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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You got it (or she did actually). Thats what i meant by "merely..bad is good..." We moved here, and although we had visited for a few days here n there several times, especially while the house was being built, nothing prepared us for the culture shock of actually living day to day amongst pleasant polite people, the vast majority of whom legitimately have no axe to grind or have to start the day with a bad attitude. Which also explains why we cruise out of NO, and, although it has its problems, is still way better than several other ports we've used. Looking forward to the "improvements" coming up in Galveston. Part of what we consider "the cruise experience" is booking it and doing the homework, getting to the port (and staying over), the boarding process, and finally, the actual cruise itself. That's a lot of processes that can go wrong isn't it? Doesn't take much. If I cruised out of NY/NJ, I'd expect hassles every step of the way, and have the same attitude as your friend, as in "that's not tooo bad, its usually way worse..." Amazing what you can get used to eh? Here, I actually expect things to go as planned.

As to the OP's query...do alot of homework. Read commentaries by peeps who have actually had the experience of cruising out of NY/NJ..allow way more $$ than you thought you'd need, and at least double the time getting from one place to another. and if you plan to have to travel by car during the rush hour, triple it. I see your cruise is a long way off. Thats good. Invest the time wisely. good luck!!!

Assuming you mean the Manhattan terminal and not the one in Red Hook , Brooklyn. So, check in and boarding usually go very smooth. I say usually. Delays happen for any number of reasons, usually something before it leaves its previous docking. Parking is/ was $40/ night up to 10 nights. Check online for specials at nearby garages, many are a very short cab back to the pier. Some may be walking distance. There is a lot directly across from the pier, but it’s all uncovered. Personally, though expensive, parking at the pier is very convenient. Especially when you get home. Oh, on the way into the lot you will be asked to let the nice dog sniff your trunk. The closest hotel is on 57th & 10th Avenue I think. The name of it escapes me. Possibly The Watson. There is a Holiday Inn Express on 48th street. The pier is between 57th and 52nd (?).
Someone mentioned Ridgefield Park, NJ. That’s at least 20 min to Manhattan, plus the GW Bridge.

Oh, you could park in my building for the week and take a car service to the port. We live like 15 minutes away, just off the Henry Hudson Pkwy.

Country Inn And Suites is reasonable. They're in NJ, but will offer shuttle to the terminal for free as well as free parking and breakfast, provided you stay there the night before.

Which town in NJ?

If you insist on staying in NJ, keep to the following towns: Fort Lee, Hoboken, Jersey City, Bogota, and maybe Teterboro ( being the furthest west). If you can get a park /stay & shuttle you can try Newark.

Hi, Barbie07! Native NYer here! Some of the other posts were quite harsh, IMO. I have cruised three times out of the Manhattan terminal (NCL), and once out of Brooklyn (Princess). All experiences were smooth, and I've never had to wait for a significant amount of time to be checked in. Staff have been friendly and helpful. In contrast, my experience in the Vancouver terminal was poor compared to NY, with longer queues/waiting and unhelpful staff.

I also like that the Manhattan terminal is not as sprawling as a few others I've been through. There's not so much of the feeling of walking through endless corridors to get to the ship (thinking of Vancouver and Port Canaveral).

Neither NY terminal is in a location that is super convenient as they're both on the edges of town, but I've had no issues being dropped off by either private car or taxi/Lyft, coming from Queens. I can't speak to parking costs. Yes, leave yourself extra time in case of traffic, especially if you come from NJ. If you're already in Manhattan, it should not be too bad.

If you're planning on a stay in the city before the cruise, a lot of hotels have sprung up in Long Island City, Queens, recently and may be an option if you're not coming with a car. They're a quick train ride from Manhattan. On embarkation day, you could either cab it over to the terminal directly or hop the train to Manhattan and then take a slightly cheaper cab ride from there.

For embarkation, I tend to arrive on the early end of whatever time the cruise line specifies as boarding time, and the crowds have not usually fully arrived at that point.

Just try to have an open mind and leave plenty of time so you don't feel rushed, and I don't think it should be any more stressful than boarding at any other cruise port. Happy

I stayed in Bayonne, NJ. It's part of a neighborhood of other hotels, so it's near the airport and there's a mall right next door. I think they call it "International Boulevard" or something like that.

Got an email notification that SPIDER22 replied. Managed to read a few lines of it in the email, then when I clicked the link that's supposed to take me back HERE to read it all, I discovered it was MIA...????

You can call it harsh but I can speak for myself in saying that I only posted what my experience was. I did not exaggerate and if anything left a few negative things out.

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