11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Anthem of the Seas from New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights the Lookout
The 11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ). Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Anthem of the Seas
Day 1 - New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 5 - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 6 - St. John's, Antigua
Day 7 - Castries, St. Lucia
Day 8 - Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
Day 9 - 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
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St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights the Lookout
Sunny day at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, with views of the Falmouth and English Harbors, St. John's, Antigua
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11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Onboard
Anthem of the Seas
Day Port
1
New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Departs at 3:00 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
From 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
6
St. John's, Antigua
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Castries, St. Lucia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9 - 11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Anthem of the Seas

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Anthem of the Seas
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Anthem of the Seas, Aerial view with North Star
An aerial view of Anthem of the Seas with North Star
Get to know
Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas® isn't the same old song. It's a Tri-State thrill ride that packs in cutting edge experiences— like North Star®, which gives you 360-degree views from 300 feet above sea level. And flavor firsts, like creative fare at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Plus showstoppers like We Will Rock You.

UPGRADE YOUR PLAY

Defy gravity with a free-falling experience on Ripcord® by iFLY®. Practice your surf skills on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Score views 300 feet above sea level in North Star®. And witness a spellbinding show in Two70®.

A CULINARY CAPITAL AT SEA

This is a culinary scene to rival many metropolitan cities. Get your family-style fix at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, and sip cocktails crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar®. Venture down the rabbit hole at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Or dine like a VIP at Coastal Kitchen — exclusively for suites guests and Pinnacle Club members.

WHOA- WORTHY SHOWS

Settle in for the best of Broadway at Sea. Watch as cinema, pop culture and tech combine in Spectra's Cabaret. Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion in The Gift. And rock out to Queen classics in We Will Rock You.

ROOM FOR ADVENTURE

We’re redefining the way you stay, one room at a time. With quiet comfort and services designed to exceed your expectations across a broad range of rooms. From an Interior stateroom to the most expansive and incredible suites at sea— Royal Suite Class, offering a whole new level of luxury, exclusive access and inclusive amenities.

Day 1: New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)

Day 1
New York
New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
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Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Nassau Street Fulton Street One World Trade Center WTC
View of One World Trade Center from streets
Things to do in
New York
Departs at 3:00 PM
With a front-and-center-stage view of Lower New York Harbor, Cape Liberty is only a hop, skip and a short subway ride away from New York City. This dizzying urban landscape is filled to the brim with non-stop adventure around every street corner. Tucked among the Wall Street skyscrapers and bright Broadway lights, you’ll discover ethnic enclaves, like the famed Little Italy, historic brownstones, Old World cathedrals and leafy Central Park. Take in world-renowned exhibits at MoMA or the Guggenheim. Trace America’s multicultural past at Ellis Island and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge before or after boarding your New Jersey cruise. Or snap a selfie with Lady Liberty, with the Big Apple’s skyline dazzling in the background.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Times Square Manhattan Manhattanhenge
Sunset at Times Square in Manhattan New York

CITY PASS

Sightseeing in Manhattan excites and amazes like nowhere else— and every neighborhood presents a fascinating, unique personality. Tour Rockefeller Center and catch a show at Radio City Music Hall. Walk the High Line and soak in the urban buzz of Times Square. New York cruises allow you to experience it all— by tour bus, subway, or on foot.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Empire State Building Observatory Deck View
Empire State Building observatory deck in New York

GO SKY HIGH

Stand among skyscrapers at one of New York’s scenic observation decks. Admire Central Park from the open-air Top of the Rock. Enjoy twinkling evening views from the top of the Empire State Building. Or venture 104 floors up to the One World Observatory in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Long Island Beach Montauk Point Lighthouse
View of Montauk Point Lighthouse from beach in Long Island

OFF THE GRID

Cruises from New York allow you to explore the Staten Island Zoo or cheer on the Yankees in The Bronx. International culture and cuisine await you in Queens, while wineries and beaches speckle Long Island. Or stop in Hoboken, a pedestrian-friendly town where you can stroll along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway across from Manhattan’s glimmering skyline.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Street Food Vendor Night
Street food vendor at night in Cape Liberty, New Jersey

LOCAL CUISINE

With some 20,000 sit-down restaurants, this is a foodie’s paradise. Many iconic dishes have been rubber-stamped by New York— pizza, bagels, hot dogs and cheesecake included. Savor steamy dumplings in Chinatown. Slurp down Blue Point oysters in Chelsea Market. Or munch on the legendary cronut. Then sip a Manhattan cocktail to cap off the night in NYC.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Leather Shoes Close Up
Leather shoes in store in Cape Liberty, New Jersey

SHOPPING

This global shopping capital covers it all: from big department stores like Barney’s along glitzy Madison Avenue, to souvenir shops selling “I Love NY” T-shirts. Hit up the Historic Orchard Street Shopping District for leather goods, or SoHo for cutting-edge fashions. Greenwich Village is best for books, records and craft shops, and it is a must-see when you cruise out of New York.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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North Star During Sunset
North Star During Dusk
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Bumper Cars at the Sea Plex
Bumper Cars at Night

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  
Ripcord by iFly by Night
Guest Enjoying the iFly at Night

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.

Day 4: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 4
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico Fort
San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Things to do in
San Juan
From 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Morro night sunset
Sunset view from atop El Morro fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

Strong and beautiful, this fort has helped guard the shore for nearly five centuries while overlooking some of the island’s best scenery. Explore it via spiral staircases between levels, and grab a photo at one of the iconic garita sentry boxes that line the outer walls.
Insider tip
The free, open-air trolleys in Old San Juan are a great way to see the city’s top sites.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bautista Cathedral closeup
Closeup of the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist, in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CATEDRAL DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St. Pio.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The cobblestoned streets in Old San Juan can be steep and uneven.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Food mojito
Traditional Puerto Rican dish with a glass of mojito

Local Cuisine

In Old San Juan, you’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine— home cooking flavored by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some codfish fritters, called bacalaitos.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Colorful architecture road
Woman walking through streets of Old San Juan surrounded by colorful architecture

Shopping

During your San Juan cruise, head to the blue-hued cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for your pick of boutiques offering handmade lace and hand-rolled cigars, plus duty-free luxury items like diamonds, gemstones and watches.

Day 5: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 5
Philipsburg
St. Maarten
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Marigot sunset
Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things to do in
Philipsburg
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Salt Pond aerial
Aerial view of the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

LOTERIE FARM

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls..
Insider tip
A service charge is sometimes included at Dutch side restaurants, but you may wish to add 15% if the service was especially good.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Sald Pond vantage zoom
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, cityscape at the Great Salt Pond.

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbor.
Insider tip
In restaurants on the French side, it is customary to leave a cash tip of 5-10%.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Girl horseback riding
Girl horseback riding with a view of the ocean in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

MOUNT CONCORDIA

Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Seaside lobster lunch
Enjoying a relaxing, seaside lobster lunch in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Local Cuisine

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavors. Cruise to St. Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local cafe. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Front Street Sign
A sign at Front Street in St. Maarten

Shopping

Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free stores. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

Day 6: St. John's, Antigua

Day 6
St. John's
Antigua
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St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights dusk
Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, with views of the Falmouth and English Harbors, St. John's, Antigua
Things to do in
St. John's
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Antigua has a beach for every day of the year— literally. But the island experience goes beyond 365 distinct ribbons of white sand and clear waters. In the capital city of St. John's, you’ll discover charming candy-colored architecture, lively markets, and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua’s yacht-studded coastline, you’ll find upscale boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves, and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish. But the best way to really see the island is from up above, so cruise to Antigua and hop into a helicopter for a panoramic look at lush jungles, golden beaches, and the nearby volcanic island, Montserrat.
St. John's, Antigua, Betty's Hope
Stone windmill tower at Betty's Hope, St. John's, Antigua

HUNT FOR HISTORY

Explore Betty’s Hope, two restored stone windmill towers that were once part of Antigua’s first major sugar plantation. The site dates back to the mid-1600s.
Insider tip
Antigua is the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands, so don’t forget your sunscreen. Do not wear camouflage clothing— it’s against the law  in Antigua— and leave your beach attire for the beach.  
St. John's, Antigua, Nelson's Dockyard
Restored historic building at Nelson's Dockyard, St. John's, Antigua

DISCOVER THE DOCKYARD

Once the base of the British Royal Navy, Nelson’s Dockyard is now the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. It’s home to several sailing and yachting events, and close to the historic Clarence House.
Insider tip
A service charge is often included in the check at restaurants, but you may wish to add a standard 5% gratuity.
St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights
Yachts on the coastline of St. Johns, Antigua

SOAK UP THE HEIGHTS

For some of the best views on the island, head to Shirley Heights— a restored military lookout nicknamed ‘The Lookout.’ It offers the best views of the Falmouth and English Harbors.
St. John's, Antigua, Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips on a white tray

LOCAL CUISINE

In Antigua, British, Creole, and West Indian flavors come together to spice up local ingredients and fresh seafood. Must-try dishes include fungi— a cooked cornmeal paste similar to Italian polenta— and ducana dumplings made of sweet potato. If you wander the harbor front, you’ll find traditional English fish and chips paired with locally brewed Wadadli beer.

Day 7: Castries, St. Lucia

Day 7
Castries
St. Lucia
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Castries, St Lucia, Anse La Raye Fishing Boats
Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Things to do in
Castries
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Castries, St. Lucia Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs
Steaming sulphur springs by Qualibou volcano, Soufriere, Castries, St. Lucia

Play In The Mud

Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.
Insider tip
Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.
Castries, St. Lucia Girl Boat Mountains Piton Peaks
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia

Coastal Cruising

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.
Insider tip
Drive on the left side of the road on this island.
Castries, St. Lucia Marigot Bay Sailboats
Sunny day with sailboats at Marigot Bay, Castries, St. Lucia

Serene Scene

Make your way to Marigot Bay— a gorgeous natural harbor straight out of a movie scene, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.
Castries, St. Lucia, Creole Seafood Dish
A fried filet of fish with a Creole sauce and vegetables

Local Cuisine

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavors are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss “coal pot,” a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.
Castries, St. Lucia, Souvenir Shop Storefront
The storefront of a souvenir shop in St. Lucia

Shopping

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbor at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St. Lucia and find duty-free jewelry, watches, perfume, crystal, rum, and local crafts. An artisanal favorite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

Day 8: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

Day 8
Basseterre
St. Kitts & Nevis
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Basseterre, St. Kitts Mount Liamuiga Volcano Hike Couple
Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Things to do in
Basseterre
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts— an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St. Kitts & Nevis and venture beyond the port and gear up for a unique climb up the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano for views well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close with a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laidback? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkeling— it’s just a thirty minute ferry ride away.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Forest Volcano Hike Couple
Couple hiking on a volcano trail in Basseterre rainforest

TAKE A HIKE

Hit the Mount Liamuiga trail and trek through towering trees, tangled vines, and tropical flowers to the crater of the 3,792-foot dormant volcano. At the peak of your 6-mile ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a view that goes so far, you can see neighboring islands.
Insider tip
Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary. In restaurants, 10-15% gratuity is standard.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Traditional Architecture
Boardwalk with traditional red houses in Nevis, Basseterre

HIT THE STRIP

For a taste of nightlife while the sun is still shining, head to The Strip on South Frigate Bay. This hot spot along the beach is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars with open-air dance floors. Most places open at 10 a.m. and keep the island party vibes going until late night.
Insider tip
Six ferries are available to take you on the 45-minute trip between the islands.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Sugarcane plantation ruins
Sunny day at old sugarcane plantation ruins, Basseterre

ALL ABOARD

Hop on the West Indies’ last railway— double-decker railcars that travel along a line built a century ago to transport sugarcane across the island. You’ll pass historical estates and countryside filled with tall wild sugarcane.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Grilled Spiny Lobster
Four spiny lobster tails on a grill

Local Cuisine

Casual beach spots with super-fresh seafood are your best bet for lunch. Order some spiny lobster or conch grilled over an open fire. More adventurous eaters should try West Indian specialties like pepper pot, Arawak chicken and goat water stew. For a quick snack, vendors sell sugarcane stalks to chew on.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Assorted Colorful Souvenirs
An assortment of colorful souvenirs

Shopping

Port Zante has over 60 shops where you can score deals on watches, jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones. Or you can head to the nearby Pelican Shopping Mall, a collection of souvenir shops designed to look like a traditional Caribbean street.

Day 9 - 11: Cruising

Day 9 - 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Spinach Rotolo
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FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Meat and Cheese Charcuterie Plank
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Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
Grilled Veal Chop - Chops Grille
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Day 12: New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)

Day 12
New York
New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
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Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Met Interior
Inside court of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Things to do in
New York
Arrives at 6:00 AM
With a front-and-center-stage view of Lower New York Harbor, Cape Liberty is only a hop, skip and a short subway ride away from New York City. This dizzying urban landscape is filled to the brim with non-stop adventure around every street corner. Tucked among the Wall Street skyscrapers and bright Broadway lights, you’ll discover ethnic enclaves, like the famed Little Italy, historic brownstones, Old World cathedrals and leafy Central Park. Take in world-renowned exhibits at MoMA or the Guggenheim. Trace America’s multicultural past at Ellis Island and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge before or after boarding your New Jersey cruise. Or snap a selfie with Lady Liberty, with the Big Apple’s skyline dazzling in the background.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Times Square Manhattan Manhattanhenge
Sunset at Times Square in Manhattan New York

CITY PASS

Sightseeing in Manhattan excites and amazes like nowhere else— and every neighborhood presents a fascinating, unique personality. Tour Rockefeller Center and catch a show at Radio City Music Hall. Walk the High Line and soak in the urban buzz of Times Square. New York cruises allow you to experience it all— by tour bus, subway, or on foot.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Empire State Building Observatory Deck View
Empire State Building observatory deck in New York

GO SKY HIGH

Stand among skyscrapers at one of New York’s scenic observation decks. Admire Central Park from the open-air Top of the Rock. Enjoy twinkling evening views from the top of the Empire State Building. Or venture 104 floors up to the One World Observatory in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Long Island Beach Montauk Point Lighthouse
View of Montauk Point Lighthouse from beach in Long Island

OFF THE GRID

Cruises from New York allow you to explore the Staten Island Zoo or cheer on the Yankees in The Bronx. International culture and cuisine await you in Queens, while wineries and beaches speckle Long Island. Or stop in Hoboken, a pedestrian-friendly town where you can stroll along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway across from Manhattan’s glimmering skyline.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Street Food Vendor Night
Street food vendor at night in Cape Liberty, New Jersey

LOCAL CUISINE

With some 20,000 sit-down restaurants, this is a foodie’s paradise. Many iconic dishes have been rubber-stamped by New York— pizza, bagels, hot dogs and cheesecake included. Savor steamy dumplings in Chinatown. Slurp down Blue Point oysters in Chelsea Market. Or munch on the legendary cronut. Then sip a Manhattan cocktail to cap off the night in NYC.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Leather Shoes Close Up
Leather shoes in store in Cape Liberty, New Jersey

SHOPPING

This global shopping capital covers it all: from big department stores like Barney’s along glitzy Madison Avenue, to souvenir shops selling “I Love NY” T-shirts. Hit up the Historic Orchard Street Shopping District for leather goods, or SoHo for cutting-edge fashions. Greenwich Village is best for books, records and craft shops, and it is a must-see when you cruise out of New York.

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