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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise provided by Circle Line Cruises

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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

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Overview
Cruise all the way around Manhattan Island on a guided boat tour that takes in every angle of New York City’s iconic waterfront. Traveling by boat means unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty—ideal for snapping memorable photographs. With live narration throughout the cruise, learn about the Big Apple while passing all five of New York’s boroughs.
Highlights
  • Cruise around Manhattan Island for sightseeing without hassle or crowds
  • Travel under the seven bridges that surround Manhattan
  • Learn and see more of New York City by exploring with a guide
  • This tour is ideal for photographers, with unobstructed views of top landmarks
What to Expect
Make your way to the Circle Line pier in Manhattan, which is easily reached from the Hudson River Greenway and the cruise terminal. Your cruise begins on the Hudson River and starts to circle Manhattan Island, following a route that includes three rivers, seven bridges, and up-close views of the Statue of Liberty. Settle into a comfortable seat and take in the views as your guide points out landmarks on the Manhattan waterfront. There are snacks and drinks available for purchase, too. Spot the One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the distinctive outline of the Empire State Building, and then pull into New York Harbor to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. When you turn up the East River, you’ll cruise past Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The tour ends back on the Hudson River pier where you departed.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, 83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Available for purchase
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • Recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher.
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mobile240563 wrote a review Aug 2020
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Warning!! This is a bait and switch set up. We boarded the boat and weren't told until shortly before departure that we would only be going to the southern tip of Manhattan then turning around for the George Washington Bridge and the Palisades. The excuse they gave was that the
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Jade H, General Manager at Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise
Responded Sep 4, 2020
Hello and thank you for your feedback, we are sorry you did not receive the trip you expected. There are times our vessel cannot complete the full island tour depending on the tide situation which can be unpredictable, we do try to advise all guests of these changes prior to departure which is what we did here. I do understand your frustration- please email me @rstrazza@nycl.com to discuss some further options. Best, Robert Strazza, Director, Guest Experience, rstrazza@nycl.com
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Roni B wrote a review Aug 2020
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Chris our tour guide was excellent. Very informative about the building seen on the tour. We were not able to tour all three rivers so was a a little disappointed not to see Harlem.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Jade H, General Manager at Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise
Responded Sep 4, 2020
Thank you Roni, we appreciate the wonderful comments about Chris! We will pass along this to him, we have a wonderful team of tour guides who enjoy what they do and it is always nice to pass this kind of feedback to them, we do apologize for not being able to complete the full tour- the tides are very unpredictable at times, please contact me directly before your next visit. Best, Robert Strazza, Director, Guest Experience, rstrazza@nycl.com
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Chani W wrote a review Aug 2020
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Even though it rained it was still excellent. The tour was great and there is beer and snacks to enjoy
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Laura B wrote a review Jun 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom98 contributions20 helpful votes
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We went for the sunset cruise, and it was stunning. Loads of opportunity for great photos, really good guide pointing out the best spots. We weren’t sure if it might be a little long, but time flew by and would definitely do it again when visiting the city. Recommend booking in
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LeenaRanas80 wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
Get there early to get a good seat. And bring a hat and suntan lotion if sitting outside on a summary day. Great tour from the water, circling around the entire island. Worth it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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adilsonr624
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Short but perfect stay!!
The stay was short, however very pleasant. We were treated very warm by all employees we encountered and the room w
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875aceb
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Had taken the Harbor Lights Cruise October 17th Saturday. No masks inside and out after 10 minutes of departing.
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TeaSmithery
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Better than nothing
This was EXTREMELY crowded for a socially distanced activity, particularly everyone knowing that there was so much
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261willd
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highly recommend: circle line cruise
Sights, sights, and more sights! sightseeing lovers will love this cruise around Manhattan which also gives you a v
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48tamieb
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5 stars to a 3
Hello. I was on the HL cruise last evening enjoying the experience. The party next us was having a great time with
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Natali4
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Love the city lights at night
The Harbor Lights cruise is great at night. I enjoyed the gentleman that was giving us little facts and pointing ou
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Jade H
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Covid Danger
Safety is not taken seiriously at all. Overcrowed on upper deck mask enforsment was a joke no one said anything abo
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JoeyC91187
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Loved it!!!
Beautiful views, comfortable, romantic, snacks and food, loved every minute of it!!! Interesting info provided by t
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24yairg
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It was a great experience
Tour guide was amazing, beautiful views, and the Statue of Liberty was absolutely stunning. I learned so many thing
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michaelbQ272RO
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As adults...
Having lived in NYC our entire lives this is not something we ever considered doing. We decided to do it as someth
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aoife8585
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Terrible NO REFUND
We booked a cruise for March just prior to the COVID19 global travel ban. Our flights to NYC were cancelled and we
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herrerajessica
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Beautiful
Amazing views and a very personable and informative tour guide! Would surely recommend and do again!
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lubaracho
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2.5 hours Best of NY
Really nice experience. The tour guide was excellent (Chris), and we could see all the 5 boroughs. Highly recommend
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simonaO4531SN
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Thanks to Chris and Crew
If you want a excellent family experience and feel like a celebrity in NY take a tour with Chris and the Circle Lin
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scott208GTi
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Great
This is a great esperience to visit some attractions in Manhatten, takes a few hours to get aournd all island, head
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Key Details
  • Circle Line Cruises, Statue of Liberty, and 2 more
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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