Spring is here, and summer is peaking around the corner. What does that mean? The cruise ship activity in the New York area will be at its height again. Even better, new vessels will be making their New York area debut. Everyone loves cruising out of the New York area. Passing the Statue of Liberty on the starboard side (right side of the ship) and sailing under the Verrazano Bridge are sure to make any sailing day special. Whether cruising to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean or to Canada, the New York area is the right place to enjoy the perfect getaway this season. The 2018 season can’t be more exciting. Many new cruising experiences are coming to Bayonne-Cape Liberty and the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
The season starts on April 29 when the magnificent Celebrity Summit returns to Bayonne for its ninth season. The Summit will be doing its seven-day trips to Bermuda, and then doing 14-day trips to New England and Canada during the fall months. She will conclude the season with her repositioning cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 21.
On May 3, the beautiful Anthem of The Seas will be sailing on her five-day Bermuda and nine-day Caribbean rotation. The five-day Bermuda trips are on Saturdays, while the nine-day Bermuda/Caribbean trips are on Thursdays.
Then, starting May 11, Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of The Seas, the twin sister of the Explorer of The Seas, will be doing seven-day trips from Bayonne to Canada and the Bahamas.
At the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, there is also a multitude of anticipation as some ships are bidding farewell while others are making their debut.
For example, on April 15, the fabulous Norwegian Breakway will be leaving New York City. The Breakaway will be going on her repositioning cruise to New Orleans. The Breakaway’s departure allows for the arrival of the Norwegian Escape on April 22. The Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway-Plus vessel, featuring new bells and whistles for her guests’ enjoyment. Then, on May 3, the newly launched Norwegian Bliss will be sailing into New York City for her inaugural debut. She will then be sailing out of Seattle on the Alaska itinerary. If that wasn’t enough excitement, on May 23, the brand new Carnival Horizon will be arriving in New York City. Remember the Carnival Vista that arrived in New York in November 2016? The Horizon is the Vistas’s newly christened twin sister. The Horizon will be sailing on four-day trips to Canada, along with eight-day trips to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The Caribbean itinerary will include Carnival’s new private port-of-call Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.
Equally exciting for adults and children, the magnificent Disney Magic will be arriving back in New York for the Fall 2018 season on Sept. 20. During the Fall 2018 season, the Disney Magic will be doing 12 sailings. These 12 sailings will include four and five-day trips to Canada and eight-day trips to Port Canaveral and the Bahamas. For 2018, Disney Cruise Line has added new cruise experiences out of New York City. The Disney Magic will be sailing to Bermuda and Quebec City. Is anyone familiar with the legendary hotel Chateaux de Frontenac in Quebec City? It is the iconic structure replicated at the Canada pavilion in Epcot. How’s that for a “small world after all?”
Cruising cannot be a more exciting spring, summer or fall getaway. It is the perfect way for anyone to get away from the stresses of everyday life. This year, the New York area has plenty of new ships, new experiences and new ports of call to be enjoyed. The Adventure of The Seas, Carnival Horizon, Norwegian Escape and the Disney Magic will be the ships adding that special touch to the New York cruising tradition. Whether cruising freestyle on Norwegian, taking in the fun on Carnival, seeking the Royal Caribbean, being treated famously on board Celebrity or discovering uncharted magic on board Disney Cruise Line, the New York area will be the home base for cruising. It will certainly and without a doubt be the place to catch that “wave” of excitement.
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By David Kriso
David Kriso has been a travel writer since August 2011. He has published online at Examiner.com and ProwsEdge.com. His articles focus largely on cruise and railroad travel. In addition, he’s been a six-time guest on Cruise Radio, based in Jacksonville, Fla. Since February 2015, David has been a travel lecturer throughout northern New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y.