From New York City; On to Halifax and St. Johns

Sailing Past the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty; AMAZING!

Travel enthusiasts,

I’m J. A. Ireland. This is the second part of my articles about of our trip on the Carnival Triumph sailing from New York City to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada.

I have so many fantastic memories of NYC; a city I could travel back to over and over again. Times Square, Broadway, Central Park…the list goes on and on. What a wonderful city; the people are so friendly and welcoming.

After an exciting time in NYC it was time to sail on the Triumph;  ALL ABOARD!

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

Carnival Triumph

After the muster drill; we were in awe as we sailed out of New York harbor past the Statue of Liberty monument on Ellis Island . We read about and saw pictures of the magnificent statue but never saw her in person; amazing!  This allowed a long look and goodbye to our new friend; NYC. This sail-out was a spectacular way to start the lovely northeastern shoreline cruise up the New England coastline.

While sailing on the amazing and beautiful cruise ship, we enjoyed many of the attractions; South Beach Club, The Capitol, Rome Main Lounge… There is so much to do, eat, and see. The food is yummy! The shows are wonderful.

Halifax Fishing Village

Halifax Fishing Village

Our first port of call—Halifax, Nova Scotia. We sailed on a small private flat bottom boat to a quaint fishing village outside the sea metropolis of Halifax, while whale watching. Here we spent time wandering through the small fishing town. We did some souvenir shopping, watched the anglers hauling in the boats laden with their catch, and enjoyed some of the local fresh catch of the day.

Bay of Fundy Lighthouse

Bay of Fundy Lighthouse

We had an enjoyable day watching for Minke whales; Minke whales are the native whales of that waterway.

In St. John, New Brunswick, Canada we enjoyed a bus ride to the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy is unique as the current runs both ways. During high tide, the current runs inward, and during low tide the current reverses and flows back into the Atlantic ocean. The Bay of Fundy is a beautiful waterway to view.

Also on this shore tour, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer rode up on horseback; he was dashing. The very nice officer gladly posed for photos.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

We ended the fun day of sightseeing and Minke Whale watching with a return boat ride to the Triumph. ALL ABOARD!

Minke Whales in Halifax Bay

Minke Whales in Nova Scotia Bay

As we sailed into deeper ocean waters, in Nova Scotia Bay, we saw Minke whales frolicking in the waters edge. They were easy to recognize. They looked like logs floating on the surface until we saw the poofs! The watching soon ended as it became to dark to see in the setting sun silhouettes of the ocean caps.

Time for dinner and another fun evening as the Carnival Triumph began the speedy journey back to NYC.

We had so much fun on our Northeastern Atlantic Waterway vacation that began with an exciting visit to NYC—before sailing out of New York harbor on the Carnival Triumph. It was a fun vacation that we’ll always remember. “I Love New York!”

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May good fortune guide your path. J. A. Ireland.

New York City; The Big Apple

Travel Fans,

New York City and Lady Liberty

New York City and Lady Liberty

I still remember circling New York City, while in a holding pattern before landing at LaGuardia airport. I was so excited when I saw Lady Liberty from the air. We’d never been to NYC before. The excitement I felt was in indescribable.  It was like nothing we’d ever seen—anywhere. Soon, we landed and began our long anticipated adventure.

New York City

Downtown New York City

Riding in a New York City cab was wild; there’s no other way to describe it. I’ve never been in a car when the driver did a U-turn in the middle of heavy traffic—crazy! From the airport, we grabbed the cab that proved to be an exciting and rather heart pounding adventure. During the driving into the city, we zipped past tunnels, overpasses, and underpasses. When we were stalled in traffic, our “cabbie” made a 180 degree maneuver and drove us down another side street to get to our destination. “Oh yes he did!” I think he was yelled at, honked at, and “got flipped off” at least 100 times on our journey. Overall it was a noisy and thrilling ride. I’ll just say, “Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” We booked a moderately priced hotel in midtown Manhattan, the Holiday Inn Midtown. It was located very close to the Manhattan cruise port for the next morning’s embarkment. It was the taxi drivers job to get us there from La Guardia.

English: Broadway show billboards at the corne...

Seeing The Sights Of Times Square

Our hotel was located on 57th St, close to Broadway, Columbus Circle, Times Square, and the south side of Central Park. Our evening plans were to do some exploring, walk down Broadway to Times Square, and eat some original New York Style pizza.

Broadway -NYC

Broadway -NYC

This was a fun, very memorable evening. We found New Yorkers to be very friendly and helpful; some were quick with directions. We looked like we needed help finding places, thus our maps.

We felt quite safe walking around this area in the evening, even though my family stood out like complete nutty tourists. We happily marched down Broadway, wearing our matching “I love New York T-Shirts”; we looked like a chorus line. Under the circumstances, this was a very unwise thing to do, as tourist books suggested that you try not to stand out while in New York. Oops!

We concluded our evening by swimming in the roof top pool of our hotel with all of the towering New York skyscrapers surrounding us. It’s a fantastic memory that will last a lifetime.

New York City  Sky line

New York City Sky Line

The morning of our cruise, we opened our curtains to the New York City skyline, a bustling city below us, and looked out over the Hudson River, trying to spot our cruise ship. We were just a short cab ride to the Manhattan Cruise port where we boarded the Carnival ship.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

After the muster (safety) drill and the ship set sail, we stood on the deck, watching the Manhattan Skyline pass by. We sailed past lower Manhattan, Wall Street, and Battery Park. We couldn’t imagine what life’s like for the eight and a half million people who live and work here in NYC.

We sailed into New York Harbor, filled with many ships, past Ellis Island. We spent some time talking about the more than 12 million immigrants who first stepped out on land there. They all arrived in hopes of finding a new life, in a new country.

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Isl...

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island

Finally, we sailed past Liberty Island and gazed upon the wonder; the Statue of Liberty. A gift from the people of France; she bears a torch and tablet inscribing the date of the Declaration of Independence signing.  She’s an icon of freedom of the United States; a welcome signal to immigrants arriving into this land. This brought tears to my eyes. It really was something I’ll never forget.

New York City was everything, and more that we imagined; crowded, noisy, somewhat grimy, Broadway, tourists, great Pizza, and very emotional moments. A place will just draw me in. After a visit to this incredible city, I’ll say, “I love New York.”

We had a wonderful visit to a fantastic city on a very memorable Carnival Cruise line trip. We sailed from New York City up the east coast to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s New Brunswick, Canada on a 5-day cruise on the Carnival Triumph.

On my next article I’ll write more about this amazing vacation up the eastern coast line of America on Carnival Cruise Line.

Thanks for stopping by. J. A. Ireland.