The 6 Best New Year’s Eve Cruises in New York 2021

As we are approaching the end of the year, one question typically remains: What are we going to do this New Year’s Eve? When thinking about all the options you have, you should definitely consider a New Year’s Eve Cruise in New York.

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York with kids, take a look at our complete NYE guide which includes family-friendly ways to ring in the New Year.

This year there are several different NYE tours to choose from. What they all have in common is the destination: the New York harbor and Brooklyn Bridge. And all New Year’s Eve cruises offer views of the fireworks and a toast of champagne as the clock strikes midnight.

But which NYE cruise is the best? You can find out here in 👉 my comparison. And below you’ll find 👉 all the details about the NYE cruises.

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Keep in mind that spaces on the New Year’s Eve cruises are limited. To guarantee a spot on one of the cruises, be sure to reserve your tickets as far in advance as you can!

The Best New Year’s Eve Cruises in NYC 2021

Cruises are a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of Times Square. If you like the idea of watching the fireworks from a boat on the Hudson or East River, then one of these New Year’s Eve cruises in New York with the Manhattan‘s skyline as a backdrop is the right thing for you!

Below you’ll find a table, comparing our favorite New Year’s Eve Cruises in New York City. Hopefully, it helps you make a decision!

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Party Cruise

Fireworks Cruise NYC

New Years Eve Fireworks Boat Party in New York

New Year's Eve Party Cruise 2022

NYC New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Fireworks over Manhattan

Fireworks over New York

Rating

NEW CRUISE

Duration

3.5 hours

4 hours

3 hours

3 hours

4 hours

4 hours

Age

21 +

21 +

18 +

-

21 +

-

Pier

Pier 62

Pier 36

Pier 83

Pier 61

Pier 61

Pier 81

Start

10 pm

8 pm

10 pm

10 pm

9 pm

10 pm

View of fireworks

Food

Hors d'oeuvres & desserts

Dinner

Appetizers & snacks

4-course dinner

Buffet dinner

Lobster dinner

Drinks

Beer & wine

Open bar

Unlimited beer, wine & soft drinks 

Premium open bar

Open bar

Open bar

Music

Live Jazz 

Live DJ

Live DJ

Live DJ

Live DJ

Live DJ

Price

$165

$295

$199

$796

$432

$369

sold out

sold out

sold out

My recommendations

Which NYE Cruise in New York is the Best?

Personally, I have one favorite: the NYC New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting.

Right now there is one last cruise available.

The NYE Cruises in NYC in Detail

And here you find all information about the cruises that are available on New Year’s Eve:

  1. 01

    NYE Fireworks Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    This New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise in NYC offers a limited amount of tickets making sure that the experience is exclusive for those who want to celebrate in style and comfort. Throughout the evening, enjoy a large selection of hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live Jazz music and stunning views of the New York City skyline. The cruise departs from Pier 62.

    • Boarding: 9 pm
    • Departure: 10 pm sharp
    • Return: roughly 1:30 am

    What you’ll get:

    • beer & wine
    • hors d’oeuvres & desserts
    • a glass of champagne at midnight
    • an amazing view of the fireworks
    • live Jazz music

    Good to know:

    • Passengers must be at least 21 years of age and present an ID upon boarding
    • There is no particular dress code, but you should dress neatly
    • Print or mobile tickets are available
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    New York City New Year's Eve Circle Line Cruise

    Cruise in Hell's Kitchen
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    Enjoy an open bar with great cocktails and champagne and of course fantastic views of the fireworks above the New York skyline that you cannot get from anywhere else. As the clock strikes midnight, admire unbeatable views of the fireworks shimmering above the Statue of Liberty, a picture-perfect and unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience. The New Year’s Eve Cruise in New York by Circle Line will depart from Pier 83 in Manhattan/” title=”Midtown” data-wpil-keyword-link=”linked”>Midtown Manhattan.

    • Boarding: 9 pm
    • Departure: 10 pm sharp
    • Return: roughly 1 am

    What you’ll get:

    • open bar
    • a glass of champagne at midnight
    • hors d’ oeuvres
    • an amazing view of the fireworks
    • live DJ

    Good to know:

    • Passengers must be at least 18 years of age and present an ID upon boarding
    • You can dress however you like – there is no particular dress code!
    • Print or mobile tickets are available
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    New Years Eve Fireworks Boat Party in New York

    Cruise in Lower East Side
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    On board the Liberty Bell you can spend a wonderful New Year’s Eve in New York: it’s a party cruise with live DJ, which starts at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side. Enjoy the New York skyline and dance into 2022 – you’ve certainly earned it! 

    By the way, in addition to the regular tickets, there are VIP tickets that include a private lounge, private bar and bottle of champagne from Moet.

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    NYC New Year's Eve Luxury Bateaux Dinner Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    If you want to celebrate a truly beautiful New Year’s Eve in New York on a boat cruise with dinner, there’s no way around our beloved NYC New Year’s Eve Luxury Bateaux Dinner Cruise. 

    There are two things at once that make this New Year’s Eve boat cruise special: first and foremost, of course, the ship itself. Its large windows give you a sensational view of the New York skyline. And in addition to that, the atmosphere on board is very nice: elegant, classy and yet relaxed. 

    You can expect a first-class dinner menu, the bar is very well equipped and the bartenders are very attentive and helpful. On time for the countdown, best with a glass of champagne in hand, you start into the New Year 2022 in New York. It doesn’t get any better than this!

    We have done many of the Bateaux boat tours ourselves and have never been disappointed. Therefore, the NYC New Year’s Eve Luxury Bateaux Dinner Cruise is my absolute recommendation for you!

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    NYC New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea
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    On this exclusive VIP dinner cruise you can enjoy New Year’s Eve in New York in a very relaxed way. And that on board one of the most luxurious yachts in New York (“Atlantica”). Your tour starts at the Chelsea Piers and takes you along the Hudson River. You will see the wonderful skyline of New York, especially the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center. 

    A real highlight will be the trip into the New York harbor with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This New Year’s Eve boat cruise includes a delicious buffet dinner, open bar and music from a DJ. 

    If you want to have a really nice New Year’s Eve boat trip, this cruise aboard the Atlantica is highly recommended!

To experience New Year's Eve on a boat is a dream!

FAQ

When is the best time to see book the NYE cruises?

To guarantee a spot on one of the cruises, be sure to reserve your tickets as far in advance as you can!

Which NYE cruise in NYC is the cheapest?

The cheapest New Year’s Eve cruise starts at $199.

Where do the cruises depart from in New York?

The departure point depends on the operators. But most of the NYE cruises depart from Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River at Pier 61/62.

Is there a dress code?

No – usually there is no dress code.

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.

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