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Cape Liberty, NJ

The Cape Liberty Cruise Port, sometimes called Port Liberty or Cruise Port Bayonne, in Bayonne, New Jersey is one of three trans-Atlantic passenger terminals in Port of New York and New Jersey. It is located at the north side of the 3 km (1.9 mi) long pier of MOTBY (which has now been renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor), a former military ocean terminal, and began operations in 2004.

Royal Caribbean

is one of the primary tenants. In May 2006 the Freedom of the Seas, then the world's largest cruise ship, was christened in a broadcast carried live on the NBC's The Today Show.

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Cape Liberty, NJ


The Cape Liberty Cruise Port, sometimes called Port Liberty or Cruise Port Bayonne, in Bayonne, New Jersey is one of three trans-Atlantic passenger terminals in Port of New York and New Jersey. It is located at the north side of the 3 km (1.9 mi) long pier of MOTBY (which has now been renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor), a former military ocean terminal, and began operations in 2004.

Royal Caribbean

is one of the primary tenants. In May 2006 the Freedom of the Seas, then the world's largest cruise ship, was christened in a broadcast carried live on the NBC's The Today Show.

Celebrity Cruises

bases the Celebrity Summit out of Cape Liberty from May to October.

Before the cruise terminal opened in 2004, no cruise ships had been based out of the New Jersey Hudson Waterfront since the Hamburg-America Line left its Hoboken, New Jersey dock several decades ago.

Beginning in May 2020, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas will join Anthem of the Seas in being based at Cape Liberty for the summer.

Bayonne is a city in New Jersey. It is home to Cape Liberty Cruise Port.
Bayonne is a largely working-class city, with a mix of private houses and small apartment buildings, just south of the larger, more built-up Jersey City and right across the Bayonne Bridge from the North Shore of Staten Island. The city is not a usual tourist destination for daytrippers from New York City, but it does have the authenticity of a suburban town with a relatively low-density, often tree-lined urban feel that harkens back to the times before gentrification. And like some of the lower-density neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Bayonne has many churches.

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Cape Liberty, NJ: Port Information

Newark Liberty International Airport is about a 15-minute ride from the port. Manhattan is 7 miles away. Usually, cruise lines offer transfer from the airport. Also, you can take a bus or a taxi.
There is nothing much to do in this area; the best option is to visit Manhattan or the Statue of Liberty.

Get around Cape Liberty, NJ

Bayonne doesn't have much public transportation other than the bus (NJ Transit, A&C Bus) and the train (Light Rail). Most visitors come to Bayonne for either the two shopping centers along Hwy 440 or to walk around the only county-owned park, which is also the largest in the city.
NJ Transit offers buses at Kennedy Blvd (10-Journal Square, 119-New York), Ave C (81-Exchange Pl, 120-Lower Manhattan NY) and Broadway which has their own bus that you can transfer to the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City (33).
New York's MTA offers the S89 bus to Staten Island from the 34th St Light Rail Station.

What to see in Cape Liberty, NJ

  • 9/11 Tear Drop Memorial, 51 Port Terminal Boulevard (take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 14A-Bayonne; after paying toll bear to right; follow signs for Route 440 formerly Route 169; go up ramp and then follow signs to Route 440 south at traffic light, make a left onto Route 440 South; follow signs for the Bayonne Ocean Terminal; at the first traffic light at Port Terminal Boulevard, make a left; proceed to gatehouse). Open daily from dawn to dusk. Nicknames include "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" and "Tear of Grief," Bayonne's Tear Drop Memorial is a 10-story sculpture by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli that was dedicated by Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin in 2006. It's a dedication to both the 9/11 and 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Giant sculpture dedicated to the memory of 9/11 and all victims of Global Terrorism. Full name is "To The Struggle Against World Terrorism". Located at the end of the Former Military Ocean Terminal Dock past the Cruiser Terminal. No pedestrian or bus access so if you take the HBLR to 34th Street you will have to take a 3-mile taxi ride using a local taxi service or Uber.
  • Stephen R Gregg Park (Bayonne Park), Kennedy Blvd between 37th and 48th St (take Exit 15E on the NJ Turnpike to Jersey City and follow signs to NJ 440 South/Bayonne; take the exit to 63rd St/DMV and make a right at the second traffic light (Kennedy Blvd); follow that road until you approach a park to your right), ☏ +1 201 217-5484. Established in 1916 as Bayonne Park. It was designed by Charles N. Lowrie. The park was renamed in honor of life-long Bayonne resident, Stephen R. Gregg, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II for his courageous charge on a German outpost in France enabling the rescue of seven severely wounded American soldiers. Gregg was also a member of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department for 51 years and retired as chief of court officers. The park offers several sports facilities, a historic monuments area, fishing pier, an ornamental garden, two century-old sun houses, and a panoramic view of Port Elizabeth and Newark.
  • Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway (Across the street from the Broadway Bistro & Diner). It was built as a bank in 1912 and was preserved in the 1970s for its architecture. Since 2002, it has been owned by the city as a museum. In 2006, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • First Reformed Church, 761 Ave C (take Rt 440 from Jersey City (Southbound) and take the exit to Ave C.; at the traffic light, make a right and stay on that road for about a mile). Bayonne's oldest church dating back to 1866. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

What to do in Cape Liberty, NJ

  • Bike across the Bayonne Bridge. 
  • Bayonne Golf Club. 
  • Bayonne Mini Golf.

What to eat and drink in Cape Liberty, NJ


  • Cafe Talya, 218 Avenue B (Corner of Ave B & W 49th St), ☏ +1 201 535 5333, ✉ Daily 8 AM-1:30 PM. Small diner with extensive breakfast options and regular lunch options and calm neigborhood vibe. Budget.
  • Buon Appetito, 906 Broadway, ☏ +1 201-436-0043. Daily 11 AM-9 PM. Italian.
  • Da Noi, 1105 Avenue C, Bayonne NJ 07002, ☏ +1 (201) 437-5578. M-F noon–10 PM, Sa 3–11 PM, Su 1–9 PM. Italian.
  • Broadway Bistro & Diner, 226 Broadway (A short walk from the 8th St LightRail station), ☏ +1 201-455-8239.
  • Hendrickson's Corner, 671 Broadway.


  • Bake N Brew Cafe, 162 Broadway, ☏ +1 201-339-5500.

Shopping in Cape Liberty, NJ

  • South Cove Commons, Lefante Way (take NJ 440 northbound and go to the exit to Lefante Way). Varies for stores. Shopping center in Bayonne. Has a supermarket (Stop & Shop), clothing store (TJ Maxx), restaurants (Houlihans, Otaki Hibachi, Wendy's), movie theater (Frank Theaters), spa, GameStop, Subway, phone centers (AT&T, Verizon), laundromat, and a tanning parlor.
  • Shop Rite, 583 Ave C (from the Bayonne Bridge, follow the signs to Kennedy Blvd and make a right turn at 25th St. Parking is on the right), ☏ +1 201 437 - 6000. Sa Su 9 AM-10 PM.
  • Bayonne Crossing, Bayonne Crossing Way/New Hook Rd (take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 14A and follow the signs to NJ 440 South; then take the exit to New Hook Rd). Offers Walmart (supermarket), New York's Sports Club (fitness), Lowes (home decor), VisionWorks (eye doctor), GNC (wellness center), places to eat (Popeye's, TGI Fridays, Qdoba, Sonic, WonderBagels, Subway), and Michael's (art supply).

Safety in Cape Liberty, NJ

New Jersey is a fairly safe place to visit but do exercise common travel sense. As in most US cities, when out at night, stay in well lit and well-trafficked areas and you will be fine.

New Jersey has the highest density of car ownership in the United States so expect crowded highways and the occasional irate driver.

Although the media and other sources portray residents as "rude" and "loud," most natives are proud of their state and are more than willing to help a tourist with directions and other tips. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

Under no circumstances whatsoever are you to import firearms into the state. New Jersey does not recognize any out-of-state gun licenses and there are no gun offenses that are graded below a felony. Police are known to enforce these laws vigorously, and if caught with a firearm you will be prosecuted, even if you are just a hunter traveling through.

Although the Federal "Assault Weapons" Ban has expired, New Jersey still has a state ban on numerous firearms, ammunition, magazines and other weapons that are legal in other states. Federal Firearms Owner Protection Act (U.S.C. 926A) allows you to pass through NJ with firearms BUT you must not make an "unreasonable" stop. Police are allowed considerable discretion on what "reasonable" is. Stops for fuel, food, or restrooms are "reasonable". The visit to Aunt Mae NOT.

Keep in mind, New Jersey is one of the few states that bans all consumer fireworks.

Language spoken in Cape Liberty, NJ

People flock to New Jersey from all over, especially from New York City and Philadelphia, making it difficult to isolate the New Jersey accent. The true New Jersey accent is evident in native speakers like politician-turned-broadcaster Steve Adubato, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and Louis Freeh, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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