The Bayonne-based port, formerly known as Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal, was eyed by Royal Caribbean as an alternative to Manhattan's over-crowded and under-efficient cruise terminal.
The port, located off exit 14-A/Bayonne of the New Jersey Turnpike (and a 15-minute cab ride from Newark Airport), is particularly aimed at East Coast drive-to cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean is the flagship tenant and has announced unspecified plans to demolish the existing industrial terminal and build a state-of-the-art facility. At this point, the terminal is equipped with rudimentary tables, chairs and check-in desks.
Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas (formerly Nordic Empress) and Voyager of the Seas will both home port here through the summer.