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Spirit of Discovery blog

New York, USA

27th December, 2019

“I want to wake up in the city that doesn’t sleep” – great words there Frank – and yes we are in New York and docked in Downtown Manhattan Pier 90!!

What a fantastic day today as the Spirit of Discovery is in New York on her inaugural visit to this fantastic harbour, arguably the best harbour in the world!!

We picked up our pilot at 10am this morning and we were greeted by calm seas and light airs, perfect conditions considering it is the last week of December!! We opened up our forward decks and many guests out and about to see the sights as we go into New York. We passed under the famous Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and we were able to sound our horn as it echoes underneath the bridge going one side to Staten Island and the other towards Brooklyn – AMAZING!!

Then of course the famous Statue of Liberty on the port side on Liberty Island stood in her splendour and it was a great photo opportunity as we slowed down and had Frank Sinatra’s New York New York on the PA system. We then approached our downtown Manhattan berth, with the Empire State Building in the background and came alongside starboard side too at Pier 90 bow in so all could see the fantastic Manhattan skyline.

Many tours available today and many crew going exploring. It sure is a real privilege to be here in such nice weather. Last night I went to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway (at the Majestic Theatre) and it was fab – and the rising chandelier was great too. Day 2 and a busy day here in Manhattan as the whole area is gearing up for New Year’s Eve. Many guests doing tours out and about today including close up tours to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, The Empire State Building, Harbour lights cruises and my tour to watch the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City!!

11pm and time to leave New York and time to reflect on a fantastic 2 days here in the Big Apple. I have to come back for a holiday it really is that good.

Next stop Bermuda and with 2 smooth seadays ahead we are certainly very lucky!

Captain Nick Sunderland

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