Cape Liberty, New Jersey
Only half an hour away from the chaos and commotion of the Big Apple are the calmer, more suburban boroughs of north eastern New Jersey, which are accessible from the port of Cape Liberty. Whilst some cruisers on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises may develop a fondness for the quieter air of Bayonne city, others may find Hoboken’s lively atmosphere and range of activities worth the short trip north. Both, however, have beautiful views over the Hudson River.
The Cape Liberty Cruise Port, sometimes simply referred to as Port Liberty, is located at 14 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne. It is situated on the north eastern side of the state of New Jersey, and is roughly a 30 minute drive from New York City.
This particular cruise port was set up by cruise liner Royal Caribbean in an attempt to avoid the hustle and bustle of New York’s main docking area. It is thus in a fairly remote location but is equipped with restrooms and free Wi-Fi. A taxi or shuttle bus is required to transport passengers from the dock to the Cruise Terminal.
How to get around
Passengers docking at Port Liberty will be required to take a taxi or shuttle bus to reach the Cruise Terminal itself. From there, cruisers can board the Light Rail to Bayonne Station, which is the main station for connecting trains and ferry services. Passengers on board Royal Caribbean International can take the complimentary shuttle bus to and from the station, or jump in a taxi.
Exploring within the neighbourhood is easy enough on foot; however, the subway or train line is the best way to travel from Bayonne to Hoboken.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 1 hour and 25 minute journey to the start of the Bayonne Bridge
- It is a 2 hour and 11 minute journey to Liberty State Park
- It is a 2 hour and 52 minute journey to Hoboken.
- It is an 11 minute journey to the start of the Bayonne Bridge
- It is a 17 minute journey to the Liberty State Park
- It is a 24 minute journey to Hoboken
- It is a 25 minute journey to Hoboken Historical Museum and Cultural Centre.
- It is a 27 minute journey to New York City (Tribeca).
- Currency – The U.S. Dollar is the accepted form of currency. U.S coins appear in 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), 50 cents (half dollar) and $1. All banknotes are green and are available in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
- Time Zone – Eastern Standard Time is observed in Bayonne, which is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). From March to November, the clock ticks forward one hour (4 hours behind UTC) for Daylight Savings Time.
- Weather – Winters tend to be cold, damp and windy with temperatures dropping down to a freezing -17 degrees Celsius between December and February. Snow is also typically observed during this period. Summer runs from June to August with temperatures between 17 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn tend to be erratic – be prepared for fluctuations between 10 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius.
- The Statue of Liberty – An iconic monument, the Statue of Liberty stands proud on Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It has been a celebrated symbol of freedom, democracy and opportunity since its completion in 1884 and was originally constructed to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1878. A ferry from Liberty State Park in New Jersey can take you across to Liberty Island. From there, you can get right up close to Lady Liberty with a visit to the Pedestal upon which she stands, or a trip up to her crown.
- Hoboken – Visitors can easily explore the nearby city of Hoboken on foot. Famous for being the birthplace of Frank Sinatra, Hoboken provides you with a glimpse into local life without the madness of New York City. Take a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, stop at the boutique shops along Washington Street, pack a picnic and head to Pier A Park or paddle out on a kayak down the Hudson River. Visitors can also take tours of Hoboken’s historical, cultural and culinary delights, visit the arts centre, or head to one of the main strip’s many bars or clubs for an evening of live music.
- Bayonne Bridge – Connecting Bayonne to Staten Island, the Bayonne Bridge stands 69 metres high and stretches 1,762 metres from land to land, making it the 5th longest steel arch bridge in the world. It was awarded the most beautiful steel arch bridge in 1931 and declared a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers 54 years later.