Guide to New York Cruise Parking (Cape Liberty, Manhattan, Brooklyn)

Unfortunately, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that parking for a New York cruise is a bit of a hassle. Parking is expensive and scarce.

That said, while you may not have as many options outside of the port as you would sailing from elsewhere around the country, each cruise terminal in the area does offer on-site parking just steps from the ship.

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Below, we’ve rounded up your parking options for each of the three cruise ports servicing the New York area. Scroll down to find your best option, depending on the port from which you sail.

Cape Liberty Cruise Parking

Located on the Jersey side of the New York area, Cape Liberty is most notably home to Royal Caribbean’s ships. The port area offers a few options for parking, but expect to pay upwards of $20 per day, no matter where you decide to leave your vehicle. Here is an overview of your options…

Cape Liberty cruise parkingOfficial Port Parking
The Cape Liberty terminal offers a parking garage next to the cruise terminal, within just steps of the ship. The garage charges $20 per day to park, so for a week-long cruise, expect to shell out $140 in parking alone. Don’t worry about reserving a spot, as they aren’t needed. In addition, all major credit cards and cash are welcome. If you have an RV or other large vehicle (camper, etc.) then expect to pay double the daily rate. Still, it’s hard to beat the convenience of being able to drive right up to the ship and park.

Cost: $20 per day
Distance: At terminal

This parking lot is located about 20 minutes from the cruise port, and just south of Newark International Airport. It’s certainly not as convenient as parking right at the port, but in exchange you get a much cheaper rate. The rate is $16 per day for outside parking and $18 for indoor parking. However, we often see specials for rates of $13/$14 for parking. That savings of $7 per day off the port’s rates can save you about $50 on a weeklong cruise.

There is also a free shuttle back and forth from the port. Reservations are required.

Cost: $16 inside | $18 outside
Distance: 10.5 miles | 20 minutes

Newark Airport Parking
It’s a bit of a workaround, but Cape Liberty’s location near Newark International Airport provides a creative way to park for your cruise. Parking lots that cater to the airport offer per day parking for as little as $9 — more than 50% off the price of official port parking. The thing is that these parking lots don’t offer rides to the cruise port.

Instead, you’ll have to park and then find your own transportation (a taxi or Uber/Lyft) to get to the cruise port and return after your trip. Depending on your budget, this may still be worth it versus the convenience of simply parking at Cape Liberty.

Manhattan Terminal Cruise Parking

Parking in Manhattan? Yep, it’s tough. Luckily, there is parking right at the cruise port and some other options within the area.

Manhattan cruise parking

Official Port Parking
By far the most convenient parking is the official port parking that’s located right at the cruise piers. You simply pull in, park, unload, and check in for your trip. There is no worrying about shuttles or transportation to the port. Of course, you’ll pay for this convenience. Parking rates are $40 per day at the Manhattan Terminal. No reservations are accepted; parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: $40 per day
Distance: At terminal

ParkRight Manhattan Cruise Parking
ParkRight is located just a few blocks south of the cruise terminal, but will save you big on cruise parking. Rates are $28 per day for cars, and $32 for SUVs or minivans. That’s a savings of up to $12 per day versus parking at the port, or $84 for a weeklong cruise. Instead of a shuttle, ParkRight will take you to the terminal in your own vehicle, drop you off, and then valet your car to their parking lot. Reservations are required.

Cost: $28 per day (cars) | $32 (SUV/mini-van)
Distance: 1 mile | 5 minutes

ParkNSave offers discounted parking of just $32 per day, a sharp $8 per day discount from the official port parking. The parking garage is just a few blocks south of the terminal on 43rd Street. Reservations are definitely needed given the demand, as the lot will sell out during busy times. Also, note that the lot does not accept oversized vehicles like large SUV (Suburban sized)

Cost: $32 per day
Distance: 1.1 miles | 6 minutes

Brooklyn Terminal Cruise Parking

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is not near as busy as the Manhattan and Cape Liberty ports, so that makes things a bit easier in navigating parking and embarkation on cruise day. If you are sailing aboard the Queen Mary 2 or on Princess Cruises, then the Brooklyn port will be your point of boarding.

Frankly, there aren’t many options other than the official port parking. Yes, there are lots around the city, but they don’t cater to cruisers and their prices aren’t enough of a difference to make it worth the time and hassle of parking elsewhere and then coming back to the port to cruise.

Official Port Parking
The port’s parking lot is a surface lot right next to the terminal. Rates run $23 a day for the first day, and then $20 per day after that. For the New York area, this is surprisingly affordable. No reservations are needed and SUVs are welcome without an additional charge.

Cost: $23 first day, $20 thereafter
Distance: At terminal


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