The 12 Best Cruises In NYC You Can Take This Month

Make the most of your summer in New York

Are you looking for the best cruises in New York that you can take right now? Look no further! Here you find some of the best cruises in NYC that are currently available below!

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 summer! 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.

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    Circle Line - Harbor Lights Night Cruise

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    The Harbor Lights Cruise by Cricle Line is an amazing way to see the 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.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Sailboat Day Cruise to the Statue of Liberty

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    By far the best way to admire New York City’s iconic skyline is from the water. With this day cruise along the Hudson River, you can take in the most recognized cityscape in the world while relaxing on board the elegant Adirondack schooner. Sip complimentary wine, beer, and Champagne while looking out over iconic sights like the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Battery Park.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Sunset Sail

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    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.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

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    From one of our absolute favorite boat tours in New York there is also a Jazz Cruise. You are on board a luxury yacht in the style of the 1920s, which has a wonderful charm and is not to be compared with the big sightseeing ships. The jazz cruise starts at the Chelsea Piers and takes you along the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and the harbor of New York. On the way you can enjoy a wonderful view of the New York skyline and smooth jazz at the same time.

    And the best part? The first drink is included in the price of the Jazz Cruise!

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    Bateaux Lunch Cruise

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    This boat tour with lunch on board the Bateaux New York will take you from the Hudson River to the East River, which means you will see all the major buildings of the NYC skyline. And of course, the Statue of Liberty is included! Since the atmosphere on the Bateaux Lunch cruise is a bit more formal, guests are asked to wear long pants and no shorts or hot pants or flip flops.

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    Circle Line - New York Landmarks Cruise

    Cruise in Midtown Manhattan
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    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.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Champagne City Lights Cruise

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    We had an amazing time onboard the luxurious 1920s inspired motor yacht. Combine sightseeing with a romantic evening and step onboard the 1920s inspired boat at Pier 62 (Chelsea Piers – W. 22nd and Hudson River). During the 90-minutes long tour, you’ll get to see iconic NYC sights along the water and most importantly breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Especially in the summer, you can admire the most beautiful sunset during this special cruise. There is seating inside the yacht and outside seating as well.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Architecture Yacht Cruise

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    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.

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    New York Harbor Evening Sail with Live Jazz

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    You will sail with the beautiful tall ship “Clipper City” from Battery Park southwards into the harbor of New York and can admire the illuminated One World Trade Center and the skyline from close range. The atmosphere on the tall ship is really very special: you are surrounded by locals, the hustle and bustle of the city is far away and you are immediately deeply relaxed.

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    Spirit: Lunch Cruise

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    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.

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    Classic Harbor Line: Statue and Skyline Yacht Cruise

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    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.

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    Manhattan By Sail: Champagne Brunch

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    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.

What is the Best Cruise in New York for you?

There are over 40 boat and sailing tours in New York and it’s not easy to choose the best one. That’s where our Cruise Finder comes in. It will help you find the best boat tour for you!

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! Not to forget the 2 hour sailing cruise starting from Pier 62 – Sailing, first drink is included and enjoying the sunset in New York, could it get any better?

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I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world. By the way: Did you like my article? Then think about becoming a supporter of us on Patreon!

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