We arrived in New York during a heatwave, apparently the temperature was the highest recorded since 1936 on our first full day there. New York is full on and in your face, in that kind of weather (very hot and humid) being a tourist is hard work.
Thankfully we had pre-booked to go on the Clipper City as our final activity on day one of our trip and what a good idea that turned out to be. We had read some of the reviews on here before booking so we knew what to expect. we were out on the water for just under 2 hours, sailed out to Liberty Island and back and got great views of Manhattan, the Statue, the Staten Island ferries, lots of helicopter traffic and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The lack of commentary was a nice touch as we were able to just chill out for a while and enjoy the views. The crew were very friendly and more than happy to chat and they earned their tip at the end of the day. They did ask for help to raise the sails at the start of the cruise, though I think this is more intended as a bit of fun for kids rather than a genuine need for assistance, but it was good to see the crew trying to get the kids feel involved.
If you're looking for a way to relax for a while and take a break from the pace of life in New York you could do a lot worse than take a trip with these guys.
The only reason they don't get a 5 star rating is because we booked in advance and told them we would be using one our New York passes, they didn't tell us that we would have to go to their kiosk near the front of pier 17 to get the cards swiped before we boarded the boat and so there was a bit of messing around at the end to get that sorted out.
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