21 in New York


New Yoooork, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do now you’re in New York. 

Firstly, let me just say how excited I am to write my first post on my blog!

At first I struggled thinking what to write about, and then decided to write about the most amazing trip ever, it certainly lived up to it’s expectations.


We flew out from Manchester to JFK airport with Thomas Cook, that is a different story entirely!

I’ll write a separate post on flying long hall with Thomas Cook.

I clearly remember sitting in the shuttle bus driving towards NYC anticipating what the city would be like, and then suddenly the skyline of the city appeared, it was truly breathtaking!

When we were driving through NYC it was like being a movie, yellow cabs everywhere, food stalls on every avenue, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Saks, Tiffany’s, and of course Times Square.

After the long journey from Manchester airport to JFK I was exhausted and couldn’t wait to check into the hotel.

I stayed in the Millennium broadway, It was better than I thought it would be!

We were upgraded to the superior room on the 49th floor as it was for my birthday.

The room was very spacious and clean, and had lovely view of NYC, and the hotel was just round the corner from Times Square, and right next to Sephora, PERFECT!

The first day in New York I got a coach out of the city to New Jersey to visit Woodbury Common outlet centre.


I couldn’t believe how amazing it was.

I thought Bicester village was good.

It was nothing on Woodbury.

There were sales everywhere!

When dropped off at Woodbury Common, you are greeted at the reception with a map.

For a short time only when I was there you could donate $10 to a cancer charity and receive 25% off one item in the shops participating.

My arms were completely full of shopping bags.

The discounts were insane.

I bought a pair of ice white Timberland boots that cost usually £160 on Missguided, but I got them for $75. Bargain!

I also got amazing clothes,shoes and more from: Tommy Hilfiger, Hunter, Calvin Klein, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Yankee Candle, MAC cosmetics and more!

I would 100% recommend to anyone visiting New York to go to Woodbury Common, as it’s a lot cheaper than buying from NYC.

As I booked the trip because it was my birthday, I had an amazing time celebrating my 21st in the big apple.

I started my birthday on 30th April, waking up to my hotel room full of balloons and banners saying happy birthday.

I’d never spent my birthday abroad so it was an amazing feeling waking up somewhere new to celebrate the day, considering most girls my age spend their birthday out in town and forgetting most of the night.

I had breakfast in the hotel, which was lovely are there was a small range to choose from, including: cereals, fresh fruit and pastries.


Later on I had an amazing time celebrating my birthday on this Spirit Cruise.

It was raining slightly, and I was worried my hair would flat or my makeup would get ruined!

Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long, PHEW!!

We were greeted by our waitress for the night, Julianna who bought us our complimentary glass of wine.

It had lovely cocktails on board, amazing DJ, and really tasty food.

Especially as I’m a really picky eater, and was worried I wouldn’t like the food, but I did enjoy the meal on the boat.

We had purchased a table by the window, the view was breathtaking!

The table by the window was at an extra cost, however I thought it was worth it, especially at night when New York came alive.

The service onboard was outstanding, our waitress was Julianna and she was amazing, we certainly felt pampered whilst on the spirit cruise.

The boat was surprisingly spacious, and decorated very modern.

The DJ played a range of music, as well as any requested… so obviously I made sure to request some.

As the music was so good me and mum managed to get some of the people on board up and dancing, including a young couple celebrating their anniversary!

As we were lively and fun, the bar staff gave us free champagne and shots for being the most entertaining on board. YES!!!!

Overall I had an amazing birthday, and I don’t think I could have celebrated any where better than on the spirit cruise in NYC.

At the end of the night I was given a free dessert as well as a large punch bowl glass with Spirit Cruise written on the front.

I would love to go again, as I loved every minute of it!

I’d definitely 100% recommend going on the spirit cruise, especially for a birthday or celebration.

And a little shout out to Nicki (mum) who payed for the cruise and everything on my birthday.

Best birthday ever! 

The last day of being in New York we visited the statue of liberty and 9/11 memorial.

It was a lovely day and was a beautiful memorial.

Each year on everyone’s birthday the staff at the memorial place a white rose on the persons name, so their birthday will be remembered and celebrated, and never forgotten.

The trip was very hectic, the city certainly did not sleep! But it was a trip to remember, and I had a great time celebrating my 21st.

I would love to go back to NYC, especially at Christmas time!

Hope this has helped anyone planning on going to NYC.

I would definitely recommend the Millennium Broadway to stay in.

Thank you so much for reading my first ever blog post.

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