Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Visitors Guide

Queen Mary 2 Docks as First Ship at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
••• Queen Mary 2 Docks as First Ship at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Bobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images

Located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn cruise terminal opened in 2006 and has one cruise quay and handles nearly 50 cruise ships annually and about 250,000 passengers. The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is located at Pier 12 in Brooklyn.

The two main cruise lines that operate out of the Brooklyn Terminal are Cunard and Princess. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 offers transatlantic cruises that either start or end in Brooklyn.

Princess offers fall foliage itineraries to Canada/New England and Caribbean/Mexico itineraries.


LaGuardia is the closest airport to the Brooklyn Cruise terminal, but it is easy to get to the terminal from any of the three major NYC airports (LGA/JFK/EWR). I would recommend allowing at least two hours to travel from the airport to the cruise terminal (a bit more if you're flying into Newark), plus additional time if you're traveling during rush hour.

Driving and Parking

The Brooklyn Cruise terminal has plenty of parking available (both short-term and long-term) and there is no need to reserve in advance. If you're driving, to the terminal, put this address in your GPS: 72 Bowne Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Taking a Taxi

If you take a yellow cab to the cruise terminal, you can expect to pay (not including tip/tolls):

  • from John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK): $45–60
  • from La Guardia Airport (LGA): $28–38
  • from Newark International Airport (ERW): $80–100
  • from Port Authority Bus Terminal: $20–30

Shuttles to Terminal

Most cruise lines will offer shuttle service to the cruise terminal, but if you're traveling with a group you might find it more cost effective to take a cab.

Public Transit to the Terminal

The neighborhood is not well served by subways, and all options to travel to the cruise terminal require changing to a bus and walking 4+ blocks, so I would not suggest this as the best way to get to the cruise terminal.

Hotels Near the Cruise Terminal

The closest hotel to the Brooklyn Cruise terminal is the Comfort Inn Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The Nu Hotel, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge and Aloft Hotel are all a short cab ride away from the terminal and located in Downtown Brooklyn. Hotels in midtown and downtown Manhattan are less than 30 minutes from the cruise terminal by cab, making them good choices if you want to explore Manhattan before your cruise departs.

Restaurants Near the Cruise Terminal:

Red Hook's Van Brunt Street is just a short walk from the cruise terminal and has a number of different restaurants to choose from. A couple of highlights:

  • Baked - perfect choice for an early morning treat or coffee
  • Hope and Anchor - upscale diner food, and breakfast served all day
  • The Good Fork - practically a neighborhood institution, you can't beat their delicious dinner and brunch if you've got time

Things To Do Near The Cruise Terminal:

From the cruise terminal, you should be able to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor and the Manhattan Skyline. The area immediately around the cruise terminal doesn't have much to offer visitors, but a short cab ride can bring you to many of Brooklyn's great attractions.

If you're looking for a fun area to walk around, shop and have a meal, you might enjoy Smith Street in the Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens neighborhood, which has numerous restaurants, shops and more. If you're a sports fan arriving in town a few days before your cruise, you might want to catch a game or show at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.