Port of New York and New Jersey - the Lonely Cruise Port.

Manhattan Cruise Terminal Minus the Cruise Ships Due to The Pause In Operations. Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean
Manhattan Cruise Terminal Minus the Cruise Ships Due to The Pause In Operations.

This past weekend was a great weekend in New York City. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and the temperature was warm. On Saturday, I made my way over to the Hudson River and was saddened to see the cruise ship piers in Manhattan empty. On a normal Saturday a Norwegian Cruise Line ship would have been tied up - loading passengers for a cruise to either Florida and the Bahamas or New England & Canada.

In Bayonne, Cape Liberty, a Royal Caribbean ship would have been embarking on as sailing to the same ports - Florida / Bahamas or New England / Canada or Bermuda and the Caribbean.

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal may have been playing host to the Queen Mary 2 preparing to sail to Southampton, England on a transatlantic voyage.

Unfortunately none of the above was to be found.

The river, itself seemed quiet - no ships, limited ferry traffic, no Circle Line, no excursion boats - just the lonely waterway.

The piers all sat vacant and lifeless. Based on what I am seeing today, cruise lines are shying away from restarting operations from New York. The cruise lines seem to be choosing Florida and Texan ports to resume operations over ports in the Northeast US.

Personally I don't think cruise ships will return to the Port of New York / New Jersey until the Spring of 2021.


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