14 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ 07002
The Adventure of the Seas will be docked at the Cape Liberty cruise terminal, located in Bayonne, New Jersey, just seven miles outside of New York City. Parking is available at the port for $20 per day and $40 for oversized vehicles like campers or RVs.
You can’t walk to the cruise terminal from public transportation; you’ll have to drive in, take a cab or shuttle bus.
The port offers outstanding views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. But Bayonne itself is primarily a residential community, and is close to bustling communities like Hoboken, Jersey City and, of course, the Big Apple, only seven miles (or a 10-minute drive) away.
Port Canaveral, in the center of Florida’s east coast, is not only the surfing capital of the Atlantic. It is also home to rocket and shuttle launches, the largest sea turtle nesting area in the country, the largest scallop fishery on the planet and a national refuge with more endangered species than any other.
Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are only one hour away from Port Canaveral. Kennedy Space Center and numerus beaches are nearby which makes this port ideal for families.
The port is one of Orlando’s closest beaches with dolphins, manatees, loggerhead turtles and miles of pristine sand — minus the crowds that are typical of South Florida. A mile and a half of bike paths run throughout Port Canaveral, as well as three parks. The bustling Cove at Port Canaveral features a variety of restaurants and shops.
Miami is an international city at Florida’s southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.
CocoCay, formerly Little Stirrup Cay, is an island in the Bahamas’ Berry Island chain. Located between Freeport and Nassau, it provides 140 acres of private beaches, shopping and activities exclusively for passengers of Royal Caribbean, which has leased the island since 1990. Celebrity Cruises, which is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., also makes calls there.
You’ll incur additional fees for alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and shore excursions. The use of beach chairs is free, but an umbrella rental will cost you $12 for the day. Visitors can use their onboard accounts for such purchases while ashore.
In addition to the typical beaches and souvenirs, CocoCay also offers a nature trail and a sunken replica of Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.
A straw market offers the usual island souvenirs — purses, jewelry, clothing and the like. Hair-braiding is also available. You’ll need cash if you’d like to purchase any of the items offered there. There are no other shops or restaurants on the island.
In the way of food, you’ll find a complimentary island barbecue with the usual grilled fare: hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, fruit, etc.
Nassau, with its blend of influences from West Africa to England and from Haiti to the United States, is one of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas. The yellow and blue stripes on the Bahamian flag represent the nation’s sandy beaches and surrounding ocean, while the black triangle stands for unity and the people’s determination to develop the land and the sea. With endlessly developing hotels, resorts and shopping areas, it isn’t hard to make this connection in Nassau, the capital of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Nassau is located on the 21-mile-long-island of New Providence and is connected, via bridge, to Paradise Island, another popular Bahamian destination.
The city of Nassau features tropical, tree-lined streets, filled with horse-drawn surreys, ruled by policemen in white starched jackets and colorful pith helmets; soft-sanded beaches for kicking back and catching ocean breezes; lavish, Vegas-type casinos; and a decent range of duty-free shopping stops.