Circle Line: Landmarks Cruise (1.5hrs)

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Circle Line Landmarks Cruise   Brooklyn Bridge

The Circle Line Landmarks Cruise is one of the cruises I highly recommend. In 1.5 hours you’ll be able to see the main attractions of New York by boat. It’s not too long, not too short. A professional guide on board will tell you about the history of New York as well as the landmarks you’ll be passing including the Empire State Building, United Nations and of course Statue of Liberty. The boat also passes under the city’s most famous bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge. Seeing this magnificent construction from a different point of view is not only a great photo opportunity but it also makes you appreciate its grandeur.

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Manhattan’s Skyline from the Water

The guide on the Circle Line Landmarks Cruise takes time to answer individual questions. This makes you feel very appreciated and not rushed at all. Snacks and drinks are available on the boat, but you are allowed to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board. The upper deck is open, which makes it the perfect place to take photographs and view Manhattan’s skyline.

The boat leaves from Pier 83. Even if you’re in New York for the first time, getting there is quite easy. Pier 83 is located at West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, within walking distance of Times Square.

Eric’s Tip: This is my favourite sightseeing boat tour. It doesn’t last very long, so is easy to squeeze in for people who only have a couple of days. You pass by all the main attractions that are visible from the water, and you hear loads of information with the help of the free, multi language audio guide.

Practical Information

You can buy tickets for a specific departure time, or tickets with a flexible admission time. After purchasing you’ll receive a voucher. When you’ve chosen timed tickets, you can board the boat with this voucher directly (printed out or on your smartphone).¬†With flexible admission tickets you’ll first have to show your voucher at the ticket window, to pick up the ticket for the cruise time of your choice. I recommend that you exchange the voucher as early in the day as possible, or even the day before, so you can be sure of availability.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Departure point: Pier 83
  • Departure times:
    • January 1st – March 14th: daily at 15:30
    • March 15th – April 26th: daily at 12:30 and 15:30
    • April 27th – May 17th: daily at 11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00
    • May 18th – September 2nd: daily at 11:00, 14:00 and 15:30
    • September 3rd – October 27th: daily at 11:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 15:30
    • October 28th – December 31st: daily at 15:30
    • Special schedules on New Year’s Day, 4th of July and Thanksgiving
    • Doesn’t run on Christmas Day
  • Arrive early for the best seats

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Tip: buy the New York Pass for free entrance

The Circle Line Landmarks Cruise Route

Circle Line Landmarks Cruise - Route

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