Most ships dock in Manhattan on the West Side; the passenger ship terminals are located off the West Side Highway (12th Avenue) and span several blocks of the West 50s. It is about a 15 minute walk from Midtown. This is by far the best location for cruise passengers.
Some dock at he passenger ship terminal located in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood with nice views of the NY skyline. Taxis are your best choice here as there is little within walking distance. The terminal has very few facilities. For public transport use the MTA website. At night a taxi is recommended.
Royal Caribbean docks at Cape Liberty Cruise Port, on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor. See more details here.
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For Cape Liberty, choose Newark airport for the quickest and cheapest transfer (about $30 for a taxi)
For the Manhattan terminal use either LaGuardia ($35) or JFK ($54)
For the Brooklyn terminal use either LaGuardia ($35) or JFK ($48)
Parking is $35 a day at the Manhattan facility, $19 a day at Cape Liberty and $20 in Brooklyn.
Hotels in the Big Apple.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for Manhattan and Brooklyn Terminals.
Cruise Schedule for Cape Liberty.
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New York! What an amazing place---exciting, inspiring, intriguing, even intimidating! But once experienced, this city's impact will never be forgotten! Its ranking as one of the world's most popular travel destinations is well-deserved. Travelers by the millions are drawn to New York, for there is something here for everyone. This is the home of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, Wall Street and Madison Avenue and Time Square with its dazzling theater district. Here you will find the bright lights of Broadway and the tree-lined paths of Central Park, world-renowned museums and awe-inspiring cathedrals, quiet residential neighborhoods and bustling sky-scrapered streets. The United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, Little Italy, Chinatown, Harlem-- the list goes on and on! This small island is indeed a pulse-point of the world! Although it may seem impossible to see and do everything in this aptly nick-named "city that never sleeps,"
Downtown and Financial Districts
This part of New York has a little something for everyone. Here you'll see the Brooklyn Bridge, Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, South Street Seaport, and the terminal for the Staten Island Ferry, City Hall, Battery Park, Castle Clinton. and Federal Hall where George Washington was inaugurated. This area is at the very heart of international finances. You'll walk down Wall Street, see the frenzied New York Stock Exchange and Mercantile Exchange, The World Financial Center with its beautiful Winter Garden, and Federal Reserve Bank. You'll see Bowling Green Park, where Peter Minuit traded $24 worth of goods for Manhattan Island, and you can rub the nose of the "Charging Bull" for good luck, just like Wall Street investors do. (It's a 7000-pound bronze sculpture that mysteriously appeared in Bowling Green Park in 1989!) Time permitting, you might even grab a burger at the only McDonald's in the world with a ticker tape from the New York Stock Exchange flashing across the main dining hall!
American Museum of Natural History
Gazing at the 36 million astounding specimens displayed here – from the mammoth and great dinosaurs of prehistoric times to a fragment of the oldest rock in the universe. The diversity of the exhibits is mind-boggling! If this isn't enough, there's also an IMAX Theater, other special exhibitions and programs, and - opening in April, 2000 – the Rose Center for Earth and Space with a new state-of-the-art Hayden Planetarium, the most technologically advanced Space Theater in the world. This museum is a must-see for everyone who visits New York!
The United Nations
Although you won't feel as if you've left New York when we enter the grounds of the United Nations, officially we will have entered an international zone where the land does not belong to the United States, but to all the countries that have joined the United Nations. It has its own police and fire forces, post office, and six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. So regardless of who you are or where you live, this is your organization, and its goal is to promote peace, preserve the environment, and create a better way of life for all mankind.
One of the most memorable attractions of New York City is the city itself! To get some perspective on the magnitude of this city, you have to see it from a distance. There are several great ways to do this. On a harbor cruise, using a Circle Line Boat or the Staten Island Ferry you can view this vast skyline from the water. For a "bird's eye view," nothing beats the panorama from the top or the Empire State Building. From the water or the air, you'll be amazed at just how big the "The Big Apple" really is.
Times Square, Broadway and The Theatre District
Until you've seen Times Square at night, you haven't really seen New York. Dazzling lights illuminate the area; pedestrians from every corner of the world converge; a cacophony of sounds from street musicians to taxi horns fills the air; dozens of theaters each present world-class performances; restaurants and shops beckon you to come and take a look. This general hub-bub of activity makes Times Square a place like no other. As the song suggests, "There's no business like show business," and there's no better place to experience it than Times Square.
Central Park is an 843-acre green oasis in the heart of New York. Here you'll stroll along some of the 58 miles of tree-lined paths, or people-watch from the shady park benches. You're likely to see mothers with strollers, dog walkers, joggers and in-line skaters, impromptu concerts, and more. At the south end of the park there is a wonderful little zoo, Central Park Wildlife Center, and Wollman Skating Rink. Strawberry Fields (a tribute to John Lennon) and Sheep Meadow are on the west side of the park and are designated places for quiet meditation. New Yorkers and visitors alike enjoy this park as a welcome respite from the bustling city streets.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, unveiled on October 28, 1886, was given to the United States from France as a gesture of friendship between the two countries, but it quickly became more than just a gift. With her torch raised 151 feet above New York Harbor, this phenomenal monument became a symbol of hope and freedom to the world. Even today the Statue of Liberty is an inspirational sight -- it is easy to imagine what those immigrants must have felt as they entered the harbor. After long, difficult voyages, Lady Liberty was there, welcoming them to America and beckoning them to their new home. Ellis Island was the gateway to this new home. With over 12 million immigrants passing through here between 1892 and 1954, more than 4 out of 10 Americans can trace their ancestry to this port of entry.
The Museums of New York
New York is a city of top-notch museums, but two that are absolutely overwhelming are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the world and displays masterpieces from nearly all the world's cultures. With 5 million visitors a year, it attracts more people than any other site in New York City. MoMA (as the Museum of Modern Art is known) has the world's greatest collection of modern art, from Van Gogh to Monet to Picasso and more.
48 hours of hop-on hop-off double decker fun that includes the Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop, Brooklyn Loop, and Night/Holiday Lights Tour (non hop-on hop-off).
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Shop till' you drop!
The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.
Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.
Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:
The U.S. has no official language at the federal level, but English is by far the standard for everyday use. Several states have declared their official state language as English. Spanish is also official in the state of New Mexico, where it is widely spoken; French is official in Louisiana and the Hawaiian language is official in Hawaii, but neither approaches the use of English and are official for primarily historical reasons.
In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)
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