When you arrive at NYC, a vertigo takes you: not the one, like in Far North, to be the first human to step here... It is the opposite: the feeling to follow the track of millions of travelers who were working on these same piers during the last hundred and fifty years. Globe-trotters, businessmen, politicians... and of course migrants, adventurers who came by millions from the whole Europe. Since the time of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the docks are almost still the same: once moored, the ship disappears behind the glass and iron forest.
However, about the view... No way. Staying in the second provides you as a bonus a transit on the Hudson River and a crossing of Manhattan, in addition to a pier at 10 minutes by foot from Times Square. Your ship becomes perfectly integrated to the landscape, like an additional building, her upper deck as a roof-top open on the river.
The transit along the Hudson River is quite fast: after half an hour, we pass Down Manhattan on Portside. One World Trade Center, now New York highest tower, can be seen across the bridge's windows. On starboardside, we are already abeam with Ellis Island. This place was hosting until 1954 all the one passing by NYC for a new life, it is today a museum dedicated to "all these who build America". For the routine visitor embarked on a comfortable cruise ship, it reminds that a sea voyage is not for everyone, still today, a peaceful holiday.
Just after Ellis Islands, appears the silhouette of Lady Liberty. For the night, the world-famous statue takes surnatural airs, the city's lights creating a crown above her head. The Statue of Liberty is probably the very best symbol of the Transatlantic Adventure, welcoming fromever the ones who reach New York by the sea. It is remarkable to keep in mind that herself she accomplished the crossing, from France, in 1885 onboard the S/S Isere.