Landmarks Cruise: 2h Cruise Around Manhattan

Highlights of the Semi Circle Cruise, duration: 2 hours

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This Cruise will take you halfway around the island of Manhattan and show you the absolute sightseeing highlights of NYC. Viewing all the sights in Downtown Manhattan from the water is a very special experience and a unique & efficient way to explore the city. Besides the main landmarks of the city, this cruise also takes you very close to the Statue of Liberty which makes it the perfect picture taking the opportunity. 

Book tickets

Make sure to book this cruise in advance online. As it is one of the most popular cruises in the city it is not uncommon for there to be a large queue to get tickets. By booking your tickets online you can save yourself money through online discounts as well as up to two hours of precious sightseeing time!


Our Insider Tip:

Find a seat on the left side of the boat. This way you will be sitting on the side of the NYC skyline. This will definitely improve your view of the city’s famous landmarks.

Cruise Route – What will you see?

Video of the cruise

So you get an idea of the cruise we have made a short video for you below. As you can see the views are absolutely spectacular. Exploring the picture perfect city from the water is truly a special experience and will ensure you get some unique and beautiful pictures of NYC.

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Semi Circle Cruise Highlights

This 2 hours trip is often called “the best of Manhattan” which is an accurate name for the cruise as it shows you all the main sights of the city from a new perspective. The views from the boat are breathtaking and unforgettable. The name (Semi-Circle Cruise) comes from the fact that this trip cruises around half of Manhattan Island. If you are interested in making a full loop around Manhattan, check out the Full Circle Tour.


Passing under the Brooklyn Bridge during the Semi-Circle Boat Tour

Brooklyn Bridge

Tips for your trip

It is definitely a good idea to purchase your tickets for the Semi-Circle Cruise in advance. This way you can take advantage of online discounts as well as avoid the long queues at the cruise terminal to get your tickets. The cruise departs from Pier 83 West at 42nd Street & 12th Avenue and returns to the same location.

pier-83Dates/hours of operation for the 2 hours cruise

  • November 2016-April 28: 3:30 pm
  • April 29-Sept 4: 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Sept 5-Oct 29: 12:30 pm
  • Oct 30-March: 3:30 pm




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