We took a cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity Summit out of Bayonne, New Jersey. The America's Cup was being held in Bermuda and was our primary motive for taking this trip.
We arrived at DoubleTree Newark Airport on Friday afternoon. We could see Manhattan from our room.
Here's a better perspective
Sunrise on Saturday. We're headed to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty today
Waiting on our Uber at the hotel.
We're dropped off at Liberty State Park. Here's the view of Lady Liberty as we walk to the Ferry Terminal.
We're a lot closer to Manhattan here.
We purchased our tickets in advance. Just had to wait on the ferry.
Sheila enjoys the view of Ellis Island as we wait.
Off we go. The trip is off to a great start.
This yacht was anchored not far from Liberty Island. It belongs to a Russian Oligarch.
First stop - Ellis Island.
Sheila wanted to do a bit of research first.
We had to pay a small fee for an hour's access to the on-line archives. We did not find any relatives though.
Ellis Island is fascinating. Well worth a few hours of your time.
Time to tour the building. First stop is the Great Hall. Love the ceiling.
Kenny poses on the upper level overlooking the Registry Room.
Sheila checks out one of the dormitory rooms were people waited their turn.
After touring the exhibits in the building, we head outside to enjoy the weather.
Fabulous view of Manhattan from here.
Got to get a selfie with the World Trade Center in the background.
Sheila checks out the Immigrant Wall of Honor. That's the Verrazano Narrows bridge in the distance.
Another nice shot of Manhattan.
Sheila poses with Lady Liberty.
We really enjoyed Ellis Island.
Ferry's almost here. Time to go.
Lining up to wait as our ferry approaches.
One last look back as we board.
Here comes another ferry.
And we're off. Could not resist getting a shot of all the sailboats.
Shot of the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. The ESB looks a lot smaller because is is further away.
Another shot of the yacht - the le Grand Bleu.
View of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry.
We purchased tickets that allow us to go to the top of the pedestal.
Words not necessary
Headed to the entrance
Security was similar to what you see at airports.
First stop is the original torch. It was replaced with the current torch in 1986.
Time to climb the stairs.
We made it to the pedestal observation area. Several photos of the views will follow.