New York’s shining lights are a hub of fashion and celebrity, so it’s little wonder that they also draw holidaymakers from all over. There’s plenty to do and see in this metropolis, but more recently The Big Apple has also become a port for cruise liners and is now the departure spot for many exciting new cruise itineraries.

Thanks to its strategic positioning in the Atlantic, New York City is a convenient location for departures to some of the world’s most exotic and beautiful destinations. If you’re looking to holiday out on the seas, think about heading stateside and taking a voyage from a New York cruise port.

Bahamas

Sandy shores, crashing waves and hammocks hanging from palm tree to palm tree. When we think of a postcard setting like this, we’re usually thinking of the sunny islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line’sNorwegian Gem takes off from New York City and visits two beautiful islands in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau.

Great Stirrup Cay is a haven of sheer beachside indulgence. On this private island you can spend your day barbecuing on the beach, snorkelling among the colourful fish or renting a kayak and exploring the outskirts of the island. Nassau is your next stop and is the capital of the Bahamas. This popular cruise destination is known for its magical offshore coral reefs and its luxury resort, Atlantis. At this star-studded resort you can bask on the private golden beach or visit the aquarium, waterpark and entertainment centre.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Warmly known as mother nature’s playground, Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax is a quirky and fun city full of natural beauty. If you love the great outdoors this Canadian city will be your idea of paradise. There are tons of fun outdoor activities for you to take part in, including walking through Halifax’s public gardens and exploring its fisherman coves.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 sails numerous times a year to Halifax and is considered one of the most luxurious ships ever to be built. Hop onboard one of its 13 decks and set sail to Nova Scotia’s’ gorgeous and peaceful shores. If you’re visiting in the summer you can make the most of the great weather by enjoying the outdoor markets and festivals as well as the free concerts around the city. If you’re lucky you’ll also be able to witness the ceremonious cannon firing each day at noon and the bagpipes that signal its arrival.

Bermuda

One of the best things about being on holiday is getting that all important tan. If you’re looking for more sand and sun in your life, cruises from New York’s port to Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard might be just the thing for you. The west end of the island serves as a fantastic hub for restaurants, shopping and sight seeing. You’ll also be right next to the gorgeous South Shore Beaches, with white sand and warm tantalising water.

For views across the island head up to the The Gibs Hill Lighthouse and take in the scenic Bermudan expanse. For cruises leaving from New York you can book with Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Breakaway will make you feel as though you’ve taken part of New York City with you, as the entertainment onboard this cruise features three Broadway shows.

Southampton

One of the UK’s most famous sailing ports is Southampton, and you can cross the ocean to this English destination onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Enjoy taking in the greenery and sights at Southampton Common or walking through the Southampton City Art Gallery. If you’re looking for a way to get back home to the UK, just enjoy the journey on the open seas and relax in the comfort of this slick cruise liner.

The Queen Mary 2 comes with enormous duplexes and royal suites with large, private balconies for which to take in the view. There’s an endless amount of things to do on this cruise liner, including pampering sessions in the spa, nights spent at the theatre and money won in the casino.

Enjoy all the advantages cruising has to offer by setting sail to one of these fabulous destinations from New York.

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