Royal Caribbean Officially Inaugurates Cape Liberty

May 14, 2004
Cape Liberty Cruise Port, an industrial and military port facility on New Jersey's side of the Hudson River slated to become Royal Caribbean's "number one" New York-area port, officially began welcoming its first passengers today. The launch ceremony featured speeches by New Jersey politicians, a performance by bagpipers from the Bayonne Police Department Pipe and Drums Corp. and a salute to maritime by the Bayonne High School concert band.

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.