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 beer
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Hello, just looking for opinions on travel time in this situation. Our plane lands at 3 p.m. on a Friday. There are at least 6 cruise ships planned and I think I saw 7 on two different sites. We are staying at Sapphire and I am only familiar with taking the road that hugs the shoreline as I have only been to STT once before and it was on low or no cruise ships days so I never had this issue. Considering by the time we get our luggage and car rental and some ship leave between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., well, basically we were just wondering if it is going to be a nuthouse driving through the shoreline at that time and if 20,000 people will be trying to cross the street getting back to their ship? It looks like there is a way around Tutu, but I am not familiar with that, plus driving the shoreline was cool when we did it before. We want to get to Sapphire before/around sunset so stopping somewhere to lime around with some drinks and food is probably not going to work. Any sugguestions would be great or if rush hour on a Friday with all the ships is not bad that would be great to know as well. Thank you

 
Posted : October 29, 2012 5:39 pm
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Most of the cruisers are back at the dock by 3:30 or 4, so you'll probably miss that traffic. You may run into traffic from locals going home, though. If you can be.on the road before 4 you might miss most traffic unless there's an accident.

 
Posted : October 29, 2012 6:33 pm
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You're used to going on Route 32. The other route (six of one and half a dozen of the other where time and distance is concerned) is just as easy. Just get onto Route 38 when you come out of town (turn left at Havensight instead of right and you'll come to a traffic light where you turn right onto Rte 38) and that will take you all the way to Sapphire. If you want to stop for some shopping, CostULess is in Market Square East directly off Route 38 in Market Square East or you can go into Plaza Extra which is in Tutu Park Mall. A very simple drive all on the same route.

 
Posted : October 29, 2012 7:03 pm
 beer
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Thank you very much both of you, we will not worry and will just relax and get a quick grocery shopping done as we were going to stop at the market place in red hook but this should be better!

 
Posted : October 29, 2012 7:42 pm
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Is the market in Red Hook still open?
I had heard rumors that a. they were closing, b. shelves were not being restocked and limited availability for many items.
Don't know if that is true but maybe someone can update info.
There is another market by the Independent Boat Yard on way to Sapphire for shopping as well.

 
Posted : October 30, 2012 7:39 am
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Alana33 wrote:
Is the market in Red Hook still open?
I had heard rumors that a. they were closing, b. shelves were not being restocked and limited availability for many items.

As of a week ago Marina Market remains open but there are the same problems as there have been for the past several months.

 
Posted : October 30, 2012 9:17 am
 beer
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Hello everyone, I was not sure I should start a new thread so I kept it on here. I saw on lots of boards the topics heating up about driving from the airport to Sapphire again and this made me think. Has anyone every left the airport at this time and then cut a left on that 308/Main Street road and then just before it ends you would take a left and go north and then run into 38 to take a right? Looking at bing maps this looks great but I just am unsure about the potholes speedbumps street lights and pedestrians. The route does look great though it is just that I have never been on it.

 
Posted : November 14, 2012 6:41 pm
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I don't know what that "308 Main Street" road is you're seeing but to go along Main Street is more complicated than going straight along the waterfront, turning left at Havensight and then taking the right onto Raphune Hill (Rte 38) and following that all the way to Sapphire. You don't want to get tied up in the maze of back streets when you don't know your way around and you won't save any time by doing so. You'll likely be getting caught up in the first surge of commuter traffic leaving town for country anyway whichever way you go, so have your complimentary rum at the airport, crank up the A/C and enjoy the ride!

 
Posted : November 14, 2012 6:59 pm
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308 is one streetback from the waterfront. It's narrow and crowded. Better to stay along the waterfront.
Please be smart and don't drink and drive. Save the rum punch for after you've arrived safely at your condo.

 
Posted : November 15, 2012 4:54 pm
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blu4u wrote:

Please be smart and don't drink and drive. Save the rum punch for after you've arrived safely at your condo.

A complimentary taste of Cruzan rum from the nice ladies at the airport doesn't exactly fall under the "drink and drive" umbrella and is a pleasant welcome gesture for visitors. Enjoy!

 
Posted : November 15, 2012 7:16 pm
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I always tip the rum ladies at the airport, STX & STT. They are happy to let me try ALL the flavors.

 
Posted : November 16, 2012 3:33 pm

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