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Cruise all the way around Manhattan Island on a guided boat tour that takes in every angle of New York City’s iconic waterfront. Traveling by boat means unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty—ideal for snapping memorable photographs. With live narration throughout the cruise, learn about the Big Apple while passing all five of New York’s boroughs.
  • Cruise around Manhattan Island for sightseeing without hassle or crowds
  • Travel under the seven bridges that surround Manhattan
  • Learn and see more of New York City by exploring with a guide
  • This tour is ideal for photographers, with unobstructed views of top landmarks
What to Expect
Make your way to the Circle Line pier in Manhattan, which is easily reached from the Hudson River Greenway and the cruise terminal. Your cruise begins on the Hudson River and starts to circle Manhattan Island, following a route that includes three rivers, seven bridges, and up-close views of the Statue of Liberty. Settle into a comfortable seat and take in the views as your guide points out landmarks on the Manhattan waterfront. There are snacks and drinks available for purchase, too. Spot the One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the distinctive outline of the Empire State Building, and then pull into New York Harbor to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. When you turn up the East River, you’ll cruise past Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The tour ends back on the Hudson River pier where you departed.
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Departure Point
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, 83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2.5 hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
  • Recorded narration in seven languages available via free app download
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • For children/infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
  • Recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Laura B wrote a review Jun 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom98 contributions19 helpful votes
We went for the sunset cruise, and it was stunning. Loads of opportunity for great photos, really good guide pointing out the best spots. We weren’t sure if it might be a little long, but time flew by and would definitely do it again when visiting the city. Recommend booking in
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LeenaRanas80 wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
Get there early to get a good seat. And bring a hat and suntan lotion if sitting outside on a summary day. Great tour from the water, circling around the entire island. Worth it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
kim R wrote a review Mar 2020
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Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise around Manhatton Island and seeing The Statue of Liberty up close and in perspective to everything else. The best thing for me was listening to the tour guide, a friendly ex-service guy, who was just so full of knowledge about everything he was
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Date of experience: March 2020
Friends O wrote a review Feb 2020
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A lovely organised trip. We though the narrator was very impressive and made the trip for us . Loved the fact that you. We were happy with the food and drink on board , slightly slow in service . A must on the to do list .
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Date of experience: February 2020
EmmaE007 wrote a review Feb 2020
Cardiff, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
We were blessed with wonderful weather & only a handful of guests on board ! Great ship and a lovely little cafe with good variety of snacks at ‘street-food’ prices. Chris , our compare for the trip was outstanding. He was clear, very knowledgeable, friendly , very funny and
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Date of experience: February 2020
Key Details
  • Circle Line Cruises, Statue of Liberty, and 2 more
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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