Planning & Development

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

NYCruise has invested over $250 million in the redesign of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise Terminals, making them among the finest state-of-the-art cruise terminals in the world. An additional $4 million investment in Passenger Boarding Bridges (expected May 2013) is being made to handle the world’s newest and largest ships.

The modern facilities provide passengers with a smooth and efficient experience while embarking and debarking. Continued investments and the industry’s top awards have made NYCruise the departure point for more than 1.2 million passengers annually.

Thanks to the increasing numbers of larger ship calls and enhancements in easing the passenger transition to ground transportation through the ports, the terminals are opening eyes as travelers debark for their visit into New York City. A key enhancement includes the redesign of Pier 88 passenger flow, with travelers now embarking only through the main level, and disembarking only through the ground level.

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

The state-of-the-art Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which opened on April 15, 2006, is about to become the first Operational Shore Power-Capable Cruise Terminal on the East Coast.

Princess Cruises and Cunard Line will turn off their diesel engines and plug into the City’s electrical grid while in port at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. This first-of-its-kind green port technology will lower fossil fuel emissions and improve air quality for local residents.

Cruise ships typically berth for up to eleven hours loading and unloading passengers and supplies. While docked, a ship’s power is supplied by auxiliary engines on board the vessel, which are typically powered by high – sulfur for diesel fuel. By using shore power, sometimes known as cold ironing, three ships calling at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal – Queen Mary 2, Caribbean Princess and Emerald Princess – will have the ability to connect to the electrical grid and turn off their engines, resulting in the near elimination of 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 95 tons of nitrous oxide, and 6.5 tons of particulate matter annually.

Approximately 40 ship calls per year will use this leading lean energy technology at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Construction of the on-shore infrastructure is already in the works and is expected to be completed by 2014.

“Brooklyn’s Red Hook terminal is the first port on the East Coast using this cutting edge green-power technology. This project will keep our working waterfront working and give our guests the change to feel the power of Brooklyn – literally.” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal


The piers have been reconstructed with new wider 50 foot aprons, which now allow for truck traffic associated with provisioning happening on the outside, rather than the inside, of the building. The mooring capacity has also been extended into the Hudson River to accommodate newer larger ships.


The new aprons also provide for new state-of-the-art passenger embarking bridges as needed to reach ship doors within current norms. These gangways are constantly being upgraded to accommodate the newer larger ships as they are built, including the new passenger boarding bridges on Pier 88 for the NCL Breakaway and Carnival Dream Class.


New access overhaul includes off-site taxi stands and curb improvements providing better solutions to eliminate conflicts between the bikeway, pedestrian path, and terminal traffic.

First Floor

When all ship provisioning takes place outside the building, the existing first floor is used for debarkation of luggage and passengers along with a new processing area for federal agencies. This eliminates the need to move luggage to the second floor of the terminal. Part of the first floor is also used for ground transportation and provisioning logistics area.

Second Floor

The second floor is fully dedicated to passenger check-in security, embarkation, amenities, and offices.


The roofs of all three piers continue to operate for parking. New features include access elevators, escalators, and stairs.

Cruise Insight 2011 Awards

  • Most Efficient Terminal Operations
  • Best Turnaround Port Operations
  • Most Improved Port Facilities (Pier 88)
  • Most Efficient Port Services
  • Best Destination Experience (Independent Sightseeing)