New York Cruise terminals are located in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. They offer passengers easy access to parking as well as convenient embarking and disembarking procedures.
The Manhattan Cruise Terminal was established as the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal in the 1930s. During the early twentieth century half dozen of the world's greatest passenger ships docked side by side from Piers 84 to 94-a stretch that became known as Luxury Liner Row-starting with the Normandie in 1935, followed by the Queen Mary the following year and the Queen Elizabeth after the outbreak of World War II. During the war, thousands of GI's embarked on the latter two ships for the European theater of war-16,683 at once when the Queen Mary departed from Pier 90 in July 1943.
Kings, queens and Hollywood royalty enjoyed luxurious post-war cruises, departing from the Terminal in great numbers. Despite the advent of affordable air travel in the 1950s, cruising enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the 1960s, with Bermuda as a popular destination. Following renovation of the piers in 1970, the Terminal has served the expanding cruise travel business, and continued its historical role of providing embarkation for all transatlantic crossings.
The Manhattan Cruise Terminal is managed by Ports America, a private terminal management company under contract with the City’s representative agency. The terminal handles over 130 cruise calls and 600,000 passengers each year. It is the fourth busiest cruise terminal in the US. The terminal is the primary home port for trans-Atlantic crossings from Europe. Other itineraries include Bermuda, Canada and the Caribbean.
Major cruise lines that depart from Manhattan Cruise Terminal include Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea and Seaborn.
Brooklyn's historic waterfront served as the gateway for the nation's goods and people for more than 150 years. Pier 12, developed just prior to the Civil War, has almost exclusively served as a cargo pier for all types of goods, up until 2005 handled ships laden with New York City's road salt being transformed into its newest luxury cruise ship terminal.
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is managed jointly by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PANYNJ).