Best cruise lines from New York City

Kick off from the big apple to destinations across Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and beyond.

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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.

Best cruises from New York City

Here are our top picks for escaping the concrete jungle atop the waves:

Best for balmy budget getaways: Norwegian

Escape winter blues with getaways to Bermuda, the Bahamas and other islands around the Caribbean for just a few hundred bucks. On some itineraries, Colombia, Panama and other South American ports also make the list. Plus, Norwegian Cruise Lines usually throws in freebies like dining and an open bar if you book far enough in advance.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for New England itineraries: Royal Caribbean

Urban travelers and history buffs will delight at itineraries that include stops in Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Quebec City and other culture hubs along North America's east coast. Note that many of these cruises actually depart from Cape Liberty, which is about a 30- to 60- minute drive from NYC.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • Price matches
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for honeymooners: Oceania

Newlyweds can sail in style to European cities or the Caribbean from NYC aboard Oceania's luxury liners. It frequently offers two-for-one deals to delight lovebirds and BFFs alike and has won awards for its onboard cuisine. And if you need a super-long break with your boo, it has routes that last up to 42 nights.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cheque
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Best for entertainment: Princess

Did you think musicals are solely reserved for Broadway? Think again! From original productions to timeless classics, you can catch feature films, magic shows and more aboard a Princess Cruise. Sail from NYC to Canada and New England, the Caribbean, across the Atlantic or around the world with no excuses for feeling bored.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
Price ($-$$$):
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Best for luxury: Cunard

Whether you've got a hankering for Southampton or are craving St. Kitts, Cunard sails transatlantic and south through the Caribbean in style. Unwind at afternoon tea, and don't forget to pack elegant outfits for dinner — on Cunard, the Park Avenue dress code applies.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card
Price ($-$$$):
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How we chose these cruises

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.

When is the best time to cruise from New York City?

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.

Getting to the port for your cruise from New York City

There are three key terminals for cruises from NYC — though one is actually in New Jersey.

  • Manhattan Cruise Terminal
  • Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Transportation options

NYC offers blissful variety when it comes to transportation. Get from plane to boat by:

  • Rideshare. Uber and Lyft.
  • Taxi. A myriad of options are standing by.
  • Public transportation. The subway and bus routes drop you off near the Manhattan terminal, located at 12th avenue around 24th street. Fare costs $2.75 per ride. In Brooklyn, the Red Hook ferry station can get you close to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but this might be more hassle than it’s worth for NYC newbies.
  • Shuttle. Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line both offer shuttles from Newark, LGA and JFK to the Manhattan Terminal. If you’re sailing with a different cruise line, research whether it’ll run shuttles on your departure date. If you’re staying overnight at a hotel beforehand, find out if it offers shuttles to any of the cruise ports. Otherwise, browse third-party options.

Bottom line

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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