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60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

1. 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

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New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

2. New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Spend just 90 minutes to take in many of the iconic sites of midtown and lower Manhattan on a Semi-Circle Cruise. You'll enjoy magnificent views of the world's most recognizable skyline and get a close-up look at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. See it all with fun and knowledgeable tour guides who bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind the Big Apple. Sail down the Hudson, cruising around the Battery, and up the East River. You’ll pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations – and then head back to Pier 83, the starting point for the tour.

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New York: Harbor Lights Night Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

3. New York: Harbor Lights Night Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Experience New York at sunset on a 2-hour cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family and coworkers - or even a totally random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch! With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge. Get unrivalled views of the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and Chrysler Building, and discover the East Village, United Nations Building and USS Intrepid Pier from a different perspective. 

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

4. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Fast-Track Access

Take a 30-minute Live guided tour in English of Battery Park where you can learn its unique history with a local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the park has an interesting history and many monuments. You will learn about the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial and Bosque Gardens and Fountain. Your tour will also encounter Castle Clinton, which was built in anticipation of the War of 1812 and was the centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry to Liberty Island where you will benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. You will receive priority access to the ferry Line to Liberty Island, before crossing New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, “Lady Liberty” was a gift to the United States from the people of France. You can take a self-guided audio tour with the provided headsets, available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Arabic Then, cross to Ellis Island to learn about the immigrant experience at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. It is thought that at least 40% of all current US citizens can trace one or more of their ancestors to Ellis Island. Here you are able to pick up your audio guide on arrival (available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Arabic) and explore independently. Journey through the 60-plus years that the facility processed new arrivals at the start of their lives in America. Alternatively, upgrade to an escorted tour and benefit from the services of an English-speaking guide on Ellis Island. This option also includes a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial once you have returned to Manhattan from Ellis Island.

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New York Harbor: Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

5. New York Harbor: Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Enjoy a relaxing 2.5-hour cruise of New York Harbor and Manhattan Island as you discover the secrets of the city. You will circle Manhattan, passing 3 rivers, 7 major bridges – including the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge – 5 boroughs, and more than 101 sights in New York’s legendary skyline. Get close up to the Statue of Liberty and see Manhattan just as the great explorers would have seen it at the end of their long ocean journeys. Tour the city by water and see the outer boroughs drift by. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring the city that never sleeps to life, telling fascinating stories about the breathtaking sights as you sail. This popular cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island! Not only do you see the Best of New York, you see it all. Cruise highlights include up-close views of the Statue of Liberty, Randall’s Island, High Bridge, Columbia University, Harlem, Gracie Mansion, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, The Cloisters, Grant’s Tomb, The Little Red Lighthouse.

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New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

6. New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

Experience a beautiful New York City sunset and the illuminated skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan on a harbor cruise of the Hudson River. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous 360-degree views of the island from the open decks or glassed-in back-deck observatory. Marvel at the 1920s style décor of the boat, and take in stunning views of sights, including Battery Park and the South Street Seaport. Gaze at the towering monuments of the Financial District and sail past Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline.

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NYC: Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

7. NYC: Skyline Brunch Cruise Around Manhattan

Aboard the deck of the grand 'Manhattan"'yacht, you will enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch with regional delicacies handpicked by New York City purveyors. A set brunch menu will be served per booking party at your own private table. Step aboard your climate-controlled, 1920s-style luxury yacht for a brunch you'll never forget. As you sip your champagne, Bloody Marys, or Mimosas (beer, wine, soda, and juice are also available and one free alcoholic beverage is included with your meal), you'll sail past the majestic George Washington Bridge and all the way down to Battery Park. You'll glide by the Empire State Building and the up-and-coming 1 World Trade. you'll also have a chance to salute the Statue of Liberty herself before you turn the corner and head past Governor's Island and the Brooklyn Bridge on your complete New York City skyline tour. This cruise is a perfect way to spend a leisurely Saturday or Sunday in New York. Whether you're a tourist or a local, your harbor brunch cruise is an experience you'll never forget.

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New York City: Statue of Liberty Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

8. New York City: Statue of Liberty Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Take a 60-minute cruise of New York Harbor and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and city skyscraper views that will leave you speechless. The short, but highly inspirational harbor cruise will sail by the majestic Statue of Liberty, continue to the historic immigration center at Ellis Island, and cruise by the World Financial Center of Lower Manhattan. Stare up at the awesome skyscrapers that make New York’s fabulous skyline come alive. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind “the city that never sleeps,” as you look out for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Staten Island Ferry, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge, and more.

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New York: Statue of Liberty Private Tour for Families

9. New York: Statue of Liberty Private Tour for Families

Meet your guide at the Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park. Hop on the ferry which takes you to Liberty Island. Embark on a guided tour of the island and The Statue of Liberty, a must-see destination of the city and one of the most famous symbols of the United States.  Learn about the history of the monument in a fun and engaging way in a tour designed for all ages. Explore the Pedestal Museum with your guide, and get close to the original torch of the statue. Finish the guided portion of the tour, and your guide can recommend a variety of places to eat, shop, and visit when in New York, You can then continue by visiting the Ellis Island Museum via the ferry, or take the ferry back to Manhattan. Stay as long as you want to explore two of the most visited attractions in the city.

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New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

10. New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

Experience the most stylish means of viewing a New York sunset by sailing aboard the Schooner America 2.0. While sailing you will be treated to an alcoholic drink of your choice by an exceptional crew, as you watch the warm rays of the sun sink peacefully into the horizon. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city with your favorite companions when you board this 105-foot, 1800s-style vessel, America 2.0. She's perfect for romantic outings, entertaining friends from out of town, or just relaxing. This is sure to be an event you’ll want to experience again. Glide peacefully through the waters of the New York Harbor on the most relaxing, beautiful, and romantic excursion in the city. During your trip, take in the majestic colors of the sunset surrounding New York Harbor's skyline and iconic landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island. Heading south from Chelsea Piers and down the Hudson River to Battery Park, the schooner will pass by Ellis Island and sail out to the Statue of Liberty. Wind and time permitting, she will head toward Governors Island and breeze by the Financial District.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,632 reviews

What a way to see the famous skyline at night ! Crew and musicians were brilliant and very attentive. Only downside was they had cancelled our time (due to not enough passengers I presume) and we hadn’t been informed , the lady did say she’d tried calling and mailed but we never received anything. They compensated us with a drinks package. We stopped right outside the Statue of Liberty and had great photo opportunities and didn’t feel rushed. Highly recommended and was certainly a highlight on our trip.

It was a wonderful experience, great music, wonderful staff and unforgettable sights to see of the Manhattan skyline

Plenty of good information and tips on what else to see and do. Fun Santa was present then.

nice day cruise. excellent guide with interesting history. recommended

Excellent trip with an animated and knowledgeable guide.