Taking a boat ride is one of the nicest ways to see Manhattan. Circle Line is one of the tours that I have used in the past. Most of the boats leave out of Pier 83 (west 42nd Street) or Downtown.
You can choose a 3 hour tour which goes around the entire city, a 2 hour tour which only goes in a Semi-Circle, and a 75 minute tour which only views the Statue of liberty. They also have the Beast tour… I have never been on that one but heard it’s a lot of fun. It’s a speed boat so it’s more for fun than a city view tour.
Check the website because the schedules change each month.
TIP: Go during sun down -your photos will be beautiful and gold.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises are popular among the tourists but it’s really worth to spend 2 or hours for their trip.
The 2 hour semi circle tour goes between mid and lower Manhattan but it’s only worth if you do it at 19:00 to see the lights of the skyscrapers. For 4 dollars more you can do the 3 hour full island cruise that goes all the way round Manhattan and the guide was very funny telling us every small detail of the buildings/districts we passed by. We sailed the 3 rivers (Hudson, East, Harlem) and passed under 20 bridges! During some breaks he answered some questions also.
The boat stopped for a while in front of the Statue of Liberty so we had time to take some nice photos of it but we couldn’t disembark. I really enjoyed the magnificent views of the skyline over lower Manhattan(pic 1) but also some small details along the way like the pier the survivors of Titanic arrived (pic 3) or some waterfalls that were put that period in some places (pic 2). The waterfalls will be on display along the East river June 26-October 13 2008 so don’t miss them anyway. I saw 4 of them at:Brooklyn bridge, Governors Island, Pier 35 in Manhattan, Pier 4 in Brooklyn
No boat tours at Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
With the CITYPASS you ride for free but the full fare is:
3hour(full island cruise) 31$
2hour(semi-circle/harbor lights) 27$
75’(liberty cruise) 21$
30’(beast speedboat ride) 19$
I had the city pass so the 2hour ride was for free but we just payed 4$ more and we did the 3h full island cruise. There is a small café to buy refreshments in case you forgot your bottles of water! :)
3h: 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 16:30
2h: 11:30, 15:30
75’:11:00, 13:00, 15:00
NYC is one of my most favorite cities to show off when I host families or friends. My go-to activity to squeeze in a bit of culture and history for those family members who cannot walk or stand for long periods of time is the Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan Island. The full tour lasts just under 3 hours (any superstitions will be squelched by the tour's tight timeline at 2:55) and departs from Pier 83 on 42nd and 12th. As another member mentioned - the NYC pass could be an option, but unless you are hitting all the marks listed, you might be better off to cherry pick your visits since you are on a tight schedule as well as a budget.
The West End has a lot of inexpensive ethnic restaurants in the area and are in easy walking distance from the pier or you can head back into Midtown for your themed restaurants and franchises if you must. On past visits, I like to grab a burger and drink and take my guests on the evening tour - The Harbor Lights. The skyline at night is beautiful and everyone enjoys munching on deck while listening to the historical background of each building and borough and its architectural history.
Price is usually around $20-$25 pp and I think worth it, since you get to see the island from all sides, including various bits of Jersey, Brooklyn and the bridges. And yes, although it is presented as a bit "touristy" in its advertising - it is a guilty pleasure enjoyed by the locals when friends and families come to visit. Who doesn't like to be out on the open water at night with the wind in your hair looking at the most renowned skyline in the world? It's a don't miss in my book - even though I roll my eyes for the camera every time...
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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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.
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.
Saturday May 4, 2013
Included in our New York City Tour package was the "Full Island Cruise" with CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES. The cruise duration was 2 1/2 hours and circled the whole of Manhattan Island. The cruise takes in over 101 city sights, including a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. I was looking forward to seeing and taking pictures of the Statue of Liberty, but it was a little disappointing as it was hard to get a clear view of the Statue as everyone on the crowded boat was trying to do the same thing.
Our group of 52 had a 12:30 boarding time. The boat was already pretty full and we all had to scatter around looking for a seat. Hans just wandered around the boat, taking videos here and there.
A charming young man was our guide and he was very informative, telling us what we were seeing and some interesting facts about them, like the fact that after U.S. Airways Flight 1549 was forced to land in the Hudson River in 2009, Circle Line vessels were among the first to respond.
Food and Snacks were available for purchase on board. Since it was lunch time, the line was long and the workers slow. I ordered two hot dogs, one with cheese and one with chili. They were $4.00 each and were just OK.
Cruises depart from Pier 83 at W. 42nd Street and 12th Avenue.
Seniors (65 +) $34.00
Child (3 - 12 ) $26.00
Be sure to bring a sweater or windbreaker, as it was quite cool and windy on board.
A great way to start your visit to NY is to go on a ferry trip around Manhatten island. At the pier between west 42nd and 44th street we took our place on the circle line ferry and set off on a ride that took about two hours.We got great views of all the major landmarks and districts of New york. The Yankees stadium, Liberty island , The world trade centre (sadly no more of course.), brooklyn bridge and so much more!
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.
i would recommend anybody visiting New York to do this trip. It is such an interesting way to see the City - and you can take full advantage of the views from the water - totally uninterupted views of the skyscrapers....much easier to see than down on the ground!
We did the 2 hour cruise which i think was enough for us but they also do a 3 hour one and a night time one (which if the days had been right we would have loved to have done.)
The guides are very knowledgeable about their city and gave you lots of information about the sights that you were passing, some of which many people may not have known about.
There is a toilet on board as well as a bar to buy drinks and snacks such as crisps/chocolate.
Great way to see the city and give your feet a rest!
Just a hint - maybe worth getting a bus or taxi there - we walked from Madisson Square Gardens and it seemed to take an age and some areas we walked through made me feel a bit intimidated.
The Circle Line boat cruise is one of the best ways to see the Manhattan skyline. The Circle Line offers criuses around half of Manhattan Island and all of Manhattan Island. I recommend the cruise that goes around the entire island. You will see most of the major landmarks on Manhattan Island and some from the outer boroughs and nearby New Jersey. The full island cruise takes about 3 hours. It is well worth the trip, expecially on a clear summer day.
What a great way to get an overall view of the city, the bridges and most gratifyingly, the Statue of Liberty. My friends and I really enjoyed the boat ride around the city despite the rainy weather that was rather glum. It was a great way to see the Statue and get an overall grasp of the city.
There are two locations to depart from, pier 83 and pier 16. They each offer different cruises and you can learn more on their website as far as costs, cruise options, buying tickets online or at the peir, etc.
Pier 83, West 42nd Street, NYC
General Info: 212-563-3200
Group Sales: 212-630-8885
Charter Sales: 212-630-8147
Circle Line Seaport
Pier 16, South Street Seaport, NYC
General Info: 212-563-3200
Group Sales: 212-630-8885