Cape Liberty Cruise Port

Explorer of the Seas leaving Cape Liberty; © Zhukovsky | Dreamstime.com
Explorer of the Seas leaving Cape Liberty

Cape Liberty is situated on a large peninsula located in the Bayonne Harbor. The port used to house the Bayonne Navy Base and facility. After the base was decommissioned, the public port opened in May of 2004. Since that time, some 320,000 passengers have traveled from the port to destinations around the world. This massive number of passengers has made Cape Liberty the second largest of all Mid-Atlantic and Northeast ports along the Eastern seaboard.

Cruise Offerings

As of 2013, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit call Port Liberty home.

Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas is a 3,114 passenger cruise liner. This ship has 10 pools and whirl pools, and 15 bars, clubs and lounges. However, its most celebrated feature is its fitness and sport facilities.

These include:

  • A spa
  • An ice skating rink
  • Jogging track
  • An in-line skating track
  • A rock climbing wall
  • A basketball court

Royal Caribbean offers the following cruises from Port Liberty from August 2013 forward:

  • 5-night cruise to Bermuda - This cruise stops at King's Wharf. Prices begin around $550 for an interior room.
  • 9-night cruise to Bermuda - Stops on this cruise include King's Wharf, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Prices begin around $700 per night.
  • 11-night cruise to Canada and New England - Main stops on this cruise include Boston, Maine, New Brunswick and finally Nova Scotia. Prices start around $1,350 for an interior room.
  • 11-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean - On this journey, you'll visit the ports of St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Prices start at just over $1,000 for an interior room.
  • 9-night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean - Stops on this cruise include St. Thomas and Haiti, among others. Sail for as low as $780 for an interior room.
  • 7-night cruise to the Bahamas - This cruise visits the ports of Port Canaveral and Coco Cay, among others. Prices begin around $650 for an interior room.

Celebrity Cruises Summit

Celebrity Cruises' Summit is a recently updated millennium class ship. New features include entertainment provided by Tony award winning entertainers who perform at the ship's Broadway-style theater, as well as what Celebrity calls "clean cuisine" in their restaurants, which include their brand new Blu restaurant and an i-lounge with Internet.

Celebrity Summit joining other cruise ships at St. Maarten
Celebrity Summit Arriving at St. Maarten

Celebrity offers the following cruises from Port Liberty from August 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

  • 7-night cruise to Bermuda - This cruise stops at King's Wharf. Prices being around $600 for an interior room.
  • 6-night cruise to Bermuda - Visit King's Wharf on this trip. Prices start at about $550 for an ocean view room.
  • 14-night cruise to Canada and New England - This cruise visits the ports of Portland, Quebec and Halifax, among others. Prices start around $1,550 for an interior room.
  • 7-night cruise to Caribbean - This cruise visits the ports of Philipsburg, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, among others. Prices begin around $550 for an interior room.

History

The port of Cape Liberty was first developed in 1930 by a private developer. The Peninsula, as it is often called, is man-made and juts off the eastern end of the city of Bayonne.

In 2003, Royal Caribbean International announced plans to develop the port, and it became the seasonal home port of the Voyager of the Seas. The maiden sailing of the ship took place in May of 2004. In 2010, the port began to offer year-round cruises to the Caribbean.

Cape Liberty is now one of the most northern ports to offer cruises throughout the winter season. Many passengers flock to Cape Liberty because of its location. The port is located just minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and a short drive or bus ride from the southern tip of Manhattan. In addition, the New Jersey Turnpike makes getting to and from Cape Liberty very easy.

The Convenient Port

Cape Liberty does not currently offer the range of cruises that it has in the past, but since it's situated near the Newark airport, not far from New York City, it is one of the most conveniently located ports in the United States. If you depart from this port to sail to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean or Canada, you will find an accessible, attractive port with stunning views of New York City.

Cape Liberty Cruise Port