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Best of NYC Cruise

The only sightseeing cruise that completely circles Manhattan. See all of NYC's iconic landmarks from the comfort and safety of our outdoor decks. (2.5 hours)

  • Outdoor deck space
  • Snacks & full bar
  • Photo stop at the Statue of Liberty
  • Tour guide

Cruises starting Thursday, October 28

What you'll see

Our flagship cruise with the best views + every NYC landmark

Sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty while our award winning tour guides narrate every detail along your route.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Standing 1,250’ (381m) tall, it was the world's tallest building from 1931 until the World Trade Center was completed in 1972.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Classic Art Deco architecture, the building dons gargoyles that depict car ornaments and a spire modeled on a radiator grille.

High Line

High Line

An extraordinary 1.45 mile-long (2.33 km) elevated park built on an abandoned section of a former railroad.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Standing 305’ (93m) tall, Lady Liberty has welcomed visitors since she was bequeathed to America from France in 1886.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

The busiest US immigrant port processed over 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1954.

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is a historic area in New York City. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

The longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1883, its 276’ (84m) high towers are built of limestone, granite and cement.

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Constructed in 1901, the Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge, connecting Lower Manhattan with Downtown Brooklyn.

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

Designed by an international team of architects, the UN is an international zone with its own fire department and postal service.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion

This federal-style home, currently the residence of NYC mayors, was once a country estate, an ice-cream parlor and a museum.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

In its 85+ year history, this “cathedral to baseball” has hosted 6,581 Yankees regular season home games.

George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge

The world’s busiest suspension bridge spans the Hudson River and carries over 103 million vehicles per year.

The Cruise That Made Us World Famous

Experience the only sightseeing cruise in New York City that completely circumnavigates the island of Manhattan.

You’ll cruise along all three NYC rivers, pass under 20 bridges and see over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the full Manhattan skyline, the impressive One World Trade Center, the growing Brooklyn waterfront, the legendary Yankee Stadium, beautiful Gracie Mansion, the stately George Washington Bridge and, of course, an up close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!

All from the comfort of our state-of-the-art boats.

Our world-famous tour guides tell the story of New York City as you journey around the full island and enjoy the best sightseeing experience NYC has to offer!

*PLEASE NOTE: IN THE EVENT OF VERY HIGH TIDES, THIS CRUISE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE MANHATTAN ISLAND DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF THE BRIDGES.

Onboard Amenities

Our state-of-the-art boats come equipped with almost everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable cruise.

Unparalleled Views Pick a seat on the outdoor deck or enjoy the view from the huge panoramic windows in our temperature-controlled indoor cabins.

Did We Say ... Incredible Outdoor Deck The best way to see NYC and Lady Liberty is "al fresco" - outside in the fresh air, enjoying the cool breezes and the warm sunshine. It doesn't get better than this!

Temperature-Controlled Indoor Space Whether it's hot or cold, rainy or brilliant sun, we have a temperature-controlled indoor deck with plenty of seating for everyone

Onboard Café Freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks available to purchase. (Sorry - no outside food or drink permitted)

Refreshing Drinks Enjoy a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine and cocktails. (Sorry - no outside food or drink permitted)

Free WiFi No need to wait to upload your favorite photos and selfies!

Latest COVID Notice

AS OF SEPTEMBER 7, ALL CRUISES ARE VACCINATED-ONLY EXCURSIONS

Consistent with NYC regulations, all of our excursions including regular sightseeing cruises, special cruises such as Bear Mountain, New Year's Eve, music cruises and private charters, require passengers to present proof of vaccine prior to boarding. The proof may be a vaccine card, a picture of your valid card, the NYC COVID Safe App, the Excelsior Pass app or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S. but all proof must be accompanied by a valid ID. There are no exceptions for medical or religious reasons. Children under 12 are exempt; children between 12 and 18 must have proof but are not required to have a valid ID.

The new regulation also makes clear that a negative COVID test (PCR, rapid) cannot be used as substitute for proof of vaccination.

Finally, when passengers are inside the cabin and not eating or drinking, they must wear masks.

If you have any concerns or would like a refund, please email guestservices@nycl.com.

Plan Your Visit

Get ready, Get set, Get Directions to Pier 83

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Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early! Boarding! Select your perfect seat, inside or out.

Our Sightseeing Cruises Are Smoke-Free!

Smoking is not permitted on Circle Line’s regular sightseeing cruises including Liberty, Statue of Liberty Express, Statue by Night, Landmarks, Best of New York and Harbor Lights.*

Smoking may be permitted in designated areas on Circle Line’s Music Cruises, Bear Mountain Cruises, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve Cruises. Please plan your trip accordingly.