Day 1: Australia – – New York City
Head to the airport and board your flights bound for the Big Apple! Arrive in New York City and make your own way to the hotel for check in. The next four days are sure to be a whirlwind. Your time in New York City follows no schedule or itinerary, and you are free to do, explore, discover and enjoy however you like.
But where should you start? New York City is overwhelming in the possibilities it presents its visitors, no matter if it is your first time in the Big Apple or you are here on one of many return visits. Those unfamiliar with the City That Never Sleeps will undoubtedly be eyeing off some of the classic tourist attractions and experiences – seeing Times Square in its neon-lit glory, having a picnic in Central Park, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, and cruising past the Statue of Liberty on a river trip. Stare up at the dizzying height of the Empire State Building, admire some of the world’s most important works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and watch the commuter chaos at Grand Central Station.
You might choose to dedicate a different day to discovering one of the city’s five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. Or, you might devote days to a single pursuit, be it arts and culture, food and drink, history and the unique. However you choose to occupy your time in New York City, the next four days are sure to be ones for the books.
Day 2: New York City
Hello New York City! Your first morning in the city could be spent partaking in a NYC institution: brunch. Track down a cool café serving up this midday feast and fuel up in anticipation of a jam-packed first day of sightseeing and exploration. That said, you might be in the mood for another New York staple – the bagel – and so make your first pitstop a corner deli to place your orders for onion and garlic, lox and schmear, or other delicious combinations. If breakfast only serves to feed your appetite for NYC’s culinary offering then track down some of the city’s most iconic bites – pastrami on rye from Katz’s, hot dogs with all the trimmings from sidewalk carts, cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, and porterhouse steak from Peter Luger Steakhouse.
Day 3: New York City
See another side of New York City today by making a beeline for another one of the city’s world-class museums and galleries. The American Museum of Natural History delights every visitor no matter their age, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses works from the likes of Monet, Degas, Vermeer and Van Gogh. Admire the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed façade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, uncover the priceless treasures inside the Frick Collection, and pay respects with a visit to the moving 9/11 Memorial.
Day 4: New York City
Your final full day in New York City! What will you do? Make it your mission to get last-minute tickets to a show on Broadway, appreciate the city skyline with a stroll along The High Line, sit down to plates of dumplings at a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Chinatown, or take the trip out to Coney Island.
Day 5: New York City – Cruise (D)
Check out of your New York City hotel and find your way to the cruise port, ready to step aboard the Adventure of the Seas. Drop your bags off in your cabin afterwards and begin to settle into your life on-board. All meals and drinks are included for the duration of this voyage, and this remarkable ship is equipped with everything – and more – passengers could need to keep themselves occupied on days at sea or when not exploring the itinerary’s ports. There are swanky and casual restaurants, live performances and shows, bars and lounges, a spa and fitness centre, retail boutiques, and even waterslides and a surf simulator.
Day 6: At Sea (B, L, D)
Adventure of the Seas sets sail for its first destination and the entire day is spent at sea. Use this opportunity to become better acquainted with the ship’s sprawling deck plans, and dip your toe into some of the on-board facilities and activities.
Day 7: Boston (B, L, D)
Hello Boston! The ship docks in the capital of Massachusetts, and you have the entire day to explore this historic city. Hit The Freedom Trail route to amble past some of city’s most important historical sites and landmarks, or plan your day in advance and see if any teams are teeing off at Fenway Park. Dig into New England cuisine with bowls of clam chowder and moreish lobster rolls, visit the hallowed grounds of nearby Harvard, and admire the Impressionist works and Egyptian artefacts housed inside the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Day 8: Portland (B, L, D)
Meander the quaint cobblestone streets and working waterfront of Portland, a small city perched on the shore of Casco Bay in Maine. Continue your trip into the history of the New England area by visiting some of Portland’s heritage homes and sites, or fill your camera roll with shots of the Portland Head Light. Get a cultural fix at the Portland Museum of Art, or track down some of the city’s best tastes by joining a food tour that moves between breweries, local producers and bakeries.
Day 9: Bar Harbor (B, L, D)
The likes of Rockefeller, Carnegie and Vanderbilt have all once boasted Bar Harbor addresses, and a day in this Mount Desert Island haven is your chance to follow in their footsteps. Mosey between the shops, galleries and restaurants, or wander aimlessly around the pretty cityscape. Those with a nose for nature can seek out nearby Acadia National Park and its rocky headlands, granite peaks and sandy beaches.
Day 10: Saint John (B, L, D)
Leave the United States behind as you move into Canadian territory. Your first port of call in the Great White North is Saint John, a city situated on the Bay of Fundy in the New Brunswick province. Saint John’s most notable claim to fame is the Reversing Falls, however other to-dos include Irving Nature Park, New Brunswick Museum and Market Square.
Day 11: At Sea (B, L, D)
Take today as rest as the Adventure of the Seas sails towards Nova Scotia. Unwind in peace from the comfort of your cabin, or mingle with fellow passengers in one of the ship’s incredible guests spaces.
Day 12: Halifax (B, L, D)
Explore the rich maritime history of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, today. Head up to the hilltop-perched Halifax Citadel National Historic Site – one of the most visited in the city – to join one of the guided tours and discover the role this fortress played in the city’s defence. Amble through Halifax Public Gardens or Point Pleasant Park afterwards, or head into the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to continue learning about the region’s legacy. Halifax is the last port on your cruising itinerary.
Day 13: At Sea (B, L, D)
The Adventure of the Seas begins to make its way back to the United States and the entire day is spent at day. This is your final full day aboard the ship, so put your time to good use by booking in for one last spa treatment, soaking up the sun from one of the decks, or toasting to the end of your trip with a sundowner.
Day 14: Cape Liberty – – Australia (B)
The ship docks in Cape Liberty in New Jersey. Disembark the Adventure of the Seas after breakfast and then make your own way to the airport in time to catch your flight back to Australia.
Day 15: In-flight
Day 16: Australia
Arrive back in Australia today.