Best for balmy budget getaways: Norwegian
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New York City has three major terminals that host some of the world’s largest cruise lines, on standby to take you to that island getaway, Atlantic crossing or northbound adventure to New England and Canada. Budget cruisers should browse itineraries from Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises. If you’re looking for a classic cruising experience, go for Cunard, which has afternoon tea on the daily. Travelers in search of luxury above the waves should consider a cruise with Oceania.
Our team of travel experts has spend hundreds of hours researching cruise lines that depart from NYC. To find the cruise that’s best for you, first decide your budget, where you want to go and the onboard experience you desire.
|Norwegian Cruise Line||Bermuda Round Trip — 5 days||From $538 per person||Book now|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||Caribbean: Dominican Republic & St. Thomas to San Juan — 7 days||From $622 per person||Book now|
|Royal Caribbean||Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise — 7 nights||From $579 per person||Book now|
|Princess Cruises||Canada & New England — 7 days||From $789 per person||Book now|
|Cunard||Eastern Caribbean — 12 nights||From $1,500 per person||Book now|
|Oceania Cruises||Cityscapes to Iceland — 14 days||From $3,999 per person||Book now|
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.
Which airport in NYC is closest to the Manhattan Terminal?
In theory, LaGuardia Airport offers the closest direct route to the Manhattan Terminal at just 8.7 miles away. However, the time it takes to drive is the same from Newark International Airport to the terminal as it is from LGA to the terminal — about 45 minutes.
From JFK, the ride lasts between an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half, depending on traffic.
Does Disney have cruises from NYC?
Yes. Disney Cruise Line has routes that depart from NYC and sail south to the Caribbean or along North America’s east coast.
How can I get cheap flights to NYC?
We’re way ahead of you — here’s a complete guide to cheap NYC flights.
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