New York, New York, is the city so nice they named it twice – and gave it three cruise ship ports. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port ensure that there are lots of choices for cruises that sail from this vibrant city. You can catch a ship to the Caribbean at any time of year; there are also seasonal cruises to the Bahamas, Bermuda, New England and Canada.
The Manhattan Cruise Terminal, located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, used to be the only port in the New York area where ocean-going cruise ships could dock. Three ships at a time can dock in the piers on the Hudson River, just steps from Hell’s Kitchen and close to all the attractions of Manhattan. Ships from Cunard Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and more dock here.
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at Red Hook, located on the Buttermilk Channel, is a former freight terminal re-opened in 2006 to provide more dock space for large cruise ships. Ships from Cunard Line and Princess Cruises often dock here.
Cape Liberty Cruise Port on Upper New York Bay in Bayonne, New Jersey – just seven miles south of Manhattan – completes New York’s trio of cruise ship ports. This former military port transformed into a modern cruise ship terminal in 2004. This port has a bonus: fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. Cruise lines that regularly use this terminal include Royal Caribbean, Azamara Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.
If you have time before your ship sails, all three ports are well-located for sightseeing. For example, all of them are just a ferry ride away from Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty, as well as nearby Ellis Island and its Immigration Museum.
New York City is a shopping mecca. You can find anything and everything here, including anything you may have forgotten to pack for your cruise. Or, get a slice of the pizza the city is famous for – offered by lots of small restaurants and street vendors – and enjoy lunch in one of the beautiful parks.
The city’s museums are spectacular, and their immense collections mean you’ll always see something different. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of American Art or any number of others.
Whatever you do, enjoy – just don’t get so caught up in the city that you’re late to your ship! To book your sailing from New York, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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