Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Story and photos by Dwight Casimere

NEW YORK---The Big Apple is the nation's number one tourism destination. What better way to end the summer with a bang than with a late summer or Labor Day Weekend tour of the city capped off by a Statue of Liberty cruise on the Hudson River, complete with a sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet, spectacular city-scape views, dancing and an up-close-and-personal view of one of the nation's most iconic landmarks.

The Spirit of New York cruise lines, departing Chelsea Pier, offer all of that and more on board their luxury yacht. The cruise travels under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge on beautiful New York Harbor, ending with dramatic, close-up views of the Statue of Liberty. Along the way, dine on a spectacular buffet consisting of delicacies such as Organic Spinach and Kale Salad with Lemon and Oregano Dressing, Creamy Corn and Cheddar Casserole, Whole Roasted Pork Loin, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Oven Baked North Atlantic Sole Filet or Honey and Sesame Chicken. Save room for the groaning dessert table, filled with all of your favorites; cheesecake, chocolate cake, strawberries and vanilla custard, cut seasonal fruit, and that all time local New York favorite, Cannolis.

Work it all off on the dance floor with the Spirit's Celebrity DJ and you have the makings of a spectacular  afternoon or evening. Labor Day Weekend is filled with options, from a romantic dinner cruise to a Eat, Drink and B. Mary Brunch with a Gospel option. There's no end to the fun possibilities on the Spirit of New York!

Spirit Cruises are also available from Navy Pier Chicago on board the Spirit of Chicago. Enjoy special summer Fireworks Cruises off Navy Pier on selected evenings. For lunch or dinner cruise information, visit www.spiritcruises.com.