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Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruises

All you need to know about NYC's favorite landmark

The Best Way to See the Statue of Liberty

The most stunning view of the iconic landmark is from a Circle Line Cruise on New York Harbor. Seeing the Statue of Liberty is a NYC bucket list item for tourists from all over the world. She shines over New York Harbor, a symbol of liberty, freedom, and America herself! Is a visit with Lady Liberty on your itinerary for New York City? Make sure you get the best view with a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise!

What’s the best way to tour the Statue of Liberty? From near or far, this statue is one impressive landmark. While there is no shortage of experiences and vantage points if you want to spend some quality time with Lady Liberty, our 7 decades of satisfied customers will tell you that you haven’t had the full Liberty experience until you’ve seen her from a Circle Line boat! So instead of running all over town, hop aboard and see New York’s legendary sites from the comfort of one of our state-of-the-art boats. You’ll hear fun facts and stories about New York’s history from our renowned guides, and of course, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty - up close and personal.

One of New York’s most beloved traditions, a Circle Line cruise to see the Statue of Liberty offers mesmerizing views of the iconic landmark. No matter your budget, schedule, or desired departure location, we make it easy with three unique sightseeing cruise offerings dedicated to giving you the best view of the Statue of Liberty. This definitive guide will help you determine which experience will “WOW” you the most, whether you simply want to catch a glimpse of her lit up at night or see her shining brightly in the morning light.

The “Liberty Cruise’s” Maiden Voyage In June 1885, the statue sailed from France to NY harbor in 350 pieces packed in 214 crates aboard the French warship Isère.

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A Quick Photo-Op with the World-Famous Statue

For tourists on a tight timeline, the best way to see the Statue of Liberty is on our Statue of Liberty Express Cruise.

This guided boat cruise departs from South Street Seaport downtown and sails right to Lady Liberty. The 1-hour express tour is the fastest and most efficient way to see the splendor of the statue without spending your day traveling to Liberty Island.

Pro Tip: Be sure to connect to the complementary Circle Line wifi.

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Lady Liberty Sparkles as the Sun Sets Over Manhattan

The Statue by Night Cruise allows you to have the best of both worlds. You’ll be able to take a boat tour of the Hudson River to see the Statue and return with enough time to make your dinner reservation!

Departing from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport, you’ll step off the dock after your hour-long boat ride and be in close proximity to trendy downtown restaurants (A short distance from Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, and Tribeca). Purchase snacks on board or even enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail as you bask in Lady Liberty’s glow.

Pro Tip: The Statue by Night tour is also a great option for families! End a day of NYC fun with a beautiful sunset and famous landmarks.

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Statue of Liberty Views from Midtown or Upper Manhattan

If you’re staying in Upper or Midtown Manhattan, the most efficient way to see the Statue is aboard the Liberty Cruise, departing from Pier 83.

Instead of fighting traffic to get a downtown view of Lady Liberty, jump on a Circle Line boat in midtown. This fully guided tour of New York Harbor features up-close views of the Statue of Liberty.

Pro Tip: You’ll get to see other downtown attractions including One World Trade Center and the High Line from the water as well!

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Ready to see the Statue?

We offer a variety of Statue of Liberty tour experiences to fit any budget, schedule, and lifestyle, all with the amazing views of Lady Liberty. And If you’re looking to pack even more sights into your experience, take one of our other famous boat tours. All of our cruises sail past the Statue, so don’t worry, you won’t miss it!

The table below compares all of our cruise offerings side-by-side.

Statue of Liberty ExpressStatue By Night CruiseLiberty CruiseLandmarks CruiseHarbor Lights CruiseBest of NYC Cruise
Departs FromPier 16, DowntownPier 16, DowntownPier 83, MidtownPier 83, MidtownPier 83, MidtownPier 83, Midtown
Depart Time10:00AM - 11:30AM - 12:45PM - 2:30PM7:00PM10:00AM3:30PM7:00PM12:00PM
Length1 Hour1 Hour1 Hour1.5 Hours2 Hours2.5 Hours
Statue Of Liberty Photo-Op
Award-Winning Tour Guides
Free Wifi
Climate Controlled Boats
Language Translation
Onboard Cafe
Full Bar
Extra Large Windows
Premier Experience Upgrades
One World Trade Center
Ellis Island
South Street Seaport
Empire State Building
Chrysler Building
High Line
Brooklyn Bridge
Manhattan Bridge
Williamsburg Bridge
DUMBO
George Washington Bridge
Yankee Stadium
Gracie Mansion
United Nations