NEW YORK, U.S.A: 27th/ 28th July

A very early start to watch the sail into New York, past the Statue of Liberty and 

up through the Hudson River to our berth at pier 90 at Manhatten docks.

We joined quite a large number of fellow travellers on deck at 4 am, and watched the skyline slip past us and by 5 am we went back to bed which turned out to be a good idea as immigration proved to be a bit of a drawn out experience. 

We were due to dock at 6 am but the dock wasn’t ready for us and it was an hour later before we were tied up. Every one on board had to go off to do immigration so we had a schedule, first we had a time of 8:45 which got put back to 9:45 am, we had a group shuttle number but decided to go off as independent tourist and meet our hop on hop off outside the terminal once we got through immigration, this saved us almost an hour and a half of hanging around wasting time on board.

Our 48 hour pass for the hop on hop off bus turned out to be a really good deal as it included uptown, downtown, a night tour which included Brooklyn and the hop on hop off ferries as well. The real bonus was that we had VIP passes that meant you went to the front of the line at all stops which we used to our advantage a couple of times.

The first trip was downtown and lasted three hours by which time we were glad to get off and find a place to eat and stretch our legs. 





By the time we were ready to get the next bus for uptown we decided that we would get off near the museum ( the one used in the movie about a night in the museum ) and walk through Central Park. Good move as it turned out to be a nice reprieve from the crowds and hustle and bustle.




We walked back and it was time for the night tour. Although not dark when we left, dusk was on its way and as we drove through Brooklyn and back into the area around Times Square the city was lit up like fireworks night.

This was a great way to tick off a few more tourist spots and we felt we were slowly relaxing into the vibe which is New York. We also felt we had made good use of the day and looked forward to the next day where we planned to use the ferry to get to see a bit more of this massive city.




FRIDAY:

We knew the ferry didn’t start till 10 am so we had a more relaxing morning, sleep in, breakfast then off the ship around 9:15 am. It was not a long walk to pier 78 but knew a quite a few from the ship were going to use the ferries that day as well.
It was an all onboard by 4:30pm so we decided to let the day flow. We got off at World Trade centre and saw the new world trade building and the magnificent memorial to September 11 2001. 

Decided not to do the museum due to time restraints but were all very impressed by the two waterfall memorial.



From there we went to the new train station behind the memorial site which is shaped like a bird in flight. 


It is massive underground and has shops as well as the train station. This massive space was not full of people, had a very calm, relaxing feel and we just enjoyed being there. 



From here we took a walk to Century 21 a large store selling everything at a discount price. There seemed to be a lot of savvy shopping going on by those whom knew what they wanted.

We walked from there through the financial district seeing the Wall St bull and onto the pier to catch the ferry back to our stop. Again our VIP passes came in handy and we were able to make the ferry on time ( just) and enjoy the ride past Liberty island once again and back to pier 78. 

Turns out the captain on our ferry was the first responder when the plane went in the Hudson and rescued quite a large number of the folks involved.


With time till our departure we dropped at a bar on one of the piers and enjoyed a few buckets of beer and crisps.

Always good to relax with a drink in a city to let it wash over you and have a laugh at the sights we’ve seen over the last few days. 


Back on ship I had a quick shower to wash the day away and hit the deck for sail away. 

We have a new resident band who are great, as was the last one. 






Goodbye New York, you’re loud, brash, dirty, huge, entertaining and we enjoyed our time with you. 

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