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Cruising out of NYC!

When I booked my 5-Night Canada & New England Coast cruise, sailing out of New York City was one of the many things that I was really looking forward to. As soon as we arrived at Manhattan Cruise Terminal, located near the intersection of 55th street and 12th Avenue, we could see our ship, docked at Pier 88, through huge glass windows.

Even before we left the port, the views from the ship were spectacular. From the ship's deck, we could see the Empire State Building in the distance and the Intrepid Museum right next to the port. We ate our buffet lunch on the aft deck of the ship overlooking the Hudson River.

While some people watched the sailaway party, we found a quiet spot on the uppermost deck on the port (left) side of the ship and watched the Manhattan skyline slip past. After we passed the Freedom Tower, we moved to the starboard (right) side of the ship to see the Statue of Liberty.

As we traveled along, we passed the Circle Line, which was dwarfed by our massive cruise ship.

I wanted to stay on deck as we passed under the Verazzano Bridge, but we had selected the early dining time and didn't want to be late for our first dinner.

Fortunately, our dining room table turned out to be right next to a huge porthole. Our timing was fortunate as well; as we took our seats, we were about to pass under the bridge, and so we experienced it from our dining room table.

Unfortunately, we missed standing out on deck during the return trip into New York as it was very early in the morning and we had stayed up late the night before to participate in the activities of the final night onboard. I'm sure that I will get another chance though. Having experienced the fun of sailing out of Manhattan, I can't wait to take my next cruise out of New York!

I did this in 2012 in New York, USA.

Jen (California, USA)