Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise (2.5hrs)

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Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise

The Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise is the longest cruise available. During the leisurely 2.5 hours, you’ll explore the entire island of Manhattan by boat. This cruise is available throughout the summer and winter.

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Hudson River and the Financial District

After the boat leaves the pier, you’ll cruise over the Hudson River. See Midtown with its huge skyscrapers, the extremely expensive apartments of Greenwich Village, and the Financial District. Through the entire boat tour, you will have live commentary from the guide who will give you fun facts about all the places and buildings that you pass. For example, in Greenwich Village, you’ll see the unused pier where the Titanic should have docked. In Financial District, not only will you see the enormous Freedom Tower, the heart of the new World Trade Center, but also the glass Winter Garden; with its palm trees at the foot of the skyscraper: something you might not have noticed otherwise. The Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise will also take you past the Statue of Liberty, where you can view Lady Liberty in all her glory and take beautiful photos.

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View the Brooklyn Bridge from the Water

From there, you’ll travel to the East side of Manhattan, passing Wall Street and heading under the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge. You will see the posh houses of the Upper East Side, and even pass the new Yankee Stadium; where the famous New York Yankees play their home games. Seeing the busy Northern Manhattan quickly change into the peaceful Hudson River and its surrounding woods is definitely worthwhile. From the North, you travel back to Pier 83 through the Upper West Side.

During the cruise, you can order food and drinks at the bar downstairs. There are also plenty of toilets on board. If you are taking the boat tour during the summer, make sure you bring sunscreen. Even though it may be cloudy, you burn quicker on the water.

Eric’s Tip: If you want to see the whole of Manhattan, definitely take this tour. It offers a peaceful moment during your trip when you can relax for 2.5 hours whilst enjoying the beautiful views. Because it goes much further than other boat tours, it is the only one on which you get to see Yankee Stadium from the water. The tour also takes you under many bridges which you wouldn’t usually get the opportunity to see.

Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise - Statue of Liberty

Practical Information

You can either buy tickets for a specific departure time or a flexible admission time. After purchasing you’ll receive a voucher. Pick up your ticket at the ticket window by showing your voucher. I recommend exchanging the voucher as early in the day as possible, or even the day before, so you can be sure of availability.

The tour starts on the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan at the Circle Line terminal. The terminal is at Pier 83 (12th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street). The queues at the terminal are often very long but by booking your ticket beforehand, you can save waiting time.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Departure point: Pier 83
  • Departure Times:
    • January 1st – March 31st: no cruises
    • April 1st – May 21st: daily at 15:00, closed on Tuesday
    • May 22nd – September 30th: daily at 10:00 and 13:30
    • October 1st – December 30th: daily at 15:00, closed on Tuesday
    • Special schedules on 4th of July and New Year’s Eve
    • Doesn’t run on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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Tip: buy the New York Pass for free entrance

The Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise Route

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