We took the cruise on our first whole day in New York City. Unfortunately the Statue of Liberty was closed due to the government shutdown, so the boat just cruised around the island and right next to the Statue of Liberty. New York City skyline was really majestetic and beautiful. It was a sunny day so it was even better. The Statue of Liberty was really big and beautiful. Too bad we couldn’t visit it. The whole statue from ground to torch is 93 meters tall. The Statue was a gift from the people of France to the United States of America in 1886. It is a symbol of freedom and a welcoming signal to immigrants coming from abroad. The boat stood next to the statue for a while, so everyone could get their photos. We also took almost the same cruise a couple ofdays later, this time with a different boat and a lively host.