The best sightseeing cruises, sailing and water tours in New York

By Steffen, 16. February 2017
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A cruise is a truly special experience that will give you the feeling of a little getaway during your holiday in NYC. Feelings of calm will wash over you while relaxing on the water with a drink in your hand, looking out over New York City from a brand new perspective. Floating on the Hudson or the East River on your sightseeing or dinner cruise, will make sure that you go home with a memorable experience in mind. On our last few trips to NYC we tried some of the boat tours and have been thrilled every time. We have collected a list of our favourite cruises below to make your search easier. You can compare the boat tours as well as watch a video below that we took, to show you what its like to cruise around Manhattan. Along with this we have included any important information for each of the cruises, such as ticket prices, duration, frequency and place of departure.

Be sure to sit on the LEFT side of the boats for tours of Manhattan!

This is of particular importance for the Full Island Cruise (3h) as the boats travel counterclockwise. If you are sitting on the left side, you will always be on the side that faces Manhattan!

Our tip: be sure to buy tickets in advance to avoid any queues at the terminal. This can save you up to 2 hours! This is definitely one of the best ways to discover New York from a brand new perspective. Whats even better is that tickets are very affordable and start at just £17 per person.

Day cruises

Many tour operators provide day cruises around Manhattan — this is confirmed by the many boats you can see cruising the East River, the New York Harbour, and the Hudson River. Here we have a list of the¬†the most popular day tours. These cruises cover different areas and start from various locations. We have included everything ranging from short and sweet¬†tours, to long, relaxing cruises!

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Circle Line – Complete Manhattan Island CruiseThe ultimate New York City Cruise takes you under 20 bridges, over 3 rivers, and...Read more Lunch Cruise to the Statue of LibertyThis two-hour lunch cruise through the New York harbour is a new addition to the...Read more Day Trip: All-day Cruise to Bear MountainOnly few are aware of this little secret: New York City has a lot more...Read more The Beast Speedboat rideHold onto your hats and get ready for the ride of your life aboard The...Read more Cruise to the Statue of LibertyIf your time on holiday is limited, theres one thing you will definitely want to...Read more Semi Circle Cruise: 2-hours trip around ManhattanThis Cruise will take you half way around the island of Manhattan and show you...Read more

Night cruises

Three are also night tours available! These night cruises generally follow the same route as day tours meaning you get to enjoy Manhattan’s beautiful skyline from the water. If you get lucky and catch the sunset, you will also experience some truly unique views as the skyscrapers in the city begin to light up. All of this while relaxing with a drink on one of the cruises below – yes please!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise in New York CityEverything¬†is said to be bigger and better in the USA, this is especially true when...Read more Rock the Yacht New York City Party CruisePartying on a luxury yacht while cruising through New York Harbor? The Rock the Yacht...Read more Harbour cruise at night: Harbour Lights TourWatch¬†New York's reflection dance in the water as it twinkles like the stars far above....Read more Sunset Cruise to Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular landmarks in¬†New York City. If...Read more New York City ‚Äď Twilight cruiseHave you ever¬†wondered what¬†the perfect end to a day of sightseeing in New York City...Read more Hornblower New York – Chinese New Years Eve Dinner CruiseWith its extensive fleet, Hornblower is one of the major providers of lunch and dinner...Read more

Dinner Cruises

Relaxing on a boat, admiring the skyline of New York and all the while, enjoying culinary delights is one of the most popular ways to explore NYC from the water. Here are the best dinner cruises that we wholeheartedly recommend. With a love for food, a relaxed atmosphere and some spectacular views these cruises have the perfect recipe for a fun or even romantic evening. Reservations should be made early however, as tickets are limited.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise in New York CityEverything¬†is said to be bigger and better in the USA, this is especially true when...Read more Hornblower New York – Chinese New Years Eve Dinner CruiseWith its extensive fleet, Hornblower is one of the major providers of lunch and dinner...Read more New York Dinner CruiseA New York Dinner Cruise on the World Yacht is one of our recommendations for...Read more Bateaux New York Dinner CruiseThe¬†Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise is definitely a highlight of NYC. There are five reasons¬†why...Read more

Special events

Several operators offer boat tours on holidays or during special events. For example, you can celebrate New Year’s, Thanksgiving, or the 4th of July (Independence Day) on one of these cruises¬†and enjoy a front row seat to the fireworks. Like the dinner cruises, these tours are also very popular so make sure to make a¬†reservation as soon as possible. Only a limited number of tickets are available!

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New Year’s Eve Cruise in New YorkNew Years's Eve is always the same: what to do this year? But the fact,...Read more Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise in New York CityEverything¬†is said to be bigger and better in the USA, this is especially true when...Read more July 4th fireworks cruiseJuly 4th or Independence¬†Day is a federal holiday in the US on which the nation...Read more Hornblower New York – Chinese New Years Eve Dinner CruiseWith its extensive fleet, Hornblower is one of the major providers of lunch and dinner...Read more

Check out our cruise experience Рthis one included a stop at the Statue of Liberty!

Our tip: Many cruises and sightseeing boat tours are also included in the New York passes!

In the New York sightseeing passes, up to 80 attractions and tours are included in the price. Learn more here:

New York Pass    Explorer Pass     CityPASS

Compare passes and save up to 56% !

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