Whether you’re craving the crystalline beaches of Bermuda and the Caribbean or a more continental voyage — north to visit Boston, Maine and our Canadian neighbors — Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey is an excellent place to start.
Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean are the only cruise lines that offer cruises from NJ. Navigate our guide by itinerary to plan your voyage from the Garden State — and check out our cruise reviews to learn more about pricing, perks and what to expect onboard.
When will cruises from New Jersey start again?
Right now, cruises are scheduled to resume from Cape Liberty in the spring of 2021. However, this is subject to change as the coronavirus pandemic evolves, so be sure to check in with each cruise line to confirm the exact dates.
Most cruise lines are offering penalty-free change and cancellation policies because of uncertainty due to COVID-19 — review the terms and conditions before booking to make sure you’re on board with the details.
Best cruises from NJ
Celebrity cruises from New Jersey
Celebrity is known for an upscale atmosphere at a mid-tier price. You'll find a sommelier assigned to each restaurant to assist with wine selection, along with elegant decor and plenty of activities for kids and adults alike.
Remember that alcoholic drinks and shore excursions aren't included in the ticket price.
We love that Celebrity adds port stops in Charleston and Newport to its Bermuda itineraries. It also lingers — even on short seven-day cruises, you’ll get to relax on the Bermudan beach in King’s Wharf for three days before stopping in Newport for a full day on the way home.
Celebrity cruises to New England and Canada from New Jersey
Whether you’re chasing fall foliage, spring blooms or a cool June breeze, these east coast trips are pure delight, with stunning coastal views of Boston, Maine and Bar Harbor in the US, plus Sydney and Halifax in Nova Scotia — among other Canadian port stops.
Along the way, dine in the distinguished Cosmopolitan restaurant and relax in the Rendezvous lounge.
Transatlantic cruises with Celebrity from New Jersey
Celebrity’s transatlantic cruises offer port stops in Nova Scotia, Greenland and Iceland before docking in Scotland and then England. These marvelous voyages occur in August, so you don’t have to worry about snowstorms — and can leave your floor-length Viking coat behind.
Royal Caribbean has a very different onboard atmosphere than Celebrity. You'll find more families on board, and more action. Activities are high-energy, and opportunities for throw-your-head-back-and-laugh fun abound.
When it comes to itineraries, only Royal Caribbean sails to the Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean cruises to New England and Canada from New Jersey
Visit Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick on these leisurely nine-night cruises north from Cape Liberty. If you’ve got more time, opt for the 10-night cruise that ends in Quebec City. Rates for this trip start at under $100 per person per day — so go ahead, poutine awaits.
Royal Caribbean cruises to Bermuda from New Jersey
In Bermuda, Royal Caribbean docks at St. George Island and Hamilton or King’s Wharf. A five-night Bermuda cruise gives you a full day to play on the beach and soak up the sun.
Along the way, you can ice skate, climb rock walls and ride the surf simulator on deck. And don’t forget about the water slides.
Royal Caribbean cruises to the Caribbean from New Jersey
Pull out your bright, patterned caftans and swimsuits — Antigua, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts and more are just a few days’ sail away with Royal Caribbean’s southern Caribbean cruises. Leave your problems behind while gazing out over sparkling blue waters, scuba diving and hiking gorgeous mountain trails.
Royal Caribbean cruises to the Bahamas from New Jersey
Most Royal Caribbean’s Bahamas cruises feature a “perfect day” at CocoCay, its private beach — plus at least a day in capital Nassau. Longer Bahamas cruises feature stops in Florida, so you can say hello to sunshine in Orlando and Miami too. Dine at Jamie Oliver’s onboard restaurant and cocktails made by “robot bartenders” en route above the waves.
Transatlantic cruises with Royal Caribbean
For less than $100 per day, you can sail to Halifax, Nova Scotia before bidding North America adieu. Soak up lush maritime scenery in Ponta Delgada, Azores and stroll historic avenues in Bilbao, Spain. Take a quick day trip to Paris after docking in Le Havre, France and disembark in Southampton, England.
For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. But the price tag puts it within reach for the budget traveler.
If you’re looking for cheap cruises from New Jersey, choose Royal Caribbean. Overall, it’s known for having lower prices and better deals than Celebrity, which is a touch fancier.
When is the best time to cruise from New Jersey?
That depends where you’re headed:
Royal Caribbean tends to cruise to Bermuda from May through October, while Celebrity sails in May, June and July. Budget shoppers should focus on early May and late September through October when rates tend to be cheapest.
Bahamas and the Caribbean
You can sail to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from New Jersey pretty much all year long — except in January. Prices tend to spike in the summer months and are lowest in September and October when kids are back in school.
Though early autumn is when hurricane season hits, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity offer a full credit refund so you can reschedule your trip if natural disaster prevents you from cruising.
Northeast coast, Canada and transatlantic
Itineraries run through spring, summer and fall. June, July and August are the most temperate months to sail.
We’re partial to the vibrant fall foliage on display in October — though you’ll definitely want to bring a jacket.
Getting to the port for your cruise from Bayonne, NJ
Cape Liberty cruise port is located at 4 Port Terminal Blvd. in Bayonne, NJ. If you’re cruising with Celebrity, an airport transfer is likely included in your fare. Otherwise, you’ll have to plan transportation on your own.
Unfortunately, trains and buses aren’t within walking distance of Cape Liberty, so your best bet is to take an Uber, Lyft or taxi if you’re arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). An Uber/Lyft ride is about $15 to $18 from EWR to Cape Liberty cruise port.
If you’d rather take a shuttle, Royal Caribbean offers rides from EWR to Cape Liberty for $28.50 one-way, or $57 round-trip. If you’re flying into NYC, the cruise line offers shuttle rides from Times Square to Cape Liberty for $35 one-way or $70 round-trip.
Families should keep in mind that shuttle fare is per person, so an Uber is likely cheaper — especially if you’re traveling with multiple people.
But if you do take a train or bus into Newark, here’s where you’ll want to disembark:
Train. Take the NJ Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Bayonne and get off at the 34th Street station. You’ll be about two miles east of the cruise port and will need to catch a ride from there.
Bus. Ride the 99S bus along Kennedy Boulevard and get off at 33rd Street and Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne — about three miles east of the cruise port.
If you’d rather drive yourself, there’s secure parking located right next to the port for $25 per day. Parking’s guaranteed — you don’t need to make reservations in advance.
Keep in mind you’ll pay double if you’re driving an RV or oversize vehicle.
New Jersey may be most famous for Atlantic City and the shore, but Cape Liberty cruise port gives those vacation destinations a run for their money — it’s a gateway to adventures across the ocean. If it doesn’t have the journey you’re looking for — or you simply want to cruise with a different company — browse our top picks for cruises from New York to find a nearby alternative.
Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC advises postponing travel to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading COVID-19. If you plan to travel during the pandemic, monitor the risk assessment levels for your destination when planning your trip, before departure and on arrival. Follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for test results for COVID-19 — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.
Amy Stoltenberg writes about lifestyle and money for Finder, researching the best options for shopping, banking, insurance and authentic travel experiences. After studying writing and fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as a technical designer before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. She lives in Los Angeles. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering the streets looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and daydreaming about her next great adventure.
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