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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.
  • Explore the whole of Manhattan Island on an extended cruise
  • Magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline
  • Learn about New York's landmarks through live on-board commentary
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2.5 hour Sightseeing Cruise
Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
Free Wi-Fi on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Restroom on board
Outdoor deck
Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Soda/Pop

Departure Point

83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Three rivers, seven bridges, five boroughs, 25 world-renowned landmarks, and a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Now that’s getting to know New York City.

On this sightseeing tour around Manhattan Island, enjoy stunning views of the Big Apple’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and many more.

Depart from Pier 83 in midtown Manhattan and cruise all the way around Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. While on-board, enjoy live narration from a professional tour guide.

Learn more about the history of each of the sites while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Circle Line Cruises
Choose to upgrade to premier seating which offers skip-the-line privileges, an exclusive inside area and outdoor patio area onboard, water, and dedicated wait service. In the summer opt for the VIP package upgrade that includes a lunch (Options include Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink) at North River Lobster located on nearby Pier 83. Upgrade Options: Cruise + Premier Seating  Put yourself in the captain's chair with first class seating, premium views, and seat service that will make you feel like you own the city! Enjoy comfortable upgraded seats, exclusive outdoor viewing area, food and beverage service from the comfort of your seat, and skip-the-line privileges to avoid long lines. Cruise + VIP Package (Available April-September) Premier Seating plus lunch at North River Lobster Company, a floating lobster shack located at neighboring Pier 83. Choose from Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink. North River Lobster Company offers fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer, and a raw bar in a relaxed, casual environment and is the perfect place to unwind or soak up the sun after your VIP sightseeing cruise. In addition to the live tour guide narration in English, recorded narration is available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher. 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
While you cruise, your knowledgeable tour guide acts as part entertainer and part historian, bringing the city's breathtaking sights and fascinating history to life. You will discover the secrets of New York City as you sail around Manhattan Island, and see three rivers, seven major bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, the five boroughs, over 25 world-renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available for purchase on board.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Ellis Island
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
The cruise conveniently departs from Pier 83 @ West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway, in Midtown Manhattan.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Parking available at Circle Line Sightseeing, Pier 83, W 42nd Street. $30 before 3 pm weekdays and $35 after 3 pm weekdays and all weekends. (Prices subject to change.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take the subway to get to the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Yes - Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q or R train to Times Square 42nd St; train B, D, F to 5th Ave and 42nd St, or 4, 5, 6 train to 42nd St Grand Central Station. Take the M42 bus west or walk 5 avenues west to Pier 83 (about 1 mile or 1.6km).
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take a bus to get to the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Yes - From 42nd Street take the M42 bus going West, directly to the Circle Line Pier. From 49th Street take the M50 bus directly to the Circle Line pier.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Boarding begins a half-hour before departure. Please plan on arriving 45-minutes to 1-hour before the scheduled departure to allow for time to check-in and also find seating on your cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is seating assigned during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early! There is seating available both inside as well as out on deck. The boats typically sail on time, so please leave enough time for traffic delays and plan to arrive early.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Yes - For children or infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are food and/or drink available during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Yes, there is a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails available in the onboard cafe to purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own food/drink onboard the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is WiFi available onboard the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Yes - there is complimentary WiFi available onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
How close does the boat get to the Statue of Liberty during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
All of the sightseeing boats cruise within yards (meters) of Lady Liberty for an absolutely incredible view. You’ll feel like you’re actually on the island!
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any stops during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
There are no stops during the sightseeing cruise, however, you will get amazing views of over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise offered in languages other than English?
A:
All tours are narrated in English by the guides, however, recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and English via free app download. Instructions are provided on your ticket.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke on board the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Smoking is not permitted during the Harbor Lights Cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:
Sorry, animals are not permitted, except for certified service animals.
Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "Keep in mind, the elderly do have to make it up and down one set of stairs, but there are railings on both sides." See review
  • "Arrive an hour early like suggested to get the best seats." See review
  • "Beware the high prices for refreshments on board - take your own!" See review

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star-5
GREAT TOUR!!!
Angela_R
, Jul 2021
Big vessel, plenty of room! Air conditioned, snacks, drinks, bar! On time departure, on time return!!! This tour is a must!! We enjoyed everything!!! Tour director is SO FUNNY!
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star-3
What a view
LetsTry
, Jul 2021
Seeing lower Manhattan is just amazing. Nothing like the City’s unique physique. Lady Liberty is such a site to see up close.
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Great
Mark_C
, Jul 2021
The Hudson cruise and the Lady liberty. The weather was perfect for the cruise. It was well worth it for 2 1/2 hours.
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Not as advertised
DominiqueM_S
, Jul 2021
You could barely hear the announcer/tour guide. Also it was packed - I didn’t know they could sell that many seats on board. Also no where on the ticket does it say you can’t bring food and drinks on board. If that is the case then that should have been written on the page and or ticket. 2.5 hours is to long to be packed on a boat and not be able to hear the tour guide.
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star-5
A big thank you for making my Mum's memory they way it was meant to be
SallyM
, Jul 2021
Just everything, easy ticket retrieval, the weather, the staff, just the whole experience. It was the first anniversary of my Mum's passing and I went on the trip that she loved so much!
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star-5
Wonderful trip around the island
Jeff_N
, Jul 2021
The tour guide was fantastic very good not recommend this more. I have been to New York City no fewer than 20 times and this is the first time I have done this and it was absolutely awesome.
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star-5
Loved It!
Corlette_B
, Jul 2021
Love this cruise. The tour guide was very informative and funny. Over all great trip around Manhattan ☺️.
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Circle cruise line tour
Dennis_D
, Jul 2021
Most visitors would never see Manhattan from the Hudson River. A good inexpensive and delightful tour. I would do it again.
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Great
Genesis_B
, Jul 2021
Honestly the whole experience was nice. I got to learn a bit. I just have one critic, that’s the speakers were louder so you can hear the tour clearer.
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star-5
Great family cruise of NYC sights from the water
Michael_I
, Jul 2021
Great cruise around NYC! My family loved the views and narration from the captain of the boat. I recommend you take the time to do this trip!
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