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Address: Pier 83 - W 42nd St and 12th Ave, New York City, NY 10036
Phone Number: +1 212-563-3200
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Today, Circle Line is the only cruise line dedicated exclusively to...

Today, Circle Line is the only cruise line dedicated exclusively to sightseeing, with vessels made of steel and over-sized glass windows that offer magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline, all year round. Owned and operated by New York Cruise Lines Inc., New York's oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special event cruises, Circle Line is recognized as one of the most famous boat rides in the world.

Sightseeing Tour Options:

All Circle Line vessels offer first-class service, the best viewing opportunities and an entertaining, informative tour given by professional guides.

Best of NYC Cruise - Take in over 101 city sights by water, including the Intrepid, Yankee Stadium, the Cloisters and a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty.

Landmark Cruise- Witness magnificent views of the world's premier skyline and such sights as the Empire State Building, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Liberty Cruise - The fastest and best way to see the Statue of Liberty! Sail down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and back, and view Ellis Island, the rising Freedom Tower and the World Financial Center, along the way.

Harbor Lights Cruise - For something a bit more romantic, sail the same route as the Landmark Cruise while the sun sets and the skyline comes alive.

The Beast Speedboat Ride - The Beast leaves all others in its wake as the Captain takes this custom-built 70-foot offshore racing powerboat up to 45 mph on a ride down to the Statue of Liberty.

Circle Line looks forward to introducing you to New York.

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Nice weather in late September

Great trip down on Hudson river to Statue of Liberty then up on East river an back. This 90 minute boat trip gave a very good overview on New York with super narration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great trip down on Hudson river to Statue of Liberty then up on East river an back. This 90 minute boat trip gave a very good overview on New York with super narration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took a tour around the island of Manhattan on a gloriously sunny day. We got very close to the Statue of Liberty and had amazing skyline views of the city. Our tour guide for the day was Dave and he was highly entertaining and very informative. I would definitely recommend this tour, thank you!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked the Best of NYC Cruise online because it promised a 2 1/2 hour tour around Manhattan Island. We even splurged for the VIP service. It was only when we arrived to board our boat that we were told that in fact the cruise would not go around the island as promised. In actuality it went around a little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took the Harbor Lights Cruise. It is a beautiful way to see Manhattan a night. The route is great as you head down the Hudson and around the tip of Manhattan and up the east side where you sail under the Brooklyn Bridge as the lights of the city become jewels. Passes very close to the Statue of Liberty too.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the cost, recommend paying extra for Premier seating, the views are fantastic and give a good history with the narration from the captain

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

How good can it be? Super good! I really enjoyed this ride, worth every penny. A must do thing when you are in NYC. Be there in time to get good seats, around 40 min before. If you live downtown you can walk the high line park almost all the way. ***** stars from us!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The boats are older, but large and stable-good for folks who don't love being on the water. It's an hour out to the statue and back. CHris did narration for the tour-corny jokes and fun facts. Relaxing way to get out there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the Best of NYC tour and enjoyed all the facts and history, especially the Hudson plane crash information. We did not get to go around the entire island due to high water. The boat was clean, trip left on time and we learned many things. Cannot get better than that.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I bought a ticket for 7pm cruise. When I got there it was overbooked. There were 15 more people in the same situation. They did not refund me.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked the harbour lights cruise at 9am this morning when they opened their office. We arrived tonight to board and were refused because they did not have enough seats. The boat left 5 minutes early with over 30 people, tickets in hand, standing on the dock while the boat drive off. Cost $40 in cab fare, $20 this morning and... More 

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