(Closed) Getting to the cruise port: Bus the day of or train the day before?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
  • poll: What would you do?
    Bus Charter. You'll be fine. These charters run all the time without issue. : (8 votes)
    47 %
    Spring for Amtrak and the night in the city. I'd rather be safe than sorry. : (9 votes)
    53 %
    Other... : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    Bumble bee

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    On the West coast the trains are always late and break down all the time, but the buses never fail.

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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.

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