New York City has major Cruise terminals in both Manhattan and Brooklyn which offer passengers easy access to parking as well as convenient embarking and disembarking procedures. Have a few hours before you transfer and want a place to store your luggage? Want a one-day walking tour of Manhattan? Or a walking tour of the new architecture of Manhattan? We have hundreds of suggestions of things to do in our comprehensive Visitor Guide!
Manhattan Cruise Terminal 12th Ave & W 55th St (212) 246-5450 Parking information: (212) 641-4454.
The Manhattan Cruise Terminal remains the primary home port for trans-Atlantic crossings from Europe. Located on Piers 84 to 94 on Manhattan's West Side (12th Ave & W 55th St), the Manhattan Cruise Terminal is the fourth busiest cruise terminal in the United States.
The Manhattan Cruise Terminal had its start as the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal in the 1930s, when Mayor LaGuardia built long, modern finger piers out into the Hudson along Manhattan’s west side. For much of the early twentieth century, a half dozen of the world’s greatest passenger ships docked side by side from Piers 84 to 94—a stretch that became known as Luxury Liner Row—starting with the Normandie in 1935, followed by the Queen Mary the following year and the Queen Elizabeth after the outbreak of World War II. During the war, thousands of GI’s embarked on the latter two ships for the European theater of war—16,683 at once when the Queen Mary departed from Pier 90 in July 1943.
Kings, queens and Hollywood royalty enjoyed luxurious post-war cruises, departing from the Terminal in great numbers. Despite the advent of affordable air travel in the 1950s, cruising enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the 1960s, with Bermuda as a popular destination. Following renovation of the piers in 1970, the Terminal has served the expanding cruise travel business, and continued its historical role of providing embarkation for all transatlantic crossings.
In 2004, to secure its position as a first-class passenger terminal, the City of New York undertook a program of $200 million in capital investment at the New York Cruise Terminal. The new terminals will include modern adjustable gangways and expanded pier aprons to load and unload passengers and supplies with greater speed, comfort and efficiency. The redeveloped terminals will also segregate embarking and disembarking passengers onto separate levels, allowing for more efficient use of passenger space and reducing congestion.
Embarking From Buses: Passengers arrive at the street level of the pier where their cruise vessel is berthed. Buses will park in slots at the front of the pier. Passengers can access the second-level Customs Hall via either of two large passenger elevators or the escalators at the street entrance of the piers. Baggage will be moved directly from buses to the vessel.
From Limousines: Passengers will be dropped off by arriving limousines in the receiving area at street level — directly in front of the pier where their cruise vessel is berthed. Access the Customs Hall by using either of the two passenger elevators at the head of each pier, or use the escalator on the south side of the entrance area. Baggage will be received by porters directly from their limousine and moved to the vessel.
From Taxis: Passengers arriving by taxi will be driven up the 54th Street Viaduct Ramp to the receiving area adjacent to their cruise vessel's berth. Their baggage will be received there by porters and taken to the vessel.
From Private Vehicles: Passengers arriving by private vehicle should drive up the Viaduct Ramp to the receiving area adjacent to their cruise vessel's berth. Signs identifying the vessel are posted on pillars nearest the proper berth. Baggage will be received there by porters and taken directly to the vessel.
All passengers should then proceed to complete the boarding process at the embarkation desks of the cruise line, which are positioned inside the customs hall.
Disembarking Upon Returning From The Cruise: Passengers will be directed to the baggage hall where baggage will have been positioned by porters under appropriate signs coded by letter, cabin number or color, depending on the system followed by the cruise line. After retrieving your bags, proceed past the customs inspector for customs declaration. You may be assisted by a porter according to your preference.
Bus and Limousine Passengers: Descend to street level via two elevators or the escalator located at the far end of the lobby.
Taxi Passengers: Exit the lobby area with your baggage onto the second-level viaduct; claim a numbered ticket from the taxi dispatcher and await taxi service on the sidewalk queue stripe.
Private Vehicle Passengers: Exit the lobby area with your baggage onto the viaduct to await the driver in your party, who should proceed to the rooftop parking area to pick up your car. The driver must exit the rooftop (third level) to the ramp at the north end of the roof, descend to mid-level and pick up the others in his or her party who have remained at the disembarkation pier with the baggage.
Exit from the Terminal is via the ramp to the street at the south end of the mid-level.
Parking Parking is conveniently located above each of the piers. Drive up the Viaduct Ramp at 55th Street to the receiving area adjacent to their cruise vessel's berth.
Parking Rates Effective 4/1/08 Daily rate (up to 10 hours) for drop offs/visitors: $25.00
Cruise parking: $30.00 per night Cruises from 10 to 30 nights: $300.00
Please Note: Taxes are included in the rates. Payment accepted in cash, visa and master card.
Space is subject to availability and is provided to cruise parkers on a first come, first serve basis. For Ports America (Terminal Operator) Parking Information, call (212) 641-4454. Additional parking lots are located at 59th Street.
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Red Hook Terminal Pier #12 General Information: (718) 246-2794 Parking Information: (718) 246-2794 x303
Located in Red Hook Brooklyn, opposite Governors Island, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal's official address is Red Hook Terminal Pier #12. The Queen Mary 2 sails from this terminal and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is regarded as New York's most modern luxury cruise ship terminal. Currently Brooklyn cruise line destinations include England, the Caribbean, Canada, New England and a world cruise. Several cruise lines sail from this terminal.
Historically, this area of Brooklyn’s waterfront served as the gateway for the nation’s goods and people for more than 150 years. Pier 12, developed just prior to the Civil War, served almost exclusively as a cargo pier for all types of goods. Reopened in 2005, the terminal is New York's most modern luxury cruise ship terminal.
Parking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is about 200-300 yards south of the terminal entrance/exit. Parking resides in an outdoor lot with security. Handicap spaces are available and the same rates apply as follows. Reservations are not needed to park. For inquiries regarding Brooklyn Cruise Terminal parking, please contact: By email: [email protected] By phone: (718) 246-2794 x303
Embarking Passengers arriving by private car should drop off luggage and passengers at the Terminal curbside first, and then proceed to either the on-or off-site parking lots. Immediately upon entering the Terminal, passengers will be directed towards the security and passenger screening area, and check-in area.
Disembarking Following retrieval of baggage and exiting the Terminal building, returning passengers will be directed to awaiting coaches, taxis/limousines and car parking. Passengers with cars may first retrieve their car and then pick-up luggage and fellow travelers.
Parking Parking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is about 200-300 yards south of the terminal entrance/exit. Parking resides in an outdoor lot with security. Handicap spaces are available and the same rates apply as follows. Reservations are not needed to park. Parking Rates Effective 4/1/08 Short Term (Up to 1 Hour) $6.00 Short Term (Up to 2 Hours) $7.00 Short Term (Up to 6 Hours) $12.00 Daily Rate (10 Hours) $17.00
Overnight Rate (24 Hours) $22.00
Day Rate After 1st Day (Multi Days) $19.00 For inquiries regarding Brooklyn Cruise Terminal parking, please contact: By email: [email protected] By phone: (718) 246-2794 x303