This is good news for local cruisers, as the homeport is not especially easy to get to via public transportation -- a hot topic on our message boards. There is no subway line, and bus stops (the closest one is four blocks away) are located too far for realistic luggage transport, especially the way some of us cruisers pack!
Princess' Northeast Motorcoach program will include four roundtrip routes:
The first heads from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore; Wilmington, Delaware; Philadelphia; and Burlington, New Jersey.
Route two begins in Pennsylvania, departing from Harrisburg and traveling to Lancaster, Reading, Allentown and Easton.
The third route originates in Boston, with subsequent stops in Worcester and Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut.
The fourth route departs from Providence, Rhode Island, and travels through Connecticut with stops in New London, New Haven and Bridgeport. All routes will also operate in reverse.
The service will be available from May 12 to October 13, 2007. Roundtrip fares for the program will range between $100 and $155 per person, depending on pickup location. Additional information about the new motorcoach program is available through a professional travel agent or by calling 800-PRINCESS.
Last year, Royal Caribbean introduced a similar transport option to its New York (Cape Liberty) cruise terminal, available from select cities in the Northeast for passengers sailing on Voyager and Enchantment of the Seas. That bus fare is approximately $65.
Parking is also available at the Brooklyn terminal, at a rate of $18 per day ($126 for the week).
--written by Dan Askin, Editorial Assistant