Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line

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Circle Line

What you'll do

See the best of the city on this three-hour Manhattan cruise. 

Experience the Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line - entry included with the New York Pass®

  • Enjoy a 2.5-hour Manhattan cruise.
  • The views from the water perfect introduction to New York's top attractions and sights. 
  • Tip: visit early in the morning to secure a boarding pass.

Set sail for your ultimate sightseeing experience with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises! This one-of-a-kind journey takes you through the heart of the iconic New York City skyline, with breathtaking views of over 130 landmarks along the way. From Little Island to Hudson Yards, you’ll behold amazing sights such as the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Brooklyn, Yankee Stadium, and George Washington Bridge - before coming face to face with Lady Liberty on an intimate view of Ellis Island. These two hours and thirty minutes on the waters for the Best of NYC Cruise cover three NYC rivers and under twenty stone bridges and will be a captivating journey through some of America’s most spectacular sites. So come aboard with Circle Line Cruises and explore The Big Apple like no other!

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Experience the best that New York City has to offer from the unique perspective of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Enjoy temperature-controlled indoor seating or open-air decks for spectacular views of iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Let your eyes take in the beauty of the river voyage down the Hudson River and out into the majestic New York Harbor from a distinct viewpoint you can only experience with Circle Line. Continuing to be one of America's favorite sightseeing tours, they offer educational excursions and special event cruises to please any traveler - so come aboard and discover why this is The Big Apple's go-to provider for some of the best viewing experiences found anywhere around!

Circle Line NYC Landmark Cruise highlights

Empire State Building – catch a glimpse and New York's most famous skyscraper. This Art Deco masterpiece has been impressing visitors and locals alike since the 1930s.

Yankee Stadium – one of the top attractions in the Bronx, enjoy an impressive view of the New York Yankee's home. 

Wall Street – learn about the New York Stock Exchange whilst admiring the Wall Street area of Lower Manhattan from the waters. 



Q. What is the best time of day to take the Circle Line Cruise in NYC?
A. The Circle Line Cruise is offered all year round and the best time to take it would depend on your preferences. If you want to enjoy the views of the city skyline during the 'golden' hour, then the early evening would be a good time. However, if you are looking for a more active cruise experience, then morning or midday may be better suited for you.

Q. Are food and drinks available for purchase on board the Circle Line Cruise?
A. Yes, food and drinks are available for purchase onboard the cruise boat. There are a variety of snacks and beverages such as beer, wine, soft drinks, water, sandwiches and pre-packaged food items that can be purchased from our concession stand at an additional cost.

Q. Are the Circle Line Cruises accessible for people with disabilities?
A. Yes, our cruises are accessible for people with disabilities as we provide wheelchair access throughout our boats and have seating options to accommodate guests who are differently abled.

Q. Is it necessary to purchase tickets in advance for the Circle Line Cruise?
A. While we highly recommend booking your ticket ahead of time in order to reserve your spot on one of our cruises, it is not always necessary as tickets can also be purchased at Pier 83 prior to departure depending on availability at a first come-first served basis.

Q. What is the capacity of the boats used for the Circle Line Cruise?
A. The boats used for our sightseeing cruises range in size and capacity based on fleet size but each vessel typically holds up to 600 passengers per tour.

Q. What is the dress code for the Circle Line Cruise?
A. The dress code aboard our cruises is smart casual attire - while guests should wear comfortable clothing they should also refrain from wearing inappropriate or revealing clothing such as swimwear or revealing clothing while aboard our boats.

Q. Are pets allowed on board the Circle Line Cruise?
A. Unfortunately pets are not allowed onboard our cruises due to safety regulations however service animals are welcome with prior notification given regarding their presence before boarding.


Know before you go

Getting your boarding pass: you will have to wait in line to secure a boarding pass for one of the day's cruises. Times can be requested but are subject to availability, we recommend visiting early in the morning to secure a boarding pass by showing your pass. Boarding begins 15-minutes before departure. 

Please note: you can only go on one Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise per day with your New York Pass.

Circle Line NYC Cruise visitor information 

  • No outside food or drink is permitted but there is an onboard café serving sandwiches, salads, and snacks. There is also a bar serving hot and cold drinks, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • There is free WiFi on board so you can share your snaps instantly.
  • Download the FREE Circle Line Skyline Navigator app before your cruise for the best way to enhance your experience. The app translates your cruise content into any of seven languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Chinese (Mandarin). Choose to follow along via GPS or take your time discovering on your own. Get it from the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play Store​ today.​
  • Please bring their own personal earbuds to listen to the audio on your phones. The onboard concessions will have wired headphones available for purchase if needed. You may not listen to the tour on speakerphone mode. 

For more information, visit the Circle Line NYC Cruise website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

January 1 – March 7
Daily: 12PM

March 8 – May 23
Daily: 10AM and 1:30PM

May 24 – September 2
Daily: 10AM, 12PM, 1:30PM and 3:30PM

September 3 – January 5
10AM and 1:30PM

Schedules are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date opening hours, we recommend checking the Circle Line website.

Closings & holidays

July 4: no cruises after 2PM

Christmas Day: Closed

Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line

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