We had just one day to tour downtown Manhattan and this made that possible. We got on at Pier 84 and it took us out on the Hudson River to see the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Island of Tears. We got off at Battery Park and enjoyed walking around there before walking to the 9/11 Memorial where the tour company had provided us with our pass and already made our reservation so we avoided line-ups. After exploring lower Manhattan we took the water taxi for a view of Brooklyn Bridge and just enjoyed the views of Manhattan. The only disappointment was that there was supposed to be a free bus that would drop us off in Time Square but we were told the bus was not available since it was under repair. The free bus was not really part of the tour and was really like a bonus for anyone who takes a tour with them so it was no big deal...it was just a short walk anyway!