If you are a resident of the east coast, then when booking a cruise, you are likely to be looking at ships which sail out of the Port of Miami or possibly another port in Florida. But boarding your ship in Florida means that you need to spend almost a day of precious vacation time traveling to and from the port. What many travelers don’t know is that they can recover that lost day of vacation time, or a great deal of it, by booking a cruise which departs from one of two ports in the New York area.
Departing From Manhattan
There are a number of cruises which depart from Manhattan, including the most famous, which is the Queen Mary 2. This eight-day transatlantic voyage docks in Southampton after the uninterrupted crossing. The Norwegian Escape departs Manhattan on a seven-night cruise with stops in Port Canaveral and Nassau before returning to New York. And the Carnival Horizon offers a four-night cruise that docks in Bermuda for day three and then returns to New York on day five.
Departing from Bayonne
The alternative to departing from Manhattan is the Port of Bayonne. The Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Sea offers a six-night cruise which visits Bar Harbor, Saint John, and Halifax before returning to the Cape Liberty Port in Bayonne. The Celebrity Summit departs on a six-night cruise which offers a day in St. Maarten, a day in St. Thomas and then the destination of San Juan on day seven but requires a flight back to New York. The Anthem of the Sea, a Royal Caribbean vessel, offers a nine-night cruise which visits King’s Wharf on day three, St. Maarten on day five, San Juan on day six and Labadee on day seven. The following two days are spent cruising north with the ship docking at Cape Liberty on day ten.
Up Coming Destinations and Themes
New York is growing in popularity as a departure port for cruises of all types and to a wide variety of destinations. In the coming year, travelers will have the opportunity to book family cruises, romantic cruises, fitness cruises, cruises for the disabled, and senior cruises all from this convenient location. Destination cruises originating in New York will include Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Canada and New England, and transatlantic crossing to various ports including Southampton and Ponta Delgada.
Traveling to and from a distant port to board your cruise is seldom an exciting event. And the time spent in airports and other forms of transit could be much better spent relaxing onboard your cruise ship. Investigate all that the New York ports have to offer and make the most of your coveted vacation time.