Holy moly. Too much traffic. Parking is $30 a day.we parked over in north Bergen, NJ and caught the water taxi over there. It is only a 11 block walk once the taxi gets you into NYC. Check out Port Imperial, NJ and check out their daily parking rate.
Taxi all over the port. 2 ships unloading and trying to reload the boats again. Too crazy for such a small area.
But pretty to sail out of the port. stand on the right side of the ship on the11th deck to get a view of statue of liberty and Ellis island. Just don't stand in the front of the boat. The horn is VERY loud.
If you don't have to drive in......don't. It just a big cluster mess with people getting off ships and people trying to get on at the same time.
The port is not close to the city. We caught a cab to cheers and it was only a $14 cab ride. We went to the set bar. Our taxi ride took us through the tunnels of the big dig.
The park with swan boats are right across the street.
From there we took a $4 cab ride to the hard rock. It is located near Fanuiel (sp?) hall and union oyster house. Definitely go to union oyster house oyster bar. It is by far the coolest bar I have ever been too. There is no need to ask for all the fixing for raw oysters. They have them laid out for you. It was good.
From there we took a walk to Hanover street where there are bakeries, shops and beautiful restaurants. Also, Paul Revere's house is there.
We somehow took a side street and went towards the water and walked along the boardwalk back towards the ship. On the way we stopped at Legal Sea Foods.
Caught a cab back to the ship. Cabby tried to take us to the wrong cruise port. Apparently, there is more than one. Just make sure. We were in the black falcon cruise port.
Cute port. Not a far walk to the city. Lots of flea market type areas on the way to city. Take a trip to the old city market. Beautiful craft vendors and foods. The end of it comes out to a park and it's very peaceful. Old cemetery and statue in the park. Take a walk done king st. There is a cute candy store and shops to view. The old general store is cute and has a long history with it.
Walk off the boat and into the heart of the city. There are many artisans right off the boat with beautiful pictures and other gifts to bring back. If you walk about 2 blocks you will see a man dressed as a lobster. If you look left, you will see Three Sons. It is not a restaurant. Its like a seafood market. If you go in there they have a special for $15 that includes a one and a half lobster, clams or mussels, and HUGE corn on the cob. It was delicious. Only catch is, they cook it up for you and package it up, you bring it out to the picnic tables outside and unpackage it and eat it. They do not sell drinks or give you any napkins. Place your order and head up to the market on the corner. You can grab a beer, or two, wine or sodas and don't forget the napkins, and bring them back to the tables and chow down. Totally worth walking there and back.
Take a stroll around the blocks in the city. There are some beautiful shops and coffee shops. And take a trip to the shipyard brewery. They make a delicious pumpkin ale and have free brewery tours.
It was very pretty. There is a little market when you get off the ship. Problem is, all the cruise ships in port are there! People overload! Head out to the street and at the end of the cruise port, there is this but her shop/ lunch spot. AMAZING lobster roll. They were swamped at lunchtime.
If you keep heading down the port, you will meet the boardwalk. We walked probably 1 mile down this. There are shops and restaurants and it just a pretty waterside walk. We headed back to the ship because we were pretty tired. But Halifax had some beautiful views.
- butcher market/ lunch spot for food
- walk the boardwalk
- take in the views
- use all the rest of Canadian money you have. This was our last port.