Tips for 3 Port of New York Cruise Terminals

The combined Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is the 3rd largest in the US, with cruise terminals that sit across two boroughs and into of New Jersey. This can be challenging to navigate; so consider the following tips for your next cruise vacation.

Manhattan Terminal

Located on the Hudson River on the West Side, Manhattan Terminal is the oldest of the cruise terminals in the area. It can dock five ships at the same time, which can lead to traffic jams on the inbound roads.

Cruise lines served: NCL, Holland America, Carnival

Arriving by personal vehicle: 55th Street entrance; parking lots available on the rooftops of pier buildings; approx. $40/day in advance

Arriving by air: Newark International (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA) are 15 miles away, and JFK is 20 miles from port

Recommendations: taxi service; you can be dropped at the terminal’s lower level and easily ride the escalator/elevator to the embarkation levels

Points of interest nearby: Central Park is 7 blocks from the terminal

New York Cruise Ships
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Brooklyn Terminal

This terminal in Red Hook is inconvenient for public transportation, and can only dock one cruise ship at a time.

Cruise Lines served: Cunard, Princess

Arriving by personal vehicle: Exit 26 (Hamilton Ave) to Browne Street; 500-space outdoor lot parking; approximately $20/day in advance

Arriving by air: Newark International (EWR) is 16 miles from port; LaGuardia (LGA) is 12 miles away; JFK is 20 miles

Recommendations: either taxi service or cruise line shuttle (from the airport) due to the difficulties of driving to this terminal

Points of interest nearby: repurposed and rehabilitated (former industrial buildings), the Van Brunt Street area has good restaurants and shops

Cape Liberty Cruise Port (in Jersey)

Recent investments have greatly improved the accessibility and convenience of Cape Liberty cruise terminal.

Cruise lines served: RCL, Celebrity

Arriving by personal vehicle: exit at Port Terminal Boulevard from either north- or southbound 440; 950-car capacity parking structure; approximately $19/day in advance

Arriving by air: Newark International (EWR) is 18 miles from port; LaGuardia (LGA) is 22 miles away; JFK is 32 miles

Recommendations: flying into EWR, a taxi is the most economical; tolls and tips in addition to the fare from the LGA and JFK can add up quickly; cruise line shuttles are the most economical from the latter two airports

Points of interest nearby: the pedestrian-friendly city of Hoboken

You may choose to arrange transportation to (and from) each of these terminals via your cruise ship line’s shuttles running from each airport. In general, if you are traveling with more than one other person, a taxi will be cheaper since the shuttles are priced per person and the taxi rides are flat rates.

Regardless of how you arrive at these busy terminals, do so with plenty of time to spare. I do love maps! Check out the official locations of the3 cruise terminals – Port of New York.

Angela Minor
Angela Minor
Enchanted with cruising from my first voyage in the Bahamas on the SS Emerald Seas to Alaska’s Inside Passage. Professional freelance writer and published indie author. Find out more about us here.


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