Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise (2.5hrs)Buy tickets now
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.
Hudson River and the Financial District
After the boat leaves Pier 83, you’ll cruise over the Hudson River. See Midtown with its huge skyscrapers, the extremely expensive apartments of Greenwich Village, and the Financial District. Throughout 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. If you prefer an audio guide, there is a free, multi-language app available to use with your own headphones.
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.
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 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.
After purchasing you’ll receive a voucher that you can either print out or show as your ticket on your phone. 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). Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time so you can get the best seats.
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Departure point: Pier 83
- Departure Times:
- January 1st – March 12th: daily at 12:00
- March 13th – May 21st: daily at 10:00 and 13:30
- May 22nd – September 4th: daily at 10:00, 12:00, 13:30 and 15:30
- September 5th – December 31st: daily at 10:00 and 13:30
- Special schedule on 4th of July
- Doesn’t run on Christmas Day
The Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise Route
Was this article helpful? Recommend it by giving me a rating: