Cruisers Rave About Princess Cruise
by Roy Witman © 2008
In 2003, New York announced the grand opening
of a new alternative port for cruise lines. Because
ports in Florida were becoming more and more
crowded, additional docking facilities in interesting
cities on the Eastern Seaboard were needed to
provide cruise lines with a new home port. The port
has been wildly popular. So much so that another
has been added in nearby Brooklyn.
The Red Hook terminal in a neighborhood in
Brooklyn opened in April 2006 and welcomed its first
permanent resident, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 (formerly
docked in Manhattan). Located on the Buttermilk
Channel, the Brooklyn terminal gave the first increase
in New York cruise ship pier capacity in over 30
years. With the likes of Cunard and Princess cruise
lines as eager residents, the terminal has already
become a success. Most other major cruise lines
have also assigned vessels to sail from Brooklyn.
Princess Cruise lines will launch the Crown
Princess from the Brooklyn dock in June 2006 for a
Caribbean cruise. From June to October, Princess will
offer numerous Caribbean tours, including calls on
ports in popular destinations such as the Virgin
Islands, Grand Turk and Jamaica. Star Princess will
begin cruises from Brooklyn in October 2006 visiting
ports up and down the New England and Canadian
But Brooklyn? It doesn't seem like the most
exciting location for a cruise ship port. On the
contrary. While not normally publicized as a vibrant
city with plenty to do, Brooklyn offers cruisers an
opportunity to spend a few days in New York before
or after their tour.
Very similar to Manhattan, Brooklyn offers a
trendy nightlife as well as diverse cultures and
eclectic cuisine. Bars, clubs and restaurants line the
streets, offering a tremendous variety of options for
visitors and locals alike.
If culture is your thing, Chinatown is always a
wonderful experience. In addition, Flatbush offers
the largest Caribbean population in the United
States. In either place, you'll delight in the
authentic sights, sounds and tastes on every
With spectacular views of many popular
attractions, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the
Statue of Liberty, the Red Hook terminal also offers
exciting options for sightseers. However, New York
City is just a short cab ride away and opens a virtual
treasure trove of attractions, shows, museums and
Overall, Brooklyn offers greater value (with lower
rates on hotels) and a central location, making it a
wonderful choice for both vacationers and the cruise
lines. If New York is closer for you than Florida, or if
you've been longing to visit the Big Apple, consider
booking your next cruise from the Red Hook terminal
in Brooklyn. Your travel agent will have a complete
listing of which cruise lines sail from Red Hook and
the destinations available.
Read more about the Princess Cruises.
Read more about Cruises from New York.
Read more about Caribbean Cruises.