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Small Ship Cruising Changes Up New York Ports.

Although many of the larger cruise companies operating from New York get the press, there are a number of small cruise lines that offer unique itineraries from New York to coastal / inland waterway ports.

Examples of such cruise lines include: American Cruise Line and Blount Adventure Cruises.  Years ago these cruise lines utilized the Chelsea Piers as an embarkation point in the Big Apple. Due to over crowding at the Chelsea Piers, these small operators have been forced to find other piers within the port to load stores and embark / disembark passengers.

American Cruise Line has relocated to Pier 35 on the East River which used to be utilized by cargo ship lines - Netumar and North American West Africa Line (NAWAL).

Surprisingly Blount Adventure Cruises has relocated their embarkation point to Pier 81 on the North RIver. The pier is the home to what used to be World Yacht and now the North River Lobster Dinner Cruise Ship Destiny.

If you sail from New York one of these small ships, …

Caribbean Princess Heads North

Earlier this week, Princess Cruise's Caribbean Princess left New York on a unique itinerary sailing from Brooklyn on 8/19/2019 to Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney Nova Scotia; Nuuk, Greenland; Qaqortoq Greenland; Nanortalik Greenland; and St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. The 15 day itinerary offers unique ports of call not normally featured on cruises from the Big Apple.

During the summer various cruise lines have been trying to offer unique itineraries including northern ports like Iceland and Greenland.

The 113,000 ton, 951 foot long and 118 foot wide Caribbean Princess is offering a number of  New England Canada cruises during the fall.

For More information check out our 2019 Fall cruise schedule.


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Scenic Luxury Cruises Scenic Eclipse Sails on Her Maiden Voyage. - Christening to Occur in NYC.

Scenic Eclipse sets sail with its first guests on its inaugural voyage, a 13-day discovery itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec, before heading to NYC for its Sept 10 christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren. And presenting to the world for the very first time are images of its luxurious interiors, showcasing some of the reasons this vessel sets a new standard in exploration and luxury cruising.

 “Today is the fruition of many years of planning and work from a large and dedicated team to create a vessel and an experience which has set a brand new benchmark in ultra-luxury discovery cruising,” offered Glen Moroney, Chairman and Founder, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.

“We are extremely proud of this ship and what it brings to the world of cruising. In terms of innovation, technology and design, it is second to none. The onboard helicopters and submarine and our handcrafted itineraries that take our guests to 38 countries in some of the world’s most stunning and remote loc…

Norwegian Cruise Line's Nowegian Encore is Floated Out of Meyer Werft's Covered Building Dock

August 17, 2019 - Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced that its latest ship, Norwegian Encore, successfully completed a major construction milestone, when it emerged for the first time from the Meyer Werft ship building dock in Papenburg, Germany.  
Norwegian Encore will remain in the shipyard port for the final phase of construction, before her conveyance up the Ems River and towards the North Sea at the end of September. At nearly 1,100 feet long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000 and a guest capacity of 3,998, the ship will be delivered to the cruise line on Oct. 30, 2019. She will be christened in Miami on Nov. 21, 2019 and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on Nov. 24, 2019.
“To see the ship emerge from the shipyard is always one of the most exciting construction milestones,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.  “Our partners at Meyer Werft have been committed to…

We've Updated Our Site With Neat Stuff and Another Busy Day in NYC.

As you can see, we have made some extensive changes to

Back by popular demand - We now are returning to our roots and am now  providing weekly ship schedules right on our main page  so people can view the cruises departing in the next 1-2 weeks and familiarize themselves with the ships and schedules. In addition we continue to provide cruise schedules online for at-least the next six months.

I also felt like the site was too stagnant so now you can come back daily to check our latest cruise news. In addition we have added fun items to our line-up - such as cruise crossword puzzles, trivia and more.

We also have 3 blog ups an running (see the footer on this page for links and information).

In addition to these changes - Today was a busy day in the Port of New York and New Jersey with 90% degree temperatures and just about the same humidity - it was hot!!! I wish I was in the pool on any or the 4 ships that were in port today including the Norwegian Escape (destined fo…

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to Sail from New York after $250 Million Modernization / Amplification.

The ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Oasis of the Seas, marks its 10-year anniversary with a larger-than-ever, $165 million amplification. The first to introduce the unique seven-neighborhood concept and one-of-a-kind AquaTheater entertainment venue, Royal Caribbean International’s original game-changer will set a new standard for family vacations with first-to-brand experiences and the latest Royal Caribbean hits. Guest favorites making their way to Oasis as part of the 63-day modernization include a reimagined,Caribbean-inspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; famed Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Debuting alongside this lineup is the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke. The amplified Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, 2019, beginning 7-night Eas…

Carnival Cruise Line to Operate Largest Bermuda Season Ever, Adds Week-Long Voyages from Charleston and Baltimore in Addition to New York

Carnival Cruise Line will operate its largest Bermuda season ever in 2019-2020, with more than 40 voyages visiting the nation, including eight week-long cruises departing from Baltimore and Charleston next year.

In total, six different Carnival ships – Carnival Breeze, Magic, Pride, Radiance, Sunshine and Sunrise – will offer four- to nine-day Bermuda cruises from five homeports along the eastern seaboard between now and next year.

Carnival is the only cruise operator to offer round-trip Bermuda cruises from Charleston, Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale. Nine-day Bermuda departures have also been added to the New York-based schedules of the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance that include four-day cruises to the island as well.

Carnival’s diverse Bermuda schedule not only encompasses a wide range of cruise durations and homeports but also a variety of ship sizes and amenities, providing consumers with unprecedented opportunities to visit the popul…

Peaceboat Organization to Operate ex. Pullmantur Zenith as Peaceboat II Starting in 2020

The Peaceboat organization, a Japanese nongovernmental organization promoting world peace, has announced that they have reached an agreement to operate Pullmantur's Zenith.

The 1,828-guest Zenith is expected to leave the Pullmantur fleet in early 2020 and begin sailing for Peaceboat as the Peaceboat II starting in April 2020. The Zenith (Peaceboat II) is expected to sail alongside the Ocean Dream (ex Carinival Tropicale) which has been operating for Peaceboat for a number of years.

Peaceboat stated that 2020 itineraries for the Peaceboat II (Zenith) will be announced shortly most likely sailing 3 month  voyages around the world.

It should be noted that the Zenith spent a good portion of her career sailing from New York under the ownership of Celebrity Cruises. Sailing weekly from the Big Apple to Bermuda during the Spring, Summer and Fall.

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Royal Caribbean's Private Island CocoCay in the Bahamas - Experince the Day at Coco Cay.

Royal Caribbean International’s Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas is the line's refreshed private island experience following a $250 million transformation.

The island is offering exciting one-of-a-kind experiences that will top any bucket list including the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak and Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean.

Coco Cay is a cruise destination visited on a number of Royal Caribbean cruises departing from the Port of New York / New Jersey - Cape Liberty Bayonne, NJ.

 Unlike any private island the world has ever seen, Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated Perfect Day at CocoCay – the first in the cruise line’s new Perfect Day Island Collection of next-level private destinations around the world – is now open. The $250 million transformation of the line’s private island in The Bahamas debuts a combination of first-of-their-kind thrills and one-of-a-kind ways to chill that forever changes wha…

Scenic Luxury Cruises Takes Delivery of the Luxury Yacht Scenic Eclipse - Christening To Be Held in New York

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has today confirmed it took delivery of Scenic Eclipse on July 26 from the Uljanik Shipyard. Scenic Eclipse departed the shipyard at 8:00PM on Saturday, July 27, on its journey to Valetta, Malta for registration. From there, she will make a number of short stops before arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will commence operations of her first scheduled cruise. The inaugural voyage is a 13-day discovery sailing via Greenland and Eastern Canada before arriving in Quebec on August 27. And then heading to NYC for its Christening by Godmother Dame Helen Mirren.
In addition, Scenic today released footage of the final tests and trials of the state-of-the-art Airbus H130 helicopters. The video shows the helicopters landing on the deck of Scenic Eclipse and being stored in the specially-designed onboard hangars (US link:; CAN link: As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the …

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Call in New York On Repositioing Cruise

Last week also presented another unique visitor to New York City. Cunard's Queen Elizabeth made a call at the New York Cruise Terminal for a day to allow her passengers to enjoy a day in the Big Apple.

Arriving in New York at around 5:00 AM, the Queen Elizabeth spent a full 12 hours in port - allowing her passengers to explore.

The Queen Elizabeth called in New York City on 49 Day Cruise From Vancouver British Columbia Canada to Southampton England.

The Cruise went north from Vancouver on June 20th, 2019 to various ports in Alaska, California, Mexico Guatemala, Panama Canal Transit, Aruba, Florida, Halifax, Newfoundland, Iceland, Scotland. Ireland and Southampton England where the cruise ends on August 8th. The cruise is also sold in segments and an 18 day New York to Southampton segment was available.

The Queen Elizabeth was built in Italy in 2010 and measures 961 feet long and 105 wide weighing 90,901 tons. She carries a crew of 900 and 2,500 passengers. She will spend the rest…

Princess Cruises' Sea Princess Makes a Unique Visit to New York.

Princess Cruises' Sea Princess made a unique multi-day stay in New York on July 20th and 21st. The mid-size Sea Princess was calling at New York as part of a 107 Day around the world cruise which left Auckland, New Zealand on May 10, 2019.

The Sea Princess proceeded to make a number of calls in Australia, heading toward Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Middle East (UAE, Dubai. Oman, Jordan), through the Suez Canal to Malta, Spain, England, Holland, Latvia, Germany, England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Canada and finally New York.

The 77,500 ton ship with a crew of 900 and 2,400 passengers visited the Big Apple during one of the hottest spells in the last decade - experiencing temperatures in the high 90's which a fell like above 100 degrees when factoring in the humidity - but the days were sunny and glorious. A grand time was had by all her Australian guests who explore the city and encountered all that New York had to offer.

The Sea Princess left New York on July …

Three Cruise Ships Arrive In the Port of New York and New Jersey Amist Harbor Hustle and Bustle.

Sunday was a busy morning in the port of New York and New Jersey with three cruise ships, 2 military ships and 3 container ships arriving in the wee hours of the morning.

The Norwegian Escape arrived from a week long sailing to Bermuda, Her arrival time was about 4:30 AM at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

Arriving at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at around 6:00 AM was Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 returning from a New England, Canada Cruise.

Finally the Celebrity Summit was slightly delayed with her arrival at Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal,  Bayonne, New Jersey - pulling along side around 7:15 AM. The ship was arriving from a 7 Day Cruise to Bermuda.

The Celebrity Summit was delayed due to the arrival of the USNS Watkins which was being eased into the dry-dock at the Bayonne Drydock and Repair facility located at the end of the Cape Liberty Peninsular. The delay was short while the massive supply ship was aligned with the drydock and backed into the dry-dock for maintenance.

The Celebr…

Cunard Releases Inspiring Transatlantic Crossing Video On Queen Mary 2.

Luxury cruise line Cunard today released a video that showcases the iconic transatlantic experience on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2. Guests featured in the video describe the line’s signature seven-night Transatlantic Crossing, which travels between New York and London, as a unique and unforgettable way to escape day-to-day life. Video can be viewed here.

 In the video, passengers describe their experience on the voyage as cherished time to relax and recharge, filled with innovative cuisine, peaceful spa days, engaging enrichment programs and inspired entertainment.

“The Transatlantic Crossing video was created as a resource for Cunard’s devoted travel agent community and as a sentimental piece for our loyal guests,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “As a brand, we at Cunard have continued to innovate and update our trade and consumer marketing materials, and this video conveys the spirit of the Transatlantic Crossing that we so often hear cannot b…

Carnival Expand Bermuda Cruise Calls in 2020 - Adding Cruises From New York, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale and Charleston

For its 2019/2020 season, Carnival Cruise Line will offer more than 40 cruises to Bermuda -- a record number for the line -- with eight of the sailings departing from either Baltimore or Charleston.

Six ships -- Carnival Breeze, Carnival Magic, Carnival Pride, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Sunrise -- will set sail between now and next year on four- to nine-night cruises to Bermuda from five eastern seaboard homeports: Baltimore, Charleston, New York, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral (Orlando).

Carnival Pride will sail seven weeklong cruises out of Baltimore that spend three nights each in Bermuda.

Carnival Sunshine, which sails year-round from Charleston as of May 2019, will offer one voyage to Bermuda that spends two nights there with one on private island Princess Cays. Sunshine was scheduled to be the largest ship to ever call on Havana before the Cuba travel ban took effect in early June.

Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance will sail regular nine-…

Ponant Cruises' Promotional Video On Le Boreal's Recent Visit to New York

French Luxury Cruise operator Ponant has provided this video on their Le Boreal's latest visit to New York in 2018. The video showcases New York City as well as the luxury yachts. The 10,700 ton, French registered ship offers cruise passengers an upscale cruise experience as well as the intimacy of your own private yacht. Carrying just 264 passengers (less when traveling in Antarctica - where her passenger capacity is limited to just 200 passengers.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines Plan Multiple Ship Visits and Cruises From New York in 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line, building upon their success in 2019 will continue to bring new ships to New York to offer cruise passengers variety from the Big Apple.

Some visitors to New York in 2020 include the:
Norwegian EscapeNorwegian PearlNorwegian BlissNorwegian DawnNorwegian EncoreNorwegian GetawayNorwegian GemNorwegian StarNorwegian Breakaway Whether it is a single cruise, transatlantic cruise, or series of cruises from New York to Bermuda or Florida and the Bahamas or New England / Canada. NCL is offering a variety of ships from New York.

Also in 2020 Norwegian Cruise Line is offering sailing from Brooklyn - which they experimented with the Norwegian Jade in 2019. 

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