Friday, 23 November 2018

Sep 2018 - Transatlantic Viking Route to New York - Days 11 - 12

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We leave Portland in the early evening heading south around Cape Cod and will enter the Hudson around 6.00am tomorrow morning


A final evening meal at Le Bistro and a relatively early night so we can be up for the sail up the Hudson.


Its dark, clear and very windy this morning and in the far distance the twinkling lights of Manhattan's Skyscrapers shine.



On our previous Transatlantic Crossing we sailed up the Hudson in the early afternoon - as usual, as soon as you pass under the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge the passengers, crew and cameras come out and everyone's waiting to catch that first glimpse of The Lady.




When she appears - she never disappoints


Welcome to New York City at 6.00 am




Manhattan should always be seen from sea level  after crossing the Atlantic  both at night and day - So lucky to have seen both - on the NCL Jade and the  Celebrity Eclipse (though we were lucky on the Eclipse and continued  after an overnight stay with a wonderful evening departure to Bermuda and Miami)


As we crawl at 5 knots towards the Manhattan Cruise Terminal the sun slowly starts to rise. We dock at the same pier as last year, Pier 88. We take a last hearty breakfast onboard before self disembarking.

We have a late flight back to the UK and with zero jet lag and a whole day to pass we have arranged for a luggage company to take care of our bags for us and return them at the airport. We used FREE YOUR ARMS  and it worked to perfection with the driver waiting for us on 48th st opposite the pier - our bags are taken from us and will be returned when we reach JFK tonight.


We had remembered from last time that its only a two or three  blocks walk down 48th (Hells Kitchen) from the pier before you arrive at Broadway and Times Square.



The plan was to walk up to the park along 5th past Rockefeller (good free wifi)  and Radio City and then take the subway Uptown to Washington Heights to visit the MET Cloisters - something we hadn't done before on any previous NY visit.


Issues with the subway engineering works meant it was easier and much quicker to just take a cab - though as usual the driver had never heard of it.


The Met Cloisters, located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe.



It really is an amazing site -  artwork, furniture, parts of walls and in some cases entire medieval buildings have been shipped from Europe (where/when due for demolition) and reassembled to form one amazing living museum.



Your ticket for any MET property allows you admission into both the main MET museum on 5th and the MET Breuer.


Its quite amazing how this far up the Hudson its just countryside and trees yet so close to the city.

We then headed back to 5th Avenue and the MET. Tip for the MET is have a plan in place for what you want to see and do. We took lunch here and then headed straight to the Egyptian department. Trying not to get to distracted by the European Medieval on the way. The MET is vast and on a scale that defies comprehension but an absolute must see is the Seckler Wing.


On April 28, 1967, United States President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded an ancient Egyptian temple built in the first century B.C.—a gift from Egypt to the United States—to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Today the structure, the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, is one of the iconic and most beloved works of art at The Met.



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