The photos below are what we saw.
told, suffering coach seats was not that bad. But, there
was no food sold offered on the plane -- not even peanuts.
The good news was that we brought granola bars and our own
water. The flight actually arrived early and we got from
JFK to Jamaica Station with relative ease. While waiting
on the platform for the train we could see the tracks to the
east of the station. Note the waviness of the tracks.
are manually constructed composite beams consisting of
C-channel, bolts and straps.
in the evening after we arrived, I asked the girls to pose for a
photo. I tried hard to get Marguerite to smile, but
many coordinating cell phone calls and a late night packing by
several of the travelers, we succeeded in arriving on-time at the cruise
ship dock. After document checks and check-in, we waited
in a large area for our boarding time.
decided to try again for a smile but got the
deer-in-the-headlights look instead. But, the photo above
DID capture the moment.
Marguerite's mobility issues, we were given priority boarding
and took the first shuttle to the ship. The ship is big;
12 decks above the waterline.
are the life boats and the definition of a good cruise is NOT
seeing the inside of a boat except for a run to port.
large air bladders were used to keep the ship from rubbing on
we were given priority boarding, we ended up without a room
until the room service cycle was completed. So, rather
than going to our stateroom, we hiked around the decks and saw
what was there. To the southwest was a large structure
that is the club house for a local golf club.
In the distance, we could
see the cargo cranes at the port.
south side of the deck we got a view of the Verenzanno Narrows
Bridge between Long Island and Staten Island.
north side of the upper deck, we got a commanding view of
southern Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. In the photo
above, Liberty is visible as well as Freedom Tower (still under
construction), the Empire State Building as well as the Chrysler
northwest a container ship was being unloaded at the Bayonne
on the port side, a fueling barge was brought along side the
ship to top off the fuel tanks.
lens view clearly shows the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings
as well as Liberty. As a trivial side note, we could see
the apartment building we occupied while we were living in NYC.
upper pool and sundeck were filling up with folks.
I cannot wait to see this in a bathing suit.
of the Brooklyn waterfront. There is another cruise ship
in port there.
financial district of lower Manhattan are visible as well as
tour boats in the river.
upper deck was very nice and had plenty of lounge chairs.
on the boat was quite tight; there were many cameras on the
protect sensitive electronics from the harsh marine environment.
southeast, there was a monument near the waterfront. Past
the monument was a large barge that carried fuel.
two were chowing down on hamburgers and french fries in copious
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