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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, W 42nd St, 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

3:00 PM
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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • 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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Traveler Tips


  • "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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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
NYC Circle Line
Alan_P
, Nov 2021
Wonderful experience! David was our tour guide & he was amazing!!!! We learned a lot of history but he was hilarious as well!
star-4
It was a bit too crowded, otherwise we enjoyed it.
Colette_L
, Nov 2021
Seeing the Statue of Liberty so close and all the high rise buildings; quite impressive. Will do this cruise again in the spring or fall when it’s not too cold or too hot.
star-5
Beautiful sights and landmarks of NYC!
Chandra_S
, Nov 2021
The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining, and all around awesome with the facts and history of NYC!!! 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
star-5
A Great moment to have.
George_S
, Nov 2021
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise around Manhattan. The play by play of the views were helpful but could use refinements. Go enjoy the journey.
star-5
Disappointed to Have to Go Solo on the Circle Line Boat Tour Around Manhattan
Kathy_B
, Nov 2021
My husband and I traveled from Tennessee to NYC. The one attraction we chose was Circle Line Boat Trip around Manhattan. When we checked in we were told we had to have Covid Vaccination cards. I had mine but my husband did not bring his. He could not board. I had to go alone. The manager at the ticket office said he emailed Viator requesting a $44. Refund to my credit card as we were in town for only 1 day and hopefully that can be done. I have enjoyed the NYC CircleLine boat trip over many years while living in NJ. It was a great disappointment not to be able to share it with my husband. We are elderly and the $44. Refund would really be appreciated. I have the unused ticket for your reference. We are fully vaccinated but could not see the card requirement on ticket information. We were masked up.
star-5
Thumbs up!
Marc_S
, Oct 2021
Really enjoyed the history and tour. We literally saw everything. Would recommend to everyone while visiting New York.
star-1
No more Viator; does not share critical information.
Susan_C
, Oct 2021
We could not travel with Circle line! Viator failed to notify us we needed our vaccine passports. I found it last night reading all your negative coments from other clients. This is a second failure on your part, my family is done with Viator. I will ensure as many people as possible know what deadbests you are
star-5
A whirlwind learning experience
Vita_W
, Oct 2021
Seeing the Statue of Liberty ❣️ Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and the accommodations very comfortable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour to see Manhattan from the water
Gunesim_W
, Oct 2021
Great guide and amazing views. There were enough seats outside and inside, we could walk on the ship and make photos in different locations.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Not good
James_M
, Oct 2021
Bought tickets through viator, and wasn’t told I needed a vaccine card to board the boat, and was given the address of a parking garage that is double the price than the parking garage that Is literally 10 feet away from the boat. Was not able to board, and have contacted visitor about my situation, and have received no response. Bad experience, will not be using this third party service ever again. I should be refunded my money
1 traveler found this review helpful

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