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Monday, March 11, 2013

Parking at the Pier

With cruise ship home ports stretching along the Eastern Seaboard, the Gulf Coast and up the West Coast, millions of Americans and Canadians live within easy driving distance of a ship. While many cruise passengers opt for the ease and speed of air travel, there can be definite advantages to driving to your ship. You can spend the money you save on airfare to reserve a higher class of stateroom; you can enjoy the sights along the drive; and, you can bring back lots of purchases without worry about stuffing them all into your luggage or paying airline fees for extra baggage.

But, how easy is it to park your car at the pier? In most cases, it’s very easy, though there are fees involved. For example, if you’re sailing from New York City, parking is available at the Port of New York’s gated facilities with 24-hour security for $30 per day.

In Miami, you can park for about $20 per day. If you drive up in a large recreational vehicle, expect to pay about $40 per day. Miami also has a number of hotels close to the port that offer convenient “park and cruise” packages.

At the Port of New Orleans, parking is $16 per day at either the Erato Street terminal or the Julia Street terminal. There’s also a secure lot for oversized vehicles, where parking is $32 per day. It’s not possible to reserve a space in advance, but if the lots are full when you arrive, several nearby lots honor the port’s prices for cruise passengers.

The port of San Diego does not offer parking right at the pier, but there are a series of Park & Ride lots nearby that provide shuttle rides to the cruise ship terminal. Rates are approximately $10 to $11 per day.

Of course, if you’re within a few hours’ drive of your port and you’d like to completely avoid the hassle of finding a place to park, check into a taxi or limousine service that can deliver you to the cruise terminal and be waiting for you upon your return. Letting someone else do the driving could be a luxurious way to begin and end a wonderful cruise vacation. For more information, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.

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