05/07/2012 07:35 am ET | Updated Jul 07, 2012

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Cruising From New York City

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Q: My family and I plan to fly to New York City sometime this year or next and after doing some sightseeing we'd like to take a cruise for a week or so, departing from and returning to New York before heading home. Is there a list of all the ships and cruise lines leaving from New York?

A: Whether you're just visiting or live in New York, cruise fans have more choices than ever. Ships now depart from Manhattan's West Side piers, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook and Port Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. Over 20 different ships and nearly a dozen cruise lines visit these ports and some, such as the new Disney Magic, are even based at them year round. Most sailings are round-trip 7-night voyages to the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda (Carnival, Disney, NCL, Celebrity, RCL) but there are also fall foliage cruises to New England and Canada as well as trans-Atlantic crossings on Cunard and others. And for those who wish to dip their toes in the water (so to speak) there are even 1- and 2-night cruises to nowhere (you just go out to sea for a couple of days and return to New York). Here's what's on offer this year through 2014. With so many options, there's sure to be one that will float your boat.

From West Side piers:

Carnival (
Ships: Glory, Splendor, Miracle
Itineraries: 4-15 night Caribbean, Panama Canal, Bahamas, Canada/New England, Bermuda

Crystal (
Ships: Symphony, Serenity
Itineraries: 10-28 night Canada/New England, Europe,

Disney (
Ship: Magic
Itinerary: 2-8 night "nowhere," Bahamas

Holland America (
Ships: Eurodam, Veendam
Itineraries: 7-13 night Bermuda, Canada/New England, New England

Ships: Star, Gem, Breakaway, Pearl
Itineraries: 1-17 night "nowhere," Caribbean, Canada, Bahamas, Bermuda, Panama Canal

Oceania (
Ships: Regatta, Marina
Itineraries: 16-25 night Europe and South America

Silversea (
Ship: Whisper
Itineraries: 10-12 night Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe

Regent Seven Seas (
Ship: Navigator
Itineraries: 10-night Canada

From Bayonne, NJ:

Celebrity (
Ship: Summit
Itineraries: 6-14 night Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean

Royal Caribbean (
Ships: Explorer of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas
Itineraries: 5-11 night Bermuda, Caribbean

From Brooklyn:

Cunard (
Ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria
Itineraries: 5-97 night trans-Atlantic, Europe, Caribbean, World, Canada/New England

Princess (
Ships: Caribbean Princess, Emerald Princess
Itineraries: 4-23 night Canada/New England, Europe, Bermuda, Bahamas