The 5 Absolute Best Brunch Cruises in New York

Enjoy a brunch on a cruise!

If you don’t have time for a dinner cruise in the evening, a brunch cruise is a wonderful alternative. The selection of good boat tours for brunch in New York City is really good – from large ships to smaller cozy boats in the look of the 1920s your options range.

The routes of the boats are all fairly similar and take you along the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty. On the way there you can enjoy a great view of the New York skyline with all its highlights. From the new Hudson Yards with the observation deck The Edge to the Empire State Building, the new One Vanderbilt and of course the One World Trade Center, everything is there.The next stop is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. From there, the cruise returns to the starting point.

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Brunch Cruises are the best way to start your day in NYC!

One thing you can already look forward to: there is hardly a better way to start the day with a brunch in a cruise in New York! Drinking coffee, having a delicious breakfast and always having a stunning view of New York City from the water is just great!

But what are the best brunch cruises in New York? We will now present them to you in detail. As with the Dinner Cruises and Lunch Cruises, tickets are very popular and often book up quickly. Therefore: if there are still tickets available, you should book quickly!


The Best Brunch Cruises in NYC

Here you find my comparison of all brunch cruises in New York. You’ll find everything important including dinner options and routes:

My Favorite
Most Popular

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Bateaux Brunch Cruise NYC

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Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

4th of July Brunch Cruise

Rating

Rating

Duration

Duration

2.75 hours

2 hours

2 hours

2.75 hours

2 hours

Pier

Pier

Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers

North Cove Marina

Chelsea Piers

Pier 36

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

What to expect

Hudson River

Hudson River

New York Harbor

New York Harbor

East River

East River

Palisades

Palisades

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge

Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island

George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge

Price

Price

$154

$131

$98

$159

from $99

Food & Drinks

Food & Drinks

  • buffet menu
  • One complimentary drink (additional drinks available for purchase)
  • brunch buffet
  • unlimited mimosas
  • Brunch buffet
  • Tea and coffee service
  • Champagne open bar
  • Prix fixe brunch menu
  • One alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage
  • four-course brunch
  • Bottomless mimosas plus complimentary coffee, tea or juice

Departure

Departure

10 am

12 am

11 am

11 am

11:30 am

My recommendations

Which brunch cruise in New York is the best?

As you can see, we love the combination of boat tour, sightseeing and food. Therefore, we have tried many brunch cruises over the years. Some, unfortunately, were disappointing and way too expensive for what you got (so these are not represented in my best list).

We can personally recommend two brunch cruises: the Bateaux Brunch Cruise and the Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan. We always had a great time on both!

Brunch Cruises NYC in Detail

  1. 01

    Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

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    This brunch cruise is one of the most beautiful boat tours in New York. You sit aboard a 1920s-style ship with lots of wood and even more glass. The provider has several wonderful boat tours in the program, of which we have already tried four (and all were great!).

    Start at Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers – this is where you board. First you start towards the George Washington Bridge, then turn south to the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. You can enjoy the view of the New York skyline and have a delicious brunch with New York specialties. The first drink (even champagne!) is even included in the price.

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    Bateaux New York Luxury Brunch Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    The boat tours with Bateaux New York are super-popular, especially the Dinner Cruise (which is also one of our favorites). In addition, there’s a Brunch Cruise that takes you from the Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty in two hours. Along the way, you’ll see many of New York’s famous landmarks; I always find the skyline impressive and beautiful. And because the Bateaux New York is made of a lot of glass, the view from everywhere is really good. 

    If you are looking for an elegant and luxurious brunch cruise, there is no way around the Bateaux Brunch Cruise: you can expect a brunch menu with a huge selection, there is live music, service on board and all non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price. 

    My conclusion: The Bateaux Brunch Cruise is one of the best brunch cruises in New York!

  3. 03

    Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

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    At the Champagne Brunch Sail you will start the day in a very relaxed way with the historic tall ship “Shearwater”. The two-ship is located in the probably most expensive marina in Manhattan in direct proximity of the One World Trade Center. You start directly at the Hudson River, from where you sail towards the harbour. From the Shearwater you can relax and admire the skyline – best with a glass of champagne in your hand!

  4. 04

    New York City Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

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    The New York City Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise is one of the best boat tours you can take in New York in the fall. You’ll see an incredible amount of nature as you make your way up the Hudson River – that was something that really surprised me personally. On top of that, this Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise takes place on a very beautiful 1920’s style ship. The atmosphere is really great!

    The ship takes you from Pier 62 towards Palisades Park and the George Washington Bridge. You will pass the last part of Manhattan on your right with the Upper West Side and Harlem and go under the impressive George Washington Bridge, the only bridge that connects the state of New Jersey with the state of New York. And on your left you will be able to admire Palisades Park in New Jersey. 

  5. 05

    NYC 4th of July Brunch Cruise

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    This 4th of July brunch cruise is one of the newest boat tours where you can celebrate the Independence Day of the USA in a wonderfully relaxed way. The ship has three different decks where you can combine sightseeing with brunch. The icing on the cake is the live DJ on board who will entertain you on this tour from George Washington Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge.

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!


FAQ

Which brunch cruise in NYC is the cheapest?

The cheapest brunch cruises start at around $98.

Where do the brunch cruises depart from in New York?

The departure point depends on the operators: the two main ones depart from Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River at Pier 61/62. However, there are also Queens and Jersey City as departure locations.

Are there brunch cruises for special events?

Yes, especially the holiday brunch cruises, christmas day brunch cruise, the fall foliage brunch cruise and the New Year’s Eve brunch cruises are very popular. If you are in New York at this time and plan to have brunch on a boat, you should book quickly. The tickets are very popular and the tours sell out quickly.

Is there a dress code?

No. Only the Bateaux Brunch Cruise requires an elegant or dressy-casual attire (cocktail wear or dressy-casual attire is appropriate and dressy jeans are acceptable although casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes and foam flip flops are discouraged).

About the author
Steffen

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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