Welcome to the ‘Big Apple’, more commonly known as New York City. With its bright lights, colourful neighbourhoods, legendary Broadway theatres and more, New York is one of the USA’s most fascinating and charismatic cities. This is a city of endless possibilities, cultural extravagance and invigorating diversity, that really makes this city one of the finest destinations in the world and sets the benchmark for the shopping, dining and sightseeing.
Upon arrival into the port of New York, passengers have the pleasure of sailing past the awe inspiring Statue of Liberty. A remarkable structure and famous around the world, this captivating attraction sets the scene for the day. When leaving the ship, the choice of places to see and things to do is incredible so it is best to have a plan in place rather than take it as it comes here. The midtown traffic can often be at a standstill so if travelling independently rather than doing an excursion we would recommend walking or using the subway systems.
If you love the great outdoors, then head for Central Park. Right in the heart of the city, this superb location boasts impeccable gardens and a wonderful escape from the bustling city. Breathe in the fresh air, take a walk down the many winding paths Central Park has to offer and enjoy all that New York’s most famous park has to offer.
If you feel like spotting some of the stars, then head for the magnificent areas of SoHo and the TriBeCa district to soak up the boutique ambience. Shop until you drop by experiencing the shopping trip of a lifetime at world renowned stores such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Saks and Century 21. The shopping extravagance doesn’t stop here, as other high fashion areas include the sensational Upper East Side and particularly the superb Madison Avenue. These stores are also close to the enchanting area of Broadway. One of the theatre capitals of the world, this outstanding location continues to wow the world with the finest productions to be seen.
For a sightseeing pleasure head for the astonishing Empire State Building and especially the observation rooftop for love at first sight as you cast your eyes over the famous city skyline. Sightseeing opportunities continue on at Times Square to such fabulous structures such as Rockefeller Center and St Paul’s Chapel. If you’re looking to explore Lower Manhattan, then Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange is a must see to witness the economic capital of the city.
For a moving tribute to the tragic events that took place in 2001 head over to the World Trade Centre area where here you will find the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The Museum houses a growing collection of images, videos tapes, personal belongings and more, offering a touching insight into the shocking events that took place. Outside the Museum, water features now sit within the original footprints of the Twin Towers, where a display of all those who sadly lost lives is also exhibited.
Opt for a cruise along the Hudson River for a tremendous opportunity that will provide you with a wonderful vantage view of city and capture a photograph to remember. Alternatively, you can board your own private Zephyr and sail past the iconic features of Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building for a truly unique point of view.
New York is a destination like no other. This remarkable port of call is a true great no matter the itinerary and presents an unforgettable experience. Whether you wish to spend the day seeing the sights or simply indulge in the shopping and dining extravagance, New York is simply superb. Wishing you had more time New York? Extend your stay in New York City with a pre or post cruise stay to enhance your holiday further.