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Luxury Cruise Port of Call: Sleepy Hollow?

The American Cruise Lines Fall Foliage tour of the Hudson Valley makes a stop in Sleepy Hollow for our top attractions.

Did you know Sleepy Hollow will mark itself as a proud stop on the American Cruiselines tour of the Hudson Valley in September and October?

For the rate of oh, $3,245 to $6,385 depending what ship and size room you like, you can take an eight-day, seven-night cruise that begins and ends in New York City. The cruises run from late September to late October to take advantage of the turning tree leaves (in 2013: Sept. 28 to Oct. 26; in 2014: Sept. 27 to Oct. 25). There's an early bird discount now of $400. 

Ports of Call: New York, Catskill, Albany, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, West Point and Sleepy Hollow

The promotional materials offer this somewhat amusing take on Sleepy Hollow (referring to our Irving as the author of Moby Dick):

The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Moby Dick and Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.

The trip includes tours of Sunnyside and Lyndhurst (never mind that they're in Tarrytown), with alternative activities listed including: the Old Dutch Church, the Historical Society, Kykuit and Union Church. 

This sort of high-end traveler could clearly be a boon to our burgeoning local tourism trade. Sleepy Hollow is now figuring out to best leverage a $60,000 grant they got from the State of New York to market the "brand" of our village and it's Halloween/Autumn season. Certainly a ship full of tourists doesn't hurt, though their entry in town come fall -- with Castle Oil in the works and GM the same as it's been for years -- might not present our best face first.

It is uncertain exactly where the boat docks; the American Cruiselines PR department did not return my call.

For more information on the trip, the size of the staterooms and balconies and more, visit their webpage here.

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Denise April 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Wow, that's great! Too bad they have to see the still undeveloped GM site when they pull into port!
Bruce Buckley April 19, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Thanks for the reminder that I need to read that great 19th century novel "Moby-Dick" by Washington Irving!
Timothy Judge April 19, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Meliville did live in Albany, and Hudson NY was a significant whaling port, but the copy of the promotion for Sleepy Hollow needs a bit of editing. Also note that ships are not parked, but rather berthed at a dock or moored or anchored.
Krista Madsen April 20, 2013 at 02:24 AM
That's for the correction on the parking - turned that to "docked" - but surely their mistake of calling Moby Dick's author Washington Irving is far greater! Glad you noticed!!
Krista Madsen April 20, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Right!

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