Why go to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)?
With the New York City skyline in your rear view, Bayonne offers spectacular sail-aways
After following a long, isolated road to the port, you'll notice that nothing else is around
Cape Liberty is a great drive-to embarkation option, but don't plan to spend the night
Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Cruise Port Facilities?
The Cape Liberty terminal is in a remote location, and it's not possible to walk anywhere. The terminal has restrooms and free Wi-Fi but not much else. We've heard whispers about possible vending machines and food trucks, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
Good to Know?
You can't walk to the cruise terminal from public transportation; you'll have to drive in, take a cab or shuttle bus.
Cape Liberty Cruise Port is accessible from Newark Liberty International Airport, via the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). Guest parking is available adjacent to the cruise terminal. Check their Web site for parking information and pricing. Direct buses, arranged by the cruise line, operate between northeastern cities and the pier on cruise days.
Once at Cape Liberty, cruisers can take the NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail via the Bayonne station, which connects to Amtrak, PATH trains and ferry service to/from New York City via Hoboken Station. The rail station is about three miles from the port, but RCI provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the station on cruise days. The light rail connects Bayonne to Hoboken and Jersey City. Taxis are also readily available on embarkation and debarkation days.
There are no rental car companies set up at the port, but there is an Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Bayonne (1347 Kennedy Blvd.; 201-436-9814). Enterprise centers are generally willing to provide pick-up and drop-off service, but be sure to call for more information in advance.
Go Airlink NYC provides transportation to the cruise terminal at Cape Liberty for local travelers and passengers from Maryland, Delaware, Pennyslvania and New Jersey. Cost varies depending on pick-up location. They also offer private tours of NYC. (1430 Broadway, Ste. 507, NYC; 212-812-9000 or 877-599-8200)
The port is accessible from three New York City-area airports -- Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Taxis are readily available at all airports, and fares are either fixed or metered, not including tolls.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency is the U.S. dollar. International visitors will find it easy to access cash at numerous ATMs. Exchange bureaus so common in Europe are not in the U.S., but major banks do provide exchange services.
Where You're Docked?
Cape Liberty Cruise Port Terminal:
14 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ 07002
Your ship will be docked at the Cape Liberty cruise terminal, located in Bayonne, New Jersey, just seven miles outside of New York City. Although the old terminal building still stands, a new one has been constructed next door, offering less space but a more efficient experience. (In theory, passengers go from curb to cruise in 10 minutes with expedited check-in via a cell phone app.)
Parking is available at the port for $20 per day ($7 for a pre-approved day pass only) and $40 for oversized vehicles like campers or RVs.