Travel, USA

New York At Its Very Best

New York, the city that never sleeps, rising triumphantly out of the ground into the sky. Boasting endless landmarks; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, The World Trade Center, just to name a few. The question that always come up is what is the best way to experience all this magnificent view? Is it from the top of the building? Is it from flying over the city in a helicopter? Now we have the answer and we can wholeheartedly say that the best way to experience its world’s famous skyline is really from sailing on the Hudson River. Nothing can beat experiencing the magical sunset over New York City from the water on this evening cruise for 4 hours straight on the Narwhal Yacht.

As the sky turns full pink when the sun kisses the Hudson River for a good night, the luminous skyscrapers light up the night. New York transforms into one grand stage, leaving you breathless. Take in the gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline while cruising and sipping champagne. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my birthday this year than sailing into the sunset with Narwhal Yacht and having a champagne toast with Lady Liberty who has welcomed all people coming to New York Harbor for the past 132 years.

What a perfect way to spend such romantic evening on private charter with just the two of us soaking in the most magnificent and the memorable views of New York City that we have them all to ourselves. And if you have been to New York before you would know that it is almost impossible to have all these marvelous views to yourself, but all made possible here on Narwhal Yacht Charter!

We started our journey at Chelsea Pier (Pier 59) in Manhattan, where we were warmly welcome on board by the owner, Captain Eric, who has been professionally sailing on New York Harbor for 11th consecutive years and logged over 44,000 incident free nautical miles. We also absolutely love his Tayana 37, a beautifully restored classic yacht with the fashionable burgundy red sails.

We sailed for 4 hours enjoying stunning views of the Big Apple as the day turns into the night, admiring views of the One World Trade Center and New York skyscraper as we cruising down lower Manhattan. It is so hard to believe that before 2004, Manhattan was home to 28 skyscrapers of 700 feet and taller. Since then, an additional 15 have been built, 15 are under construction and 19 are on the way, 47 more in all! We are in love with this ever changing skyline and we definitely will be back to witness this from Narwhal Yacht.

As the sun was getting low and shining its soft radiance turning both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge to gold as we sailed underneath them. The surprises were not over yet, from there we sailed through battery park continue down on the Hudson River, the dramatic, iconic, and copper-green silhouette casting her protective shadow over neighboring Ellis Island, it is Lady Liberty herself. At sunset o’clock we got up close and personal with the fabulous, Statue of Liberty as we toast our champagne with her and blowing off my birthday candles.

Then we travelled down the Hudson River for one last time as the city all shimmeringly lit up! What a magical moment of fully embracing vacation state of mind, and a perfect beginning of our 1-month holiday in the U S A. We definitely will be back! Until then.

Love, Jibbie & Patrick Gouret


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