Our luggage was taken immediately as we pulled into Cape Liberty and we were directed to parking which was also across the street from the check-in location. It was very convenient. I would recommend bringing your car. The cost of parking our car was $19.00 per day which was paid upon entering the parking lot. This was good because leaving the lot after the cruise was quick. Payment accepted was cash or credit card. The embarkation process moved very quickly and we were on the ship within 20 minutes. Lunch was already being served on the ship at the buffet and pool grill. Our bags came to our room long before the ship sailed at 5pm.