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Brooklyn, New York Cruise Terminal

Information, Map and Directions

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 at her berth in Red Hook, Brooklyn, September 2008.
Photo by lemoncat1 on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license

Located in the neighborhood of Red Hook, on the western edge of Brooklyn and just across the river from Manhattan, the 190,000 square-foot Brooklyn Cruise Terminal opened in 2006 and currently serves Cunard and Princess cruise lines. It is the New York home of Princess' Cruise Lines Crown Princess, and Cunard's Queen Mary 2. It is occasionally visited by Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, but not often. The most noteable visit was also with the Queen Victoria, for a "Cunard Royal Rendezvous", which included a special celebration with a fireworks display over the Statue of Liberty and special lighting of the Empire State Building in Cunard Red (January, 2011).

For GPS location setting: use the address 72 Bowne Street Brooklyn NY 11231 (40.6822,-74.0073)
Note: this is not the mailing address for the terminal.

With on-site, secured parking for approximately 600 vehicles, passenger drop-off areas with curbside check-in, and a one-stop customs and immigration processing system, the terminal serves an estimated 300,000 passengers per year.

Parking in the on-site lot is available for about $20 per day (short-term parking is about $6 for 20 minutes). The parking lot is outdoors, and has security. Handicapped spaces are available. No reservations are required for parking. If you have more questions about parking at the terminal, please call (718) 246-2794.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is the closest airport to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
It will usually take under 30 minutes to get to or from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal from LaGuardia.

John F. Kennedy International (JFK) is the next bext choice. Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) is more difficult to get to/from, and because of tolls it will be the most expensive option (you also will almost certainly travel across Manhattan to get from Newark to Brooklyn, which may add considerably to the time required).

Direct international air transport is generally only available from JFK or Newark airports, however some Canadian cities and parts of the Caribbean are serviced out of LaGuardia (and of course many international flights will connect to LaGuardia).

The US Airways and Delta Airlines shuttles both fly out of LaGuardia and provide hourly service to Washington, D.C. and Boston. Delta flys on the half-hour and US Air on the hour. Flying time is about and hour and fifteen minutes. Schedules are slightly less regular on the weekends (i.e. every other hour, in some cases).
Delta Shuttle website
US Airways Shuttle website

For transfer to and from the cruise terminal, your cruise company will offer a shuttle bus service, this is often the most convenient and inexpensive way to get to and from the airport if you are travelling alone. If you're travelling as a couple or in a group, a taxi may be less expensive.

Contact your cruise company directly for more information on transfer services they offer.
Princess: 1-800-PRINCESS, Cunard: 1-800-728-6273

Approximate Taxi Fares to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal from:
John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK): $55
LaGuardia Airport (LGA): $35
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): $80 to $100 (there are 2 tolls on this route)
Penn Station & Grand Central: $25 - $35

including tips, tolls, etc.
It is customary (but not required) to tip the driver between 10% and 20% of the total fare.
Fares are variable depending on traffic conditions. If coming from Newark or going to Newark, you will also be charged any applicable tolls.

Remember to always take your receipt, take note of the taxi's 4-digit medallion number (format: 1 number, 1 letter, 2 numbers), and immediately report any problems with your ride to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission by calling 311, or 212-639-9675.

NYC Cabs can normally seat 4 people, plus luggage.

Taxi service in NYC is very well regulated and all Yellow Cabs are required to accept both cash and credit cards for payment. The taxi's now have card readers and a touchscreen interface for the passenger to make payment; the driver will not handle your card. Because the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission regularly sends undercover inspectors out to test cab drivers for rule-breaking, it is unlikely you will have a bad experience in a Yellow Cab these days; however, if you do, we encourage you to report it by calling 311 in NYC or 212-639-9675. Be sure to take your receipt, which will have the taxi's medallion number and the time of day printed on it; you will need that information for the TLC report.

All airports and bus terminals have organized taxi dispatch locations, and waiting times are usually very short. Do NOT take a cab or car that solicits your business from the baggage claim area a the airport or tries to skip the line at the taxi stand.

Apple-Green Taxi's
As of late summer 2013, NYC has begun rolling out another class of taxi cabs which are green, rather than yellow. You may encounter these at the Cruise Terminal (but not in midtown -- it is illegal to pick up fares in midtown Manhattan and in fact their GPS-activated fare meter will not allow them to start trips in Manhattan). The green taxi is the same as the yellow one: fares are the same, the cars take credit cards, etc. So, what's the difference? Not much, except that you won't find the green cabs in Manhattan, unless they've dropped somebody off and are heading back to an outer borough (but they are not allowed to pick you up in Manhattan and take you back to Brooklyn, even if they're going that way).

Limo/Sedan prices will be similar to slightly higher (but with the added benefit of not having to wait in a taxi queue). However, NEVER take a sedan/limo that stops for you randomly on the street or approaches you at baggage pickup at an airport. This practice is absolutely illegal, and the drivers have been known to take advantage of tourists.

QM2 at the dock in Brooklyn,
photo by themikebot on flickr,
used under Creative Commons license

Entrance to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Photo by nickherber on flickr. Used under Creative Commons License
"Black Car" Sedan Service: For disembarking passengers, taxis can be in short supply. An alternative is to make a reservation with a limo or "black car" service, which will meet you when you arrive, such as:
  • Dial 7 Limo +1 (212) 777-7777
  • Dave El Chauffeured Transportation +1 (212) 645-4242

Note: these will be much more expensive than a taxi, but the driver will meet you and you won't have to wait in taxi queue.

You can use a "car service", as well, but they're tricky enough for New Yorkers to navigate (just search the Yelp reviews for a good one), so we suggest you pass on that option. Waiting in the taxi queue will be a better option.

Regardless of the option you choose, they will be licensed by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and if you have any problem with the ride at all, please report it to the TLC so that bad drivers and services can be weeded out. +1 212-639-9675 or

GPS Settings
40.6822 -74.0073

Passengers arriving by private car should drop off luggage and passengers at the Terminal curbside first, and then proceed to either the on-site or off-site parking lots. Immediately upon entering the Terminal, passengers will be directed towards the security and passenger screening area, and check-in area.

Following retrieval of baggage and exiting the Terminal building, returning passengers will be directed to awaiting coaches, taxis/limousines and car parking. Passengers with cars may first retrieve their car and then pick-up luggage and fellow travelers.

We have a listing of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts located in Brooklyn, which might be helpful to you. You may also find bargains on hotels in Lower Manhattan, depending on your arrival/departure day (though the term "bargain" for a New York City hotel is a bit of a misnomer). The closest "Full Service" chain hotel to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, however, if your departure is on a Sunday with a Saturday night stay before departure, you should check prices on hotels in the Manhattan Financial District...recently, a quick check of prices showed rooms at the Millenium Hilton in the Wall Street area for a Saturday night stay to be available for as little as $159, whereas the same date at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge would set you back at least $199. Check with your cruise company to see if they have any discount deals with hotels prior to or following cruises.

Map of Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal

Directions to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

From Manhattan
via Battery Tunnel: ($5 cash toll, $4.15 EZPass)
Battery Tunnel (I478) into Brooklyn. Take first exit in Brooklyn to the right, Exit 26, Hamilton Avenue, onto the service roadStay to the left and make a left-U-turn at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue with Clinton Street/9th Street, then continue west along the westbound Hamilton Avenue service road. Continue on the service road to its end at Van Brunt Street. Turn left at Van Brunt Street, travel 2 blocks and then turn right onto Bowne Street to enter the terminal.

via the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, or Laguardia Airport
Get onto the westbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway -- I278-W and take Exit 27 -- Atlantic Avenue. Turn Left onto Columbia Street, and left again onto Congress Street. Drive one block to Hicks Street and turn right. Follow Hicks Street to the dead end at Hamilton Avenue (adjacent to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel). Turn right onto Hamilton Avenue. Follow Hamilton Avenue to Van Brunt Street and turn left. Go two blocks and turn right onto Bowne Street. Enter the terminal at Bowne and Imlay intersection.

From John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport:
Take the westbound Belt Parkway to the eastbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I 278 East) to Exit 26-Hamilton Avenue. After exit, continue along westbound Hamilton Avenue service road. Continue on the service road to its end at Van Brunt Street. Turn left at Van Brunt Street, travel 2 blocks and then turn right onto Bowne Street.

From Newark Liberty (EWR) Airport:
Take the Holland Tunnel across lower Manhattan (Canal Street), which leads you straight across the Manhattan Bridge. Get onto the westbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway -- I278-W and take Exit 27 -- Atlantic Avenue. Turn Left onto Columbia Street, and left again onto Congress Street. Drive one block to Hicks Street and turn right. Follow Hicks Street to the dead end at Hamilton Avenue (adjacent to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel). Turn right onto Hamilton Avenue. Follow Hamilton Avenue to Van Brunt Street and turn left. Go two blocks and turn right onto Bowne Street. Enter the terminal at Bowne and Imlay intersection.

Via Bus and/or Subway -- Not Recommended!
In all honesty, public transit is not a good way to get to the terminal. There is NO nearby subway service (the Red Hook neighborhood has no subway stop). The closest subway stops are Smith and 9th Street (F Train) or Borough Hall (2/3/4/5/N/R trains) but then you will still have to transfer to a bus (B77 from Smith and 9th Streets, which leaves you 6 very long, lonely blocks from the terminal, or you can take the B61 bus from the Borough Hall stop -- which requires you to walk 4 blocks to get to the bus and then another 4 blocks from the bus stop to the terminal).

Trust us, you want to take a cab, limo/sedan, or a charter bus to or from the terminal.
You do NOT want to use public transit to get to the Terminal.

Some quick things to do in Brooklyn

Unfortunately, the Cruise Terminal is in a bit of an out-of-the-way part of Brooklyn. Nearest near-by attractions are in the Red Hook neighborhood: Steve's Key Lime Pie bakery is on Van Dyke Street (they have just relocated due to the hurricane & hours may be irregular), there is a small park with a very nice view of the Statue of Liberty called Valentino Park and Pier at the end of Coffey Street, the Water Front Museum is at 290 Conover St, Brooklyn Crab is open for lunch and dinner at 24 Reed Street. IKEA is at 1 Beard St if you need some meatballs or flat-packed furniture....there is also a Water Taxi to Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge / Fulton Ferry Landing available at Ikea. Free on the weekends, $5 weekdays, runs about every 40 minutes.

If you have a few hours to kill before you embark, you might enjoy a quick trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and/or the Brooklyn Museum. Both are about a fifteen minute cab ride from the terminal (and steps away from each other). Your cab driver will know how to get to either location.

If you have a bit more time to spare and would like to see a little more of Brooklyn, please consider a guided walking tour of our beautiful Borough.

If you'd like to see Coney Island, you can hop on the Q subway train and take it out to the end of the line; it's about 40 minutes from Downtown Brooklyn. The stop nearest the Cruise Terminal is at DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues (which is quite close to the Marriott Hotel).

The Postal Zip Code for the Cruise Terminal is 11231. The Police Precinct is the 76th.

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