New York is slowly reopening and while most indoor attractions remain closed, outdoor activities are already in full swing. Cruises are currently the most popular way to make the most of this summer in New York. Find some of the best cruises in NYC that are currently available below!
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Seemingly all cruise operators in New York City are back on the water, giving you plenty of options to relax on a boat and enjoy mesmerizing views while maybe even sipping cocktails and eating cheese. This list displays the best cruises in NYC you can take this August! Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s sightseeing or leisure, with or without food, at day or at night – there’s a cruise for you!
Be sure to follow the cruises’ safety guidelines!
Even though cruises have set in place safety precautions, it’s your responsibility to follow them and thus maximize your and everyone else’s safety. Protective measures in place can vary from cruise to cruise, so I’d recommend informing yourself beforehand.
Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise
The Harbor Lights Cruise by Circle Line is an amazing way to see NYC from the water. As the lights start to sparkle across the Hudson and East Rivers at dusk you see the beauty of the city at night from a whole different angle.
Classic Harbor Line: Architecture Yacht Cruise
Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City’s architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the ‘Around Manhattan’ narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as snacks and soda.
Classic Harbor Line: Sunset Sail
See the spectacular New York City sunset from the water aboard a beautiful 80-foot sailing ship. Sail past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Battery Park, and enjoy a unique view of the iconic skyline with a complimentary glass of champagne.
Manhattan By Sail: Sailboat Cruise with Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie
Set sail in the waters of New York City on the only floating designated landmark around on this wine and cheese waterway experience. Float through the New York City Harbor as you sip on top wines and sample local cheese and charcuterie. Cruise alongside the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights, and New York City skylines on this relaxing excursion. This tour is the perfect way to unwind on the water and enjoy some of the city’s top attractions while sipping wine.
Hornblower: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Cruise
Get up close to one of the world’s most famous monuments and the emblematic entrance to New York’s harbor. Sail around the Statue of Liberty on a 60-minute sightseeing cruise that also journeys under the Brooklyn Bridge and over to Ellis Island.
Circle Line: Landmarks Cruise
This Circle Line cruise will take you past NYC’s most famous attractions and landmarks. You will head past the Statue of Liberty, the One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, amd much much more. If you are looking to explore Manhattan from the water and learn some of the history of NYC at the same time, this is definitely the cruise for you. At a lenght of approximately 1.5 hours, this cruise will take you half way around the Island of Manhattan as well as once around the Statue of Liberty for the ultimate photo opportunity.
Manhattan By Sail: Craft Beer Sailing
Embark on a unique sailing adventure on this craft beer cruise of New York Harbor. Take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty from aboard a replica of a historic tall ship—one of the largest vessels in the country. As you sail, taste six different New York craft beers served with cheese and charcuterie from a local Brooklyn deli. You can even take a turn at the helm if you like!
Spirit: Lunch Cruise
Relax on a comfortable boat as it cruises around New York Harbor and Manhattan on this relaxing 2-hour afternoon cruise that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and DJ’ed music. Get great views and a different perspective on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building. And indulge in the delicious buffet lunch while doing it. Upgrade the afternoon to receive a welcome glass of champagne in a souvenir glass, a table for your party size, and access to a platinum open bar.
Classic Harbor Line: Statue and Skyline Yacht Cruise
See New York’s spectacular skyline from the comfort of the Manhattan, a luxury 1920s style yacht. Get up close to the Statue of Liberty as you see New York as it is supposed to be seen, from the water.
Manhattan By Sail: Champagne Brunch
Step back in time and enjoy a Sunday brunch on board a 1920s schooner in New York Harbor. Choose from a plentiful buffet, while you take in close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.
Gray Line: Skyline Cruise
Cruise around New York harbor past such famous sights as the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the rising World Trade Center. Enjoy 90-minutes of breathtaking views of the city while being guided by expert storytellers.
Bateaux: Dinner Cruise
Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York’s hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world’s great cities, and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.
My Favorite Cruise In NYC Right Now
New York summers are hot and, if you haven’t seen the news, New York City now even classifies as a subtropical climate region! That being said, I typically try to avoid being in the blazing sun throughout the day which is why I personally love sunset and evening cruises in New York. What could be better than sailing the waterways while enjoying a fresh evening summer breeze and mesmerizing views as the New York sky presents itself in its most stunning self?
If I had to recommend a cruise in New York City right now, it’d be the Harbor Lights Cruise. On this tour, you’ll get to enjoy all the views you could wish for, you can buy drinks, and you can choose to listen to a live commentary while doing so. At $41, the Harbor Lights Cruise is a great deal, too!
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