A combined 612,000 passengers left from New York City’s two cruise ship ports (on Manhattan’s west side, and in Red Hook, Brooklyn) on 242 separate departures in 2011.
A third of the cruises left for the Bahamas, followed by Canada/New England, and Bermuda. According to the NYC Economic Development Corporation, only 16% of these cruise ship passengers live in New York City; the remainder are individuals either visiting or passing through New York City.
The Manhattan terminal, on the west side of 12th Avenue between 46th and 54th streets, provides five 1,000-foot-long berths servicing the world’s largest cruise ships, and is operated by Ports America. Brooklyn’s 182,000-square-foot, $52 million cruise terminal, makes New York now the third-largest cruise market in the U.S.
New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York Cruise. “NYCruise Economic Impact Study.” 2012.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, "Passenger Cruise Ships."
US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. “Cruise Statistics, Cruise Detail Table.” 2011.