We're off tomorrow bright and early for Syracuse, where we catch the train to New York City. Although the purpose of the trip is not really to visit NYC, it seemed a shame to be there and not get at least a small taste of the Big Apple. We're staying at the Westin New York at Times Square Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday we're taking a bus tour of the city and then in the evening we're going to see "Mary Poppins" at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Sunday is pretty leisurely and we're off to the Port of New York to board the Norwegian Jewel. We chose this cruise particularly because a) it departs from NYC which is easy and cheap for us to get to and b) there are not shore excursions which are very demanding in the walking department. We stop at Port Canaveral and could take a tour of the space centre, but it's expensive and long and we may just investigate the port or stay on the ship and enjoy the empty pool and hot tub.
Next stop is Great Stirrup Cay, an island that Norwegian Cruise lines owns. They have apparently done quite a lot of development, particularly of the area where the tenders dock and food facilities, so that would be interesting to see (having been there on our last cruise).
Then we're off to Nassau, and it is apparently easy to get a real taste of the city without walking too far from the ship.
Then a couple of days at sea while we return to New York. We dock at 8 am on Sunday (April 3) and plan to get a 1:15 train back to Syracuse. Then we'll motor home to Gananoque.
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