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About Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

In 2004, Royal Caribbean, looking for an alternative to New York's overcrowded and under-efficient cruise terminal, moved its ships across the Hudson River to New Jersey. The cruise line set up shop at the former Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal (which has now been renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor) on a 430-acre manmade point of land. And so Cape Liberty Cruise Port got its start.

In preparation for the arrival of RCI's Quantum-class vessels, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, Bayonne's Cape Liberty cruise facility underwent renovations to both accommodate the larger ships and to make passenger traffic flow more smoothly.

The port offers outstanding views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. But Bayonne itself is primarily a residential community, rather than a hot spot for tourism. Truth be told, the port is rather drab and industrial looking. Indeed, Bayonne's best asset is its proximity to bustling communities like Hoboken, Jersey City and, of course, the Big Apple, only seven miles (or a 10-minute drive) away. For most folks, the port is close enough to Manhattan to take advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Want to stay close to port? There are still some tourist-worthy diversions, like the city of Hoboken, birthplace of Frank Sinatra and baseball -- at least, that's what the sign says when you enter the city limits. The latter claim has been hotly contested through the years. Hoboken is also known as the "square mile city" because it's only one square mile. It's a pedestrian's dream, with shops and restaurants located within walking distance of the city's train station and ferry terminal. (Thank goodness for that, because parking in Hoboken is no picnic.)

While Hoboken has become an "in" place for young urban professionals to settle (or at least rent overpriced apartments in aging brownstones), droves of other Jerseyans -- and New Yorkers! -- come in the evenings and on the weekends to eat, drink and enjoy the postcard-perfect view of the Manhattan skyline from the waterfront. Another waterfront garnering major attention is that of Jersey City, the gateway (on the New Jersey side, anyway) to two of New York's most important sites: Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Liberty Island is, of course, home to Lady Liberty herself, and the main building on Ellis Island is a museum dedicated to the history of immigration.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 4
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
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      Nassau
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      Cruising
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.

    Cons

    Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.

    Bottom Line

    Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.

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    Oasis of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    One of the largest ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board...

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    Nola93
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oasis spoiled these first-time cruisers! Some downsides though. Details below...
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    kmb2010
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great ship
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Hamilton, St. George ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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      Hamilton
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      Hamilton
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      Hamilton
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      St. George
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      St. George
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      Cruising
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Empress of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service

    Cons

    Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem

    Bottom Line

    Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price

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    Empress of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 2016 return of the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean fleet marked ...

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    CapnBob
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Smallest ship with the biggest heart
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nice smaller ship
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
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      Saint John (New Brunswick)
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      Halifax
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      Cruising
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Empress of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service

    Cons

    Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem

    Bottom Line

    Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price

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    Empress of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 2016 return of the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean fleet marked ...

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    ClarkMD
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good Price, Great Service, Mediocre Ship
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    Gaynors
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Smallest ship with the Biggest Heart
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 4
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 5
      Nassau
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Ship Details

    Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants

    Cons

    For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

    Bottom Line

    Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience

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    Anthem of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Anthem of the Seas is the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class. The 4,180-passenger c...

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    acapogna
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise, just one complaint.
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    JMP0629
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Relaxing. Food needs work.
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, King's Wharf ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 1
      Cruising
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      King's Wharf
    • Day 5
      King's Wharf
    • Day 6
      King's Wharf
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    Mimiya11
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great until not great!
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    RANGERAT
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Back to small ship Cruising
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    King's Wharf, Bayonne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    5 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      King's Wharf
    • Day 4
      King's Wharf
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.

    Cons

    The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.

    Bottom Line

    Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.

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    Freedom of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Freedom of the Seas launched in May 2006 as the world's biggest cruise ship, measuring 155,000 ...

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    mayet99
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Experience
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    Krusty94
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Awesome Time with Family & Friends!
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Charleston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Bayonne (Cape Liberty) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Charleston
    • Day 5
      Charleston
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      King's Wharf
    • Day 8
      King's Wharf
    • Day 9
      King's Wharf
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    JUST TRIPPIN'
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Third time on Summit
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A bit smaller ship
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