Cruise Guide for Port of Brooklyn

Terminal location, parking information, transportation options, things to do, weather, special events


Brooklyn Weather

Brooklyn Bridge

Built 1869 - 1883

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The Brooklyn Bridge links Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Port of Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn is situated on the westernmost point of Long Island and shares a land boundary with Queens.  Manhattan lies across the East River to the west and north of Brooklyn, and Staten Island is across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the southwest. Brooklyn is one of the 5 boroughs of New York City.

Brooklyn was once a separate city independent of the City of New York. The cities merged at the end of the nineteenth century. Brooklyn has played a major role in various aspects of American culture including literature, cinema and theater. It has the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the second largest public art collection in the United States, housed in the Brooklyn Museum.

Cruise Ship Terminal


Port Authority of NY & NJ
New York Marine Terminals
90 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: (718) 330-2972  Fax: (718) 855-3618

The terminal is located at Red Hook Pier 12, which forms the south side of the Atlantic Basin at Pioneer and Imlay Streets in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York. The terminal opened on May 2, 2006, with the arrival of the RMS Queen Mary 2.

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is one of three terminals for ocean-going cruise ships in the metropolitan New York City area. The cruise terminal is 180,000 square feet and sits on Buttermilk Channel, a tidal strait separating Brooklyn from Governors Island.

Port Authority Map

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Parking Information

Parking facilities are right in front of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Pier 12. Parking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is about 200-300 yards south of the terminal entrance/exit. Rates at the Port of New York is $18 (multi-day) per day and the rates are subject to change by the Port Authority.  Parking resides in an outdoor lot with security. Handicap spaces are available and the same rates apply as follows. Reservations are not needed to park.

Passengers arriving by private car should drop off luggage and passengers at the Terminal curbside first, and then proceed to either the on-or off-site parking lots. Immediately upon entering the Terminal, passengers will be directed towards the security and passenger screening area, and check-in area.

Following retrieval of baggage and exiting the Terminal building, returning passengers will be directed to awaiting coaches, taxis/limousines and car parking. Passengers with cars may first retrieve their car and then pick-up luggage and fellow travelers.

Brooklyn Districts

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Williamsburg. Well known for its large artistic community, it is a diverse area with hipsters centered around Bedford Avenue, Orthodox Jews in South Williamsburg, a sizeable Polish population in Greenpoint, and a large Hispanic population in Bushwick.

Downtown. The main tourism district in Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn has majestic buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge, and an unparalleled view of the Manhattan skyline

Gowanus and Red Hook. Many artists call Red Hook their home, so don't be surprised to see random sculptures, galleries, or creative gardens across from city housing or burned out buildings. However, due to a massive low income public housing project that houses most of the neighborhood's residents, precautions should be taken. Violent crime, including robbery, is a problem in the community.

Prospect Park. Pretty brownstone houses, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and more.

Greenwodd and New Utrecht. The big attraction is the historic Green-Wood cemetery, one of the largest in New York and the final resting place of several notable people.

Bedford-Stuyvesant and Flatbush. This district features shopping, Victorian homes, and much of the classic history of Brooklyn.

Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Home to the fabled Coney Island amusement park, New York's only aquarium, the Cyclones minor league baseball team, and one of the largest Russian-speaking communities outside the former USSR.

East Brooklyn. The most notorious neighborhood for crime in Brooklyn is East New York, an area unlikely to be of much interest to travelers.

Brooklyn Tourism Website