As one of the most exciting ports of call in the world, New York City is the premier place for pre- and post-cruise getaways due its wealth of hotels, colorful neighborhoods, legendary attractions, incredible nightlife, top restaurants, amazing shops and blockbuster Broadway productions. From New York City, passengers can cruise year-round to the Caribbean. Passengers may also cruise to the Northeast, Canada, Bermuda, England or around the world.
Recent infrastructure improvements also ensure smooth sailing for the cruise passengers who pass through New York City. In Manhattan, renovations of the New York Cruise Terminal will allow for greater capacity of the world's newest and most prestigious ships, while the new state-of-the-art Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook is the choice port for Cunard and Princess Cruise lines, as well as the home port of the luxurious Queen Mary 2 and the Crown Princess.
Hudson's and Champlain's voyages laid the groundwork for Dutch settlement of the Hudson Valley and French settlement of the Champlain Valley and Canada. Soon this region would become the center of a trade network linking the New World with the old. New traditions of freedom were forged here. And countless immigrants first set foot on these shores pursuing the American dream. Nearly 200 years later, Fulton's journey would strengthen the region's ties to the world, while heralding a new era of innovation which distinguishes the Northeast to this day.
New York's three airports are dynamic, exciting meccas of air transportation. Not really -- they're just airports.
Laguardia: A little cramped, but the most convenient airport to Midtown Manhattan -- 20-40 minutes by cab and about $35 (before tip).
Newark: Probably the most convenient airport for getting downtown (traffic's rarely bad), but taxi rides cost more because it's in a different state. 20-40 minutes by cab and about $60 (before tip). But it's the nicest of the three airports.
JFK: JFK is the most popular airport, but the least conveniently located: 40-90 minutes to the city by cab, $45 plus tip. (Plus a really long wait at the baggage claim.)
Getting to Town
The three most popular ways for getting into Manhattan from the airports:
1. Taxis and Hired Cars Taxi fares are noted above and it's not hard to get a taxi from the airport. Note, though, that when it comes time to head back to the airport, it's hard to get a taxi around 4 o'clock, since that's when the shift changes. Hired cars cost a little more (e.g., about $55 to/from JFK instead of $45) and you need to pre-arrange them, but they're typically nicer and, when returning to the airport, a pre-arranged hired car means no hassle when it comes to finding your ride.
2. Express Bus You can take a privately-operated "Express Bus" to any hotel in Midtown (i.e., around 42nd Street and Times Square) for $12 each person each way. It's a relative steal, especially if you're heading to Midtown anyway. Just pick the bus up out on the curb outside of baggage claim. There will be a (small) sign out there that says something about "Express Bus". You'll think it's just a random sign, but, sure enough, the bus will come and stopright there, usually about every 15 minutes. You'll need to pay for this in cash when you board (unless you've pre-arranged it online or over the phone).
Tall Ship Peking, publish courtesy of www.pdimages.com/NewYorkpics.htm
3. Train You can technically use the train (and public busses) to get to town from the airport. I think it's a little cheaper maybe. But it's kind of a hassle lugging suitcases onto subways. Unless you know exactly what you're doing, this is not the best way to get into Manhattan. Even if you know exactly what you're doing, I'm still not convinced it's the best way to go.