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Less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan, Cape Liberty port boasts unparalleled views of the New York City skyline and the famous Statue of Liberty. Before or after your cruise from New Jersey, spend a few days in New York dining at the city’s legendary restaurants, taking in a Broadway show, and exploring its iconic landmarks.
From Cape Liberty, sail to the pink sands of Bermuda and experience the charms of Newport and Charleston. Embark on a transatlantic cruise that stops in Canada, Greenland, and Iceland. Or discover the rich culture and lush landscapes of the Southern Caribbean islands.
On a cruise from New Jersey, you’ll be delighted by the British charm and tradition tempered by island vibes. Here, the sand on the beaches has a pink hue and the water is an ethereal shade of blue. Whether you love to golf, snorkel reefs and old shipwrecks, or simply unwind on a beautiful beach, you’ll find many options here.
What Greenland lacks in population it makes up for in spectacular scenery, Danish culture, and awe-inspiring nature. Take some time to visit museums, watch glaciers calve, and take photos of breathtaking fjords. In Iceland, you can visit a working farm to learn about Icelandic horses and dairy cows, take a polar flight to the edge of the Arctic Circle, or hike through unspoiled wilderness. While you’re here, don’t miss a relaxing soak in one of Iceland’s many geothermal pools.
Cruise from New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, stopping in Bermuda, Aruba, and Curaçao along the way. Snorkel or scuba dive to see any of Bermuda’s over 300 shipwrecks. Lounging on pink sandy beaches and exploring the Crystal Caves are two more must-dos here. Experience Aruba's coral reef and tropical fish with a unique helmet dive and guided tour that lets you walk on the ocean floor. In Curaçao, cross the floating Queen Emma Bridge for gorgeous views of Willemstad and bring home a bottle of blue Curaçao from the source.
Cruises from the NYC metro area take you to many outstanding ports of call on some of the most stunning ships at sea.
The revolutionized Celebrity Summit® features luxurious new suites and staterooms, a reimagined dining experience, and an expansive new spa. Come aboard and sail in style on unforgettable itineraries that include stops in Bermuda, Charleston, Newport, and more.
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Recently renovated, the sleek and modern new design of the Cape Liberty cruise terminal makes check-in and embarkation for cruises out of New Jersey as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The Cape Liberty Cruise Port is conveniently located in close proximity to Newark Airport and is less than an hour’s drive from New York City.
Many of the best photographs, postcards, and video footage of the Statue of Liberty were taken from the incomparable vantage point of Cape Liberty. A gift from France to the United States as a gesture of friendship and amicable relations, the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in October 1886. For American citizens, immigrants, and visitors alike, the raised torch of the Statue of Liberty towering 305 feet above the New York Harbor now symbolizes freedom and goodwill to all who arrive on American shores. Immigrants making the long, treacherous voyage across the ocean to the U.S. were greeted by Lady Liberty welcoming them to their new home.
If you can, take a few extra days before or after your cruise from NJ to spend time in nearby New York City. Manhattan, the heart of NYC, is home to some of the most famous sights and attractions in the world. Spend a night on Broadway and watch your favorite musical. Stroll under the neon lights of Times Square among thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike. Read a book in the green grass of Central Park and stand under the Empire State Building to understand its unparalleled vastness. Visit the myriad of museums, restaurants, libraries, famous movie filming sites, and architectural wonders in this amazing city.
On a cruise from NJ, don’t miss a visit to the home of Alexander Hamilton in Manhattan, The Grange at 141st Street. Born in 1755 on the Caribbean island of Nevis, Hamilton came to New York at the age of 18, became a hero of the Revolutionary War, and went on to become a congressman, a prominent lawyer, and the first Secretary of the Treasury.
Although there are no restaurants near the port, the nearby city of Newark has every restaurant and type of food imaginable. Additionally, there is a food truck with coffee, bagels, and other delicious bites outside the entrance of the cruise terminal, which is convenient for those departing on cruises from New Jersey.
Conveniently located in Lower New York Harbor, the Cape Liberty Cruise Port was originally created by private developers in 1930 who intended it for industrial use. However, the ideal location and sheer size of the port made it an ideal candidate for use by the U.S. Navy in WWII. The peninsula upon which the port sits off the eastern end of Bayonne Bay is man-made. In 2003, the BLRA and Royal Caribbean International announced their agreement to turn the 430-acre port into a cruise terminal, and in 2013 Royal Caribbean International built a brand new, sleek, and innovative cruise terminal featuring LED lighting and modern design.
Since the cruise port sits on a peninsula off the mainland, there are no shopping options in proximity to the port, besides a kiosk with basic essentials in the cruise terminal. About a 20-minute drive from the port, guests can find TJ Maxx and Walmart for last-minute cruise essentials.
While public transportation is available to bring you to a drop-off point outside the Cape Liberty cruise terminal, Port Authority prohibits any guests to arrive at the port in any transportation other than a motor vehicle. Pedestrians are also prohibited from entering the restricted port area, so walking from the bus drop-off station is not an option. Therefore, you’re required to acquire a taxi or other car service for the remainder of the way to the terminal (about a $10 taxi fare). Taxis, Uber/Lyft drivers, and private car services all have access to the restricted areas of the port as well.
The official currency in Cape Liberty is the US dollar (USD). Major credit cards are widely used and accepted, and ATMs are readily available throughout the city and port. Most prices displayed on merchandise and food do not yet include gratuities or taxes. Tipping is not mandatory but is generally considered to be proper and appropriate etiquette for services rendered.