Manhattan Cruise Terminal to Host Hospital Ship

USNS Comfort

Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Pier 90 are set to play host to the USNS Comfort hospital ship, which is scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The hospital ship, with 1,000 beds, is set to leave Norfolk over the weekend, while work is speeding along in Manhattan to dredge the berth thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a spokesperson from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which essentially oversees the city’s cruise facilities.

The dredging will be done this weekend and allows the berth to have sufficient depth to accommodate the USNS Comfort, the spokesperson told Cruise Industry News.

The ship is scheduled to stay 14 days at this point, but that could likely extend. The vessel will berth at the north end of Pier 90; it is unlikely the terminal could accommodate cruise operations at the same time.

USNS Comfort

Slightly south, Pier 88 is the city’s main cruise terminal and shares various staging areas with Pier 90.

The ship was deployed via an order from President Donald. J. Trump.

According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the hospital ship will expand the number of available beds. However, COVID-19 patients will not be treated aboard the vessel. Instead, it will free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients as other patients are transferred to the ship.

The Comfort previously docked at Pier 92 in Manhattan following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Foo Fighters to headline Super Bowl cruise

Some of the biggest contemporary music acts including the Foo Fighters will be performing live aboard the Norwegian Getaway ahead of the NFL Super Bowl this February.

As we reported earlier this year, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest vessel has been chartered as a floating hotel for the showpiece of the American Football season, which takes place on February 2nd at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

This caused significant disruption to the launch schedule for the 4,028 passenger ship, with numerous passengers already booking passage on the trans-Atlantic voyage originally scheduled for the start of the month.

As they say, however, the show must go on. Passengers had their reservations transferred to a later fare and received on board credit, while organisers of the end-of-season sporting spectacle got to work planning the entertainment.

Under it’s temporary guise as the bud Light Hotel New York, the Getaway will be docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan on the Hudson River and will host a string of entertainments. Foo Fighters will headline the main event a day before the game, on February 1st.

Two days earlier, on January 30th the stage will belong to the Roots, who will perform with hip-hop luminaries Run DMC and Busta Rhymes. Imagine Dragons, the Grammy-nominated act, are also set to play the following day.

This year, the Super Bowl half-time show, one of the biggest live musical shows of the year, will be performed by Bruno Mars.