Fall in love with New York City on a port stay


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For free neighborhood tours in NYC, try Big Apple Greeter – remember to book early, up to 8 weeks in advance.
Known far and wide as one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities, New York City has more to see and do than any cruiser could fit into one trip. Here are a few ways to have a rewarding NYC adventure in a short amount of time.

Explore Manhattan
There are certain landmarks that nearly every first-time visitor to New York will want to see – the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square (the list goes on and on) – and if you’re really dedicated, you can probably fit many of the big ones in over a day or two. Architecture lovers can marvel at the Chrysler building and Grand Central Station, while art aficionados should wander the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea art galleries. Be sure to stop in at Central Park, especially for a peaceful picnic with a lovely view.

Unique Experiences
Picking a specific neighborhood to explore, like Greenwich Village or SoHo, will allow for a more immersive NYC experience – try a walking or food tour to see hidden local gems. Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for stunning views of the skyline and a visit to the waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park on the other side. You can even see the Statue of Liberty off in the distance. Hop on a sightseeing cruise from South Street Seaport to enjoy Manhattan from the water.

More great options in the city include exploring Chinatown and Little Italy; a trip to Ellis Island; a visit to the 9/11 Memorial; the unique Frick Collection of galleries housed in an elegant former mansion; a show on Broadway or the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum (the world’s largest naval museum); the Guggenheim Museum; and the view from the top of Rockefeller Center.

Millions of Meals
The food options are nearly endless in NYC, with outstanding options in every neighborhood for hole-in-the-wall discoveries and fine dining. Some classic fare includes Carnegie Deli or Katz’s Delicatessen for towering sandwiches, Gray’s Papaya for iconic hot dogs, Lombardi’s Pizza for NYC pies, and Shake Shack for burgers and frozen custards. For some of the best upscale dining in the city, try the waterside Boathouse in Central Park, the inventive WD-50, or famously impeccable Jean Georges or Per Se.