Set to be christened by its glamorous godmothers – the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes – on May 8, Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Breakaway will call New York City home. The ship’s exciting new features include The Waterfront, an outdoor boardwalk lined with open-air dining spots and lounges; and Ocean Place, a three-deck, ship-length atrium with 17 restaurants, 12 bars, numerous shops and the ship’s casino.
A cruise on the Breakaway will also be a great opportunity to enjoy a few extra days in one of the world’s most exciting cities, before or after your cruise. The hard part may be deciding which of New York’s must-see sights to take in – you’ll need to be selective. Top sights include:
Central Park. This spectacular public park in the center of Manhattan has a tree-lined mall, walking and bridle paths, a zoo, an outdoor theater and a small castle. Fountains, sculptures and bridges add to the park’s beauty. New Yorkers also come here to enjoy birding, rock climbing and swimming.
Times Square. A brightly lit crossroads known for its New Year’s Eve celebration, Times Square is the hub of the Broadway theater district. Get discounted theater tickets from the TKTS booth in the center of the square (which is actually triangular), then enjoy the shops and attractions in this always-bustling area.
The Empire State Building. Completed in 1931 and still one of the tallest skyscrapers in the U.S., this soaring Art Deco-style tower is an iconic structure. More than 100 million people have been up to the 86th floor observation deck for a panoramic view of the city.
Rockefeller Center. Get here early to watch a live broadcast of the Today Show through the large windows at NBC studio 1A. Any time of day, admire the Art Deco architecture and the gilded statue of Prometheus in the sunken plaza in front of 30 Rockefeller Center.
Chinatown. Of all New York’s historic and quirky neighborhoods, the most distinctive may be Chinatown, the largest enclave of Chinese people in the western hemisphere. On the streets lined with Chinese grocery stores, fish markets, restaurants and shops, you may feel you’ve been transported to Shanghai or Beijing.
Whether you tour the city before or after your Breakaway cruise to Bermuda, the Bahamas, Florida or the Caribbean, you’ll need a place to stay – there are hundreds of choices. Let your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert help you find a place to rest in “the city that never sleeps!”