Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harwich Port Parks

Harwich in Essex is very handy to London and it's airports by land and to mainland Europe, especially the popular cruise destination Scandinavia, by sea.

The Port offers car parking at £7.80 a day, with shuttle transfers and help with luggage. Their website has a number to call to book, and it is advisable to check with your cruise line before you cruise to find out about any deals they have for car parking.

Click here for Harwich Cruises.

Cruising from Brisbane

Brisbane is very handy to the beautiful and tropical New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, making it a great port of embarkation for cruisers who want to spend plenty of time enjoying beautiful beaches and french or melanesian culture.

Brisbane's port and airport are close together, so there are many parking options as they can service both facilities.

Portside Parking provides secure parking for Cruise passengers and air travelers, with rates from around AUD$100 for ten days, with car cleaning and detailing packages available from around AUD$33.  Their facility is located very close to the Cruise Terminal and also offers free shuttle buses. You can book online with them and receive a discount.

Gateway Airport Parking also provides a similiar service, with free shuttle dropoff and pick up, for $107 covered or $87 uncovered for 10 days, and optional vehicle detailing and servicing so you can drive off in a clean and happy car on your return.

Photo by David Hearle Flickr Creative Commons

Southampton: Lots of boats, Lots of Cars.

Southampton in the UK is a major cruise port: famous as the home of the great passenger liners of days gone by, including of course the Titanic which left from Southampton on it's fateful voyage.

As such, there are many parking options at Southampton, most of which can be booked online to ensure you get a park!

Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Southampton provides parking which can be conveniently booked online before your arrival, but interestingly only for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Fred. Olsen, NCL, Saga, MSC, Thomson and Silver Seas. So no Princess, Carnival, Cunard or P&O cruisers here!

Another company offering car parking for cruise passengers is Cruise Parking.They will quote you a price for parking on their website for your P&O, Cunard or Princess cruise.

Holiday Extras is a broker for carparks and can book high-security parking from £8 per day, with free transfers to the terminal. Some hotels will also offer parking for the period of your cruise when you book a room for the night before.

Happy sailing from Southampton!

To book cruises from Southampton, click here.

Sail Away From Fremantle

Fremantle is the port giving Aussies access to southeast Asia- Cruises to Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and other such exciting and exotic destinations depart from here.

The best option for the adventurous passengers leaving from Victoria Quay in Fremantle, mentioned on the Fremantle city website, is the Queensgate Parking Station. Cost is AUD$12 a day for up to 14 days, and after that there is a charge of $170 for a up to a month. Passengers should take a ticket and park on level 4, write their registration number on the back of it, and take it to the cashier to prepay parking. To exit, present your receipt to the cashier and get an exit ticket.

There is cheaper but less secure parking available near C and D quay for up to 14 days.

To book cruises from Fremantle, click here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Auckland, City of Sails

So you're leaving on a cruise out of Auckland, the busiest cruise ship port in New Zealand. The issue is- where to leave your car?

Space is at a premium around the port and wharves of Auckland, as they are located right in the heart of the CBD, minutes from the main street. Whilst convenient for visiting cruisers, this makes parking difficult for those embarking.

There are numerous pay-and-display carparks in the area, which are generally used for short term parking or monthly leasing, but some are available for midterm parks. For example, Tournament Parking have over 40 parking lots in the central city, many within easy walking distance of the port area- on Fort Street, Albert Street and Tangihua Street. It is possible to book parking online for these, and it will cost $13 a day during the week and $5 a day for weekends- a 10 day cruise would cost around $120 for parking. These are your average city carparks and take no responsibility for damage or theft.

Another very convenient and more secure option (although still with no liability of the company for theft or damage) is BookSmart Car Storage, a company which will meet you at the wharf, pick up your car and drive it to their storage facility near the airport which is alarmed and routinely patrolled at night and staffed during the day. Indoor storage is $7 a day, outdoor storage $9 a day and the pick up and drop off fee is $80. So for outdoor parking, a 10 day cruise would cost $150. There is also a grooming service available for those who would like to come home to a sparkling car!

 Photo by Chatani via Flickr Creative Commons

For great deals on cruises out of Auckland, click here!

Park'n'Cruise in Sydney

Cruises from Sydney leave from Darling Harbour, a port near the central city. It is not far from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Sydney Aquarium and it has a great shopping district including the Harbourside Shopping Centre. Perfect for a little retail therapy after being cooped up on a luxurious cruise ship!

Photo by Lee Gilbert via Flickr Creative Commons

The best parking option for cruisers, according to cruise review websites, is Wilson's Harbourside Car Park. Parking for cruise passengers is charged at $14 a day. Another option is to park in the long-term parking readily available at the airport 10km away, also from around $140 for 10 days, and take a taxi or shuttle to the port.

Book Sydney cruises here.