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“A great, relaxing way to see the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Manhattan By Sail - Clipper City Tall Ship

Manhattan By Sail - Clipper City Tall Ship
Battery Park, Slip 2, New York City, NY 10004 (Financial District)
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Owner description: Manhattan by Sail has a diverse little fleet of ships that sail the NY Harbor daily and a corresponding myriad of options for any and all who want to experience the thrill of sailing in the world’s greatest harbor. Our newest addition is the Clipper City, a 158-ft. tall ship that can accommodate up to 150 passengers. A more intimate experience can be had on the Shearwater, a historic schooner with capacity up to 48 passengers.
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“A great, relaxing way to see the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Four of us took the 4:30PM sailing aboard the Clipper City. This was a 90 minute "sail" from Pier 17 near Fulton and South, East of Battery Park. The trip itself goes past the Lower Manhattan Heliport and the South (Staten Island) Ferry Building, proceeds between Ellis and Governor's Islands, and reaches its return point at Liberty Island. From there it heads back through the Eastern side of Governor's Island, comes close to the Brooklyn Bridge, and then docks again at Pier 17. Consider this a leisure cruise up to the Statue of Liberty at a slow pace from which you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Upper Bay.

They do a 2:30pm and a 4:30pm 90 minute excursion on weekdays, more on weekends. You will need to go to the ticket counter, which is really a small hut-like structure amongst various others between Pier 16 and Pier 17, pay and get your boarding passes there, and proceeded to the end of Pier 17, which you access by going through the mall doors in the middle of the structure to the left of the hut, crossing the building mid-section, and then making a right to the end of the pier when coming out at the other side of the mall. You likely won't see the ship before you go through the mall. If you are using the NY Pass, be sure to go to the ticketing hut first to get your boarding pass. Even though there are tons of reviews stating you have to do this, there were still two people in line to get on the boat who went directly there and were turned back. Note you can reserve your spaces a week in advance whether paying directly or using a NY Pass, and reservations are recommended.

About 10 minutes before departure they will start allowing folks on board. There is no real queue. When they call for boarding, people just line up then. If you want to get a good seat, and if there are a lot of people waiting to get on board, then do be on the lookout for the boarding call. Real seats are limited, are actually benches, and are next to the bar area. There are sitting places all over the rest of the ship which afford better views and more silence, but for those you will sit on regular boat surfaces. Plan accordingly what you are going to wear.

We found the nicer area to be starboard (right) near the boat's stern (end), from which you can get good pictures of the Manhattan skyline as the boat leaves the pier and proceeds to the Statue of Liberty. Since the boat returns from the other side of Governor's Island, the departure is the only time you can get pictures of the skyline up close. Starboard is the best side to see the approach to the Statue of Liberty, and starboard is the side to be to get a better view of the Brooklyn Bridge on the return.

On our particular cruise, there were no heavy drinkers, everyone was calm, the crew was diligent but unobtrusive, and there was not much water traffic. We were able to get up very close to the Statue of Liberty. Although you will be against the sun in the afternoon you can still get some really good pictures. I would expect that on more heavy traffic days the Clipper might not be able to get up as close, but who knows. We had a medium sized cruise ship pass us by, as well as various ferries.

For us, the cost was covered by the NY Pass. If it hadn't, we still would have been happy to pay the $36+ cost per person to take the trip. Remember, it's just a relaxing ride out to Liberty Island, so don't expect a faster ride out around Manhattan or out to Jersey somewhere. Some things to note: there is no commentary other than brief introductory words, the crew expects a tip at the end of the journey although they have no interaction whatsoever with you, there are two bathrooms on board, and the sails are mostly for show (the boat runs on engines the whole way through).

Expect two hours duration between getting your boarding passes and exiting the mall on your return to shore. It's likely the best boating attraction right now in Manhattan, short of a private hire.

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“Really Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I'm a local and my friend & I decided to go on the Shearwater's Sunset Sail. It was awesome! The ship itself is gorgeous - I've always wanted to get on a boat like that and now I have. :) The staff were friendly and approachable but not invasive. My friend & I mostly kept to ourselves on the bow of the ship (taking pictures, talking, etc.) and they were totally cool with that, they let us be. But I noticed that some of the tourists wanted to converse with the captain and crew, and everyone looked like they were having a good time. The view was pretty spectacular: downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn & Jersey City; and it's really cool to see the night lights gradually glow brighter as the sunlight fades. The view didn't vary much, which was totally fine by me. If you're looking for an all-encompassing tour with narration, I would recommend Circle Line. BUT if you're looking for a way to escape the stress of the City (whether you live here or are just visiting), a 2-hour cruise on this small, intimate ship is the way to go. I felt so happy & mellow. :)

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New York City, New York
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“No better way to spend the evening...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I went out on the Shearwater on the Sunset Sail, and couldn't have had a more enjoyable time. I have lived in the city for a while and was looking to have a unique, relaxing experience - anyone who lives here knows that is hard to come by these days. I also work for the W New York Downtown and am always looking for fun retreats to suggest to our guests. We left out of the North Cove Marina - an extremely convenient location near basically every subway in the city - sailed out to into the Hudson, right past the Statue of Liberty, and back to the Marina after a couple of hours. The staff was SO nice and knowledgeable (especially Morgan!) - as I normally don't see the city from the water, they were able to point out several things along the way that I wouldn’t have recognized. I can't wait to try out the other sails that Manhattan By Sail offers - for the same price as an evening out in the city, this experience is a steal!!!

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“great way to spend the afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

we went on the craft beer tasting sail on saturday september 15th. what a great time we had, we are from new york and as new yorkers, you really never stop to see the real beauty of this great city! the views from the harbor are amazing. with the purchase price of the ticket, you get 6 beer tastings, they also had a nice selection of snacks, cheese, crackers, dip, salami... i haven't been to the seaport in years, i thought it might be to touristy, i can't believe how much we enjoyed it. a few feet away from where the clipper docks, ther is a beer garden, white couches with umbrellas on sand, what a great fun place!

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“Fun for the family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I took my 2 boys,(ages 3&4), on this 90 min adventure. We loved it ! The Clipper city ,tall ship takes you from South Street Seaport, around NYHarbor, with a pass by the Statue of Liberty. Our family will be making this an annual excursion! (We live on Long Island)

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