunday. We have a hotel package that allows us to leave our car at the hotel; however, it does not include a shuttle to the port.
I've read in many reviews that Cape Liberty can be a mess and that sometimes people sit in taxis in traffic forever as the meter runs up. Based on this info, my husband researched a car service to take us from the hotel to the port on embarkation day and vice versa the day we get off the ship. The cost runs $45 (flat rate) each way.
My questions are...
How much does it typically cost by taxi? Would this be worth it?
If we're having a car pick us up at Cape Liberty on the day we return, what time should we tell them? I don't want to be standing in the cold in Bayonne, waiting... I also don't want to make them mad if it takes us awhile to get off the ship. (I don't even know if RCCL does it, but we will NEVER do self-disembarkation again...we'd be happy being the very last people off the ship!)
Any help would be much appreciated!
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
I sailed on Explorer out of Cape Liberty in early December, loved it!! I read that taxis to Port Liberty run $40-45 and planned to use one to get from my airport hotel to the port. There was a huge storm the day I was to board and the hotel booked a towncar for me, not the cab I'd asked for. I was a bit annoyed, especially b/c the driver told me the regular price was $75 but b/c of the storm it would be $85 and it had to be cash. If I used a credit card he would charge me in additional 15% service charge!! Sounds outrageous, huh? Well, everything works out. It took 1 hour 20 minutes to get me dropped off at the port. The lineup was an hour long. Literally fistights were breaking out. $85 was a bargain and I plan to use towncars again for my next two Explorer cruises in 2008. As for picking up afterward, I would go with cabs b/c if you arrive late you end up paying the waiting fees for the towncar, as a friend did who was on my December cruise. We were supposed to dock at 8 a.m. but didn't get in until 10:30 and she wasn't off the ship until 1:30 p.m. The car service cut her a deal but she still had to pay 2-1/2 times the fare.