Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 22nd – Sailing Into New York

It was an early start to be up the bridge to narrate our sail-in to New York's stunning harbour. As the sun came up, we sailed past the Statue of Liberty and towards the cartoon-like skyline of Manhattan, before gliding up the Hudson, to our berth on Pier 90 (50th Street).

We were meeting friends at the South Street Seaport, so we caught the subway down to Lower Manhattan to enjoy the revitalised waterfront. Up until the 1850s, this is where all arrivals by sea would have come into, before the advent of larger steamships meant that all shipping now headed over to the Hudson on the west side of Manhattan.
We had a lovely brunch of catching up and gossiping, before doing a bit more exploring around the Financial District, in the shadow of the Freedom Tower that's slowly reaching completion. From here, we walked our way back up to the ship, passing through all the different atmospheric districts and "villages" of this fantastic kaleidoscope of a city.