Manhattan is an island which makes a boat tour or cruise an ideal way to see and learn about its famous skyline in addition to viewing New York Harbor's famous sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island up close.
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I've sampled several of these options including the Full Island Cruise which is probably my favorite, although each cruise has unique features to recommend it. You might prefer a dinner cruise, a sailboat cruise or the excitement of a speedboat thrill ride.
History, romance, fun, excitement, relaxation and great photo opportunities are all available on a New York City cruise. There is also a free NYC Harbor cruise option—check out my page about the Staten Island Ferry.
Many cruises are seasonal so be sure to note availability. Also note the different departure locations and check for additional charges, such as fuel surcharges that may be collected at departure locations.
Gray Line New York has 14 Boat Tours to Choose From! or check out select boat tours below:
$38.00 Adult, $25.00 Child (3–11)
$34.00 Adult, $23.00 Child (3–11)
$28.00 Adult, $17.00 Child (6–12)
$28.00 Adult, $17.00 Child (5–11)
$24.00 Adult, $13.00 Child (3–12)
$26.00 Adult, $20.00 Child (6–12)
$45.00 Adult, $25.00 Child
3-Hour Full Island Cruise
Take a break from New York's intensity and enjoy a relaxed and refreshing 3-hour cruise as you circumnavigate Manhattan Island. See it all 3 rivers, 7 major bridges, 5 boroughs, over 25 world renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty.
Knowledgeable and friendly cruise guides bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history of New York City. Inside or outside seating, walk the decks or stand in the bow. Beverages and snack foods are available for purchase on board.
Available year-round. Departs from Pier 83 at 42nd Street & 12th ave on the Hudson River.
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2-Hour Semi-Circle Manhattan Island Cruise
Sail down the Hudson, cruise around the Battery, up the East River, and under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations and back.
Enjoy magnificent views of the world's premier skyline and a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island plus the USS Intrepid Pier, Battery Park & Museum of Jewish Heritage, Wall Street, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, United Nations and more.
Narrated by expert guides. Inside or outside seating, available year round. Departs from Pier 83 at 42nd Street & 12th ave on the Hudson River.
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1 Hour Zephyr Harbor Cruise
Cruising can't get more enjoyable!
Take a harbor cruise around Manhattan on a luxurious one-of-a-kind yacht, that provides three magnificent climate-controlled decks, to view the grandeur of the NYC skyline. This cruise is surrounded by spectacular views outside and elegant amenities inside.
You will cruise past many of New York's most legendary landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. From start to finish, ZEPHYR provides a unique fun-filled experience. Plush indoor seating, snack and beverage bars, sun deck.
Available April – December. Departs from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport.
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World Yacht Dinner Cruise
NYC Dinner cruise from World Yacht for premier cuisine and beautiful views of the city.
Step aboard World Yacht, New York's premier dining cruise and enjoy outstanding cuisine, attentive service from our international staff, music, dancing and dazzling city views of the skyline and the majestic Statue of Liberty.
Men are required to wear jackets for dinner. Jeans, sneakers and shorts are not permitted on-board. Departs from Pier 81, W 41st St and 12th Ave.
May–December, sails 7pm daily except Tuesdays. 3 Hours.
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Statue By Night
Enjoy the New York City night time skyline with a complimentary champagne toast. Cash bar also available.
Ten thousand lights illuminate your sightseeing experience as you cruise past one of the most famous cities in the world. You'll see an illuminated Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge with its necklace of lights, the Empire State Building with changing nightly lighting and much more.
The Statue By Night cruise departs daily at 7:45pm. Please arrive 20 minutes before departure.
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90-Minute NY Harbor Midtown Cruise
The 90-Minute New York City Skyline Narrated Sightseeing Cruise gives guests a jam-packed sightseeing experience of New York Citys distinctive skyline from New York Harbor in just 90 minutes. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, guests are treated to memorable sights like the Empire State Building, United Nations, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and many more.
Departs 5 times Sunday – Thursday and 6 times Friday & Saturday, year-round from Pier 78 and W 38th St at Hudson River Park.
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Statue of Liberty Ferry
Update as of late April 2013: Due to extensive damage sustained by Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island and Liberty Island are currently closed. Liberty Island will re-open July 4, 2013 while Ellis Island will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
No visit to the New York City is complete without a trip to the world's most famous historical landmark—The Statue of Liberty National Monument. Due to its ionic status, long lines are very common, pre-purchasing your tickets is highly recommended to avoid those long lines.
Ferry tickets also include, Ellis Island, home of the National Immigration Museum.
Ferry ticket does not include access inside the statue (tickets available on the island). Operates daily. Departs Battery Park (Whitehall Street between Bridge & Pearl Streets).
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The Beast Speedboat Tour of Manhattan
Take a wild fun filled 30 minute, heart-pounding, fun-filled, 45 mph wet ‘n‘ wild ride down the Hudson River. Catch your breath at a brief stop and close-up photo-op at the Statue of Liberty.
Family fun for children (must be 40" tall) and adults. Available daily at 12:00pm and 7:00pm April 30 – October 2.
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New York City Sailing Cruises
Daytime Sail on the Schooner Adirondack
Experience New York as never before on a 2 hour sail aboard the Adirondack or the Imagine, both 80-foot pilot schooners.
Engines will be silenced and sails set for as much of the trip as possible as you head south from Chelsea Piers, down the Hudson River to Battery park to sail past Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty. Wind permitting you will sail as far as the Brooklyn Bridge on the East River.
Complimentary beer (limited), soda and water provided.
Departs Thursdays – Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Must Book 7 days in advance.
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