How to Get Into New York City
The New York City Cruise Terminal is located on the west side of Manhattan, between West 48th and West 52nd Streets. It should take you just 15-20 minutes to walk into Midtown from there. If you prefer not to walk or you are heading to another area of the city, taxis are readily available. The subway doesn’t extend to the port, but buses can be found at 42nd, 49th and 50th Streets.
Some ships may dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, south of Brooklyn Heights, or at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port, on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor.
One Day in New York City
One could easily spend a week or more in New York without running out of things to see and do – with so many options, it is nearly impossible to see the city in just one day. Many of the most popular attractions also come with long lines, so keep that in mind as you are planning your visit.
Start by heading to the heart of Manhattan, Times Square. Grab a cup of coffee and a New York bagel and enjoy some people watching before moving on to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Empire State Building. Located at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, the building’s 86th floor observation deck offers sweeping views of the city – but be prepared to stand in line for a ride up!
From there, walk up Fifth Avenue, home to many of New York’s most prestigious shops and one of the most expensive streets in the world. Eventually you’ll find yourself at the southern end of Central Park. The park, covering over 800 acres in the center of the city, offers a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Manhattan sidewalks. You could easily spend much of the afternoon there.
Not far from Central Park, you can find two of New York’s best known museums, the Guggenheim Museum (Fifth Avenue & 89th Street) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Fifth Avenue & 82nd Street). The latter boasts over two million works of art displayed throughout more than 50 galleries. Other museums of interest include the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (the world’s largest naval museum), the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of the City of New York.
If museums aren’t your thing, instead take a ride on one of the oldest subway systems in the world down to the Financial District. There, pay a visit to the 9/11 Memorial commemorating those who were killed in the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. Then, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy an incredible view of both the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
Finally, make your way back towards Times Square to grab a slice of New York style pizza and do a little souvenir shopping before it’s time to set sail again.
English is the official language and the currency is the US dollar. ATMs are widely available, but to change currency, you will likely need to head to a major bank or to the Times Square Visitors Center on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. Telephones and bathrooms can be found at the cruise terminal.
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