There are actually two cruise ports in New York, one being in "The Big Apple," New York City (Manhattan), and the other being in the fairly nearby borough of Brooklyn. To say that there's so much to do in "The City That Never Sleeps" is an understatement. From world-renowned Michelin Star restaurants to amazing museums, Broadway theaters, and parks, there's truly something to do for everyone. Being such a popular cruise departure port, cruises from New York are available year-round.
Destination-wise, the most commonly offered cruises from New York go to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada & New England, as well as the Bahamas & Florida. A truly unique vacation experience can be enjoyed by taking a transatlantic cruise from New York, during which you would take a one-way cruise east (across the Atlantic Ocean) to a destination such as England.
Most cruises that include New York in their itinerary include it as the cruise's departure port; however, there are some cruises that include New York as a destination port. The cruise port that your ship departs from depends on the particular cruise line, as each cruise line tends to use a specific terminal. Currently, cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, Cunard, and Holland America tend to use the Brooklyn cruise terminal. Among the cruise lines that use the New York City terminal are Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, and more. You should always verify which cruise terminal your ship will be at prior to leaving for your cruise, as you don't want to end up at the wrong one!
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in New York, along with a brief description:
♦ Times Square
One of the main attractions in New York City is Times Square, located in midtown Manhattan. If you’ve never been there before, you definitely don’t want to miss your chance to visit this part of the city! Times Square is filled with huge advertisements, a variety of fabulous restaurants, bars, street vendors, stores and hotels. Among the big names in Times Square are MTV, Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood. Times Square is also the site of the world-famous ball drop that occurs each New Year's Eve in NYC.
♦ Statue of Liberty
Of course, when taking a cruise from New York, one of the definite highlights is being able to see the Statue of Liberty. This national symbol of the United States is conveniently accessible via ferry from Liberty State Park (in New Jersey) or Battery Park (in New York). While visiting this area, you may also want to check out Ellis Island.
♦ Fifth Avenue
If you're a shopper who is taking a cruise from New York, you may want to pay a visit to Fifth Avenue, one of the world's meccas of shopping. In particular, you'll want to go to the section of Fifth Avenue that's between 34th Street and 59th Street, as you'll find a variety of upscale stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Fendi, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co. and Prada. Fifth Avenue isn't only known for its shopping, as there are many famous landmarks located along this avenue. Among the sites to see are St. Patrick's Cathedral, and further uptown (around the 80s and 90s), are a few museums (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum).
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