Why Summer is the Best Time to Cruise Out of New York

It’s time for your summer vacation, and you’ve got your heart set on a sea voyage. Make a cruise even more enjoyable by departing from one of the most popular travel destinations in the world: New York City. When it comes to one great summer getaway, a little time in the city followed up with a sea-faring adventure offers the best of both worlds. Discover why NYC is a great city to cruise from and why NOW is the time to do it.

a carnival cruise sailing out of new york

Summer in the Big Apple Couldn’t Be More Enjoyable

Before setting sail from New York City, take a little time to see all this vibrant metropolis has to offer on a summer’s day. Soak up the sun in Central Park, board the Staten Island Ferry for a little sightseeing, shop to your heart’s content or attend a Broadway show.

For even more fun and adventure, explore a few of the vibrant ethnic neighborhoods in the city like Koreatown or Little Italy, and make the mile-long trek across the Brooklyn Bridge. When you’re ready for the next leg of your journey, get on board a Carnival cruise ship.

an aerial view of central park

Summertime is Family Travel Time

When school lets out for the summer, it’s the best time for a family vacation. Few getaways beat a day or two in the country’s largest city followed by a relaxing Carnival cruise. With so many enjoyable activities and attractions, families never have a dull moment onboard a Carnival cruise ship, whether having fun together or venturing off apart.

Want a little couple’s time in between family adventures? On Carnival cruise ships, you can drop little ones, tweens and teens off at Carnival kid’s clubs like Camp Ocean and Club O2 while you and your sweetheart sip cocktails at Alchemy Bar, let your giggles out at Punchliner Comedy Club or snuggle up on a double lounge chair at Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

family having a great time at the punchliner comedy club

You’ll Enjoy Fantastic Views as You Sail Away from the City

As your cruise ship pulls away from port and sails toward the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the New York cityscape. Make sure to keep a camera or smartphone handy to capture a few key landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connecting the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Exotic Ports of Call Promise a Memorable Summer Getaway

When booking your summer cruise from New York City, you have two travel options: Bermuda or the Caribbean Islands. A voyage to Bermuda — due east of the South Carolina coast in the Atlantic Ocean — promises warm tropical weather, pink sand beaches and a friendly British-American vibe.

If a trip to the Caribbean Islands strikes your fancy, you can expect stops at picturesque ports of call like Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan. These balmy destinations deliver stunning scenic beauty and outdoor activities aplenty for a summer vacation you won’t soon forget.

families coming together to play football on the beach

Carnival Cruise Ships Offer a Unique Blend of Fun

Heading south from New York City, Carnival Sunrise cruise ship features an array of activities you rarely get to do at home, if ever. Bring out your creative side with arts and crafts activities from the experts at Michaels®, or try a Build-a-Bear Workshop® at Sea.

If you’re in the mood for a party, find music, games and dancing at the Lido Deck pool.

Carnival Ships Serve Up Delicious Bites for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From dawn to dusk and beyond, Carnival Sunrise offers just the thing to satisfy a hungry tummy. Start your day by treating the kids to a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and friends. At lunchtime, sit down to a pulled pork sandwich and a side of molasses baked beans at Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que and for dinner, put on your Sunday best and head to Steakhouse for prime cuts of beef or mouthwatering seafood dishes.

If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy creamy frozen yogurt 24-7 at Swirls or sugary treats of all sorts at Cherry on Top, the onboard candy store.

a whole smoker from guy’s pig and anchor bbq

Exciting Shore Excursions Offer Something for Every Traveler

Although you’ll find plenty to do onboard ship, your voyage gets even more exciting when you pull into exotic ports of call and participate in Carnival shore excursions. One minute you might be touring historical sites by segway and the next enjoying a ride on a glass-bottom boat.

Want an adventure that makes your heart skip a beat? Glide down the world’s steepest zip line, go helmet diving or try your hand at snuba (a blend of scuba diving and snorkeling).

travelers about to go down a zip line in st.maarten

If you’re looking to check several entries off your bucket list in one enjoyable trip, consider a Carnival cruise departing from New York City. With loads of things to see and do in the summer, the Big Apple offers the best departure point possible, and cruise destinations like Bermuda and the Caribbean ensure plenty of fun in the sun.

Before you book your summertime cruise, consider your preferred cruise destinations, the duration of your trip, the types of onboard activities you enjoy and the shore excursions you wish to take.

couple snorkeling in the ocean

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.