Published: October 20, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Cruise Ships Loading Passengers at the Manhattan
								 Cruise Terminal.

Multiple Cruise Ships Docked At The Port of New York During Happier Times.

Reflecting Back On Past Cruise Seasons and The Ships That Would Have Sailed From New York and New Jersey?

This past weekend, I went to the waterfront near the cruise ship piers in New York and was saddened (again) by the lack of cruise ships sailing from the port of New York.

There has not been a ship in the port of New York since March 16, 2020 when the Norwegian Gem departed from the port.

Thinking back on past years, this is the peak time of the year for cruises from New York, with European cruise lines coming to New York and cruise lines relocating ships from Europe to the Caribbean for the winter, New York is usually a stop for a short season of cruises to New England and Canada to take in the wonderful colors of the fall foliage.

This prompted me to look at the 2020 cruise schedule on which showed that over the past weekend – if the world was back to normal – the port would have played host to 14 ships. In the last 5 days Friday (from October 16->Tuesday October 20, 2020), the port would have played host to the following cruise ships: Fred Olsen’s Balmoral; Oceana’s Insignia; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway (2 cruises in the 5 days); Silver Seas’ Silver Whisper; Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star; Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas; Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic; Princess Cruises' Sky Princess; Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa (multi-night stay); Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas; Phoenix Reisen’s Amadea (multi-night stay); Carnival Cruises’ Carnival Sunrise; and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Encore.

I am looking forward to 2021 and the gradual resumption of cruising from the port of New York and New Jersey. One thing for sure, the onboard experience and cruising will not be the same for the short term.


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