A few weeks back, while visiting New York City, my boyfriend and I had a chance to stop by our old stomping grounds: The Port of Cape Liberty. It’s the home port of the first cruise ship we both worked on, where we met, three years ago. Now, it’s the home port of the newest cruise ship in the world and, since several of our friends are currently working on it, we had the opportunity to sign on board for the day to check out this new marvel! (Perks of the ol’ job!)
After spending a month in jolly ol’ England, I found the best souvenir to bring home with me: MY BOYFRIEND! So, we booked him a ticket on my return flight and started planning an amazing visit including a traditional American Thanksgiving, visiting our friends who are currently working on the NEWEST cruise ship in the world, and best of all, a few days in one of our favorite cities: New York, New York!
I’ve been to NYC dozens of times and each time truly is a new and unique experience depending on where you stay, what you do, and the time of year. My boyfriend and I are pretty spontaneous when we travel and like to make discoveries on our own (true explorers!). Last time we were in the city, we stayed in Brooklyn. It was Spring, so the weather allowed us to really do some exploring and our trip included a picnic in Central Park, a visit to Ground 0, a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, a journey to the top of the Rockefeller Center, and a stroll down the celebrated Highline (an old elevated train track converted into a garden/walk path that runs from downtown to midtown). With so much success last time, we couldn’t wait to see what the city had in store for us this time around! Here’s how you do NY around the holidays on a limited budget: