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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

New York, United States

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.
  • Explore the whole of Manhattan Island on an extended cruise
  • Magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline
  • Learn about New York's landmarks through live on-board commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

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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
Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, 83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Three rivers, seven bridges, five boroughs, 25 world-renowned landmarks, and a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Now that’s getting to know New York City.

On this sightseeing tour around Manhattan Island, enjoy stunning views of the Big Apple’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and many more.

Depart from Pier 83 in midtown Manhattan and cruise all the way around Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. While on-board, enjoy live narration from a professional tour guide or recorded narration, available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English with a free app download (Instructions provided on voucher). 

Learn more about the history of each of the sites while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.
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Circle Line Cruises
Choose to upgrade to premier seating which offers skip-the-line privileges, an exclusive inside area and outdoor patio area onboard, water, and dedicated wait service. In the summer opt for the VIP package upgrade that includes a lunch (Options include Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink) at North River Lobster located on nearby Pier 83. Upgrade Options: Cruise + Premier Seating  Put yourself in the captain's chair with first class seating, premium views, and seat service that will make you feel like you own the city! Enjoy comfortable upgraded seats, exclusive outdoor viewing area, food and beverage service from the comfort of your seat, and skip-the-line privileges to avoid long lines. Cruise + VIP Package (Available April-September) Premier Seating plus lunch at North River Lobster Company, a floating lobster shack located at neighboring Pier 83. Choose from Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink. North River Lobster Company offers fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer, and a raw bar in a relaxed, casual environment and is the perfect place to unwind or soak up the sun after your VIP sightseeing cruise. In addition to the live tour guide narration in English, recorded narration is available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher. 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
While you cruise, your knowledgeable tour guide acts as part entertainer and part historian, bringing the city's breathtaking sights and fascinating history to life. You will discover the secrets of New York City as you sail around Manhattan Island, and see three rivers, seven major bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, the five boroughs, over 25 world-renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available for purchase on board.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Ellis Island
Admission Ticket Free
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Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Keep in mind, the elderly do have to make it up and down one set of stairs, but there are railings on both sides." See review
  • "Arrive an hour early like suggested to get the best seats." See review
  • "Beware the high prices for refreshments on board - take your own!" See review


1,740 Reviews
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New York
, Oct 2020
Beautiful trip, but unable to hear a thing!! Needs to add more speakers or provide headsets as needed.
Epic Manhattan Island cruise
, Oct 2020
The cruise was amazing. Learned many new things about New York. The guide on our tour did his job very well. Will highly recommend to everyone I know
great time in New your
, Sep 2020
The guide Chris made the trip terrific best money i ever spent in New York city would highly recommend this trip for anyone!
, Sep 2020
I thought the first 1 1/2 hrs was much better than the west side return. Not much to see going down the Hudson.
Highly recommend it!!!
, Sep 2020
It was amazing Fun ,educational and comfortable trip!!! I highly recommend it. Thanks 😊 and please continue the good work!!!
Breezy Birthday for Michael
, Aug 2020
Although I paid $44.00 vs. $29.00 per ticket expecting premium seating and found it not available, sitting stern on upholstered seats gave us a very comfortable ride, great views and pleasurable weather because of overcast skies yet warm weather. The sun not driving us inside and the wind blowing on us gave us a relief from the concrete jungle on Michael's birthday. We enjoyed seeing from the water our neighborhood where we own our townhouse which is both home and office since we are Harlem entrepreneurs, Architect and Real Estate Associate Broker. The staff was pleasant, delightful and professional. We are truly Blessed of the Lord! This ride is a fantabulous New York secret!
Do it again
, Aug 2020
So much fun with Sprinkle Chips! The servers made the trip a lot of fun. The narrator was a bit hard to hear but I would go again!
Excellent Commentary
, Mar 2020
The gentleman who narrated the excursion gave excellent history and descriptions of the sights. We would have tipped him, but we didn’t see him when we exited.
Best of the bunch
, Mar 2020
Very informative cruise round Manhattan. Weather was sunny but cold breeze. Enough space inside if required as cruise was not full. Allow 3 hours from boarding to finish.
Great tour
, Mar 2020
The tour guide was excellent and the weather clear and sunny. This was all around great tour. I would suggest it for anyone wanting to see NYC from the water front

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