We spent 2 days in New York. The sail in up the Hudson was magical. It was 6.30am and the sun was up.It was a beautiful clear morning and a wonderful sunrise. We sailed past the Statue of Liberty.
Immigration was a bit of a pain. However, we were first to disembark as we were on deck 8 and we only had to queue for an hour but others took longer we understand. The immigration officer was very pleasant and jovial. He asked me if I was going to Macy's and had I been to New York before. I said "yes" and he replied "So, you know the way to Macys. Shall I ring them and tell them you are on your way?" I replied"Yes please and can you order some coffees for us?"
We had fun during our two days and re-visited places like Times Square, Broadway, the Pennsylvania Hotel, Central Station and all the usual highlights including Macy's and Bloomingdales.
We did find the prices had escalated though.
At least being berthed at Pier 88 mid town Manhattan it was easy to walk into the city and to get around. We were also next to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and to Concord.
We sailed through a fog bank to Newport with the ship's horn blowing, very eerie!
The around 7am it cleared and the sun emerged.
We took a tender to shore and walked around the harbour and into the Brick Market shopping area. We then walked up to Trinity Church and on to St Mary's Church where John F Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. On the outside the latter was very plain and we much preferred the white Trinity Church ourselves.
The people of Newport were very friendly and chatty and we enjoyed our time there.
Portland has a very rocky coastline and has the Old Port historic area and harbour to walk around.It is well known for the Portland Head light as it is Maine's oldest lighthouse. There are cobbled streets and old brick buildings to be seen and high up on the Portland Observatory you can get beautiful views.
The city run cheap shuttle buses on cruise ship days to take you around.
Unfortunately this was the one day of fog and rain so did not do the port justice.
We took the tender to shore and some of the fog had lifted. We walked around the picturesque town and shops but then it rained and visibility was poor. However, the people were again charming and chatty.
When we arrived in Halifax the fog had cleared and the sun was out. We walked along Boardwalk around the shoreline and the up the streets to the Citadel National Historic Site. Here you can get wonderful views of Halifax and its port.
There was a ceremony at the Cunard statue for Sir Samuel Cunard as Cunard was born in Halifax.