West Point NY is a Hudson River cruise port and USA's oldest continuously occupied military base - since 1778 (initially named Fort Clinton). West Point Military Academy comprises approx 65 km2 (16,000 acres / 6500 hectares) including the campus.
The military base is on the river's western bank. West Point NY has a population of around 7,000 and is part of the metro region of New York-Newark-Jersey. Fort Clinton's location was originally chosen because of the river's S-curve at this point. The fortification was manned by a small Continental Army garrison during the entire American Revolution War (1776- 83). In 1778, a large iron chain was laid across the river to block British Navy ships. Fort Putnam (on a hill overlooking the river) is in its original design and well-preserved. After the war, West Point served as a storage for cannons and other Continental Army property. The current US Military Academy as an institution was established in 1802.
As cruise port, West Point NY was first included in the "Hudson River Cruises" 2018 schedule of USA's largest river cruise company - ACL-American Cruise Lines. The next table shows the company's 7-day itinerary from homeport NYC, with prices from ~USD 4,000 per person (double occupancy).
|Date / Time||Port|
|19 Oct||Departing from New York City|
|20 Oct||Albany NY|
|21 Oct||Kingston NY|
|22 Oct||Hyde Park NY|
|23 Oct||Catskill NY|
|24 Oct||West Point NY|
|25 Oct||Sleepy Hollow NY|
|26 Oct||Arriving in New York City|