It may seem silly that one of our main reasons for wanting to sail on the Disney Magic from Manhattan was for the views. Especially when we could hop on a Circle Line tour almost any afternoon we wanted. Or maybe just because we’ve seen these landmarks a bunch of times in passing. But it’s true. We couldn’t think of a better way to see New York City.
Even though the Saturday morning of our trip started out cloudy, by mid-afternoon, we had a warm day with bright blue sky and a brilliant spattering of clouds. (I kept thinking it was the perfect Saturday to get married because the clouds would look so lovely in the outdoor photos — can you tell I’m close friends with a wedding photographer? ha) So while the most enthusiastic cast members ever to exist frolicked and chanted along with the kids at the Family Pool (joined by the fab five in their sailor wardrobes), James and I found a nice spot on the Top Deck to take in those final glimpses of the city that never sleeps.
Understandably, the ship isn’t going to speed out of the port so as it eased down the Hudson River, there was plenty of time to snap pictures and also enjoy what you were seeing. The Funnel Screen, the large TV screen and the focal point of the Family Pool, broadcasted many of the sights as well, and cast members hosting the “All Aboard” party stopped to give a little commentary when we hit (well, not literally) an exciting sight.
At the first show seating that evening, I was surprised to find out that most of those sailing on the ship were not from the New York area. I was SURE there would be more locals on this itinerary, but alas, people will come to sail on the Magic from just about anywhere. It’s also a great opportunity to explore another city before floating off to the Caribbean for the week.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been down to Lower Manhattan and the progress made on the Freedom Tower is quite impressive.
It was really funny to hear all the little kids want to go back to the pool or to go down to the lower deck when all their parents wanted to do was get a glance of the Statue of Liberty. I don’t blame them. In all my time in such close proximity, I have yet to visit Ellis Island. (Plus this is one of Kermit’s favorite spots because Lady Liberty is green like him!) It was quite a sight.
Soon, Manhattan is further and further away. (The decks also start to clear around this time. Everyone wants to bring their luggage in their room and the early seating for dinner is not that far away.)
One of the highlights (and terrifying moments) was the ship passing under the Verrazano Bridge. For awhile, it didn’t look like we were going to make it. (I kept thinking about the cars speeding down the bridge, seeing huge cruise ships at the corner of their eyes. Scared the daylights out of me!)
And then I got to see a little Coney Island (which I desperately need to visit).
Nothing like watching NYC become smaller and smaller, as you sail away on a brilliant start to an 8-night cruise, right?
Now it was really time to relax…