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Commentary by Editor Paul Motter
New York summer cruise season is here!
I love New York. It's a city where the majority of people don't even own a car, because they don't need one. But there are two times of year when you need to escape the city, in the dead of winter when it is too cold, and in the height of summer when the countryside has come back to life.

One N.Y. cruise option which is extremely popular but rarely mentioned is the four or five-day getaway cruise from New York City to New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. These destination ports are charming college towns with thriving street scenes amidst dramatic rocky coastlines. But the ports are not the reason for taking these cruises. You take these cruises for the ships, which offer fun, great food, and fantastic value, starting at just $329 pp!

And there are several more cruises sailing out of New York this summer, the city is once again the ship passenger hub it was back in the heyday of Ocean Liners. Besides Manhattan, you can now leave from Bayonne New Jersey or Red Hook, Brooklyn. Here is a listing of other NY City cruise options:

  • August 29: A 3-day cruise to nowhere on brand new Holland America Line Eurodam. Balcony cabins are $757 .

  • Carnival Victory four-night cruises to Saint John, New Brunswick, plus 2 fun days at sea. From $439 pp.

  • Carnival Victory five-night cruises to Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada plus 2 fun days at sea. From $489 pp.

  • Norwegian Spirit seven-night to Saint John, New Brunswick, Boston Massachusetts and Martha's Vineyard. From $549 per person.

    Experience lush rain forests, towering waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, fjords, and stunning beaches in South America’s southern hemisphere. Reserve your 6 night cruise starting from $699.
    Royal Caribbean: 1-800-Royal Caribbean

  • Cunards' Queen Mary 2 trans-Atlantic to Southampton, U.K. or the return trip. From $758 per person.

  • Norwegian Dawn seven-night to Bermuda from $629 per person. New York to King's Wharf Bermuda.

  • Carnival Triumph Seven-night Canada/New England stopping in Boston, Portland Maine, Halifax Nova Scotia. From $599 per person.

Don't miss out, New Yorkers, these ships are offering you tremendously easy and cost-effective summer vacations. All you need is a suitcase and one finger to hail a taxi to the pier. Go to places the trains don't reach, see the world, see the sea. It's a sight for sore eyes.

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: Monarch of the Seas, by Cynda H All in all, great fun for the price, great service from the crew as always with Royal, and we will most certainly sail with them again.
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