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Reconsidering Cruise Transfers: Using Mass Transit Eases The Cruiser's Budget

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Cruising is the among the top forms of travel today. Further, it is the most exciting. In the United States, there is are a handful of cities home to popular cruise ports. Traveling to and from any cruise port is the most challenging. In part, it can be really exciting. It too can be a cruise passenger’s least favorite part of the trip. When cruise passengers arrive at the airport or train station near their departure port, they have to locate their transfers. They encounter the same situation when they disembark from their cruise.

Cruise transfers can be pricy, especially when a whole family is traveling together. Transfers can cost passengers as much as $30.00 per person. There are port cities which leave cruise passengers no choice but to purchase transfers. On a weekly basis, passengers would always be saying, “I don’t have a prearranged transfer. What should I do?” or “I don’t have a transfer. My travel agent never booked them.”. Before making the decision on paying a mind-blowing taxi fare, cruise passengers should look to mass transit as a their first option. There are a variety of cruise departure cities around the United States where mass transit is plentiful.

The first port on the list is Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. The Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is the most mass-transit friendly departure port on the east coast. The MBTA’s silver bus line takes passengers from Logan Airport to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Passengers traveling to Boston via train are in greater shape. South Station is located on the same route. Passengers arriving at North Station are to take the green line to Park Street and connect with the red line to South Station. Those who wish to take the T subway to and from Logan Airport, the MBTA’s blue line is accessible via free shuttle buses by Massport. The ride time is approximately twenty minutes. Wherever in Boston visitors wish to go, the Charlie Ticket fare is $1.70 each way per person.

The second departure port on the list is New York City. New York City has two cruise terminals; the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and the Brooklyn-Red Hook Terminal. Further, the New York area is mass transit heaven. Passengers who are traveling into New York City by train are in luck. The trip to the Manhattan terminal is a quick one. Upon arrival at New York Penn Station, passengers are to take the C or E subway north to 50th Street. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal is four blocks west of the 50th Street station. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal is located on 12th Avenue, between 47th and 50th Streets.

If traveling from Kennedy Airport, the trip is very simple. First, passengers must take the AirTrain to Jamaica Center and then connect with the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station. From Penn Station, they are to take the C or E subway to 50th Street. The other option for passengers to consider is taking the E subway directly from Jamaica Center to 50th Street. The estimated riding time on either route is forty minutes, but will cost cruise passengers a lot less than purchasing transfers. LaGuardia Airport is the most difficult of the three airports to reach via mass transit. LaGuardia, unfortunately, is accessible via the bus only.

The Brooklyn-Red Hook Terminal is well-accessible by mass transit. If flying into Kennedy Airport, passengers are to take the JFK AirTrain to the Howard Beach station and connect to the A subway. Passengers will then take the A subway to Jay Street-Borough Hall in Brooklyn. At Jay Street-Borough Hall, M61 bus will take them to the cruise terminal. The Brooklyn-Red Hook Cruise Terminal is located off Van Brunt Street. The subway and bus ride takes a combined half an hour in either direction. With an MTA MetroCard, the New York City bus or subway fare is $2.75 per person.

New Jersey is home to the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne. Getting to the Cape Liberty terminal via mass transit is a walk in the park. The station closest to Bayonne is Newark Penn Station. If arriving at Newark Penn Station on Amtrak, passengers can take the PATH train east to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Amtrak and NJ Transit also serve Newark-Liberty International Airport. Cruise passengers can board the Newark Airport AirTrain monorail. At the Newark Airport station, passengers will connect with NJ Transit trains to Newark Penn Station.

The Exchange Place light rail station is less than one hundred feet from the PATH station. The light rail train takes passengers south to 34th Street in Bayonne. From there, it’s a quick three-minute taxi ride to the cruise terminal. If arriving at Kennedy Airport, cruise passengers can take the Air Train to Jamaica Center and take with the E subway to the World Trade Center. From the World Trade Center, it’s a quick PATH train ride to Exchange Place. There, they can board the light rail train to 34th Street. The second option is taking the E subway to 34th Street-Penn Station. After exiting New York Penn Station, it’s a one-block walk to the 33rd Street PATH station. From 33rd Street, the passengers will go to Hoboken Terminal. There, they will connect with the light rail train. The average ride time from Kennedy Airport to Bayonne via mass transit is fifty minutes, while the ride time from Newark Airport is thirty-five minutes. The light rail fare is $2.10 per adult and $1.05 for children. PATH honors the MTA Metro Card. The PATH fare is $2.00. Children under five years of age ride FREE. Paying such cheap fares is indefinitely far better than purchasing transfers.

The final city on the list is San Francisco. It is a departure port which passengers can get around easily via mass transit. For those planning to sail from San Francisco, getting to the cruise terminal via mass transit is the most convenient trip imaginable. San Francisco International Airport’s BART subway station is located in the international arrivals building on the lower level. Passengers are to take the BART subway to the Embarcadero station downtown. The approximate ride time is thirty minutes. After exiting the Embarcadero station, they will then take the light rail train to Embarcadero & Greenwich Street, at a cost of $2.00. The cruise terminal is located at Pier 27. If flying into Oakland International Airport, the BART subway will take cruise passengers from the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station to Embarcadero. The ride time is twenty minutes. Same as before, they can take the light rail train to Embarcadero & Greenwich Street. The ride time on the light rail is seven minutes.

The adult fare on BART subway from San Francisco International Airport is $8.10 and $3.80 for seniors/disabled. The adult fare from Coliseum/Oakland Airport is $3.00 and $1.40 for seniors/disabled. The ride in either direction is quick and well-affordable. Passengers will be on board their ship having a good time in no time.

Cruising is the most relaxing, fun, and greatest way to see the world. However, when it comes to traveling to and from the cruise terminal, the process is whole other story. Yes, cruise line transfers are expensive. Yes, the ride to and from the airport can be time-consuming. Yes, the cost of cruise transfers is money you could easily save for your on board expenses. Whether passengers are planning to sail out of Boston, New York, New Jersey, or San Francisco, consider the option of using mass transit. The length of time may be one issue, but saving your money by not purchasing transfers is a huge plus. The only catch is that passengers should refrain from packing heavily. The lighter, the better. Cruise passengers should not stress over having to purchase cruise transfers. Saving money is a great thing to do when traveling nowadays. Using mass transit to and from the cruise port is more than a smart way of traveling. It is the utmost affordable and feasible way for cruise passengers to keep money in their pockets.



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