Thursday August 13, 2009 / 7:00pmDaytime Statue Sail Aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship
How was your experience?
We took the 7 pm cruise in mid August. As we sailed, the sun set behind the Statue of Liberty and the harbor seas were calm with a gentle roll to them. The ship was much larger and longer than I thought it would be, but there were just the right number of people to fill the deck by the time we cast off. The weather was ideal, and I didn't need the jacket I brought. The skylines of New Jersey and Manhattan once night fell, were breathtaking from the deck of the Clipper City, and the Statue of Liberty was beyond words. It just really grabbed me, as did the sights and sounds of everything as we slowly sailed out and around governor’s island and then back into port. The waves were just enough to let us know that we were sailing, but nothing to worry about. We ate dinner before going on, and that seemed to do the trick. It is a really interesting sensation to stand on deck while the ship sailed through the early night. From start to finish, the Captain and crew were great. They were a solid group, and both the crew members and the Captain were at the top of their game as they sailed the ship. I envied the crew's jobs as I had worked one summer on the Grand Canyon on a river running boat and could see the same focused and skilled teamwork on the Clipper City, and felt my friends, their children and I were in safe hands. In closing, let me say It was one of our best experiences of our trip to New York City. It was the perfect way to top off a busy day, and I look forward to doing it all again the next time I am in town. I saw families, young couples, groups of friends all having the time of their lives, enjoying the ship, the skylines while touching the spirit of sailing, and traditions that reached back into the centuries. Everyone that I took on the Clipper City that night in August was amazed at how much fun they had, and how cool it was. If you have even the smallest interest or curiosity, I would recommend you do it and take your friends and family. You will have a really cool time.