Sailing From New York City Ports

New York City has long been a city where what’s good enough for other places won’t cut it. So while most cities will have one football team… or one baseball team… or one airport, that’s not enough for the Big Apple.

It’s the same for cruise ports. If you’re sailing from New York, then you may not realize that you have three different options as there are multiple ports that serve the city, all within a few miles of each other.

Which port you cruise from will depend on which cruise line you sail, as they each have their designated ports. To help you find your way, we’ve covered each New York City cruise port in detail below.

First, here’s an overview of where the ports are all located in relation to the city itself

Map of New York cruise ports

Cape Liberty Cruise Port

If you are sailing from Cape Liberty, then odds are that you are sailing aboard Royal Caribbean. The cruise line sails two ships from the port (Anthem of the Seas/Rhapsody of the Seas), making it the biggest draw to the area. Celebrity, Azamara, and TUI Cruises also sail from the port.

Cape Liberty is actually located in Bayonne, New Jersey, just southwest of Manhattan. Newark Airport is by far the closest airport to the cruise port, just about a 20 minute car ride to the west.

Cape Liberty cruise port location

Cruise Lines Served: Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, TUI Cruises

Distance to Airports:
Newark International – 20 minutes
JFK International – 60 minutes
LaGuardia International – 45 minutes

Allow 15-30 minutes extra, depending on traffic.

Getting to Cape Liberty — Information on getting to the port, including taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Cape Liberty Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Cape Liberty Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.

Manhattan Cruise Terminal (Pier 88 & 90)

Situated on the west side of Manhattan just north of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, the Manhattan Terminal at Pier 88 & 90 is in the middle of everything. If you plan to visit Manhattan as a vacation spot (or simply live somewhere with easy access to the island), then you’ll love the convenience of this port’s location. If you have to drive into the port or are coming from an airport, then getting to the Manhattan Terminal can be tougher.

The terminal stays busy, with Norwegian, Carnival, Oceania, Crystal, and Disney Cruise Lines all sailing from the port.

Manhattan cruise terminal location

Cruise Lines Served: Norwegian Cruise Lines, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Oceania, Carnival, AIDA, Crystal Cruises, Disney, Silversea

Distance to Airports: 
Newark International – 35 minutes
JFK International – 55 minutes
LaGuardia International – 30 minutes

Allow 15-30 minutes extra, depending on traffic.

Getting to the Manhattan Terminal — Information on getting to the port, including taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Manhattan Terminal Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Manhattan Terminal Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, located south of Manhattan and just across from Governor’s Island, is a decidedly less busy cruise port than it’s Manhattan sister. Still, the port is served by Cunard and Princess Cruises, with regular visits from the famous Queen Mary 2. With its location, the Brooklyn Terminal is the most convenient for cruisers flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Brooklyn cruise terminal location

Cruise Lines Served: Cunard, Princess Cruises

Distance to Airports:
Newark International – 35 minutes
JFK International – 45 minutes
LaGuardia International – 30 minutes

Allow 15-30 minutes extra, depending on traffic.

Getting to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal — Information on getting to the port, including taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Brooklyn Terminal Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Brooklyn Terminal Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.