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Having found inspiration on these pages, and particularly from 'Post Captain'...

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2519678

 

...I have hopefully written a definitive guide on the NYC Ferry service between Red Hook and Pier 11, Manhattan on my cruise blog...

 

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https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2017/09/25/new-york-brooklyn-transfers-update/

 

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If any member does have any further advice or comment I am always happy to update the blog

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Thank you so much for that really helpfull post- I will try the ferry when I have my New York day before going back on board for the journey home. Is there a ticket counter in Red Hook or just machines?

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Great news and update. I can see us using this ferry in the future. Thanks!

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Thank you so much for that really helpfull post- I will try the ferry when I have my New York day before going back on board for the journey home. Is there a ticket counter in Red Hook or just machines?

 

 

https://www.ferry.nyc/account/

 

WHERE TO BUY A TICKET

 

  • Our App is available for download on your iPhone and Android phone. This is the fastest tap and go option.
  • Ticket Agent: If you don’t have access to the App or website, our Ticket Agents are more than happy to help with your order.

  • Ticket Vending Machine (Ticket Machine): Readily available at the landings.


  • Website: Tickets purchased through the website can only be redeemed through our App, available for download in the App store.

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There is no agent in Brooklyn, only a ticket machine. There are agents at the Manhattan pier. Germancruiser- is the app not available if you connect to the app store via wifi?

 

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The Android version of the app doesn't have good reviews, and for a foreign visitor I'd be concerned about whether it needs data access and how much data it requires. Luckily you can purchase tickets from the machine at the landing, or even after boarding.

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You can also purchase tickets on board NYC Ferry major Credit cards or Cash and

All transfers within the NYC Ferry system are free and valid for 90 minutes once you start your one-way trip

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Thanks Frank- good to know. Oh yes I can download the app- that not a problem- problem is I can´t get online in the States! So I may use the machine or even on board!

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Sorry. I thought most phones had a choice between the telecom network and wifi. And free wifi is pretty common over here. But it won't be a problem getting tickets, in any case.

 

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Solent Richard ~

 

Good work on the blog! And thanks for the credit -- I'm glad to have been of help.

 

In late July I shot another video outside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, this time showing the walk from the ferry landing to the terminal and back in "real time," as well as giving a brief look around the ferry landing itself. I've only just gotten around to posting it on YouTube, and have linked to it below. Not a professional production by any means, I'm afraid, but it might be of some use in showing others just how easy it is to use the ferry to travel between the cruise terminal and Manhattan.

 

Bon voyage, cheers, and many happy returns!

 

~ John (aka Post Captain)

 

 

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FYI - The NY Times recently published a series of articles on the success of the NYC Ferries (especially since the fares are now subsidized to bring them in line with the normal MTA subway fares.)

NYT article on ferry success

 

Also checking out the ferry website, it appears that the Wall St stop is the primary pier for Manhattan, and the only one downtown (besides the classic Staten Island Ferry) So - I'd assume that there should be taxis and probably upcoming bus expansion to accommodate the new passengers.

NY Ferry website route info

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Sorry for my delay in getting back here with my experiences with new NY ferry. I have to thank the OP and all the others who provided so much help- and really did make a difference while spending my day in New York at my back to back Transatlantik voyage last month! The service provided von NYC ferry is just great. It took me all but 20 minutes from leaving my cabin to debark at Pier 11 Wall Street. The ride from Brooklyn to Wall Street alone is worth going. Wonderful and so efficent!

I wish Cunard would stay overnight in New York while doing their Transatlantics- with that new service I rather dock in Brooklyn than in Manhattan itself!

Thanks again for that great help and all the informations! Much appreciated.

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Sorry for my delay in getting back here with my experiences with new NY ferry. I have to thank the OP and all the others who provided so much help- and really did make a difference while spending my day in New York at my back to back Transatlantik voyage last month! The service provided von NYC ferry is just great. It took me all but 20 minutes from leaving my cabin to debark at Pier 11 Wall Street. The ride from Brooklyn to Wall Street alone is worth going. Wonderful and so efficent!

I wish Cunard would stay overnight in New York while doing their Transatlantics- with that new service I rather dock in Brooklyn than in Manhattan itself!

Thanks again for that great help and all the informations! Much appreciated.

 

How did you purchase your ticket in the end did you pay onboard in the end from Red Hook with cash or credit card

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Hi Richard, this would have eased all the concerns of the Aurora passengers on her New York visit in September. Was this opened at that time? May be worth posting on the P&O page for next year if the same thing happens.

 

 

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Hi Richard, this would have eased all the concerns of the Aurora passengers on her New York visit in September. Was this opened at that time? May be worth posting on the P&O page for next year if the same thing happens.

 

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Reports from earlier this year indicate the South Brooklyn ferry route being discussed here began service on June 1, 2017. I haven't had a chance to use that service yet, but am planning on giving it a try next June based on the positive comments and useful information found on this forum.

 

Regards, John

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We'll be boarding in Red Hook next week and I'm trying to compare the cost of the ferry vs. taking a cab through the Battery Tunnel and waiting to be discharged at the pier. Does anyone have a feel for how long the inbound taxis wait in queue, around 11:30 AM or noon? NYC cabs charge 50 cents per minute of waiting or slow moving...

 

I know I'll save money overall to be dropped at the Manhattan ferry terminal, now I'm trying to see whether the savings justifies the hassle of ferry with luggage.

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We've done the taxi / car service thing into the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal five times now, arriving at approximately 11:30-12:00 each time. The amount time we've spent working our way through the queue from outside the terminal to the curbside passenger drop off point has varied from as little as 10 minutes to as long as 30 minutes. For the purposes of your taxi fare calculations, I'd suggest splitting the difference and figuring on about 20 minutes in the queue.

 

Regards, John

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Thanks. I'll know more once we're packed, but I'll probably be giving taxi-to-the-ferry a try, unless it's raining/snowing/ferry strike. The Amtrak baggage limits would keep us somewhat under control.

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I used the NYC ferry service when in New York with QM2 2 weeks ago and found it very efficient and convenient to get to/from Red Hook to Manhattan. Some points:

- As others have said the Red Hook ferry stop is easy to find. Turn left out of the Red Hook terminal exit and just take the pavement for a few hundred metres and it is on your left.

- There are tickets machines at each pier which take credit cards or you feed in dollar bills, change is given.

- All tickets are $2.75 whether you go one stop or many stops. Same pricing and principle as the subway.

- If you don't have time to get the ticket in time (i.e. ferry about to depart or ticket machine queue), you can pay on board. The ferry crew members take tickets (for those that have them) as you board but are good at identifying who has not had a ticket and make sure that you pay on board. The person you pay on board is not always obvious (in my experience it is not one of the ticket collectors), on one ferry it was a person at the shop and another it was an ununiformed and person slouched on the passenger seats playing with their iphone! The ticket collectors will direct you if asked.

- If you are connecting with another ferry for example Red Hook to Wall Street and then Wall Street to 34th street you can get a transfer ticket for free, which you need to use within 90 minutes, but you have to request it. We approached the same person who takes the on board fares and he issued a ticket for the transfer, I also believe (not certain) that you can request to keep your original ticket i.e. not hand it in on boarding and they write on that ticket for the transfer. This obviously saves paying an extra $2.75 for the 2nd leg of a trip.

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The New York Ferrry map shows a dotted line denoting “summer only service” to Red Hook Atlantic Basin.

 

An online schedule dated 11/4/17 shows service to Red Hook weekdays and weekends.

 

 

Maybe its like white chicken gravy, we have a confusion over English and USA notations—4/11/17 could be the start of summer, what there is of it , in England

 

Will it be running for our January 3 boarding?

 

David

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But it's all moot for us this trip. Our experience with luggage leaving Penn Station convinced us to take a cab all the way to the pier on Friday.:loudcry:

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The New York Ferrry map shows a dotted line denoting “summer only service” to Red Hook Atlantic Basin.

 

An online schedule dated 11/4/17 shows service to Red Hook weekdays and weekends.

 

 

Maybe its like white chicken gravy, we have a confusion over English and USA notations—4/11/17 could be the start of summer, what there is of it , in England

 

Will it be running for our January 3 boarding?

 

David

 

My interpretation is the same as Underwatr's.

 

Look for the solid pink line on the NYC ferry route map which I understand to be the year-round South Brooklyn Route service from Wall Street to Dumbo, Atlantic Avenue, and Red Hook, and then on to Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge.

 

The dotted pink line for the South Brooklyn "Summer Service" is additional seasonal service to Governors Island.

 

And yes, the online South Brooklyn Route schedule that states "Effective: 11/4/2017" is using the US format for dates, meaning that schedule is effective from November 4, 2017.

 

Now granted I haven't used the NYC ferry service yet, but that's my interpretation of the situation regarding the ferry service to Red Hook.

 

Edit: The NYC Ferry app shows the South Brooklyn service to Red Hook is effective on January 3, 2018 and the schedule is the same as shown in the online schedule from the web site.

Regards, John

Edited by bluemarble

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Thanks for the additional research help—I think we will try a dry (wet?) run during our long weekend.

 

David

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But it's all moot for us this trip. Our experience with luggage leaving Penn Station convinced us to take a cab all the way to the pier on Friday.:loudcry:

 

WOO BOY! The words "Penn Station" and (well anything, but especially...) "Luggage" should not be used together. Especially since there's no great transportation to the Wall St. pier with lots of luggage.

 

About the only decent transportation terminal for New York is Grand Central (and it's a beauty!) - but Penn Station, LaGuardia, Newark, and most of JFK is an embarrassment to such a great city. (The three passenger cruise terminals each have their own issues, but that's another story)

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We are staying near Penn Station New Years weekend for our Jan 3 QM2 departure. (Amtrak from Pittsburgh PA, big bags shipped by White Star)

 

We are going to try riding the MTA 1 train Penn Station to South Ferry, walking 8 minutes with our weekend bags to the Wall St. Ferry Terminal, and riding to Red Hook. Both Penn Station and South Ferry are listed as accessible, but we will check to see if escalators or elevators service the platforms we need.

 

No taxis or hire cars we have ever used (since 1980) have been able to find any place in Brooklyn from Manhattan— I have to give them directions.

 

We have walked from Carroll Street and Smith/Ninth several times are are lucky to be fit enough to be able to do some stairs with medium sized cases—but its embarrassing and a little scarey as really very helpful locals always volunteer to help. We started doing bag/stairs training on the London Tube in the 70’s.

 

We have often used the B61 bus from the Downtown Brooklyn Fulton Mall station.

 

I want to try the Ferry direct to the Atlantic Basin—should somewhat more room on the ferry for two medium suitcases than the B61 bus.

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I think summer service runs to Governor's Island but the service to & past Red Hook/Atlantic Basin runs all year.

 

We took the Redhook to Wall Street Ferry from the QM2 on the 8th December. One of the locals on the ferry told me that the service is now running continuously through the winter (he was a commuter from Brooklyn to Wall Street and will be using the ferry every day for the foreseeable future) and told me that this is the first winter that the service has run. As others have stated the destinations other than Wall Street may have different timetables but Brooklyn Redhook Atlantic Basin to Wall Street runs every day - during the mornings and afternoons midweek it is every half hour with slightly less frequent service at times outside of the peaks. Weekend schedules are slightly different.

 

The Cunard on-board tour office can print off the current ferry schedule and a map which you can take with you. It is a fast and efficient service with a good capacity for passenger numbers. There are two stops between Redhook and Wall Street with the stop just before Wall Street being the Brooklyn Bridge on the opposite side of the water to Manhatten. Even in choppy water conditions the gangway moves nicely with the ferry bobbing up and down so it is not hard to get on and off in almost all weathers.

 

I was very impressed with the service quality, and efficient crew, and for the price it is unbeatable, especially compared to any other means of getting from the ship to Manhatten.

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An update on our recent experience with the ferry. We disembarked on 22 December. There were three of us, with 4 *large* bags between us, and some smaller bags. I'd done a dry run on the ferry, so knew what to expect. It was an easy walk from the Terminal to the ferry slip, even with our bags. Getting on the ferry was painless. Since we were heading to Penn Station, at Wall Street we transferred to the East River Ferry to 34th Street (I wanted to avoid the subway, and also wanted as short a taxi ride as possible). I had thought that one of us would take the luggage in a taxi, and the rest would ride the free ferry shuttle bus. But the taxi I flagged down was a 'handicap' version. He dropped down the ramp and rolled our bags right into the back. The three of us hopped into the back seat. I couldn't believe how well it worked out. Traffic that day was horrendous, but we were at Penn Station in about 20 minutes. I have access to the Acela Lounge at Penn Station, so we relaxed there for 40 minutes, then had a Red Cap trundle our luggage to the train. We were painlessly aboard and on our way. well worth the Red Cap's tip. At least in our experience, the ferry/taxi combo worked out really well.

 

And, the bonus of departing on the ferry is the treat of bidding adieu to the Queen Mary with water views.

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Thanks for the additional advice—I did not research enough to realize there were ferry busses to the East River as well as the Hudson.

 

Wow, should be a great ride—UN Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and water approach to the QM2!

 

David

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Just saw news reports from yesterday discussing these new "Lower East Side" and "Soundview" routes on the NYC ferry with additional stops which could offer some more options for travel by ferry between Red Hook and Manhattan (or even the Bronx for that matter). Perhaps not news to those who have been following the NYC ferry closely, but this was new to me. As the site states, "Coming Summer 2018".

 

https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/lower-east-side/

https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/soundview/

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Having found inspiration on these pages, and particularly from 'Post Captain'...

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2519678

 

...I have hopefully written a definitive guide on the NYC Ferry service between Red Hook and Pier 11, Manhattan on my cruise blog...

 

37090685266_d891e63f69_z.jpg

 

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2017/09/25/new-york-brooklyn-transfers-update/

 

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If any member does have any further advice or comment I am always happy to update the blog

 

Stunning service! We loved it on our last visit on QM2 to NYC. Regards

Skillies

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Looks like there may be a minor revision to the route map for service on the South Brooklyn ferry route. Here is what I found on the NYC Ferry web site when drilling down specifically to the page for the South Brooklyn route and schedule.

 

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This is slightly different to what is shown for the South Brooklyn route on the full route map of all the NYC Ferry services with regard to the seasonal service to Governors Island.

 

My understanding is that the dotted line for service between Wall Street and Governors Island represents weekend service starting May 26, 2018. We are planning to take the ferry from Wall Street to Red Hook to join QM2 on Sunday, June 10. So now I'll just make a mental note to make sure we take the South Brooklyn ferry in the direction of Bay Ridge rather than in the direction of Governors Island when boarding at Wall Street.

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Thank you very much for all of this info. I would never have thought of taking the ferry.

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When you leave the ferry from Red Hook to Wall ST, are there taxis waiting where you disembark at Wall St?

Thanks.

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