Note....if the links don't work, you may want to just try copying it into your browser, typing it, or, what the heck...Googleing it!!!
Helpful Cape Liberty Info:
Update: March 2010:
A few Marriott-branded hotels have recently started a park/stay cruise package that does NOT include transportation to the pier....but it might still be a good option. Rates vary based on time of year and property:
Courtyard Newark Airport
Spring Hill Suites Newark Airport
Newark Airport Marriott
Renaissance EWR Airport
Area hotel listing:
Courtyard by Marriott Newark/Elizabeth : www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrez-courtyard-newark-elizabeth
recently renovated, now featuring the new Courtyard lobby. There is no longer a sit down place to eat, it's kind of a walk up place..think Starbucks with more food choices....click this link for details: http://www.gocourtyard.com/
Residence Inn by Marriott Newark/Elizabeth www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewreb-residence-inn-newark-elizabeth-liberty-international-airport/
also recently renovated-nice rooms with flat screen TVs--I just wish they redid the tubs! Not bad, but they should have retouched them! FYI-if you want to buy a snack in the "market"-I got a bag of chips and a candy bar for $4.46! Highway robbery! Yes it's "convenient" and an "airport hotel" but it would have been cheaper AT the airport...
Country Inn & Suites Newark/Elizabeth www.countryinns.com/newarknj_airport
Newark Airport Marriott www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrap-newark-liberty-international-airport-marriott/
Courtyard Jersey City www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrnw-courtyard-jersey-city-newport/
Renaissance Newark Airport www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrnr-renaissance-newark-airport-hotel/
(rooms and bathrooms on the small side....halls darkish....rooms are clean and have new bedding and TVs, but are in need of a touch up. Overall though this is a decent place...just nothing around!)
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Newark Airport http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrsa-springhill-suites-newark-liberty-international-airport/
The SHS is good for a pre cruise stay. It's a little hard to get into if you are driving due to the wacky road convergence.....hatd to explain, but when it says stay a certain lane on directions, stay in that lane!
UPDATE AUGUST 2010-tried this hotel again, be advised that there is a LOT of noise-not only from outside but the hotel itself: people, a/c, everything. It's still a decent place to stay, but I prefer the choices in Elizabeth.
Fairfield Inn & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott Newark Airport-adjacent to the SHS above. Again, fine for a night or so, but nothing around although the CY restaurant would be OK in a pinch!
Jersey City Hyatt http://www.jerseycity.hyatt.com/
Wyndham Garden Newark Airport www.wyndham.com/hotels/EWRAP/main.wnt -kind of old -was something else...NOTHING around.
Hilton Penn Station Newark NJ (not Penn station NY!) http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/EWRHGHF-Hilton-Newark-Penn-Station-New-Jersey/index.do Connected to Newark Penn Station. Be advised-the are VERY tough when it comes to guests taking the shuttle from the airport to the hotel unless you are actually a GUEST. They CHECK!
Doubletree Jersey City http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/EWRWTDT-Doubletree-Hotel-Jersey-City-New-Jersey/index.do
Sheraton Newark Airport http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=796
Homewood Suites by Hilton Edgewater :http://homewoodsuites1.hilton.com/en_US/hw/hotel/EWREWHW-Homewood-Suites-by-Hilton-Edgewater-NYC-Area-New-Jersey/index.do
W Hoboken-brand new-about 3-4 blocks from the PATH station in Hoboken-and close to NY Waterway Ferry into NYC.http://www.starwoodhotels.com/
Ramada Newark Airport (formerly Holiday Inn) http://www.ramada.com/ - this is actually a Ramada and a Ramada Plaza. Two buildings on one piece of property run as two hotels (but it's basically one place!) Different rates and probably different room styles and amenities. This was a Holiday Inn and was decent for the price (usually about $60-75). Good place just to crash, but nothing around really. Now that it is a Ramada, I question how long it will remain a decent option, as Ramadas in this part of the world tend to get run down.
Hilton Garden Inn NY/Staten Island : Offers a shuttle to the pier. I haven't stayed here, but HGIs are generally nice hotels and it is another option: www.hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=EWRSIGI
Update May 2010
New Jersey Transit http://www.njtransit.com/
PATH Info (for PATH trains into NYC and JFK/EWR/LGA airport info) http://www.panynj.com/
NY Waterway Ferry: http://www.nywaterway.com/ RIGHT next to the Hoboken PATH stop.
A bus option from EWR into NYC (there are others too)
NYC Subway/LIRR/Metro North: http://www.mta.info/
Info on getting FROM Manhattan to EWR: http://gonyc.about.com/cs/airlinesairports/a/getto_ewr.htm
http://www.511ny.org/ is the official traffic and transit site for the state of NY...and you can call 511 from the phone if you're IN New York as well......probably a good thing to check out.
A FEW CAR SERVICE OPTIONS:
http://www.trulimo.com/ Another excellent option...they even have a vehicle that is wheelchair accessible. Excellent customer service. I used them for our last cruise and just booked for the next one. Reasonable price as well...(they are coming about an hour from their home base to get us!)
Black Executive Cars: http://www.blackexecutivecars.com/ VERY reliable, courteous, prompt responses to emails! Excellent!
Bayonne Taxi and Shuttle....picks up at some EWR area - 201-339-5000
Twins Mobility Limo - If you have a need for wheelchair transportation, this is the place! They are wonderful and the van is nicer than your average van. They tried to make it look a little more like a "limo"....Excellent service, prompt response. Just used them for our May 2010 cruise!
OTHER FUN STUFF
IKEA (near hotels off exit 13 A) www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/IkeaNearYouView?storeId=12&langId=-1&StoreName=elizabeth
Cape Liberty website: http://www.cruiseliberty.com/
Jersey Gardens Mall http://www.jerseygardens.com/
New York City Hop On/Hop Off bus: http://www.inetours.com/New_York/Tours/NYC_Tours.html
Coach USA NYC Sightseeing www.coachusa.com/newyorksightseeing/
Gray Line Tours http://www.grayline.com/Grayline/destinations/us/newyork.go
Liberty State Park: http://www.libertystatepark.org/
Statue of Liberty: www.nps.gov/stli
New York Tours--full day or park day...with pickup from Jersey Cty/Meadowlands area hotels, and P4 at EWR Airport...... http://www.newyorktoursnyc.com/ -Looks like you see EVERYTHING...the full day tour goes to Statue of Liberty....there is an extra charge for the ferry (probably not much!) I haven't taken this but looks comprehensive from brochure.
Century 21 Department store (great bargains can be found!) http://www.c21stores.com/
Other NYC Shopping Info: http://www.ny.com/shopping/
Discount Broadway show tickets: http://www.tdf.org/
Metropolitan Museum of Art... http://www.metmuseum.org/
ATLANTIC CITY: about 2-3 hours away. You can rent a car/drive, or hop a bus. Train would take too long as I htink you have to go from EWR to Philadelphia-30th street and change. Not worth the aggravation.
Try Academy Bus: http://www.academybus.com/casinos_general_information.asp
Grocery Store...Stop n Shop
SUPER Stop n Shop located next to entrance to port area (there's a couple other things there too!)
(It is too far to walk, and a cab is about $8 each way. It's around 2.0 miles from the terminal. The driveway into the pier is next to the shopping center-but it is a 2 mile walk into the terminal area with NO sidewalks and technically you aren't permitted to walk. That's not to say people don't do it....I would NOT suggest it......)
Also in that area:
There is an AJ Wright, Subway, Staples, Houlihan's restaurant, a wine store, Wendy's, Dunkin Donuts, a few other things and a laundromat
Shop-Rite: 865 W. Grand St., Eilzabeth :http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=651+Kapkowski+Rd,+Elizabeth,+NJ+07201+(Jersey+Gardens+Mall)&daddr=865+W+Grand+St,+Elizabeth,+NJ+07202&hl=en&geocode=Fbh2bAIdQi-U-yErsi9nex36Sw%3B&sll=40.67248,-74.20526&sspn=0.026495,0.076904&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=14
Bayway World of Liquors (haven't been there though...here is a link to directions) 639 Bayway Ave, Elziabeth, NJ (908) 353 6300 http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=87+Glimcher+Realty+Way,+Elizabeth,+Union,+New+Jersey+07201,+United+States&daddr=639+Bayway+Ave,+Elizabeth,+Union,+New+Jersey+07202,+United+States&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&dirflg=h&sll=40.656725,-74.193405&sspn=0.053523,0.153809&ie=UTF8&ll=40.65629,-74.231529&spn=0.026762,0.076904&t=h&z=14
Walgreens: 401 Rahway Ave, Elizabeth, NJ http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&q=401+rahway+ave,+elizabeth&ll=40.659676,-74.225693&spn=0.00669,0.019226&t=h&z=16
Rite-Aid 25 S. Broad St, Elizabeth : http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=25+S+Broad+St,+Elizabeth,+NJ+07202&sll=40.659676,-74.225693&sspn=0.00669,0.019226&ie=UTF8&ll=40.663729,-74.220479&spn=0.00669,0.019226&t=h&z=16
PLACES TO EAT:
Brownstone Diner, Jersey City http://www.brownstonediner.com/
Featured on Food Network's "Diners Drive Ins and Dives"! Their pancakes look YUMMY and REALLY BIG!
Los Faroles Restaurant (never ate there, but sounds good) www.losfarolesrestaurant.com/media/flashfaroles.html
Ruby Tuesday (Near hotels off exit 13A/Jersey Gardnes Mall) http://www.rubytuesday.com/ - This location is OK in a pinch, but honeslty, my last meal there was horrible!
Iberia Peninsula Newark : http://www.iberiarestaurants.com/
iHOP (International House of Pancakes) Glimcher Realty Way adjacent to the Country Inn, Courtyard and Residence Inn in Elizabeth. This used to be the Jersey Gardens Diner, and when it opens should offer a decent, well priced option for those staying in the area. - NOW OPEN
(service was a little slow, but the server was VERY sweet-wasn't crowded which bugged me. However, the food was very good and served piping hot as it should be!)
If you are REALLY bored: in Terminal A at the airport, there is a small food court BEFORE security. Your choices are: a TGIFridays, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Place and maybe 1 or 2 other things.....and you can see some planes!
As of 11/2009 there is some renovation going on in terminals A and B so the food options may be somewhat less, temporarily, pre-security.
For a field trip, if you watch TLC's "CAKE BOSS" you can go to this bakery in Hoboken! http://www.carlosbakery.com/ . You can get there via PATH. You must change trains a few times, but it's under $2 to get there...and it's really only about 2-3 blocks from the Hoboken PATH station! GREAT cannoli and I love cannoli a lot!
Some fun places in NYC (there are thousands, here are just a few!)
Havana Cental (Times Square: Cuban) http://www.havanacentral.com/
Virgil's BBQ (Decent BBQ, Decent prices) http://www.virgilsbbq.com/
John's Pizzeria NYC http://www.johnspizzerianyc.com/
Trattoria Dopo Teatro (Italian, in Theatre District) http://www.dopoteatro.com/
Serendipity (Famous Frozen hot chocolate!) http://www.serendipity3.com/
Craving a great burger in NYC? Check this out...http://www.burgerrankings.com/
A group of friends who go out monthly to different burger places. Peter Luger's is a famous steakhouse....SO, gettting a burger may be a great way to check it out! Never been there, but maybe someday!
WANT TO SEE ONE OF THE MORNING NEWS SHOWS??
Good Morning America info : http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=144752
TODAY Show: http://www.todayshow.com/
OR...LIVE with Regis & Kelly: http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/regisandkelly/get_tickets.htmlThe View :
David Letterman: http://lateshow.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/show_info/tickets
New train service from NYC and Newark Penn station.....LIMITED SERVICE, Fri, Sat, Sun ONLY but may be interesting for some. It is called the ACES train!