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Guest Solent Richard

Arriving In New York

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It hardly seems like a week has passed since I was on board Queen Mary 2 on the final day of her 175th Anniversary Trans Atlantic crossing and rising at 05.30 to witness her entry into New York.

 

Having lost count of the number of New York entries my wife and I have made I decided to witness this particular one with a view to sharing the experience and posting a thread on the Bolsover Cruise Forum.

 

It is always best to find a good spot and to do that one needs to be up early, especially if the aim is to catch the ship going under the Verrazano Bridge. 

 

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Here we are approaching the bridge...

 

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Getting closer...

 

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Until we actually pass under it...

 

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Did anyone spot that little red launch escorting us? There was one each side and they are US Coast Guard armed Cutters...

 

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Once under the Verrazano Bridge New York, and particularly Downtown Manhattan, looks great in the morning sunrise...

 

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The 'Big Apple' never sleeps, and as we approach The Statue of Liberty the Staten Island ferries are already busy shuttling New Yorkers to work...

 

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Here's a close up of the Statue...

 

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...and a little display from a waterborne fire tender...

 

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Once past the Statue of Liberty Queen Mary 2 then manoeuvres into the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal with Governor's Island neatly positioned between the ship and Manhattan...

 

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Safely alongside, another view of Manhattan and along the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge visible above that approaching oiler...

 

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New York has to be one of the world's most spectacular sail-in ports however, in my opinion it is the daylight sail away that really is the icing on the cake.

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So interested in reading and viewing the pictures of New York. Gong to New York for the first time ever in November. Flying there and sailing back - so excited. Anybody got any tips on what to do and not to do?

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Fantastic pictures of New York Solent Richard, especially those of the Verrazana Bridge! I’m hoping to go here early next year, but it won’t be on cruise holiday.

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Hi  I agree that the sail into New York is a "must have" experience but it used to be more impressive before the new cruise terminal was built.  The sail up the river passing the Manhattan skyline was very impressive.  However, embarking or disembarking at the old piers was a nightmare, they were not geared up for the large number of passengers on the mega liners so the development of the larger purpose built terminal was essential.  PS I was on the QM2 when it was the first ship to use this new facility.

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apart from being up on deck which side of the ship would you recommend if you had a balcony ?

 

Good morning Vamp23.

 

For me it would be a 'no-brainer'.

 

Port Side to see the Statue of Liberty...

 

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So interested in reading and viewing the pictures of New York. Gong to New York for the first time ever in November. Flying there and sailing back - so excited. Anybody got any tips on what to do and not to do?

 

Good morning Buggalugs.

 

Try the High Line Walk...

 

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then on to Times Square...

 

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...and into Central Park for 'Strawberry Fields' and John Lennon's 'Imagine' memorial...

 

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All walkable in less than a day.

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Although like SR I have also been very fortunate to have sailed into NY many times, The icing on the Cake is to sail in around 10am and into Manhattan Cruise Terminal. I can remember One sailing where Alica Keys  "Empire State of Mind" was played on the Outside Decks as we approached the Manhattan skyline....... Magical.

 

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Great pictures Richard and looks like a memorable experience was enjoyed by all. It's one thing to cruise into New York but it's another to do it on a special sailing such as that. Very envious of you both, would have loved to have been on board.

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These pictures are amazing! I have been to New York a few times but never on a sailing. This is something i would really love to do! The hop-on/hop-off bus is good to do. We got the tickets just to use the bus just as a mode of transport, but the guides were just so entertaining we stayed and did the whole loop :)

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Thank you Richard the pictures are brilliant.We have not been to New York,but one day,rorgive the pun,when our boat comes in.

Rodger.

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As like Richard , we were blessed to be part of that special voyage , 175th Anniversary of Cunard from Southampton / Liverpool to Halifax , thence to Boston and New York..

I will pop up photos during week as I am not an early bird like my friend  but I truly thought the Statue of Liberty seen though our porthole in all its glory was on the starboard side rolleyes.gif smile.png  Our stateroom was deck five 5003 , an outside one. 

 

Someone asked for some tips , when I did research from other QM2's  cruisers as to arrival at Brooklyn Terminal and getting into town fast and easy aside from Cunard booked methods which can be expensive I opted as follows.

Our hotel was the Sanctuary on 147th Street West , about one block from Times Square so I located a porter for our luggage, tipped him $10 and asked for a Black Cab who operate on posted fixed rates depending on area into Brooklyn . Ours was $51 plus tip of $7 . The ride was about an hour as the streets at 10:45am on a Tuesday were packed but had it been a taxi we would have paid for time and distance plus tolls. Our porter took us past the long line for taxis and we were on our way within 15 minutes. All the Black Cabs are large Black sedans or SUV's and fairly new. Cunard offered  services but the rates were such that two people with four pieces of luggage were considered needing a large van. In our case we had only three :) :) as we sent one by White Star Luggage from NY to Victoria Canada

Going back to Newark Airport from our hotel was $95 fixed Black Cab rate avoiding taxi rates and toll charges

 

As we had not been in NY since we were single and in our twenties , we used the Hop On / Off buses for two days and elected  to stay on for the loops.

Our habit is walking each day a greater square to see area surroundings , spent four days, had forgotten how loud people are in restaurants  and how much food you get. It is a city that never sleeps cool.png rolleyes.gif

Moot point perhaps but try to find a bookstore unless you go into local neighbourhoods and surprise some Starbucks did not offer a washroom

Many of the upscale shops for clothes do have specials on a regular basis

Tipping is an cultural aspect of NY and USA, get used to it, I found an occasional few dollars to our hotel room staff and doorman were greeted with thanks, they work hard.

By exploring we found the Irish pubs and local restaurants aside from our hotel which was a funky boutique type...

More to come /Rob

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We were scheduled to fly home on the same day we arrived in New York.

 

Imagine my surprise when we received notification from the Tours Office on board that as part of the transfer to the airport we were going to be given a coach excursion tour.

 

Though we have done New York to death in the past we still love the place and the opportunity to have our luggage safely stored on a coach and still get around manhattan was like having your cake and eating it.

 

The fact that there was occasional rain later in the day was immaterial and the hour and a half stop at Macy's gave us the opportunity to compare some prices...

 

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We even got to learn a little about it's founding couple...

 

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...while also spotting some of the buildings that had been the subject of such interesting lectures on board during the Atlantic crossing...

 

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And hey, it's not often you get a rear view of the 'naked cowboy' in Times Square...

 

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Well done Cunard, that really was an unexpected bonus.

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Nice touch from Cunard there and perhaps a selling point for a few people. I know quite a few friends who have always fancied doing a transatlantic but could adding the extra time in New York pre or post cruise was proving a little over budget for them and they felt like it was a waste to go there without seeing at least some of the city. If Cunard are offering this now, I'm sure it would convince a lot of people to go for it, especially at crazy prices like £599pp that I saw online recently.

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Nice touch from Cunard there and perhaps a selling point for a few people. I know quite a few friends who have always fancied doing a transatlantic but could adding the extra time in New York pre or post cruise was proving a little over budget for them and they felt like it was a waste to go there without seeing at least some of the city. If Cunard are offering this now, I'm sure it would convince a lot of people to go for it, especially at crazy prices like £599pp that I saw online recently.

 

This is not a new offer by Cunard, They have been offering this courtesy to  their customers who have booked a Transatlantic and  Cunard air with them, returning after docking in New York to an airport on the same day for years ! Cunard just don't seem to advertise it enough.  After loading you suitcases into the Transfer coach in the morning of arrival, the coach will drop you off at  point near Macys, and a prearranged time is made to reboard, where the coach goes to JFK to drop the passengers off for check in and your onward flight.

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Richard

I see you  must have the bought the bow tie I was eying in the QM2 shop smile.png

Yes, I can remember from a few posts including Patricia D, that an Cunard transfer to airport included a tour of New York with luggage protected.

We went to Macy's and it was a zoo, perhaps due to semi-annual sale that day

Who is your friend, lol 

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Hi Solent Richard

 

Can I just say a big thank you for taking the time and trouble to send me all the wonderful information. I have only glanced at it at the moment but will study it in much more detail as the date approaches. Thanks again

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This is not a new offer by Cunard, They have been offering this courtesy to  their customers who have booked a Transatlantic and  Cunard air with them, returning after docking in New York to an airport on the same day for years ! Cunard just don't seem to advertise it enough.  After loading you suitcases into the Transfer coach in the morning of arrival, the coach will drop you off at  point near Macys, and a prearranged time is made to reboard, where the coach goes to JFK to drop the passengers off for check in and your onward flight.

 

Good morning John.

 

You may be right. I have never terminated a Cunard voyage in New York before and had not been aware of this Cunard perk.

 

They should make a point about it.

 

All to often the moaners make the most of being dropped off early at an airport.

 

Come on Cunard, get on the same hymn sheet.

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