Circle Line Harbor Cruise, New York City

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  • A Good First View Of The City

    by marijkedb Written Sep 5, 2007

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    We arrived in the morning and took a 3-hour cruise in the afternoon, which turned out to be the perfect start of our stay in New York City.

    Pier 83 is easy to reach (take the subway to Times Square, then transfer onto the M42 bus). We bought a CityPass at the front desk and upgraded to a 3-hour cruise instead of the 2-hour cruise included in the CityPass.

    The boat left at 1.30 pm (more 1.45 pm) and was docked again at exactly 4.30 pm meaning that the cruise doesn't really take 3 hours (more like 2,5 hours). The cruise itself is really good and gives you a good overview of the city: the different neighborhoods, the bridges, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island,... We had a good guide, and enjoyed our cruise tremendously.

    Negative: Other tourists being really loud so that it was sometimes impossible to hear the guide.

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    Circle Line Ferry to Statue of liberty & Ellis Isd

    by machomikemd Written Aug 7, 2007

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    Visitors arriving from Battery Park in New York City will enjoy the views during the 15 minute ferry ride from Battery Park to Liberty Island. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to make the full circle trip, if you don't exit the ferry, due to time for loading and unloading the boat at each stop.

    You can visit the statue and view it at close range by riding the special Statue of Liberty Ferries from Battery Park at the downtown tip of Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in New Jersey. All of the excursions include a visit to nearby Ellis Island with its Immigration Museum. Liberty Island and Ellis Island are open for visitation every day between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM except December 25.Round Trip Ferry tickets cost $11.50 for adults and $4.50 for children, which includes admission to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They can be purchased at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park or at the Railroad Terminal Building and Museum in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side.

    The ferries, which leave from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey, operate 7 days a week, from approximately 9:30am to 5:00pm.

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    Circle Line Harbour Cruise

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    This 2 hour cruise departs Pier 83 West 42nd Street with the ferry cruising down the Hudson River to Battery Park and Lower Manhattan, on the way coming within 200 metres of the Statute of Liberty and hovering for a few minutes for a "photo shoot". Ellis Island is nearby, a great variety of river traffic , then into the East River and the Seaport Historic District and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. On the return journey you can sit and relax or vie Brooklyn and New Jersey on the other side of the river.

    A live commentary accompanies the trip drawing your attention to the various highlights. There is a cafe onboard for those who require refreshments. Tickets cost $26 pp, however I recommend you purchase the City Pass for $53 which has entrance to 5 famous attractions including the Empire State Building.

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    Circle Line Tour

    by davesut Updated May 3, 2007

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    My goodness it was cold
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    Really enjoyed the circle line tour. We went on the half tour included in the city pass. I thought the comentary was very informative without being 'in your face'. For an extra $4 the city pass can be upgraded to a full island tour. It takes one hour longer.

    The boat was 1/2 full as it was bitterly cold and they put on a second boat so that everyone could sit inside.

    The traditional views are very good and in addition noticed that the conversion of empty industrial property being converted to residential use is apparant as much here as in UK. The banks of Brooklyn gave an impression of the manufactuirng past of the city. It would have been a very different place 30 years or so ago.

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    Touristy, But Fun

    by kucha Written Jun 15, 2006

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    The Circle Line Tour

    While the Circle Line guides may have a reputation for telling stale jokes, we still highly recommend these 3-hour boat tours around Manhattan as the best way to orient yourself to the city and its most famous attractions. For the best views, sit on the left side of the boat.

    The Circle Line touts itself as "America's favorite boat ride" and given the huge number of people who take this sightseeing tour every year, it probably is. The boat makes a complete circle around Manhattan island, providing glimpses of all five boroughs (Brooklyn the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) as well as fantastic views of many New York sights including:

    * Statue of Liberty
    * Ellis Island
    * Trinity Church
    * Brooklyn Bridge
    * South Street Seaport
    * United Nations buildings
    * Chelsea Piers and Sports Complex

    In addition, you are likely to see other boats, such as the Staten Island Ferry and even an occasional cruise ship.

    I strongly recommend that you sit on the upper deck, in the back on the left side, for the best views throughout the trip. You may need to arrive a bit early to get one of these seats, but it is well worth it. Since you will be outside in an uncovered area, be sure to bring a hat and/or sunscreen for protection from the sun. If you prefer to sit inside, head for seats by the windows on the left side of the boat, so that you will face closest to the island of Manhattan (where most of the famous sights are visible throughout the tour).

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    Circle Line Cruises

    by tomhoward Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    We enjoyed the Circle Line Cruise almost as much as the helicopter ride, and it comes in at less than 1/3 of the price and lasts 12 times as long. If youre lucky enough to be here over the summer then go for The Beast, a speed boat that takes you round Liberty Island and back. Otherwise, there are a few cruises to choose from. The night cruise advertises itself as a disco cruise, although theres something wrong about sailing round an island, home to some of the best clubs and DJs in the world, listening to a two-bit wedding jock.

    In the day, its either the 3 hour full tour of Manhattan or the 2 hour semi-circle cruise. Go for the 2 hour semi-circle cruise for the reasons below:

    3 hours is too long to be stuck on a converted tugboat boat, especially in winter.

    North of 50th St, there arent many attractions worth seeing from the river (apart from maybe Cloisters & Washington Bridge).

    Dont believe the turn up 45mins early request unless its peak summer season. I suspect its just to sell more food / drinks / souvenirs. People were still boarding our boat two mins before sailing. Boats are massive and you probably only risk not sitting outside at the back upstairs (these seats only account for about 1/5 of the total).

    The 2 hour cruise doubles back on itself so you get to see the best bits of Manhattan TWICE. If its cold and youve been late boarding, this means youll have a seat outside for the return journey.

    Live Commentary is hit and miss ranging from fairly interesting to the downright absurd (such as his harping on for 8 blocks about the cost of reclaiming your car from a compound). Hes also got a bee in his bonnet about people standing up to take pictures, and lies through his teeth when he says dont worry about missing The Statue of Liberty the first time round, as it goes nowhere near it on the return leg.

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    Circle line sightseeing cruises

    by aemilys Written Sep 19, 2005

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    We took the 3-hour Full Island Cruise, it was so interesting especially when you get to the top of Manhattan and see people fishing and jet sking. Also the little islands in between Manhattan and Brooklyn were interesting too. I wish that I had had the time to visit.

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    Circle Line Tour

    by Gerrem Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    "New York...Fun City...The Big Apple. It's a really big place and the best way to get the big picture is on a relaxing and refreshing Circle Line Cruise. As you cruise through the harbor and around Manhattan Island, you begin to understand the enormous scope of our great metropolis. From monuments that define history, to towering glistening skyscrapers, to a little red lighthouse under a huge suspension bridge, you'll be treated to spectacular views with dramatic architectural diversity."

    They offfer different tours, we took the 3-hour cruise to discover the secrets of the city. We circumnavigated Manhattan Island and saw 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.

    Beverages, food and souvenirs are available on board. From Pier 83 at 42nd Street on the Hudson River. Reservations are not required for individuals.

    FOR MORE PICTURES FROM MY CIRCLE LINE TOUR HAVE A LOOK IN MY TRAVELOGUE!

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    Circle Line Cruise

    by LisaMJ Written Sep 22, 2004

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    A great way to see Manhattan is to take a Circline Cruise.

    It leaves from pier 83, West 42nd St/12th Avenue. We did the full circumnavigation, which take 3 hours and :-

    "You'll circumnavigate Manhattan Island and 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. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available on board. From Pier 83 at 42nd Street on the Hudson River.

    Adults $26 | Children $13 | Senior Citizens $20 "

    I must say that unless you are paticularly into architecture and bridges, then you'd probably be better off with the 2 hour half navigation cruise. I'm glad we saw a bit of the 'unseen' Manhattan by doing the 3 hour cruise, but there were stages when I got a tad bored.

    **Tip. no matter what time of year it is - bring something warm. You'll be surprsied at those winds. It was T-shirt whether when we went, but on the boat it was freezing.

    They is a small kiosk on board for drinks and snacks, so a hot cup of coffee was welcomed in the cold.

    I really recommend one of these cruises, because you get to see Manhattan from a different perspective.

    The token hot dog vendor was outside when we returned, which we ate as we walked back to our hotel.

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    Circleline 'Harbour Lights' Cruise

    by nywave Written Jul 27, 2004

    For only around $20 you get to experience sunset, see Manhattan skyline lighting up for the night, go under Brooklyn Bridge, catch a glimpse of the Lady Liberty and much more. The cruise is 2 hours and well worth the money and time. There are semi-island cruises during the day, but I recommend the sunset ones as you get to see Manhattan skyline in all its spectacular glory.

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    Circle Line Tour

    by Jinglis Written Jul 1, 2004
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    We bought a vale-for-money book of vouchers when we arrived in the city, and were glad to see that one voucher was for the Circle Line cruise. I think it only entitled us to the shorter cruise, but for a small additional fee we got a three-hour tour from the ticket office ($26 total).

    Stepping aboard one of the tour boats, and you already had a good view of midtown, with the Empire State Building as a focalpoint. The boat was quite big and had two decks and plenty of seats to go around. We sat near the back, away from the sheltered part of the boat so that we could enjoy an uninterrupted view.

    The captain was also the tour guide for the three hours, and could be heard clearly wherever you were on the boat. Throughout the tour he introduced us to hundreds of fascinating facts about the city and pointed out several interesting landmarks, some I hadn't seen or heard of before. All this, interspersed with a lot of humour and character which made the trip more enjoyable, especially as he hardly stopped for breath throughout! For a small price you got a souvenir plastic flask which you could refill with your choice of drink at any time and then take home with you.

    There were plenty of opportunities to take good photos, and there was a five minute pause at the south end of Manhattan where you could take close-up pictures of the Statue of Liberty or the financial district. The three hours just flew by, and I'd recommend this tour to anyone.

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    Go to a river cruise

    by pili Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    The Statue of Liberty

    You´ll enjoy magnificient views of the Big Apple skyline and close up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Lower Manhattan. The Full Island Cruise takes three hours and it's a little boring. I recommend you the Semi Circle cruise - 90 minutes -.-

    Disfrutarán magníficas vistas de los rascacielos de la Gran Manzana, como así vistas cercanas de la Estatua de la Libertad, Ellis Island y el Bajo Manhattan. El crucero por todo la isla toma tres horas y es un poco aburrido. Les recomiendo el crucero Semi Circular, que dura 90 minutos.

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    Circle Line Cruises

    by custardpomme Written Mar 21, 2004

    My boyfriend talked me into taking a boat cruise and this one was really great. This was an evening cruise, so you saw the city in the light and then in the dark, very lovely. Great informative commentary and an interesting perspective to the city which you don't get from the ground.

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    by Dabhand Written Dec 15, 2003

    You must do the three hour Circle Line Cruise, leaves from somewhere near Mid Town, and circles Manhatten, nowhere will you get better views of the city. plus a tour guide who can be informative and funny!

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    A BOAT TOUR WITH THE CIRCLE LINE...

    by eden_teuling Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    CIRCLE LINE BOATTOUR INFO

    a boattour with the Circle Line, a harbour lights cruise or a Moonlight Charter. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, THE CLOISTERS, visit Columbia University, the Riverside Church, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Buildingm Chrysler Building, The Pierpont Morgan Library, the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Bridge, Guggenheim Museum, National Design Museum, and sooo much more to see....

    All very, very worthwhile visiting because there is much to admire, to learn, to enjoy, to experience, to taste, to see!!
    All your senses will get what they want!

    BUT DO START WITH A BOAT TOUR.....

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