Within Walking Distance
The USS Intrepid, at Pier 86, is a few blocks north of where your New York cruise docks. Explore the inner workings of the old transport ship, then check out the fighter aircraft on its top deck. You can also walk to Times Square, a technicolor sight of flashing neon lights, massive television screens, and theater signs.
Beyond the Port Area
Go downtown to Chinatown, perfect for inexpensive shopping and snacking near the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk part way across the bridge and look back for unforgettable downtown and seaport views.
Take the elevator to the observation deck of the Empire State Building, the city’s tallest building, where all of New York City lies at your feet. Step into the streaming foot traffic flowing through Grand Central Terminal, New York’s elegant, historic rail station. Don’t forget to look up in the main hall: golden constellations glitter in a teal-blue sky painted on the curving ceiling. Take a walk up 5th Avenue, stopping at Rockefeller Center to tour NBC Studios or Radio City Music Hall or skate in the famed winter ice rink below an enormous Christmas tree. Facing Rock Center are the neo-gothic spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Two blocks north is the most impressive collection of contemporary art anywhere at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art. Lush lawns, untamed woods, a zoo, and formal English gardens are just some of the highlights of nearby Central Park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on Central Park’s east flank, holding two million works from antiquity to the present, and topped off by the Egyptian collection in the Temple of Dendur. On the park’s west side, inspect dinosaurs, butterflies, and everything in between at the American Museum of Natural History.
Shopping in New York
Fifth Avenue between 42nd and 59th streets is a haven for high-end brand names like Tiffany and Bergdorf Goodman. A few blocks east on 59th is Bloomingdale’s; Barneys is north on Madison Avenue. Herald Square’s Macy’s, the one-time largest store in the world, takes up an entire city block, while SoHo and the Meatpacking District downtown have fashionable outposts for Prada and Alexander McQueen.
Dining in New York
One of the biggest appeals of booking a Carnival cruise from New York is the opportunity to dine in some of the world’s best restaurants. As a home to immigrants from every nation on the planet, New York has a cuisine to suit every taste, whether it’s spicy Sichuan in Chinatown, a classic steakhouse in Midtown or the city’s signature slice of pizza found on almost every corner. Restaurants in chic TriBeCa, the Lower East Side, and the Flatiron District serve top-notch creative cuisine