New York is probably one of the most popular places in the United States to visit — if not the world. But believe it or not, New York is also home to two of the worldâ€™s busiest cruise terminals where cruise ships leave from New York just about every other week! In fact, cruise ships in New York currently sail year-round. And more and more people are choosing cruise ships in New York because a cruise from New York means passengers can also enjoy a pre-cruise or post-cruise stay in one of the most exciting cities on earth — New York!
If passengers decide to hang out around the waterfront, they can visit Hudson River Park or the South Street Seaport Museum. If passengers decide to arrive at their cruise ships in New York a day or so early, thereâ€™s plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife to go around in New York. And everything is accessible via New Yorkâ€™s 100-year-old-subway system â€“ the best mass transit system in the world!
The types of cruise ships in New York and the different types of cruise lines in New York vary in size, class, and style. The major cruise lines with cruise ships in New York include: Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard, and Holland America as well as some of the finest luxury cruise lines and the most prestigious cruise lines in the world such as Crystal Cruises, Yachts of Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea.
Passengers are most likely to come across cruise ships in New Yorkâ€™s Manhattan Cruise Terminal or Brooklyn Cruise Terminal such as Cunardâ€™s Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), Queen Mary 2, or the Queen Victoria as well as the Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Dawn, or the Asuka II. The list goes on and on.
Cruise ships in New York can be found at either terminal. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is the fourth busiest cruise terminal in the United States. Today, nearly 1 million cruise passengers make their way through Manhattan Cruise Terminal to board a cruise ship in New York heading out on cruises to places like the Caribbean, Bermuda, New England, and Canada. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is currently the primary homeport for New York cruise ships on trans-Atlantic crossings from Europe.
Due to the terror attack on September 11, Manhattan Cruise Terminal was closed and served as an emergency management command center for the city and state and federal agencies for three months. The first cruise ship to return to New York was the Queen Elizabeth 2, in January 2002. QE2 cruised from New York City on a 108-day world cruise.
Letâ€™s not forget about Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which has its fair share of accolades. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is the choice for luxury cruise ships in New York. Before it transformed into the newest luxury cruise ship terminal, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and its historic waterfront served as a gateway for importing and exporting goods for roughly 150 years. Luxury cruise ships from New York choose Brooklyn Cruise Terminal as their starting point for journeys to the Caribbean, New England, Bermuda, and Canada. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is also a homeport New York cruise ships on trans-Atlantic crossings from Europe.
For links to all cruise lines’ websites, including the cruise lines mentioned in this article visit: Ships and Cruises.