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Embarkation and Debarkation at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal

Embarkation and Debarkation at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal

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Piers 88 and 90, on 12th Avenue at W. 48th and W. 50th Streets respectively, have been berthing passenger ships since the 1930s. Each pier is a full-service terminal, but both use the same vehicle access ramps. Both terminals have been recently refurbished. Pier 88 has had the more dramatic transformation. Baggage claim and customs have been moved down to street level, like most modern terminals, thanks to new cargo handling areas outside. This made space on the 2nd floor for larger security, check-in, and pre-boarding lounge areas. Pier 90, while refurbished, still has check-in and baggage claim on the second level. The Disney cruise ships may be berthed at either pier, mostly at Pier 88. The piers are shared by other cruise lines, and there will often be two ships boarding at Pier 88. Sundays can be especially hectic, as three ships will often be in port.

Embarkation: For auto and taxi drop-off, take the W. 55th St. ramp to the second level. Cruise ship name(s) will be posted outside each pier. Porters will be at curbside to collect luggage (gratuities are not expected). Be sure your cruise line-supplied luggage tags are affixed. Buses and shuttles arrive at street level, and will be met by porters. Passengers can proceed directly to the pier and take escalators and elevators up to the second level.

Security screening here is quite similar to airport procedures; have photo ID and cruise documents handy, remove laptops and camcorders from carry-ons, most shoes should be removed before going through the metal detector, etc. Once you clear the security area, the check-in/embarkation procedure moves quickly, especially if you fill out the cruise forms before arrival. You can do this online, and the forms are also found in your cruise document booklet (see page 64). The terminal has a generous seating capacity. Food concessions can be found inside the terminal, and street vendors may be found outside.

The terminal opens at 8:00 am for luggage drop-off—you can arrive early and go sightseeing (perhaps a harbor tour or a visit to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum next door) before check-in and boarding begin (though things may be hectic until about 9:30 am, as ships will be disembarking). The terminal opens for check-in at 11:00 am, and All Aboard time is 4:00 pm.

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Manhattan Cruise Center Pier 88 viewed from New Jersey
Manhattan Cruise Center
Pier 88 viewed from New
Jersey
by Dave Marx

Debarkation: Passengers proceed off the ship to baggage claim, where porters are available to accompany them through customs inspection. Have passports or other ID and completed customs declaration forms ready (see page 570). Ground transportation connections post-cruise are somewhat different than pre-cruise. Taxi stands are at street level, across 12th Ave. Private car and limo pick-ups are on the second floor—at Pier 88, return to the second floor after clearing customs. If you’re parked at the terminal, the driver should bring the car around to the second level to pick up passengers.

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