Cruising out of NYC

Can anyone give any advice on how NYC cruise port is, and what not to do and what to do, to make it an easy less stressful day? Thank You. Happy

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I am assuming that you are talking about the Manhattan terminal as there is another one on the other side of the island. Things will depend on how you plan to arrive at the terminal. The terminal has it's own entrance off of the south bound Henry Hudson Pkwy (route 9) . The street level is where all luggage is given to the porters for boarding. Check in is on the second level. If driving and parking there parking is on the third level aka the roof. If driving you follow the signs up to the third level and pay then park and take your luggage down to street level in the elevator then go up to the second for check in. If coming by shuttle or cab you get out at the street level check your bags with the porter and go up to the second level.

Once on the second level you clear customs and then follow the nice people that direct you to which area you need to go and then wait and get excited.

Thank you, Happy

Cruised once out of Manhattan and did not care for it and doubt if we ever do it again. It seemed like a convenient port because it is within fairly easy driving distance for us. Parking is extremely high so we decided to stay at a hotel near the Newark airport with a stay and park package. We took an uber in and out and splitting it with the couple we cruising with that met us in NJ was not too bad. Traffic was a nightmare even though we were told it was not bad for NYC. I think the ship arrived a little late so was told boarding would be slightly delayed but that was a gross estimate. Waited in line for over an hour before going through security and then at least another hour and a half before checking in. Maybe that was not normal and you might have better luck but we were less than impressed.

It's quick and easy, if you can drive there, find a hotel that will offer free shuttle to the port if you stay the night before. They'll even let you park your car for the week there and provide breakfast for you.

And what hotels would there be offering this? My research shows expensive hotel parking.

I doubt there will be anything like this in NY. I searched a long time and most of the hotels do not even have parking for when you stay there never mind for the time you are on the cruise. If I remember correctly the only ones I found with a shuttle were in NJ and very expensive and the shuttles went there once to drop off and pick up and it went way earlier which meant you would have to hang out for a long time before boarding.

I kind of ranted in my last comment without giving advice. I would say that you will have trouble finding anything with even overnight parking in NYC and if you do you will be charged and have to find long term parking either at the port or in a garage while you are on cruise. There was at least one place in NJ that offered parking and a shuttle to and from the port but if memory serves me right the time for drop off was not super convenient.

There is an option of finding a bus or a train that will bring you in from outside the city and park there during your cruise. We ended up staying at Springhill Suites by the Newark airport where they had a stay and park package that was fairly reasonable. We got an uber to and from the port and it worked out pretty well.

If you have already booked I wish you luck in finding what you need. If you have not booked maybe look at a cruise out of another port.


Which hotels would YOU recommend? That you've actually stayed at i mean? I would also love to hear your experiences cruising out of either terminal on either side of the river. I grew up in NYC, and retired from NJ to here 20 years ago. There's nothing in NY/NJ that's "quick and easy". We have close friends we stay in touch with who cruise "up there" and their experiences are more in line with SPIDER22's. Merely having a "bad" experience is actually good. Growing up in the city, one gets used to it. I'd rather be here.

On the Uber ride in we came to one of the tunnels going into the city I think was the Lincoln but not positive and traffic was backed up quite a bit and the woman that was with us lived in NJ for quite a while said it was not bad compared to what it normally is. There were more vehicles between us and the tunnel than I see in a week with my 6 mile commute. My experience in now way effected the great time we had on the cruise but was very frustrating.

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