[Editors note: We catch-up again with Mary Alyce on our virtual cruise on board the Holland American Eurodam as she visits Newport, Rhode Island, and New York City.]
Another sunny warm day on the Eurodam.
We sailed into Newport Harbor with clear skies and calm seas. The sailboats were out in force and filled the horizon with white sails. We enjoyed some time sitting on the deck and reading before tendering into town.
It was like 5 o’clock on the freeway, only on the water. Everyone was taking advantage of the great weather and going boating. We had to wind between the boats and lobster traps to reach the dock, it was slow going at times.
We walked out to Goat Island and the historic district. The old homes many B&B’s or summer places were interesting to see. Lots of the early New England colors decorate the homes. Great sculptures on the bushes, butterfly, birds, goat and flowers were part of the landscaping. The fall decorating was color coordinated to each home. We explored an old Anglican church, St. John’s, beautiful stained glass windows, has raised pews and old fashioned pump organ.
Then we walked back to town to check out Cuffy’s, great tee and sweatshirts, everything 70% off end of season sale. We wandered into an Irish Pub so Jim could check football scores and score a beer. Off to the Big Apple and the last stop before Ft. Lauderdale.
New York City
What a busy day, we were up at 6am to see the Statue of Liberty as we sailed down the Hudson River to pier 90. We left the ship at 10am and walked up 50th street from the port. We then went down 8th ave. over to 49th and St. Malachy way. This church is in the theatre district and has many famous Broadway parishioners.
We proceeded to times square and watched the National Pizza Eating contest, gross!! We were amazed by all the signs and message boards one of them reported, “Holy Toledo the Rockets beat Michigan in the big house.”
We continued on our explorations to the Avenue of Americas and a big festival of food and interesting booths selling scarves, sheets, beads etc. Then onto Rockefeller Center to watch the ice skaters. Went on to 5th Ave. to see the Spanish American parade and St. Pat’s. Then off to Hard Rock and a walk back to the ship with a stop for liquid sustenance.
We sailed out of port at 5pm and watched the skyline glide past and the saw the Statue of Liberty with the sun setting behind her and Ellis Island to her right. She holds her torch in her right hand. We finished the evening with dinner in the Tamarind, wasabi encrusted fillet and asian vegetables, melt in your mouth good. We then had drinks in the Silk Den with two of the officers. Time to walk everything off. We will be at sea for 2 days and then in Ft. Lauderdale.