What's the first thing you think about when you think about a cruise? The food? The activities? The beautiful ports? Or maybe you think of the sea days when you sit on the deck and watch the rolling waves from the apparent never-ending ocean blue? Amazing right?
But then… There's the dreaded travel day. And if you live in the Northeast, traveling to your cruise port can equal what seems like cruel and unusual punishment. First, you have to be up in the wee hours of the morning to catch a flight to Florida; hopefully, you can avoid connections. Or maybe you'll pull out your wallet one more time to stay in a hotel the night before to avoid the early travel day.
And if you're really (un)lucky, you'll pack your family and your luggage in a car and take what will feel like the world's LONGEST road trip ever! I mean, we're talking 14-20 hours if you're coming from the Northeast. You'll unfold yourselves from your car, and once you've finally made it to your stateroom, you'll be exhausted.
But if you're from the Northeast, what other choice do you have? I'm happy to tell you that there are plenty of options for cruises that depart from the Northeast.
Read on and find out how it's possible to embark on your next cruise from the New York tri-state area...right in your backyard.
If you live in the New York tri-state area, you might find the local cruise ports ideal because:
Now that you know you don't have to travel far to take a cruise, let me tell you about my favorite cruises that depart from the Tri-State Area.
New York Harbor - Photo: Carnival Cruise Line
New Jersey, Cape Liberty Bayonne
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises have the most options for cruises out of New Jersey. And they have some fantastic options. Canada, Bermuda, and California are just a few of their destinations, but I'd recommend Royal Caribbean's 7-day Bahamas voyage aboard the Oasis of the seas. You'll travel to Orlando, Fl, Nassau Bahamas, and Royal Caribbean's private island, a perfect day at Cococay. And let me tell you, it is absolutely stunning.
New York, Manhattan Cruise Terminal
I bet you think that cruising out of the Northeast means you'll miss the fun ship, right? WRONG. If you can make it to the Manhattan cruise terminal, you can catch a ride to paradise with Carnival Cruise Line! Onboard you can indulge in unlimited food and non-stop activities and fun.
Carnival also has options to visit Canada and Bermuda from New York. But I believe Carnival's best voyage out of New York is their Eastern Caribbean cruise. It's so good; they give you two options.
Norwegian Cruise line, another famous ocean cruise line, can also get you to the Caribbean from NY. Their itineraries are pretty unique. Sure, Bermuda sounds nice, but who wouldn't want to see Bermuda, Aruba, and Curacao, in the same sailing? I sure would!
Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, Boston
Ok. I know the tri-state area is technically made up of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, but hear me out. There aren't any cruises that leave out of Connecticut. So, for cruise port purposes only, I say we make Massachusetts an honorary member of the Tri-State Area. What do you say?
If you agree, you've just opened yourself up to even more great cruise options. You can add Maine, Canada, including Quebec via Norwegian, and St. Thomas, Puerta Plata, and San Juan on Royal Caribbean.
So, you see, it doesn't take a long day at the airport or a grueling road trip to get you on your next cruise. All it takes is a short car ride to your nearest New York tri-state area port and your willingness and readiness to embark on your next adventure.
Are You Ready to Set Sail?!
Photo: Deneen enjoying the sunset