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Cape Liberty 2: Cruise Gateway to Manhattan for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity

| Tuesday, 05 Mar. 2013

Here are some tips for extending your cruise vacation with a visit to New York City -- at New Jersey prices.

Things to See and Do in New York City (Continued) The Staten Island Ferry runs back and forth, around the clock, between the St. George Ferry Terminal on Bay Street in Staten Island to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan. Further information, including schedules and interesting historical facts, can be found at: Ferry Information. One excellent preview for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry is Theodore Scull's outstanding photo essay found on the World Ship New York web site at: Theodore Scull's Photo Essay.

For those driving to Cape Liberty who wish to spend some time in the New York area, there are three fine hotels just across the Bayonne Bridge (Exit 13 on the New Jersey Turnpike) on Staten Island (hotels that are also much less expensive than those in Manhattan): Nicotra's Hilton Garden Inn along with the Hampton Inn and Suites, adjoining each other on South Avenue; and the Staten Island Hotel on Richmond Avenue.

Staten Island provides a lot of the conveniences of New York City but at less cost. Amply served by the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority bus system and the Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT) Staten Island Rapid Transit, Staten Island provides visitors with easy access not only to Manhattan but also to other boroughs such as Brooklyn. With directions easily provided by the hotel for those electing to stay on Staten Island, it can be most convenient to drive to many tourist destinations there. One of the more popular is the Richmond Town Restoration, where one can experience a re-creation of colonial living. Historic Richmond Town was the Borough of Richmond's (Staten Island) first seat of government. Historic Richmond Town.

Another site not to be missed is Fort Wadsworth: Fort Wadsworth. An active military base until 1995, Fort Wadsworth guarded the entrance to New York Harbor for more than 200 years. Some of the original residences have been restored and redecorated to match the era in which they were inhabited.

During the season, you can even take in a Yankees game on Staten Island (the Staten Island Yankees farm team, that is). New York's own minor league team Staten Island Yankees plays at a beautiful park adjoining the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Many of the cruises from Cape Liberty end on a Saturday morning, a fortunate fact for those wishing to extend their vacation. Cruisers electing to venture into Manhattan couldn't choose a better time than on the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday mornings in midtown, a tourist unfamiliar with the city probably couldn't comprehend the hustle and bustle of people and traffic they would find on a weekday.

Yet another benefit of visiting Manhattan on a weekend is that virtually all the tourist sites, as well as all of the stores are open. Just walking through the "canyons" of New York can be awe-inspiring.

Planning to stay a couple of days in the New York area before or after your cruise can immeasurably enhance your cruise vacation, and at a cost that can be far less than you may think.

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