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You may not think of New York City as a gateway to tropical destinations — but it certainly can be.
Its three major terminals host some of the world’s largest cruise lines, on standby to take you to that island getaway — or up towards colder climates, if that suits your fancy.
Here are our top picks for escaping the concrete jungle atop the waves:
When choosing cruises for our list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.
We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. And we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Finally, we analyzed customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
You’ll find the widest variety of available trips in the summer months — June, July and August — though major operators like Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean offer routes headed south all year round.
For out-of-town folks, the cheapest time to travel to NYC is in January and February, though you can also find off-season rates on flights and hotels in September, October and early November.
Our advice? Decide on your dates first, then filter your search by cruise lines operating during that time frame. The Big Apple always has something to offer — even when you’re headed out to sea. Just make sure the forecast suits your taste.
There are three key terminals for cruises from NYC — though one is actually in New Jersey.
NYC offers blissful variety when it comes to transportation. Get from plane to boat by:
Whether you’re a local hoping to set sail from a nearby port or a tourist planning to visit NYC before setting sail, the Big Apple is a major hub for cruises in the US. Before booking your dream getaway aboard the waves, check to see if you can save money with a discount or deal.
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