A press release hit my inbox this morning that triggered waves of New York City memories and emotions for me:
“The Best View of Manhattan is From the Water, According to Sightseeing Cruise Company”.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a deep love letter to the Big Apple, but it was a reminder of a work trip we took to NYC in 2016. After my husband spent the day networking and I spent my time atop a double decker bus traveling through the boroughs, we donned our business casual best for the main event – a trip to Ellis Island.
The vast majority of my ancestors did not travel to the United States upon their own free will, so seeing what immigrants went through, those who wished and worked so hard to be here, was incredibly interesting.
Liberty Cruise NYC was the company used for the short cruise across the harbor at night (and coincidentally, the sender of the nostalgia-trip press release). Our journey took us directly to Ellis Island’s museum where we dined and learned more about the immigrants who passed through those doors before us.
Ah, nostalgia. In any case, when Liberty Cruise NYC surveyed customers to see what they enjoyed most about their cruise, two important reasons stood out above the rest:
It’s hard to get a great view of all of Manhattan’s landmarks, but the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge are all visible from the water.
Part of NYC’s charm is the hustle and bustle of its people and the millions of tourists who hit the streets all year long. While going with the flow of the masses can be interesting or harrowing (depending on your experiences) on land, Liberty Cruise NYC’s customers say the uncrowded waters are a more relaxing way to be a tourist.
Have you ever taken an NYC cruise? Do you want to?