Posted April 30th, 2018, 05:17 PM
This may sound insane, but it's actually quite a smooth way to get to the boat.
If you are able to schlep your bags yourself, then this is the way to get to the Brooklyn terminal by public transport:
Use the Subway to get to Brooklyn (Borough Hall or Jay St.) From there take Bus B61.
If you decide to depart from Borough Hall, Boerum Pl/Joralemon St is the stop you will get on the bus and VAN BRUNT ST/PIONEER ST is the stop you will get off. Turn right onto Pioneer St, and walk towards the boat.
There's a gate at the end of Pioneer St which lets you pass onto the harbour premises.
Google Maps Link Showing The Gate
This plan involves about 6-10mins of walking (0.3mi). We tested this with a grand total of four suitcases and had no problems whatsoever.
PS: If you try to walk off the boat in Southampton in order to skip the line for a taxi: Southampton buses are cash only. The closest stop is: Dock Gate 4 (Stop QA)