Post # 1
We live in Upstate, NY and will be leaving out of the Manhattan cruise port (approx. 3.5 hours away). Our original plan was to take a bus charter down the morning of for $80 p/person round trip (it’s a charter for the actual cruise lines so it drops us off right at the port). I’m sure this would be fine but I just fear that the unthinkable will happen and we won’t be able to get to the port in time for departure (i.e. pileup on the highway, mechanical issues, weather, etc…) so we’re now considering Amtrak.
Amtrak is slightly more ($104 p/person round trip) and we would have to get to the city the day before which means the added expense of a hotel, a nice dinner out (because you just have to when you’re only in the city for a night!) and taxi’s. I found a decent hotel for $240 p/night so I estimate that going the Amtrak route will end up costing us about $450 more than the bus charter route.
We could afford the added expense but I doubt Fiance will be very happy about it. I’m just worried about getting screwed if something uncontrollable happens and in the event something did, we would totally kick ourselves for not coughing up the extra money.
What would you do if you were us?
ETA: I’ll add that Fiance doesn’t want to drive our car down. He’s not comfortable leaving it there for a week. Besides, parking is $30 per day (ridiculous!) so that alone would almost cover the hotel room.
Post # 3
Better safe than sorry, especially something as expensive and planned out as a cruise. Perhaps you can put some monetary gifts from the wedding towards the expense?
Post # 3
If it’s a charter for the cruise line, then if there’s a problem getting there, they’ll take care of you. That gives you an extra night to pack and get ready.
Post # 4
Hmm, perhaps you could call the charter company and ask what happens in event of traffic issues, etc. Is there an alternate route/plan?
In my experience both Greyhound and Amtrak can be pretty unreliable at times, so Amtrak may not be any better. I would think a bus connected to the cruise itself would be the most reliable.
Post # 5
@iswimibikeirun & @kerensa: Good points. The bus passengers will all be fellow cruisers so I guess they’d have to have some kind of back-up plan.
I agree that Amtrak can be pretty unreliable but atleast coming in the day before, we have a little bit of wiggle room.
I emailed our TA to see what she reccomends. I’m sure she thinks I’m a total fruit loop. lol
Post # 6
On the West coast the trains are always late and break down all the time, but the buses never fail.
Post # 7
I have taken amtrak a ton and I would take the charter. My trains almost always are up to 24 hours late. I like the train for casual travel but would not rely on it for timed travel departures.
Post # 8
Maybe not the train, but I would find some way to get there a day early. Fiance and I went on a cruise (to be fair, we live in MN and our ship was in Miami) and it’s a DAMN good thing we got to FL a day early because he bought tickets to the wrong airport. No joke. He wanted to get there a day early “just in case something happens,” and little did he know that the thing that happens would be him! Did you use hotwire or something like that? You can get super good deals that way.
(For the record, Fiance is barred from making any further travel arrangements)
Post # 9
I would take the bus. Amtrak is delayed a LOT; all the passengers on the bus with you will be cruise passengers, so if anything’s delayed you’ll at least have each other; $450 extra is a lot, unless you WANT to have a fun night in NYC.
Post # 10
You guys are right. The bus does seem like the best option. I’d much rather put that money towards extra stuff in Bermuda.
Post # 11
I would say the train, because in my experience buses have more delays than Amtrack, but since its the cruise lines charter i would take that. When i took a cruise we had to wait for the cruise to depart becase one of the cruise lines airport shuttles was delayed. If those passengers had taken an ooutside shuttle, the cruise would not have waited for them. I would contact the cruise line to see what happens if the charter is delayed.
Post # 12
So this is official transfer service offered by the cruise line? Not just an independant service right? If so, absolutely go with that. That way you are covered if there are delays, the ship won’t take off without you. Its always recommended to use the cruises offical transfer services. If its an Amtrak then your on your own. Save money and be protected.