The 5 Best Statue of Liberty Cruises

Seeing the Statue of Liberty from the water

There are multiple ways for you to see the Statue of Liberty in New York. Our personal favorite is seeing the Statue of Liberty from the water! That’s why, in this article, we’d like to present the 5 best Statue of Liberty Cruises.

Our Favorite Statue of Liberty Cruises

First of all, let us reiterate that the only way to set foot on Liberty Island is by taking the ferry. This can be done with an appropriate ticket or within a guided tour. Any other Statue of Liberty Cruise will be cruising around the Statue of Liberty. They may make a stop on the water, but they do not stop at the island. For us, however, cruises around the Statue of Liberty are the perfect way of combining panoramic scenes of Manhattan’s skyline with a close view of the Statue of Liberty. If you do want to visit the island, be sure to be informed about all the different ticket types in advance.

IMPORTANT: To see the Statue by night, check out the Statue By Night Cruise by Circle Line.

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  • New York CityPASS
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  • Sightseeing Pass
  • New York Pass (Water Taxi)
  • Sightseeing Pass (CitySightseeing)

There are also a bunch of private tours that are offered to explore the Statue of Liberty. Even though the reviews are excellent, we do not believe a private tour is necessary. A guided tour in a small group is just as good and much more affordable.

Should you want to climb all the way to the top, into the crown of the Statue of Liberty, you would need a different ticket. Those tickets are limited and sell out many weeks in advance, so be sure to secure your tickets.

Details about each Statue of Liberty Cruise

1. Circle Line: Liberty Cruise

Statue of Liberty Cruise by Circle LineIf you were interested in taking a cruise around Manhattan anyway, then you may as well go for the Liberty Cruise by Circle Line. It departs in Midtown Manhattan and then slowly makes its way along the skyline to the Southern tip of Manhattan. It’ll not only pass the Statue of Liberty but also stop there to provide you with the best photo opportunity. Especially in the summer, this cruise is an amazing experience. In the winter, or when the weather isn’t in your favor, it’s also great, because you can stay inside and cruise by the Statue of Liberty without getting wet. There’s a WiFi and most importantly a tour guide to provide you will all relevant facts and stories during the 60-minute ride.



2. Circle Line: Landmarks Cruise

Seeing the Statue of Liberty from a boatThe Landmarks Cruise is about 30 minutes longer than the Liberty Cruise. The Statue of Liberty is only part of the sightseeing cruise. On the way from Midtown Manhattan towards Lower Manhattan, you pass many of New York’s highlights until finally arriving at the Statue of Liberty. The live commentary on board keeps you informed about what you see. Free onboard WiFi is also included on this Statue of Liberty Cruise.




3. Lady Liberty Lunch Cruise

Statue of Liberty Lunch CruiseThe Lady Liberty Lunch Cruise doesn’t only offer you fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan, but also a delicious lunch buffet with music, tea, and coffee. The lunch cruise tends to be less crowded are more relaxing which is why we thoroughly enjoyed it. With this Statue of Liberty cruise, you can easily combine lunch with sightseeing. The cruise departs from Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport.




4. Clipper City Tall Ship

Sailing Cruise to Statue of LibertyThis Statue of Liberty cruise is probably the most unique one. You’ll be sailing on a historic sailing ship, whose original was built before the Civil War! This City Clipper replica has been improved to meet modern standards. It can carry up to 130 passengers but due to its size, it never felt crowded. The Clipper City Ship will pass the Statue of Liberty and stay close to it for several minutes, providing you with enough time to gaze at the Statue and take photos of it.




5. Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

New York Water Taxi in front of Statue of LibertyThe hop-on-hop-off cruise or WaterTaxi is the counterpart to the popular hop-on-hop-off buses that you find in metropolises all over the world. The great part about this type of Statue of Liberty Cruises is that you can choose between several routes. WaterTaxi and CitySightseeing are the two most popular providers. To see the Statue of Liberty by WaterTaxi, for example, hop on the line from Brooklyn to Midtown.

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