They start out a wide-eyed wanderer but end up a New York Princess. And may it always be so.
And for every Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) there’s a Josephine from Monaghan, Kathleen from Donegal and Celia from Galway.
My Irish aunties could only have dreamt of beginning their new lives in America off a cruise.
And spend 11 nights in luxury accommodation with entertainment and the best food and drink.
All of which you’ll get aboard Princess Cruises on September 24.
And, of course, this isn’t just a one-stop to Ellis Island.
Southampton, we know, it being the cruise capital of England, and it is that tbf, a through town.
September is the best time we’re told to see Corner Brook in Newfoundland with the trees just starting to change colour.
Captain Cook it
But did you know that Captain Cook (yes, him) was here?
He made his name, of course, discovering Australia, although to be fair the Aborigines knew about it for thousands of years already!
Sydney we all know is Thomas Townshend, Baron Sydney, the-then UK Home Secretary at the time of Sydney’s foundation.
One can only baulk at the thought of some poor immigrants shack town in Rwanda being built with the signpost Pateltown (or Palace).
Sydney found himself in the post at a special time of change with the American War of Independence raging at the time.
And the Canadians, or more specifically the Nova Scotians, found themselves on the wrong side and ended up with the Brits… and the Home Sec.
In keeping with its Scotianess you won’t be surprised to see the Cape Breton Highlanders Museum.
And I guess that’s what The Big Fiddle is all about, the largest in the world.
Mad George’s wife’s town
Charlottetown, named for Mad King George’s wife, has echoes of an olde world, with what looks suspiciously like jarvie racing (they call it harness racing) at the Red Shores Horsetrack.
Don’t hang around though, get a gallop on, because you know the ship won’t wait for you.
And the Big Apple
Whether you’re a prince or a New York Princess.
The Big Apple is waiting and there’s no time to waste.