There is probably no more iconic experience in the world for cruise ship passengers than slowly entering the port in New York City passing by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For many years New York Harbor was the Big Apple’s only terminal. However, with the increasing demand for and supply of mega cruise ships, two new terminals have opened near Manhattan: Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
New York Passenger Ship Terminal–Manhattan
New York Harbor’s terminal, known as the New York Passenger Ship Terminal (NYPST), located on the Hudson River between West 46th and West 54th Streets, is one of the busiest cruise ship terminals in the world, handling over 1 million passengers a year. NYPST is the year-round home to many luxury cruise ships, like Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway.
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (BCT) is located in the historic Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York, between Pioneer and Imlay streets. The terminal, originally opened in 1952, was designed for freighters, but underwent a 52 million dollar conversion paid for by the City of New York in 2006 to handle passenger cruise ships. Carnival Cruise Lines and its subsidiary brands, Cunard and Princess, all set sail from BCT and call it their home port.
Port Liberty, a.k.a. Cape Liberty
Port Liberty, also known as Cape Liberty, is located in Bayonne, New Jersey. This port was originally designed for naval and military use. However, after a multimillion dollar renovation in 2004, it was retrofitted to accommodate cruise ship passenger vessels. Cape Liberty is used primarily by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) and its sister lines, Celebrity Cruises and Azmara Cruises.
Since 2013 RCCL has used Port Liberty as the home port for many of its mega cruise ships, such as the Explorer or the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, and Liberty of the Seas. Port Liberty is located at 14 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne, New Jersey, just seven miles from New York City.
Cruise Ship Accident New York
Regardless of which port a passenger may embark from in New York or where the cruise may travel to, Carnival, RCCL, and NCL have very specific limitations as to where and how New York cruise ship passengers who are injured aboard one of their vessels can file claims.
Norwegian, which maintains its home office in Miami, Florida, requires that any passengers who are injured or who die from an accident on an NCL ship must first submit written notice of intent to file a claim within 185 calendar days of the date of the incident, and then file a lawsuit within one year from the day of the incident in Federal Court in Miami. These requirements are found in the small print of the “Guest Ticket Contract,” which is a binding agreement between NCL and their passengers.
Accordingly, we recommend that if you are hurt on a cruise ship anywhere in the world, you consult immediately with an experienced maritime lawyer who understands the laws and limitations that cruise lines enforce against their own passengers.
Since 1991, our law firm has been helping people hold cruise lines accountable for putting their profits ahead of passenger safety. We happily provide a free initial consultation by phone at 1-866-597-4529 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to help you understand your rights and analyze your potential claim.