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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Because we docked in Brooklyn for a short day, we did not have enough time in port. Too far from must-sees to go on one's own. Secondly, an excursion that had initially been listed to MOMA (and one I put off) had mysteriously ... Read More
Because we docked in Brooklyn for a short day, we did not have enough time in port. Too far from must-sees to go on one's own. Secondly, an excursion that had initially been listed to MOMA (and one I put off) had mysteriously disappeared from the list by the time I got to the ship in Quebec....and there was not enough time ashore to go by public transportation from Brooklyn to Manhattan and still have much time at the museum. This was my only disappointment of the trip. I did get off the ship just to say that I had walked around the Red Hook section of Brooklyn...and this is a steady, cold rain. enjoyed the walk anyway. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We Ubered over to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This is a very moving experience. It took me back to that morning but it also reminded of the lives that were going on right up to those tragic moments.
We Ubered over to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. This is a very moving experience. It took me back to that morning but it also reminded of the lives that were going on right up to those tragic moments. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
In Brooklyn – we walked out from the port area (very boring warehouses until Atlantic Ave.) to the riverside parks leading to the Dumbo area, then over and across the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan, followed by South street to Pier ... Read More
In Brooklyn – we walked out from the port area (very boring warehouses until Atlantic Ave.) to the riverside parks leading to the Dumbo area, then over and across the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan, followed by South street to Pier 11. From there we took the IKEA Express water taxi (free on weekends) to their huge store on the Brooklyn side. It was only a 15 minute walk back to the ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
With Manhattan right across the Brooklyn Bridge there is plenty to do in the area. But we enjoyed the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and dinner at the River Cafe.
With Manhattan right across the Brooklyn Bridge there is plenty to do in the area. But we enjoyed the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and dinner at the River Cafe. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Not only is it an ugly port but the staff are clearly untrained or simply don't care. We were sent hither and thither when trying to locate the area for pick-up by a pre-ordered car. The car was 45 minutes late. There were no ... Read More
Not only is it an ugly port but the staff are clearly untrained or simply don't care. We were sent hither and thither when trying to locate the area for pick-up by a pre-ordered car. The car was 45 minutes late. There were no facilities outside customs which was a slow and officiously obnoxious process. There was very little space to shelter from either rain or sun and few seats for those waiting for taxis or cars. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Red Hook is a disaster. Very difficult to get to. Getting in and out is difficult. One must compete with numerous tractor trailer trucks. Can easily get lost upon departure. Taxi's will not go there due to no return trips. ... Read More
Red Hook is a disaster. Very difficult to get to. Getting in and out is difficult. One must compete with numerous tractor trailer trucks. Can easily get lost upon departure. Taxi's will not go there due to no return trips. Paying for tolls over the bridges to Brooklyn does not help. Once there you are treated like cattle. One bathroom for Grill Suite passengers You also miss the aura of sailing down the Hudson and the Statue of Liberty. Cunard would be wise to abandon Brooklyn in favor of the West Side. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I live in upstate NY---Took taxi $35 from Grand Central to port--No problem and I highly recommend this. There are ALWAYS yellow cabs lined up on 42nd st outside Grand Central- They can NOT refuse to take you to Brooklyn or any of the 5 ... Read More
I live in upstate NY---Took taxi $35 from Grand Central to port--No problem and I highly recommend this. There are ALWAYS yellow cabs lined up on 42nd st outside Grand Central- They can NOT refuse to take you to Brooklyn or any of the 5 boroughs, so feel confident!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
In other ports, platinum and elite passengers have always skipped the huge line up and are taken through immediately. Disappointing that this did not occur here
In other ports, platinum and elite passengers have always skipped the huge line up and are taken through immediately. Disappointing that this did not occur here Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Manhattan would have been a little cheaper to get to but it was a smaller port so it made it easier to get in and out of.
Manhattan would have been a little cheaper to get to but it was a smaller port so it made it easier to get in and out of. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We arrived a day earlier and stayed at the Comfort Inn hotel in Red Hook. The hotel was nice, but is in a very industrialzed area and there is nothing there other than a lot of old buildings.
We arrived a day earlier and stayed at the Comfort Inn hotel in Red Hook. The hotel was nice, but is in a very industrialzed area and there is nothing there other than a lot of old buildings. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We found NYC very friendly contrary to what many think. Yes, it is a faster pace. KNOW where you are going and get a good map. Subway was fine for getting around stayed in mid Manhattan hotel and left for Newark the next day via Penn ... Read More
We found NYC very friendly contrary to what many think. Yes, it is a faster pace. KNOW where you are going and get a good map. Subway was fine for getting around stayed in mid Manhattan hotel and left for Newark the next day via Penn Central station. A lot easier that it looks, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
New York is a great place to begin a cruise. As always, we arrived a couple of days early and saw a couple of Broadway plays and did a bit of touring.
New York is a great place to begin a cruise. As always, we arrived a couple of days early and saw a couple of Broadway plays and did a bit of touring. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
As the taxi situation is a bit unreliable at Red Hook I did buy a bus transfer from Red Hook to Penn Station. Unfortunately grossly over priced but it did the job
As the taxi situation is a bit unreliable at Red Hook I did buy a bus transfer from Red Hook to Penn Station. Unfortunately grossly over priced but it did the job Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Customs and immigration was easy- we were through in a few minutes. Had a bit of a challenge locating our luggage because it wasn't deposited together.
Customs and immigration was easy- we were through in a few minutes. Had a bit of a challenge locating our luggage because it wasn't deposited together. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
The port was well staffed and folks were moved along expeditiously. Beware of the taxi & limo situation. Demand the type of car you want and ensure that the driver is prepared to accept credit cards and can make change if necessary.
The port was well staffed and folks were moved along expeditiously. Beware of the taxi & limo situation. Demand the type of car you want and ensure that the driver is prepared to accept credit cards and can make change if necessary. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
No wheelchairs (as in ZERO), few porters. Huge, warehouse-type building. The few disinterested "service" people would clearly rather be somewhere else, doing something else. Just awful. Fell short of even my low expectations for
No wheelchairs (as in ZERO), few porters. Huge, warehouse-type building. The few disinterested "service" people would clearly rather be somewhere else, doing something else. Just awful. Fell short of even my low expectations for NYC. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
We were advised to book a trip through Cunard as the whole procedure of passport control takes an age. I do believe that there should be security but 5 homeland security personnel to manage c3,600 passengers and crew is just diabolical. We ... Read More
We were advised to book a trip through Cunard as the whole procedure of passport control takes an age. I do believe that there should be security but 5 homeland security personnel to manage c3,600 passengers and crew is just diabolical. We nearly didn't make our tour as our officer just upped and left for a coffee break with no replacement. The tour was interesting and our visit to ground zero was very moving. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
Quicker through passport control. Tour bus dropped us off at Macys who weren't open at 8 o'clock in the morning so we walked. We took in the Empire State building, Grand Central Station, Central Park, Broadway, Times Square and ... Read More
Quicker through passport control. Tour bus dropped us off at Macys who weren't open at 8 o'clock in the morning so we walked. We took in the Empire State building, Grand Central Station, Central Park, Broadway, Times Square and finished up back at Macys just as the snow started. Read Less

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