Hi There!

Welcome to my blog.

I love cities - glam - airlines  -  and photography.  All of the images on this site were taken by me on my travels around the planet.

I can't wait to have you come on some of my adventures!

 

Movie Perfect NYC Departure Via the Hudson-NCL Gem

Movie Perfect NYC Departure Via the Hudson-NCL Gem

Casting off from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (12th Avenue) in New York City is a total blast! Stunning iconic vistas along the Hudson straight out of a 1950's movie! Seriously, it's like being on the set of "An Affair to Remember" or "Gentleman Prefer Blonds".

Here are my photographic highlights from deck 13 of The Norwegian Gem

Intrepid

View of the Intrepid - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

View of the Intrepid - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Intrepid (aircraft carrier/transportation museum) is moored next to The Gem, giving me a clear view of all its decks.  

The centerpiece, of course, was the Concorde!  (Yes you heard me right, the Concorde!) And all you glam addicts out there – make sure you're holding a glass of champagne when you spot this supersonic jet! (I actually soared across the Atlantic on BA's Concorde back in 1987....but that's another story... for a future blog post.)

The Concorde - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Concorde - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Midtown

Midtown Vista - NCL Gem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Midtown Vista - NCL Gem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Colgate Clock

Colgate Clock - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Colgate Clock - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty - Early Morning - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Statue of Liberty - Early Morning - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Staten Island Ferry - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Ah... the Staten Island Ferry... each time I spot it, I can’t help but think of Working Girl!

Verrazano Bridge

The Verrazano Bridge - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Verrazano Bridge - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

This amazing bridge is the last site you'll see, leaving New York City. And boy, is it worth the wait!

The ship actually cruises under the midpoint of this incredible double decker bridge.

Seeing it from the top deck is a total buzz. (I was on my third champagne by then!) 

What drama!  The towering funnels of the ship seemed like they were going to crash right into the bridge!  And like in all great suspense films, we escaped danger – gliding under the bridge with inches to spare.  (Hint: Most cruisers miss this experience - - don’t be one of them.)

The Verrazano Bridge - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Verrazano Bridge - View from NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

Sailing Up The Hudson - NCL Gem    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Sailing Up The Hudson - NCL Gem    Photo:  Calvin Wood

NEVER miss this cinematic journey down the Hudson!

Make your way to top deck, as soon as the ship leaves NYC – don't worry about unpacking – you CANNOT miss these views.

And DON'T be distracted by the sail-away party at the pool. (Trust me, there'll be plenty of time later to drink Mai Tais.) 

 

More Posts From This Sailing

Click on the images

Share Photos and Pin this Post

Austrian Airlines Business Class Review 777

Austrian Airlines Business Class Review 777

Sparkle & Color: NCL Gem Public Spaces Review

Sparkle & Color: NCL Gem Public Spaces Review