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With millions of dollars spent building and completing the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in 2006, plus millions spent renovating the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88 and Pier 90, the NYCruise Terminals have become premiere ports of call.

Project Highlights

  • Boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Over 50 million dollars spent building Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • Over 200 million dollars spent renovating Manhattan Cruise Terminal
  • Redesign of Pier 88 passenger flow

Overview

New York City’s world-class cruise ship ports in both Brooklyn and Manhattan offer ideal facilities for cruise arrivals or departures. NYCruise brings the most spectacular—often the biggest and most luxurious passenger ships to our terminals in Red Hook, Brooklyn and the West Side of Manhattan from European origins or distant ports in the Americas.

Over 50 million dollars was spent building the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and over 200 million dollars was spent renovating the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88 and Pier 90. A key enhancement includes the redesign of Pier 88 passenger flow, with travelers now embarking only through the main level, and disembarking only through the ground level. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal is constantly being upgraded and improved.

In 2018, Brooklyn served 143,030 passengers with 28 ship calls and Manhattan served 1,154,987 passengers with 207 ship calls. With increasing numbers of ship calls and enhancements in easing the passenger flow to ground transportation, the terminals are opening eyes as travelers disembark for their visit to New York City.

For more information about the Manhattan and Brooklyn NYCruise Terminals, including schedules, directions, parking and embarking/disembarking information, please visit NYCruise. 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Photo by C. Taylor Crothers/NYCEDC.

New York Cruise: Gearing Up Capital Projects

“We are really gearing up on some of our capital projects that will allow us to have larger vessels call and homeport in Manhattan and Brooklyn,” said Matthew Kwatinetz, executive vice president, asset management revenue at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which oversees the Big Apple’s cruise business.

First, $15 million will be spent in Brooklyn highlighted by a pier extension and set to be ready by late 2020.

The bigger news comes in Manhattan where Pier 90 will be redone in a big-budget project to better berth large cruise ships, similar to Pier 88.

“The goal is to accommodate a larger, modern class of vessels,” added Kwatinetz.

A new apron will be added, allowing ships with overhanging lifeboats to dock, as well as new boarding bridges. A completion date is estimated in 2021.

“When we do that we can accommodate larger ships like the Carnival Horizon and Norwegian Bliss, and future ships like Carnival’s XL class,” added Michael DeMeo, vice president, NY Cruise.

Additional capacity in Manhattan comes in the form of Pier 92.

It’s amazing to be in this position...We didn’t think we’d run out of space five or six years ago, but we are filling up and looking to create additional berths.
Matthew Kwatinetz
Executive Vice President, Asset Management Revenue NYCEDC
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Photo by C Taylor Crothers/NYCEDC.

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“We are running up against the limitations of capacity right now; we have been talking to different cruise lines to expanding berthing at Pier 92,” said Kwatinetz, adding the city was near its limit during peak season in September and October.

While near-term capacity includes Pier 92, and the soon-to-be-upgraded Pier 90, as well as Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, a bigger long-term project could see the addition of another berth in Brooklyn.

“There are a couple of different deep water areas in Brooklyn that there could be a possibility,” noted Kwatinetz. That possibility, however, would probably run into the nine figure investment range and require a major operator commitment or cruise line partner.

New York had a healthy 2018, buoyed by the visits of two new brand new ships in the Carnival Horizon and Norwegian Bliss, DeMeo explained.

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