Whew, that was fun!
We just returned from our most recent adventure, a cruise to Bermuda. We sailed aboard Celebrity Summit, one of our favorite ships and favorite cruise line. The ship departed from, and returned to, Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. We flew from Charlotte to Newark, stayed overnight at a hotel in Jersey City, then went to Cape Liberty the day of our cruise. So we had a little time for strolling and sightseeing.
I’ve never been to New York City, and still haven’t. But now I’ve seen it, albeit from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. We discussed the possibility of more time to explore the city and to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but due to time and cost considerations decided to keep this visit about the cruise itself.
Newark Airport leaves a lot to be desired, and I think it must be against the rules to smile there. But despite it all we had an overall good experience. EWR has been one of the hardest hit when it comes to recent flight delays and cancellations, and we had been a little concerned. When we returned to the airport about 9:30 on Sunday for our flight home, there was a Charlotte flight scheduled to depart around 10:00am, but they were having all kinds of problems. The plane was not at the gate, and once it got to the gate they didn’t have flight attendants. It finally left after our 11:45am flight and got to Charlotte 30 minutes behind us. But that seems to be the way air travel is working these days. Ya never know!
We spent the Saturday evening and Sunday morning before our cruise exploring the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and had dinner at Hudson and Company, a restaurant overlooking the river and the NY skyline. It was a nice visit, and just enough to whet the appetite for a return visit.
More photos are in the queue, and some are pretty nice, especially those from Bermuda. They’ll be ready soon! 😉
2 thoughts on “In To, And Out Of, New Jersey”
Welcome back and looking forward to more photos of the cruise. I never flew through Newark while I worked as a flight attendant but I did get the experience when I traveled working for Hewlett Packard. And, one of the reason I no longer fly is because of unceasing delays and it’s worse now.
As we were waiting for our flight, we overheard a couple of flight attendants discussing some of their recent scheduling issues. Sounds like more big corporation b.s., people not having the authority to do what’s right, no one in charge but plenty of people pointing fingers when things go wrong. Makes me very glad to not be in any kind of business any more. Its bad enough when we have to deal with them as customers!
We’re definitely looking at more road trips in our future and staying out of airports and off of airplanes, at least for the immediate future.
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