And so we finished this Transatlantic Crossing with a return visit to New York for a day – that is far too short. We did something new, paid our respects and made a new friend. A great day in NYC.
Monday 22 September – New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn), New York 0715-1900
New York beckoned at 0330 and by 0500 we were sailing past the Statue of Liberty towards the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. After breakfast, we decided to view the starboard sights from Deck 19 – great views of Liberty, Manhattan and New Jersey. Another lady, Sue was doing the same thing and we got chatting about what our plans were. It so happened that our plans coincided with what she would like to do but she was the wife of an officer (Technical Communications Manager, Keith) who was very busy on turnaround day; in any event, two hours was too short to see New York. So she joined us!
We took a taxi to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and walked to Manhattan, Ground Zero, Wall Street & Battery Park before taking a taxi back to Ruby Princess arriving 1430 – an outing of about 5-6 hours.
Our biggest observation – the police were out in force, on foot, on bike, in towers, on the water, and in the air. There had been an incident on the Brooklyn Bridge and protests were expected around Wall Street which was in lock down; we could not get to the Stock Exchange. Of the sights, the new World Trade Centre building on Ground Zero has taking shape and finishing touches are being added ready for a 20 October occupation. The 911 memorial of two water features impressed – the second was a surprise and not expected.