Thanks to Norwegian you can now enjoy the ultimate day trip to New York City
That whirlwind trip to the Big Apple could be more realistic than you think thanks to Norwegian’s second daily flight flight from London Gatwick to JFK.
Billed as the ultimate day trip, the new route which departs London Gatwick at 6am allows passengers to arrive at JFK first thing New York time – perfect for a day of sightseeing.
But as there’s simply so much to see and do, here’s a definitive list of places you simply shouldn’t miss and how to plan your one-of-a-kind day in the city that never sleeps.
New York is best known as being the city that never sleeps
6am – Depart London Gatwick
Getting away early is definitely the preferred option if you want to make the most of your time in the Big Apple. Norwegian’s flights to America use brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts offering a Premium and economy cabin.
These new state-of-the-art aircrafts are faster, greener and help reduce the effects of jet lag – meaning you’ll be ready and raring to go when you land at JFK.
Passengers travelling in the Premium cabin can enjoy spacious seating with extra legroom – over a metre, complimentary drinks, Premium meal service, two pieces of 20kg luggage, fast track security and access to select airport lounges.
And if you’re worried you might sleep through your alarm for such an early start, why not stay at BLOC Hotel Gatwick?
The hotel is at the beating heart of the airport’s South Terminal, just a few short steps from the departure lounge and offer cutting edge accommodation with the best views of the world’s most efficient single runway airport.
The small but chic rooms ensure you’ll have a good nights sleep and means you don’t have to worry about forking out for an expensive taxi ride. For more information and prices visit blochotels.com.
Norwegian fares to New York start from £149 one way or £259 return in economy
9am: Arrive at JFK airport
Following your flight on Norwegian’s brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, you’ll arrive at JFK airport mid-morning New York time feeling refreshed and raring to go with the whole day ahead of you.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to head straight into the city then look no further than the SuperShuttle Airport Shuttle. You can be in the heart of Manhattan within 60 minutes, where’s there’s plenty to see and do.
11.30am – Explore the brand new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Opening in October, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is an absolute must if you’re taking children to the city.
Located in the heart of NYC in Times Square, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey will be an incredible immersive entertainment experience which transports audiences on an unforgettable, never-before-seen undersea journey.
Treat yourself and enjoy a three course lunch at Charlie Palmer at The Knick
The use of innovative technologies such as video mapping, 8K photo real animation, mega projection screens, immersive sound and interactive real-time audience tracking will allow guests to virtually interact with sea lions, play with rays and dolphins, and come face-to-face with humpback whales, Humboldt squids and great white sharks.
After guests go on their journey through the Pacific, which culminates in a spectacular underwater finale, they “resurface” from under the ocean and enter the second portion of the experience where they can further engage, share, and have fun as they learn more about what they just encountered.
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is a fantastic attraction for adults and kids alike, and is not only fun, but educational too.
Tickets for reserved timed-entrance slots are on sale now and more information can be found here.
1.15pm – Enjoy lunch at Charlie Palmer at The Knick
In a city as diverse as New York, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. But if it’s a bit of fine dining you’re after, then head to Charlie Palmer at The Knick.
Located at The Knickerbocker Hotel in Time Square and just a five-minute walk away from National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, Chef Palmer adds new twists to his acclaimed cuisine to create the hotel’s signature honest American cuisine in an open action kitchen.
The spacious setting offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and also offers a bar and lounge to guests who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan.
Menus draw upon the local bounty of the Hudson Valley and North Atlantic, with appetisers such as blue crab tomato bisque and grilled octopus. And for mains you’ll find delicious dishes such as squid ink pasta, pecorino risotto and slow roasted shortrib with fingerling potatoes.
Charlie Palmer is situated in the stunning Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square
If you were impressed with launch at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, then chances are you’ll also like one of the chef’s other restaurants – Aureole – which is located literally across the road.
Aureole is the flagship showcase for Charlie Palmer’s unabashed, energetic signature progressive American cuisine and is one of many eateries which takes part in New York Restaurant Week.
Restaurant Week will run from January 22 – February 9 next year with reservations opening January 8, 2018.
Over 380 restaurants in all five NYC boroughs take part and includes 34 diverse cuisines in 42 neighbourhoods.
NYC Restaurant Week is a bi-annual program, which enables visitors to spend less on fine-dining, featuring three-course prix-fixe lunches for $29 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $42. For more information visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
The Museum of Modern Art has recently revealed the final designs for a multi year expansion
2.30pm – Take a tour of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)
New York is home to an array of museums and cultural hotspots, but the one at the top of everyone’s list is The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa).
Located in Midtown Manhattan on 53rd Street between Fifth an Sixth Avenues, MoMa has something to offer everyone.
The museum has just completed it’s first phase of a major renovation and has recently revealed the final designs for a multi year expansion.
MoMa’s expansion will increase gallery space and allow the Museum to exhibit significantly more of its diverse collection in deeper and more interdisciplinary ways.
Walking around the museum with the throngs of tourists, you’d have no idea that a renovation was currently taking place.
Upcoming exhibitions at MoMa include Max Ernst: Beyond Painting, Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait and Items: Is Fashion Modern?
More information and ticket prices can be found here.
Times Square is a must for anyone taking a trip to the Big Apple
3.30pm – Explore Times Square
After lunch why not peruse Times Square at your own leisure where you can sit atop the red steps and people watch in the busiest, and most exciting, part of the city.
As you marvel at the gigantic billboards and a sea of yellow taxis, you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of a Hollywood movie when you’re bang smack in the middle of Times Square.
There’s an array of your favourite high street shops if it’s a bit of retail therapy that you’re after, or why not take a load off of your feet for a few hours with a Broadway show?
NYC Off-Broadway Week offers theatre goers 2 for 1 tickets on more than 35 productions including Stomp, Avenue Q and Blue Man Group.
The popular biannual program, currently in its ninth year, will until October 8 and tickets can be purchased here. The winter program dates run from February 12 – February 25, with reservations opening January 29, 2018.
Why not go and see a Broadway production while you’re in the Big Apple?
6.30pm – Sip on cocktails at Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room
No trip to New York City would be complete without a Cosmopolitan and views to die for – and at Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room you’ll get just that.
Situated on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, this is the place to be if you want to make your Instagram followers green with envy.
The highest outdoor terrace bar in New York City offers a delicious drinks menu including signature tipples such as the Spatini and Diablo, and classics such as the Manhattan and the Astoria.
And if you’re feeling peckish after a couple of drinks, Bar SixtyFive is also home to a fantastic dining menu with everything from oysters and tuna poke, to fish and chips and Steak Au Poivre. For more information and to make a reservation click here.
Enjoy cocktails with a spectacular view at Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room
11pm – Depart JFK
After checking in for your flight home at 9pm, premium customers can enjoy access to the lounge at JFK aiprort before boarding their Boeing 787 Dreamliner home.
In economy passengers can enjoy comfy seats with a 31 – 32inch seat pitch, in-flight entertainment system and touch screen technology to order food and drinks straight to their seat.
The flight arrives at London Gatwick at 11am the following day meaning you’re back on home turf by lunch time, and ready to book your next trip back to the Big Apple!
Enjoy a comfortable and pleasant flight aboard one of Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners
For further information and to plan a trip to New York City, visit www.nycgo.com
Norwegian fly a twice daily direct service between London Gatwick and New York JFK International Airport.
• Flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins – Premium and economy.
• Fares start from £149 one way / £259 return in economy and £419 one way / £759 return in Premium including all taxes and charges.