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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Cruise Out of New York

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Cruise Out of New York

  1. Visit the Empire State Building
  2. See a Broadway Show
  3. Shop on Fifth Avenue
  4. Grab a Brew
  5. Experience the Statue of Liberty
  6. Try New Foods
  7. Explore the Museums
  8. Pay Tribute at the 9/11 Memorial
  9. Get Out in Nature
  10. Enjoy Carnival Sunrise


Historic landmarks, exciting live shows and famous architecture are just a few of the things you’ll find on a trip to New York City. While you may not put much thought into choosing a port of call, why not extend your weekend getaway to experience the sights and sounds of one of the most popular U.S. destinations? Planning a cruise that sails from New York, like those that travel to Bermuda or the Caribbean, can give you the opportunity to enjoy all this incredible city has to offer. Here are the top 10 things you can do when you choose a cruise from New York with Carnival.

Visit the Empire State Building

This national historic landmark, built in the 1930s, is the 5th-tallest skyscraper in the country. With impressive observation decks, exquisite Art Deco design, and even a motion simulator ride, the Empire State Building is certainly a must-see. A free multimedia tour is offered to all visitors, giving guests even more of the history behind this iconic building.

aerial view of the empire state building

See a Broadway Show

Nothing says New York City like a visit to Broadway to take in a live play or musical. Popular modern shows about topics from historic figures to the woes of high school life are performed daily, as well as classic pieces by famous playwrights. If theater is your thing, you won’t go wrong with a stroll down this famous Manhattan street.

Shop on Fifth Avenue

New York City’s Fifth Avenue boasts a seemingly infinite number of shopping destinations. Stores from prestigious glass companies to fashion icons grace this famed promenade, making a day of shopping easier than ever. Find anything from luxury items to new technological gadgets before setting sail. Whatever your interest, Fifth Avenue is sure to have a shop for you.

couple crossing the street with shopping bags in new york city

Grab a Brew

New York is home to some of the most famous microbreweries in the country, and for good reason. Famous brewmasters create delicious brews for thirsty visitors at a variety of breweries and brewpubs around the city. Plan to catch a tour, or just visit a tap room for a taste of the great craft beer they have to offer! Many breweries also serve up special events, so be sure to check their calendar if you’re interested in getting to know them more intimately.

Experience the Statue of Liberty

Likely the most recognizable of New York landmarks is the Statue of Liberty, located in New York Harbor. A gift to the United States from France, Lady Liberty is a symbol of the free and welcoming spirit of our country. While there, be sure to ferry to Ellis Island and explore its Immigration Museum for a healthy dose of history.

statue of liberty with new york city in the background 

Try New Foods

Whether you’re in the mood to experience the best restaurants in the city, or hoping to give your taste buds a treat with amazing new cuisine, New York City has no shortage of incredible restaurants. From upscale, highly regarded restaurants to ethnic eateries, NYC is a foodie’s dream. Be sure to grab a bite while you’re in the area!

Explore the Museums

Of course, New York City has incredible museums for those who would like a taste of history or culture before they hit the open sea. A wide variety of art museums, from ancient to modern, are just a few of the galleries you might hope to explore. Outside of art museums, history fans will want to check out one of the area’s historic museums, while bibliophiles will feel right at home surrounded by books at the local library museum.

art museum in new york city

Pay Tribute at the 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 memorial is a sobering destination for history buffs, one that many people come to New York to visit specifically. Spend time remembering those who were lost on 9/11 while reading up on the history surrounding the event. You can also see artifacts from the site of the World Trade Center.

9/11 memorial site in manhattan

Get Out in Nature

One of New York City’s best assets is the magnificent Central Park. Weather-permitting, carve out a chunk of time to go for a stroll, visit the zoo or sit by the lake. If winter is more your speed, enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing or even a carousel ride, open year-round! Central Park is the perfect spot for families and couples alike.

people ice skating in central park with skyscrapers in the background

Enjoy Carnival Sunrise

Of course, when you book a Carnival Journey from New York City, you’ll also get to enjoy the amenities of our renovated ship, Carnival Sunrise, as you cruise to your destination. From an onboard waterpark to the innovative ropes course, you won’t lack for a wild ride on Carnival Sunrise!

 group of people playing mini gold onboard a carnival ship

Carnival Sunrise, sails from New York City and provides guests with excellent cruise activities on their way to places like Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk or Limon. You certainly won’t regret exploring the Big Apple if you book a cruise that sails from New York. In fact, you’ll get the best of both worlds: the thrill of the big city, and then the relaxation of Bermuda or the Caribbean, all in one incredible vacation. Bon voyage!

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.