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Getting to the New York Cruise Center

Getting to the New York Cruise Center

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From the Airports and Highways

Traffic in the NY Metro area is legendarily bad, and a delay of 30 minutes or more is possible, regardless of route, time of day, day of week, and means of transportation, so build that into your plans. Here are the most practical routes.

Disney Ground Transfer—Available to/from the airport, cruise terminal, and pre- or post-cruise hotels. Just add it onto your cruise reservation. For more details, see page 80.

Shuttle Van—Shuttle van pickup areas are found as you exit the airport terminals. GoAirlink (Prime Time) https://www.goairlinkshuttle.com, and Super Shuttle https://www.supershuttle.com are among the companies authorized by the airports and cruise terminal. Reserve online—discounts are commonly offered. Fares are around $20-$24 for LGA, $22-$26 for JFK and EWR. (If Manhattan Cruise Center is not offered as a choice at the website, try providing the terminal’s zip code: 10036).

Sedan, Town Car, or Limo—ExecuCar (Super Shuttle, see above) and GoAirlink (see above), offer town car (seats 3), SUV (seats 5), and other vehicles, starting at $77 for LGA, $97 for JFK and EWR.

Taking a Taxi—Taxis are available at taxi stands as you exit the airport terminals. In NYC, only yellow cabs can be hailed. From JFK, taxis are $52 flat rate to Manhattan, plus tolls. From LGA, the fare is “on the meter,” around $35 plus tolls, if you don’t get stuck in traffic. From EWR, allow $55-$70 plus tolls, depending on traffic.

Rental Car—Many rental agencies have offices at the airport and within blocks of the cruise terminal. However, we don’t recommend a rental except in support of a pre- or post-cruise stay. Other choices are more practical for direct airport-to-cruise transportation.

Driving Directions—With so many possible routes, we’ll leave it to you to get close to Manhattan, and we’ll pick it up from there. From the George Washington Bridge and Cross Bronx Expressway southbound (I-95), exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway southbound. Exit at the right at W. 57th St., following the signs to the cruise terminal. From west and south of New York, your best bet is the Lincoln Tunnel, via the NJ Turnpike or NJ Route 3. Exit the tunnel and head uptown on 8th or 10th Avenue, then left onto W. 55th St. to the terminal entrance. The passenger car toll for the George Washington Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel is $15 inbound to Manhattan. No toll is collected outbound. West Side Highway (12th Ave.) northbound, move into the left-hand lane before you reach W. 54th St. At W. 55th St. exit on the left, following signs to the ship terminal. From most other locations in Manhattan, head for W. 55th St. The terminal can only be approached by car from the north (uptown). On foot, the West Side Highway can be crossed at every cross street. Once across the street, follow the Hudson River Greenway walking and bike path to the terminal entrance.

Long-term cruise parking at the cruise terminal is on the top level of each pier, and is $40/night (tax incl.), paid on arrival. Park immediately upon arrival, porters will be waiting in the lot to collect baggage. No reservations, 25% coupon at web site. Info: 212-641-4454/https://www.nycruise.com/manhattan-terminal/parking/. Parking lots in the area generally don’t list long-term cruise rates, but may offer a rate if asked. Be sure all taxes are included in the quote.

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Top Photo Slice: Manhattan Cruise Center Pier 88 viewed from New Jersey. (℗ 32445) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx



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