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Even if you’ve never visited New York before, you’ll find so much of it strangely familiar, thanks to the thousands of movies, TV shows and documentaries that you’ve been watching all your life. There are the loud horns of the yellow taxis, the plumes of steam rising from the pavements, the hot dog stands on the corners and the buzzy bars and eateries, just for starters. Not least, there’s that unforgettable Manhattan skyline – because this is a city that excites and delights on every single level.

Of course, any visit to New York is full of iconic sights wherever you go: the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center, The Empire State Building, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial… the list goes on and on. Fortunately, Cunard guests can cherry-pick their personal must-see preferences of things to do in New York with a fantastic range of carefully curated Shore Experiences.


Whether you want to visit those city ‘classics’, tick off cultural delights such as the Guggenheim and The Met museums, or explore vibrant multicultural districts, all bases are covered in a variety of on-shore excursions available on your cruise – from a breezy open-top bus that takes in the landmarks to the classic ferry that transports city dwellers back and forth every day, and not least, exploration by foot.

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"Go to Brooklyn Park to see the beautiful view over to Manhattan, then make your way up to Brooklyn Bridge – it’s a really unique walk that I recommend everyone should do."

Christian Kaiser, Shore Experience Team

To experience the essence of this mesmerising metropolis on your New York break, you can also join one of the very special Urban Adventure Tours where your guide – a native New Yorker, naturally! – will take you way off the standard tourist track to discover a truly authentic slice of city life. Fall in love, for instance, with Brooklyn, a neighbourhood that boasts family-run delicatessens, bakeries, coffee shops and cosy corner restaurants that locals – lucky enough to live in the district’s tree-lined streets of ‘brownstone’ houses –drop into almost every day. Take in traditional Italian and Middle Eastern stores, and explore the growing scene of cafés and restaurants specialising in New American cuisine, while enjoying tempting tasters from artisan cheese and bread shops, Italian pastry stores and characterful cafés with traditional coffee roasters.


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"Take in the amazing views from Top of the Rock, the observation deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Book your ticket in advance to avoid the queues – you can do this on board."

Bernadette Thomason, Cunard Product Manager

Alternatively, for a fascinating close-up and personal perspective on your New York holiday, the Urban Adventure New York City Tour is a good place to start. Kicking off at the historic City Hall Park, you’ll meander around the Lower East Side with its historic bakeries, churches, markets and sites; stroll the streets of Little Italy, and wind through Chinatown. You’ll also sample the amazing food – from dumplings to pretzels and more – that showcase the culinary legacy of those who have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to the American Dream…


New York, New York… it is indeed a wonderful town.

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