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July 22, 2011

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For those of you travelling on board Queen Mary 2 between Southampton and New York this autumn you may be interested in some events happening throughout New York  from September. If you have already experienced the wonderful sights and attractions such as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, or if you’d like to experience a different side to New York you’ll be interested in today’s guest blog. Chris Heywood, the Vice President of Travel & Tourism Public Relations of NYC & Company shares with us what Lower Manhattan has to offer this autumn:


The eyes of the world will be on New York City as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. Leading up to and beyond the anniversary, NYC & Company, the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, is highlighting travel to the recently revitalised Lower Manhattan with its Get More NYC: Lower Manhattan campaign.  With 18 hotels—brands such as W, Andaz, Marriott, Hilton, Club Quarters, and Ritz-Carlton—and great restaurants, shops, cultural attractions, architecture and recreational opportunities, Lower Manhattan is poised to become a new focal point for visitors to experience the energy, excitement and diversity of NYC.  The 9/11 Memorial opens on September 12, and visitors can access free tickets through a timed-ticketing system at www.911memorial.org; the National 9/11 Museum will open in September 2012. 


In an effort to highlight all that the area below Chambers Street in Downtown has to offer, NYC & Company’s new initiative highlights Lower Manhattan events, itineraries, hotel promotions, and much more.  From Stone Street to Battery Park, Lower Manhattan is a bustling area that is pedestrian friendly and easy to access via NYC’s seamless public transportation system or via ferry.  The area also serves as a launching pad to access other parts of the City, including Governors Island (open from May to October), Staten Island, Liberty Island and Ellis Island.


Brooklyn is also an easy ferry or subway ride from Lower Manhattan, providing more access to the world’s most exciting city.  For a comprehensive listing of all there is to see and do in Lower Manhattan, go to www.nycgo.com/getmorenyc/lower-manhattan. To access information about all five boroughs—Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island—go to www.nycgo.com.  For general itineraries on what to see and do in New York City, go to www.nycgo.com/itineraries.  For a listing of annual events, go to www.nycgo.com/annualevents

  1. William James Dundas says:

    Hello Peter

    It is good to see the progress being made in the nature of, and content of recent blogs.
    This blog contains informative and useful content without undue banging of the Cunard

    I can write a blog containing information about Charles Rennie Mackintosh sites and
    attractions, that independent passengers may find useful when visiting Glasgow or
    Helensburgh while QE and QM2 are in Greenock during September. I shall be embarking
    QM2 in Greenock.

    I wason QV last year when some guests expressed surprise that there were no tours
    dedicated to the C R Mackintosh heritage in and around Glasgow.

    Although I am not a speaker accredited to Cunard Insights I would be pleased and happy
    to give an insight into the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the form of a
    presentation from my laptop. This may be considered a speciality interest, and as such,
    more suited to being given in a small and intimate venue within QM2.

  2. Kenneth Eden says:

    Dear Peter

    I am glad that you took the time and space on the blog to suggest that prospective passengers take some time and visit New York City, as opposed to just using the Brooklyn terminal as the point for embarkation or disembarkation. The listed sites are invaluable for prospective visitors.

    Aside from the sites and landmarks that you noted above, with web sites and the like, there are so many more things to see and do, and the visit to the city can be as magical as anyone could hope for.

    We always take Cuanrds hotel packages in New York, and book Cunards transfers, – we do not always book Cunards air, – however, hotel and transferes can be booked with or without using Cunards air, – air arrangements for us depend on the air available from our home area. We find that Cunard is very flexible and fare with pricing most of the time. By using the transferes, you are guaranteed proper transit to the hotel, to the ship, to the airport – using a Cunard hotel, you have the use of Cunards representative to guide you to/from hotel/ship et cetera.

    Lets get on to the city. There is a wealth of theater, Off Brodway, on Broadway, Way Off Broadway, TV shows to see live or for a taping. Shopping – some of the most extravagant shops and unique world class shopping are all located in the city. Museums, parks – endless is the list of things to enjoy.

    There are wonderful restaurants, and sports events. Sure, Cunard does not offer every hotel in this magical city, BUT what is offered is a perfectly good options.

    Just do not think a romp around the ship in Brooklyn is feasable, it is not, and it is absolutely not recommended. In fact, taxi cabs do not frequent the Brooklyn pier, except for day of sailing or day of return, as they see it as a one way fare. If a sailing happens to be from the pier along the Husdon, if you know the city well, ok, just not in Brooklyn.

    To visit New York doees not limit the stay to transatlantic crossings, either, as we have stayed in the city for Transatlantic crossings as well as New England Canada, Panama Canal, and Caribbean cruises, with both the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

  3. may delory says:

    http://wp.me/pDQWN-2m Would have loved to experience NYC but had a flight already booked. I’ve never seen more than an airport in NY. But we sure loved the Cunard QM2 Southampton to NY voyage. I love a big boat! But not too big and Cunard’s QM2 was perfect for us. We haven’t sailed with any of the other Cunard ocean liners.

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