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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.
  • Explore the whole of Manhattan Island on an extended cruise
  • Magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline
  • Learn about New York's landmarks through live on-board commentary
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2.5 hour Sightseeing Cruise
Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
Free Wi-Fi on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Restroom on board
Outdoor deck
Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Soda/Pop
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises , 83 North River Piers West 43nd Street and, 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Point: Tour departs from Pier 83, New York Address: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10019

This activity will end right where it started.
Three rivers, seven bridges, five boroughs, 25 world-renowned landmarks, and a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Now that’s getting to know New York City.

On this sightseeing tour around Manhattan Island, enjoy stunning views of the Big Apple’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and many more.

Depart from Pier 83 in midtown Manhattan and cruise all the way around Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. While on-board, enjoy live narration from a professional tour guide.

Learn more about the history of each of the sites while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Circle Line Cruises
Choose to upgrade to premier seating which offers skip-the-line privileges, an exclusive inside area and outdoor patio area onboard, water, and dedicated wait service. In the summer opt for the VIP package upgrade that includes a lunch (Options include Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink) at North River Lobster located on nearby Pier 83. Upgrade Options: Cruise + Premier Seating  Put yourself in the captain's chair with first class seating, premium views, and seat service that will make you feel like you own the city! Enjoy comfortable upgraded seats, exclusive outdoor viewing area, food and beverage service from the comfort of your seat, and skip-the-line privileges to avoid long lines. Cruise + VIP Package (Available April-September) Premier Seating plus lunch at North River Lobster Company, a floating lobster shack located at neighboring Pier 83. Choose from Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink. North River Lobster Company offers fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer, and a raw bar in a relaxed, casual environment and is the perfect place to unwind or soak up the sun after your VIP sightseeing cruise. In addition to the live tour guide narration in English, recorded narration is available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher. 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
While you cruise, your knowledgeable tour guide acts as part entertainer and part historian, bringing the city's breathtaking sights and fascinating history to life. You will discover the secrets of New York City as you sail around Manhattan Island, and see three rivers, seven major bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, the five boroughs, over 25 world-renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available for purchase on board.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Ellis Island
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • For children/infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to the departure time for boarding.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:The cruise conveniently departs from Pier 83 @ West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway, in Midtown Manhattan.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Parking available at Circle Line Sightseeing, Pier 83, W 42nd Street. $30 before 3 pm weekdays and $35 after 3 pm weekdays and all weekends. (Prices subject to change.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take the subway to get to the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Yes - Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q or R train to Times Square 42nd St; train B, D, F to 5th Ave and 42nd St, or 4, 5, 6 train to 42nd St Grand Central Station. Take the M42 bus west or walk 5 avenues west to Pier 83 (about 1 mile or 1.6km).
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take a bus to get to the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Yes - From 42nd Street take the M42 bus going West, directly to the Circle Line Pier. From 49th Street take the M50 bus directly to the Circle Line pier.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Boarding begins a half-hour before departure. Please plan on arriving 45-minutes to 1-hour before the scheduled departure to allow for time to check-in and also find seating on your cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is seating assigned during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early! There is seating available both inside as well as out on deck. The boats typically sail on time, so please leave enough time for traffic delays and plan to arrive early.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Yes - For children or infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are food and/or drink available during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Yes, there is a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails available in the onboard cafe to purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own food/drink onboard the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is WiFi available onboard the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Yes - there is complimentary WiFi available onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
How close does the boat get to the Statue of Liberty during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:All of the sightseeing boats cruise within yards (meters) of Lady Liberty for an absolutely incredible view. You’ll feel like you’re actually on the island!
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any stops during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:There are no stops during the sightseeing cruise, however, you will get amazing views of over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise offered in languages other than English?
A:All tours are narrated in English by the guides, however, recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and English via free app download. Instructions are provided on your ticket.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke on board the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Smoking is not permitted during the Harbor Lights Cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:Sorry, animals are not permitted, except for certified service animals.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise.

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  • "Keep in mind, the elderly do have to make it up and down one set of stairs, but there are railings on both sides." See review
  • "Arrive an hour early like suggested to get the best seats." See review
  • "Beware the high prices for refreshments on board - take your own!" See review

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star-5
Very interesting trip
Pat_M
, Jul 2022
All of it was great. I found the history most interesting.it was very informative. I loves sitting on the top in the weather.
star-5
Excellent sightseeing
Frederic_F
, Jun 2022
Excellent sightseeing of Manhattan from the water. While the guide was motivated, the 2+ hours of comments unfortunately became background noise after a while.
star-5
We had a great time being...
pemba_d
, Jun 2022
We had a great time being in the circle line! It was such a wonderful, relaxing, and fun experience. Truly enjoyed the entire trip!
star-5
Excellent guide!
Pompeyo_C
, Jun 2022
Excellent guide, lots of great information about the whole trip, added a lot of value to the whole experience
star-5
Very well organised. Andy...
Alison_V
, Jun 2022
Very well organised. Andy was a great tour guide and gave us lots of information all the way around. Highly recommended.
star-3
Fix the speaker system!
Miyoko_I
, Jun 2022
Although I enjoyed this experience, it was disappointing to NOT be able to hear the guide over the majority of the loud speakers on the boat. Most did not work and those that did were often not loud enough. A large part of the reason I chose this experience for my family was to learn more about the sites of NYC and without adequate sound i found this next to impossible. We were a large group and it was impossible to sit together in an area where the speakers functioned properly.
star-5
Great tour!
Allison_B
, Jun 2022
Great for adults and teens interested in informational tours. My 10 year old got a little bored towards the end, but my husband and I loved the whole tour. Worth every dime.
star-5
Nice way to spend a few hours
Marjorie_G
, Jun 2022
Informative and funny, Andy did a good job…though he had so much to say it was hard to catch everything.
star-5
Good time
Martha_R
, Jun 2022
The experience was excellent. The tour guide Andy was very informative and funny. Loved him. Everyone was very courteous and helpful
star-5
Must Do in NYC
Angela_G
, Jun 2022
Hilarious commentary. Facts about what we saw delivered in an interesting way. Statue of liberty, all the different bridges, buildings and relevant history. Great to see the city from a different perspective.
star-5
Great way to spend 2.5 hours
lynne_C
, Jun 2022
Narrated tour in AC or outside in the air whichever you choose:: ALL THE WAY AROUND MANHATTAN lots of detail friendly staff clean environment
star-5
David was great. Lots of...
Jessica_R
, Jun 2022
David was great. Lots of information, funny and entertaining. Other staff was kind and courteous. Best excursion we have done in NYC.
star-4
TONY'S narrative -...
Mary_J
, Jun 2022
TONY'S narrative - encouragement of questions - his geniality. Sorry the tides prevented a total circle around Manhattan.
star-4
It's a very good scenery....
hele_h
, Jun 2022
It's a very good scenery. I have a very good trip with my family. I'll come again next time in New York city
star-5
Wonderful intro to NYC
Tanya_V
, Jun 2022
This was my first time in New York and the first thing we did after arriving in the city. Our tour guide Andy was so entertaining and knowledgeable. We later spent the day sightseeing and it was nice to have an idea of the layout of the city and see all the buildings up close that we saw from the water.
star-5
Magnificent
Ferdinand_P
, Jun 2022
Such a beautiful morning made our day a perfect 10… love love New York! Majestic, with its ionic beauty is captivating and breathtaking!
star-4
Relaxing way to sight see
Gillian_S
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed this trip. We got there an hour early and we're glad we did as they started boarding pretty much straight away so we got good seats. Food on board was awful.
star-5
Don't miss the Circleline!
Shirley_W
, Jun 2022
The depth of the tour. Knowledge of the guide. He was entertaining! Smooth ride! Wonderful way to tour NYC.
star-5
Manhattan Cruise!
Raymond_D
, Jun 2022
This was our first trip to New York and it did not disappoint! Love every minute of this experience!
star-5
All around Manhattan
Sheldon_K
, Jun 2022
Seeing 40 Wall Street where I used to work. Liked the northern part of Manhattan, that I have never seen.

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