Circle Line: Landmarks Cruise (1.5hrs)

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Circle Line Landmarks Cruise

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 takes time to answer individual questions which 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 and even if you’re in New York for the first time, getting there is quite easy. Pier 83 is located on West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue and you could walk the distance from Times Square.

Eric’s Tip: This is my favourite sightseeing boat tour. It doesn’t last very long so it’s 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 all the information, with the help of the free, multi-language audio guide.

Circle Line Landmarks Cruise Skyline Circle Line Landmarks Cruise Brooklyn Bridge

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 you to exchange the voucher as early in the day as possible, or even the day before, so you’ll be sure of availability.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Departure point: Pier 83
  • Departure times:
    • January 1st – March 31st: no cruises
    • April 1st – May 21st: daily at 12:00, closed on Tuesday
    • May 22nd – September 6th: daily at 12:30 and 15:00
    • September 7th – December 30th: daily at 12:00, closed on Tuesday
    • Special schedules on 4th of July and New Year’s Eve
    • Doesn’t run on Thanksgiving and 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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