Steep Discounts & Great values on large and small vessels to a variety of locations from New York this Fall 2009.
Enticing discount fares, unique itineraries and the choice of a dozen ships are among the reasons 2009 and 2010 are the best time to sail from the port of New York. Whether you're seeking a round of golf in Bermuda, a transatlantic crossing between New York and London or marveling at spectacular fall foliage in New England and Canada, cruise discounts are almost impossible to pass up.
I launched Cruising From New York, an Internet magazine covering cruising from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bayonne, NJ, because of the enormous growth in passenger shipping over the past eight years from my favorite city and home town. While many cruisers come from the surrounding states because it's so much easier to drive than fly to take a cruise, you'll discover passengers from all over the country, and Europe, who want to combine a cruise with a visit to New York.
Unbeatable Cruise Fares
Believe it or not, it is NOT too late to score a real bargain this fall or early 2010. For example, the Oct. 3, 2009 Crown Princess sailing between New York and Quebec City starts at $899 per person, double occupancy. Carnival Triumph sails round-trip from New York on four and five-day Canada/New England cruises through October, at the height of fall foliage season.
Bermuda is another destination easily accessible from New York. While this is a seasonal itinerary (April to October) there's still time to play golf and visit the sites this fall. NCL's Norwegian Dream cruises on seven-day voyages from New York with rates starting at $549 per person, double occupancy, on the Oct. 11 and 25, 2009 departures.
Bermuda isn't your only New York cruise option anymore, however. One of the most popular itineraries in the Northeast is round-trip Caribbean cruises which eliminates the need to fly to Florida. Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, which sails year round from Bayonne, NJ, makes a nine-night Bermuda and Caribbean voyage Oct. 29, 2009 with fares starting $849 per person, double occupancy.
And, while repositioning cruises have always been a great deal, the Oct. 24, 2009 eight-day Caribbean Princess voyage from New York to San Juan is unbeatable: Balcony staterooms start at $839 per person, double occupancy and suites costs just a bit more.
Or you can be part of the spectacle of Carnival Dream's maiden arrival in New York as fireboats and helicopters escort her into port. The 16-day voyage from Rome, departing Oct. 27, 2009, arrives Nov. 12 to a Big Apple welcome and, best of all, fares are terrific: balcony cabins start at $1499 per person, double occupancy.
Increased Capacity in 2010
In 2008, roughly 1.3 million people sailed from the three ports of New York and predictions are that number will increase steadily. In 2010, Celebrity and Holland America will both increase Bermuda departures when the Summit and Veendam make a full season of one-week cruises from New York. In addition, NCL will continue to operate one-week Bermuda cruises and Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas will sail on five night departures from Bayonne, NJ. Suffice to say, the increased competition will result in very attractive pricing.
While Cunard's Queen Mary 2 will continue to sail on a full season of transatlantic voyages between New York and Southampton, UK, Princess will offer exotic Europe itineraries in 2010. Ocean Princess sails from New York to Dover, U.K. on an 18-day cruise visiting Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Norway departing July 13, 2010. The same itineraries sailing westward from Dover to New York departs June 25, 2010.
New York Cruising Tips
Here are a few tips to help make your New York cruise hassle-free
- It's much easier and cheaper to take Amtrak into New York than driving. Parking is extremely expensive -- $30 per day at the Manhattan terminal - and traffic is horrific much of the time. You'll arrive in Penn Station relaxed and refreshed. It's a cinch to take a taxi to the Manhattan terminal or a car service to Brooklyn or Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ.
- If you decide to extend your stay in the Big Apple, I recommend using Priceline to score the biggest deal. For example, a friend recently booked the glitzy Waldorf Astoria for $175 per night while rates normally start around $600.
- Plan on scoring the best bargains by booking far in advance. While it paid to wait this year, in 2010 the cruise lines are offering their biggest discounts nine months in advance. The best cabins and fares will go first.
- For directions on driving to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bayonne, NJ, terminals and parking visit the "Port Information" area of Cruising From New York. For a calendar of cruise departures from New York, visit Cruising From New York. There is also individual ship reviews, tips for New York Visitors and tips for saving money at the web site.