Dropping Off Passengers at New York Cruise Ports (With Pictures)

If you’re dropping passengers off for their cruise, first of all, give yourself a pat on the back. Parking at the pier is expensive (upwards of $40 a day).

Even transportation to the port can be pricey. So right not only are you helping out by dropping someone off, but you’re also saving them a lot of money!

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The thing is, it can be somewhat confusing to drop passengers off at the New York ports if you’ve never been there before. Below we have instructions on navigating to all three to drop off cruise passengers.

Dropping Off Passengers at Cape Liberty

Cape Liberty is located in Bayonne, New Jersey, due east of Newark Airport. If using GPS, you can enter the address to help you find your way:

14 Port Terminal Blvd, Bayonne, NJ 07002

Coming from the North
If approaching from the north or from Manhattan, the best way to reach the port is via Interstate 78. From here, you’ll take Exit 14A, looping around to head south. Once you pass through the tollbooth, stay toward your right, going onto the elevated roadway, which is Port Jersey Boulevard.

Continue on Port Jersey Boulevard, keeping right to exit for 440 South. After exiting, you will loop to Pulaski Lane. Stay on the left where you will come to an intersection with 440 South. Turn left onto 440 South, continuing for about two miles.

Getting to Cape Liberty

Keep left, turning left onto Goldsborough Drive. From here, continue straight, following the regular signs to the cruise terminal.

Coming from the South
If approaching from south of Cape Liberty, then you’ll need to catch Interstate 278, south of Bayonne. This road connects from I-95 in New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York.

From I-278, take Exit 9 to 440 North. Continue along 440 North, keeping right until reaching Port Terminal Boulevard. Take a right on Port Terminal Boulevard, continue straight, following the regular signs to the cruise terminal.

Getting to Cape Liberty

Dropping Off at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal

It can be a little tricky dropping off at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. The traffic combined with a very specific route to reach the passenger drop-off makes things tougher than most ports. Still, dropping off at the port saves a ton of money compared to parking or having to pay for transportation.

No matter where you are coming from, there is one route to take for parking and dropping off passengers at the port. All cars enter the cruise terminal coming from the north at the intersection of 55th Street and 12th Avenue.

Manhattan cruise terminal

You know that you are in the right place when you see the following signs. Keep in the correct lane for private cars.

Entrance to Manhattan cruise terminal

Dropping Off at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

The Brooklyn Terminal is located on the western side of the city, in the Red Hook neighborhood across from Governors Island.

Coming from the major freeways in the area — I-478 (Brooklyn Battery Tunnel) or I-278 — you’ll use Exit 26 (Hamilton Avenue). Once exiting the freeway, continue down Hamilton Ave, taking a right on West 9th Street.

Follow West 9th Street to Columbia Avenue, taking a right. From there, take a left on Seabring Street, a right on Van Brunt Street, and a left on Bowne Street. Follow Bowne Street all the way around to the cruise terminal.

Getting to Brooklyn cruise terminal


  1. How close can a coach bus get to the ship to drop off passengers at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Have passenger in wheel chair and trying to make it as easy as possible for this individual.

    • We don’t know the exact distance, but buses should take you right to the terminal. Expect to still have to go some distance, but it won’t be terribly far.

  2. So what exactly do I tell my Uber/LYft driver to get to the terminal or drop-off? I’ll be coming from a mid-town hotel.

    • If you use Uber or Lyft, you enter your destination into the app. It will then route the driver where to go.


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