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13 minutes ago, Tret said:

Has anyone parked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in NJ. I’m trying to figure out the process, if you drop your bags off before car or park the car and bring the bags to the cruise port?

As I remember it, you can do either.  If you aren't traveling alone, I'd drop off your party and luggage, park, and return to the pier.  

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10 minutes ago, 1st Mate said:

As I remember it, you can do either.  If you aren't traveling alone, I'd drop off your party and luggage, park, and return to the pier.  

Based on what I see here, you have to drive in front of the Terminal anyway:

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20 minutes ago, Tret said:

Has anyone parked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in NJ. I’m trying to figure out the process, if you drop your bags off before car or park the car and bring the bags to the cruise port?

Agree with 1st Mate....the parking garage is not that far.

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As you turn into the terminal area, there are workers directing traffic and they’ll point you to a spot to drop off your luggage with a waiting handler. Then pull forward to the entrance of the parking garage. An attendant will hand you a ticket with the advice to ‘not leave it in the car…you’ll need it to pay before you go back into the garage’. Then you park and as soon as you walk out of the garage, the terminal entrance is steps away.

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The one thing to realize there are actually 2 lots, one covered garage and 1 out in the open.  They do not let you choose which one you park in, or at least they didn't pre covid.  Both are a short walk and gated  The point is if you are sailing in the summer, you should take a window shade for your car just in case.  When we sailed Anthem we had the covered garage.  When we sailed Adventure we were in the open lot.   

We were told that this is how it typically goes, which makes sense.  Anthem sails on a different day than Adventure, it is a bigger ship.  That means they fill up the garage leaving Adventure in the open garage.  

I do disagree about it not being super busy.  There will be a bottle neck when you get close to the terminal.  It can be a long line of bumper to bumper bc they funnel you down. Nothing insane, but frustrating.  We always joke that it takes longer from the time we hit the FUNNEL for dropping off the luggage than it takes once we park the car and are on the ship ordering our 1st drink.

One piece of advice keep your carry on with you in the car and not in the trunk.  Learned that the hard way.  We were traveling with another couple and drove our car.  We placed our carry on in the trunk (SUV) and they threw their luggage on top of it.  The porters just grab and pull.  The next thing we knew after we parked the carryon was unloaded with the porter.

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10 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

The one thing to realize there are actually 2 lots, one covered garage and 1 out in the open.  They do not let you choose which one you park in, or at least they didn't pre covid.  Both are a short walk and gated  The point is if you are sailing in the summer, you should take a window shade for your car just in case.  When we sailed Anthem we had the covered garage.  When we sailed Adventure we were in the open lot.   

We were told that this is how it typically goes, which makes sense.  Anthem sails on a different day than Adventure, it is a bigger ship.  That means they fill up the garage leaving Adventure in the open garage.  

I do disagree about it not being super busy.  There will be a bottle neck when you get close to the terminal.  It can be a long line of bumper to bumper bc they funnel you down. Nothing insane, but frustrating.  We always joke that it takes longer from the time we hit the FUNNEL for dropping off the luggage than it takes once we park the car and are on the ship ordering our 1st drink.

One piece of advice keep your carry on with you in the car and not in the trunk.  Learned that the hard way.  We were traveling with another couple and drove our car.  We placed our carry on in the trunk (SUV) and they threw their luggage on top of it.  The porters just grab and pull.  The next thing we knew after we parked the carryon was unloaded with the porter.

Sorry, I should have made it more clear... Compared to NYC it's not super busy.  Anyone who has driven in NYC and not moved an inch in an hour in traffic knows what I mean lol.

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5 hours ago, Blur said:

Sorry, I should have made it more clear... Compared to NYC it's not super busy.  Anyone who has driven in NYC and not moved an inch in an hour in traffic knows what I mean lol.

Being a Jersey girl born and raised I know NYC traffic...exit 8A.  I was only talking about once you get near the terminal...ship in sight Trumps golf course on the right.  

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23 hours ago, BrianB said:

As you turn into the terminal area, there are workers directing traffic and they’ll point you to a spot to drop off your luggage with a waiting handler. Then pull forward to the entrance of the parking garage. An attendant will hand you a ticket with the advice to ‘not leave it in the car…you’ll need it to pay before you go back into the garage’. Then you park and as soon as you walk out of the garage, the terminal entrance is steps away.

Super easy as Brian B says above! Just got off Anthem this morning. It is exactly as stated.  It does get a little busy around 12 on embarkation day. Cost for a seven day cruise is $175.

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I'm sure i'm an outlier but the last time I was at Cape Liberty on the way home the machines were down for over an hour - if you had cash you could leave, if not, you had to wait until they were back up. 

I'd also suggest having a jacket or something warm just in case if it's not summer. The day I got stuck I didn't have anything and it was October. I was cold. I wound up just having enough cash.

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You pass the terminal drop off to get to the parking garage.  Thus, we just stopped and dropped our bags off with the porter. Then continued and parked our car.  Very easy.  I'll say that on return from the cruise, there was only 1 elevator running so there was a huge line up for people to get into the elevator with luggage to get to their car.  Luckily we parked on the 2nd level so DH carried the luggage up the stairs.  So, try and park as low level as you can.

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27 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

You pass the terminal drop off to get to the parking garage.  Thus, we just stopped and dropped our bags off with the porter. Then continued and parked our car.  Very easy.  I'll say that on return from the cruise, there was only 1 elevator running so there was a huge line up for people to get into the elevator with luggage to get to their ar.  Luckily we parked on the 2nd level so DH carried the luggage up the stairs.  So, try and park as low level as you can.

I agree with the elevator issue. I sail out of Port Liberty regularly over the winter. Several times there has only been one working elevator. One time both elevators were out of service. I was on the second level and was able to carry my bags up one flight…but I’m sure a lot of people had to go back in front of the terminal with their luggage and wait for one of their party to bring the car around. That must have been a mess.

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2 hours ago, ellcee said:

I'm sure i'm an outlier but the last time I was at Cape Liberty on the way home the machines were down for over an hour - if you had cash you could leave, if not, you had to wait until they were back up. 

I'd also suggest having a jacket or something warm just in case if it's not summer. The day I got stuck I didn't have anything and it was October. I was cold. I wound up just having enough cash.

I’ve never had that happen to me. There was always one or two of the machines that were ‘down’ but not all of the credit card machines. Seeing as I take most of my cruises out of Port Liberty, I’m now going to make sure I have sufficient cash when I get off the ship just in case. Thanks for the tip!

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So I’m sailing out of there in May with my wife and one year old. We were concerned with the amount of luggage since my wife will be handling the stroller and all the luggage would be meant for me. Safe to say I shouldn’t be concerned, since we can just drop all our luggage off?

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1 hour ago, Ecan said:

So I’m sailing out of there in May with my wife and one year old. We were concerned with the amount of luggage since my wife will be handling the stroller and all the luggage would be meant for me. Safe to say I shouldn’t be concerned, since we can just drop all our luggage off?

Correct!  The only thing you'll have to carry is what you plan to carry on.  The porters will even take the bags straight from your trunk/hatch, and they won't even grumble about it for a small gratuity! 😉

In your situation, I'd be more concerned about disembarkation than drop off.  Even there, if you just look for the porters you'll be in good hands.  Well worth the money you'll tip them.

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1 hour ago, Ecan said:

So I’m sailing out of there in May with my wife and one year old. We were concerned with the amount of luggage since my wife will be handling the stroller and all the luggage would be meant for me. Safe to say I shouldn’t be concerned, since we can just drop all our luggage off?

Which ship?

If its Anthem 10 will get me 20 you will be in the parking garage.  Other ships may be kin the open lot.  If you are in the open lot, pay for a porter when you debark.  When we do the covered we don't pay for porters ....hubby and I get the luggage and than I wait by the garage as he runs to get the car and brings it down to loading level.  Open air out door you will want to pay for a porter bc you can't drive the car closer and it's more of a haul....2 min walk in the sun, but when you are talking multiple luggage bags, carry ons and a stroller its a pain.  The covered garage less than  a min. and they can stand in the shade.

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I haven't seen it mentioned yet but on return you can bring your car down to level one in the garage before exiting and pick up your luggage right next to the machines where you pay. They have a designated spot just for this. I left the DW to watch the luggage and I went to get the car.

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We just sailed from Bayonne/Port Liberty and the experience was awesome.  Dropping the bags off with a porter, parking in the garage, boarding that whole process was fluid.  We never waited, never stood on line. After parking, we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. 

Debarkation was almost as good. Slight delay getting the car over to the baggage pick up, may be 10 mins tops. It exceeded all expectations.

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On 4/25/2022 at 4:26 PM, FoxboroCruiser said:

We just sailed from Bayonne/Port Liberty and the experience was awesome.  Dropping the bags off with a porter, parking in the garage, boarding that whole process was fluid.  We never waited, never stood on line. After parking, we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. 

Are they checking boarding times?

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On 4/25/2022 at 4:26 PM, FoxboroCruiser said:

We just sailed from Bayonne/Port Liberty and the experience was awesome.  Dropping the bags off with a porter, parking in the garage, boarding that whole process was fluid.  We never waited, never stood on line. After parking, we were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. 

Debarkation was almost as good. Slight delay getting the car over to the baggage pick up, may be 10 mins tops. It exceeded all expectations.

I'll be there this coming Sunday! Glad to hear this!

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