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New York Offers Cruise Fanatics an Exciting Departure Port
by Roy Witman © 2010

New York is a Natural Fit for Cruise Lines

In 2004 the city spent $250 million completely revamping the Manhattan Terminal and building the Brooklyn Terminal, so they've got the space to host more and larger luxury liners, and the cruise lines have answered the call.

Norwegian Cruise Line has called New York City home since 2003, and now they'll be joined by Carnival, Holland America, and Cunard, among others. Beginning in 2011, Cunard will schedule the Queen Victoria for year-round sailings from New York to Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and the West Coast. Summer voyages departing from New York could include Canada, New England, and Bermuda.

Transatlantic cruises have always departed from New York City, and European cruise lines frequently dock there, but for American cruisers taking a jaunt to the Caribbean or Bermuda, Florida was really the only available port. Departing from New York means more flexibility in itineraries and exciting places to visit. Much more than just a departure point, New York City is an added port of call for your vacation.

Cruise Vacations Don't Have to Begin and End at the Dock

Departing from New York City means being able to schedule some time in your vacation to see the sights in this tourist destination. Just like your ancestors, you'll be sailing past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Upon your return, spend a few extra days in the city and visit these historic landmarks. Of course, New York is packed with history and interesting places to visit from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Practically everywhere you turn in New York is a piece of American history. Take some time out to enjoy it while you're there.

You could also plan a night or two in New York before your cruise. Fifth Avenue's world-famous retailers await you, and what better way to kick off a spectacular vacation cruise than with a new wardrobe? You might even take the opportunity to see a Broadway show while you're in town.

Travelers from the northern states will undoubtedly find New York a more convenient departure point. What's more, traveling during spring break won't be so chaotic if you don't have to fight the crowds in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. The variety of airports in and around New York City and the number of airlines that service the area should make fares competitive and scheduling easier.

With year-round departures available, there's no reason not to consider cruising out of New York. The variety of itineraries and easier travel to and from your port makes the city a good choice. Book your next cruise out of New York today, and enjoy everything this famous city has to offer.

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