New York cruise Cruise

Postmodern skyscrapers
A city of neighbourhoods
The Statue of Liberty

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New York

Biting the Big Apple

New York is a wonderful port of call for MSC cruise liners on Grand Voyages cruise itineraries. Hidden gardens next to postmodern skyscrapers; priceless art tucked away in medieval-style cloisters; a revamped waterfront you can stroll along to take in the view.

Wandering through the patchwork of neighbourhoods is as great a thrill as any single sight. Frantic Chinatown edges stylish Soho , which is but a stone’s throw from the quiet, angled lanes of the once-bohemian West Village . A perfect espresso in a shabby-chic Williamsburg café, a rooftop view from Chelsea’s High Line or a ride on the “A” to Far Rockaway is worth much more than an “I Love New York” handbag. Cheaper, too, and the memory will last longer.

New York City
officially comprises the central island of Manhattan and four outer boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. For many, Manhattan simply is New York; indeed, when your MSC cruise takes you to New York, you’ll probably spend most of your time here. Understanding the intricacies of Manhattan’s layout, especially beyond its grid pattern , and getting a grasp of its transport network should be top priorities during your MSC excursion.

New York is very much a city of neighbourhoods, most compact enough to be explored on foot (at least below 59th Street). On your Grand Voyages cruises to New York, of all America’s symbols, none is more enduring than the Statue of Liberty, looming over the harbour from its pedestal on tiny Liberty Island.

Indeed, there is probably no more immediately recognizable profile in existence than that of Lady Liberty , who stands with torch in hand, clutching a stone tablet. Measuring some 305ft from her pedestal base, she has acted as the figurehead of the American Dream for more than a century.

Must see places in New York

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  • Midtown Manhattan & Top of the Rock

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£76Price per person

      • Children£54Price per person

      NWY02

      Enjoy the action in the heart of Midtown on this half day tour. Take in the spectacular, high altitude, panoramic view of the Big Apple from 70 stories above Rockefeller Center at the TOP OF THE ROCK™ Observation Deck. Returning to street level your guide will take you across 5th Avenue for a brief photo stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral. After boarding your coach, continue past the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Empire State Building & Times Square and will finally stop at Grand Central Terminal to take some pictures of this beautiful Beaux-arts building in midtown Manhattan. First opened in 1913, Grand Central Terminal underwent a massive restoration to restore it to its former glory, and is now both a transportation hub, as well as a destination in itself for visitors to New York City.
    • New York City Lights - By Night

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£48Price per person

      • Children£34Price per person

      NWY13

      Experience the pulse of NY City after dark. The dazzling lights of Broadway, the illuminated icons of the City: The string of pearls that suspend the humming roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge, the spectacular Art Deco, and stainless steel capped Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, the Woolworth building and the Statue of Liberty in the distance. On this tour travel across the East River to the Brooklyn to view the illuminated New York City skyline from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge at historical Fulton Landing. Enjoy a brief stop at Times Square for an opportunity to stroll, shop, or perhaps visit a café or bar. Note: Tour sequence may vary depending on local conditions. This tour is only available for the call of MSC Divina on April 29th, 2015.
    • New York Highlights Drive

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£50Price per person

      • Children£36Price per person

      NWY01

      Get a taste of the Big Apple on this half-day, guided sightseeing adventure and discover New York's most celebrated landmarks. Enjoy a sightseeing drive of Manhattan passing by Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Theatre District, the Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Travel through quintessential New York neighbourhoods as you pass Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Financial District, Fifth Avenue and Central Park. On your way down to Lower Manhattan, your informative guide will offer historic and factual commentary. You will first stop at Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. The highlight of your New York exploration will be a visit to St Paul & 9/11 Memorial. St. Paul's Chapel, where President George Washington paused to pray after his inauguration. Presently St. Paul's contains exhibits and memorabilia relating to the 911 attacks. You will then walk to the 9/11 Memorial which consists of two massive pools set within the original footprints of the Twin Towers with 30-foot waterfalls cascading down their sides. The names of the 2,982 men, women and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed in bronze on parapets around the edges of the Waterfalls. There will be approx. an hour to view and contemplate the 9/11 Memorial, the visitor's centre and the on-going construction of the site which when finished will be home to NY`s tallest building, One World Trade. Your tour guide will be there to answer questions and explain aspects of the construction. Following these visits, you will re-board the coach and drive back to the ship. Notes: Tour sequence may vary depending on local conditions.
    • New York, New York

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          7 h

        • Adults£96Price per person

        • Children£68Price per person

        NWY03

        Travel from Wall Street to Harlem, the Hudson River to the East River and everywhere in-between on this exciting, fullday exploration. Your introduction to New York begins at the pier, with entertaining history of the important buildings, neighborhoods and cultural centers, including the Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall, the Empire State, Chrysler Building, the Metropolitan Museum and Central Park. Visit the Rockefeller Center and the 70 story TOP OF THE ROCK'S™ Observation Deck, for unobstructed 360 degrees views of New York City. After this exhilarating experience, re-board your motor coach and travel to the Financial District. You will be visiting St Paul Chapel. St. Paul's Chapel, where President George Washington paused to pray after his inauguration. Presently St. Paul's contains exhibits and memorabilia relating to the 911 attacks. You will then walk to the 9/11 Memorial which consists of two massive pools set within the original footprints of the Twin Towers with 30-foot waterfalls cascading down their sides. The names of the 2,982 men, women and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed in bronze on parapets around the edges of the Waterfalls. There will be approx. an hour to view and contemplate the 9/11 Memorial, the visitor's centre and the on-going construction of the site which when finished will be home to NY`s tallest building, One World Trade. Your tour guide will be there to answer questions and explain aspects of the construction. Next, experience Grand Central Terminal which is a beautiful Beaux-arts building in midtown Manhattan. First opened in 1913, Grand Central Terminal underwent a massive restoration to restore it to its former glory, and is now both a transportation hub, as well as a destination in itself for visitors to New York City. Here you will have time to sightsee and purchase some luncheon. During this tour you will also pass by Harlem, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera House, The Dakota, Central Park, Greenwich Village, SOHO, and much, much more. Note: The sequence of the tour may vary depending on local traffic conditions.
      • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          6 h

        • Adults£92Price per person

        • Children£65Price per person

        NWY06

        The Statue of Liberty is one of the world's most renowned images. Stand at the base of ‘Lady Liberty'(ouside visit only), delve into the history of this iconic Statue and visit Ellis Island Museum. Enjoy a brief drive to Battery Park, at the Southern tip of Manhattan. Here you will board the ferry and take in the sites of New York Harbor including beautiful views of the city, such as Brooklyn and its famous Bridge, Staten Island, New Jersey and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. The ferry will stop at Liberty Island for a walk around the base of this magnificent statue. Re-boarding the ferry, you will continue on to Ellis Island, another National Historic Landmark. Ellis Island was the main immigration center for the United States from 1892 until World War II and today it is an exceptional museum detailing all the different aspects of immigration and its effects on a growing and industrializing nation. More than 12 million immigrants that were processed at the island, and today over 40% of Americans can trace some part of their ancestry back to Ellis Island. Many people use the resource room there to research ancestors and the vessels they came in on. Note: Guests must pass through an airline-style security check before boarding the vessel. Tour may operate in reverse order and traffic may affect the itinerary and schedule. Inside visit to the Statue of Liberty is NOT included in this tour.

      The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      USA

      The land of opportunity
      The land of opportunity

      A holiday to the United States with MSC Cruises is a unique chance to discover the east coast of this huge country.

      The states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine – collectively known as New England – exemplify America at its most nostalgic: country stores that brim with cider and gourds, snow-dusted hillsides, miles of blazing autumn foliage, clam shacks, cranberry bogs and an unruly ocean that distinguishes and defines it all.

      A cruise to the United States is the right way to visit New York City, cultural and financial capital of the US, if not the world, an adrenaline-charged, history-laden place that holds immense romantic appeal for visitors. Brochure images of tanning tourists and Mickey Mouse give an inaccurate and incomplete picture of Florida.

      The essential stop is cosmopolitan, half-Latin Miami. A simple journey south from here brings you to the Florida Keys, a hundred-mile string of islands known for sport fishing and coral-reef diving. Beyond Palm Beach, the coast is less developed; even the Space Coast, anchored by the extremely popular Kennedy Space Center, is smack in the middle of a nature reserve.

      Just south of the Georgia state line, St Augustine is the spot where Spanish settlers established the first permanent European foothold in North America.