Hi, a yellow cab from the cruise terminal will cost about $50 and take about 25 mins (traffic medium)if you ggot them to take you straight to the Empire State Building or The Top of The Rock at Rockafeller Centre is better. Jump another cab to Ground Zero and go in the little church of St.Pauls - this is so worth a visit - as it is a permanent tribute to the awful scenes of 7/11. This will cost about a tenner and if so inclined grab another cab to the United Nations (about a fiver).which will go alongside the River Hudson. If time, continue in another cab to Central Park (about £8) quick jump on the horse & carriage around the park for twenty mins (about £20) and then back to the ship by usually 5.00p.m. If you get off the ship by 9.00 you will be able to see all the sights for around £100 in taxi fares/horse & carriage. Well worth it! have a great time and if youcan grab a quick bracelet in Tifannys all the better! regards Lyn.
As a frequent NY visitor, may I suggest you either hop in a cab charged by the meter, or a strech limo fixed price, a final suggestion is go on line and type in New York tours. You will get plenty of info there, but you will be able to select a private car service, then there is the Subway, which is very safe. Enjoy NY. By the way online you can purchase REDUCED RATE advance tickets for the Empire State building and jump the Q.
You will clear US Immigration during the early morning run up the Hudson River, usually you will need to report to the officials, who board in the wee small hours, around 5.30am to get your passport stamped.
Once you get to the berth and are allowed to go ashore get off the ship and walk a block up to the next major street and hail a yellow cab to take you to the Empire State.
If you queue up at the terminal it will take forever, we did this with my wife in a wheelchair and it worked perfectly.
Good luck and enjoy your time in the Big Apple!!!!!!
We went with Cunard but this may be of use to others. It is not advertised until you are on the ship but there is a bus at reasonable cost (I think $26, though we went when it was $2 to the £1) which called at the three Railway Stations. We got out at Grand Central which is walking distance to everywhere on Manhattan.
Whatever you do, I suggest you don't use the ship's own tours - these are usually very expensive. The subway is very cheap and very safe. Walk from the Brooklyn terminal till you can hail a yellow cab. Coming back, get to the south of Manhattan by whatever means, and walk along the waterfront. It's very good and on a good day the views are brilliant. If you get to Pier 13 (which is around the southern tip and back up along the East River, there is a free water taxi from Pier 13 to the IKEA store at Brooklyn. IKEA is about 10 minutes walk from the cruise terminal, and the views of Manhattan from the water are superb. You will even pass close by your own ship on the way.
We were in New York last September and many Cruise ships came in to the terminal and it is easy walking distance to Times, Square but with luggage I would take a taxi, there are many Taxes around and as they are yellow easy to see. Have a great time in New York. We walked to all of attractions with the exception of Ground Zero and the trains were brill.
We cruised from Brooklyn amd took a taxi both ways. It was fine. Not as good as cruising from the other terminal at Upper West side. The departure was much more impressive. Brooklyn is very new and taxis were lined up waiting for our arrival.
We hired a limo, realy a large saloon, for the day. Reserved through the internet. The driver was extremely good, picked us from the ship and took us wherever we wanted. Always parked nearby so no hanging about and we could leave the shopping in the car while shopping more. Not any more expensive than a series of taxis and no hanging around trying to hail a cab. Much more convenient and comfortable. Highly recommend!
We had approx 7hrs to kill while waiting on our flight home and did what most others suggest and took a yellow cab from the teminal. No waiting in line just jumped in. We did agree a price with the lovely driver first. It was a quick and easy way to see a very ltd number of the awesome sights of New York.
You'll love it and will return to spend more time in this vibrant city.
Personally I love the limo option, sounds great to me!!