Posted by: cruise2 | 28 March, 2012

Manhattan Pier To Be Adapted for Norwegian Breakaway

by The Cruise People’s Kevin Griffin writing for

It is sometimes forgotten that before Queen Mary 2 transferred to her new New York base at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, she made a number of calls in Manhattan. Manhattan had in fact been Cunard Line’s traditional New York base since the first call there by the 1,422-ton Hibernia in 1845.

In 2013, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, a ship very near to the size of  Queen Mary 2, will become Manhattan-based year round, with a series of twenty-two 7-night New York-Bermuda cruises by summer, New York-Bahamas and Florida cruises by autumn and and New York-West Indies cruises by winter.

To accommodate Norwegian Breakaway’s size, an additional $4 million will have to be spent to upgrade and modify the gangways and fenders of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

Norwegian Breakaway’s arrival in April 2013 on a Transatlantic voyage from Southampton will in fact mark the tenth anniversary of the 2003 arrival of the 2,244-berth Norwegian Dawn (since expanded to 2,476 berths) to become Norwegian’s first year-round New York ship.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle will also be making Manhattan her year-round homeport starting next month, offering departures from Manhattan to the Bahamas and West Indies, with a huge illuminated billboard on Broadway announcing to New Yorkers that “the Caribbean is closer than you think.”


  1. On our eastbound Queen Mary 2 crossings in 2010 and 2011 the ship was re-assigned to the Manhattan piers. In one case it was a change at short notice because a cruise ship crashed into the Brooklyn pier, damaging the main gangway. The other time it was apparently de to a ship of higher capacity than QM2, although a smaller ship, being assigned to the huge Brooklyn terminal. There seemed to be no operational problems with the QM2 being at the Manhattan terminal. The QM2 arrived and departed on time on those two occasions. I believe the QM2 used the Manhattan piers three times in 2011.

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  4. Manhattan cruise ship terminal is very charming place. Thanks for giving interesting information about it.

    • Agreed. My favourite area port – except for the zoo taxi queue. Has it improved at all?

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