The vibrant city of New York is a capital of serious business, fine dining, top entertainment and great shopping. It’s also a major cruise port. From the cruise ship docks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Cape Liberty (New Jersey), you can sail a dozen cruise lines to destinations like the British Isles, Europe, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, New England and Maritime Canada. Some destinations, including the Bahamas and the Caribbean, are available all year.
At the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, Piers 88 and 90 accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships. The terminal is on the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan, walking distance from Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Plaza, the Broadway theater district and Times Square. Or, head downriver to Chelsea Piers, which have been redeveloped as an entertainment complex where you can bowl, ice skate, practice your baseball swing or rent a kayak.
The Brooklyn Cruise terminal is in the historic and revitalized Red Hook neighborhood along the Buttermilk Channel, with views of Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. The neighborhood features a growing number of shops and restaurants; or, if you’re there in summer, head to the Red Hook Ball Fields to sample the delicious tastes served by a collection of food trucks. It’s a quick taxi ride to attractions like Prospect Park, which features a great zoo and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal is on the site of the former Bayonne Navy Base. While there are plans to develop the area around the terminal, there isn’t much there now – but, a short taxi ride will connect you to train and ferry services that can take you to Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty or the immigration museum on Ellis Island. You can also take the light rail to nearby Hoboken to browse the shops of Washington Street or stroll along the waterfront for perfect views of Manhattan.
New York is easy to get to from just about anywhere in the U.S. and Canada; after all, there are three main airports that serve as hubs for several major airlines.
To select from all the cruise line options that New York offers – and plan a pre- or post-cruise stay – talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.