Saturday, 27 September 2014
27.09.2014 - 27.09.2014
Our ship slipped into New York and found her berth at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. We had breakfast and vacated the cabin to give the staff a chance to ready it for the next occupant. We found our way to the Vista Lounge which was the designated venue for Elite and Platinum passengers. Talk about crowded, we were lucky to find standing room !!
The US Border Protection Authority was causing all manner of delays with their detailed Immigration control processes. A total of 5 biometric images for each person; right hand, right thumb, left hand, left thumb and full face. Given that my right hand was bandaged and my face looking the worst for wear I'm not sure what the value of all that was.
We had selected a 10:00 disembarkation, we finally left the ship close to 11:00. We made it to the end of the taxi queue by about 11:45 and got into a taxi almost an hour later. Our driver took us across the Brooklyn Bridge and then did a U-turn and headed South. I'm assuming he knew something I didn't but was surprised when we drove around the West side and past the World Trade Memorial. We then travelled very slowly Northward to our hotel on 8th Ave North of West 51st St. The total fare was not outrageous and it had filled in some time.
We were a little early for the 15:00 check-in but our room was ready. First priority was to checkout the fast wired Internet connection. Wow !! Spent sometime studying a map and went out to explore the immediate vicinity. New Yorkers are obviously accustomed to strange sights, no-one appeared to notice my massive shiner. Picked up some cough mixture for Jenny and some bandages for me. Out again to find somewhere for dinner, plenty of choices but we settled for the Cosmic Diner at 888 8th Ave - 'open 24 hours'. The menu was extensive, the service great and the prices quite reasonable. The size of the meal was more than Jenny could cope with and we hadn't eaten since breakfast.
My aches and pains seem to be lessening but my black eye and damaged right hand will certainly impact on my photographic activity.
There's a shot of lower Manhattan taken from the ship at [http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-27]
This blog entry was from the hotel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony