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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceNew York, United States

From $44.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • 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
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
    83 North River Piers West 43rd Street and, 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Departure Point: Tour departs from Pier 83, New York Address: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10019

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

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.

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

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

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to the departure time for boarding.
  • Food and drinks are NOT allowed to be brought on board
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:The cruise conveniently departs from Pier 83 @ West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway, in Midtown Manhattan.

Jun 2021

Q:Is there parking near the departure for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Parking available at Circle Line Sightseeing, Pier 83, W 42nd Street. $30 before 3 pm weekdays and $35 after 3 pm weekdays and all weekends. (Prices subject to change.)

Jun 2021

Q:Can I take the subway to get to the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Yes - Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q or R train to Times Square 42nd St; train B, D, F to 5th Ave and 42nd St, or 4, 5, 6 train to 42nd St Grand Central Station. Take the M42 bus west or walk 5 avenues west to Pier 83 (about 1 mile or 1.6km).

Jun 2021

Q:Can I take a bus to get to the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Yes - From 42nd Street take the M42 bus going West, directly to the Circle Line Pier. From 49th Street take the M50 bus directly to the Circle Line pier.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Boarding begins a half-hour before departure. Please plan on arriving 45-minutes to 1-hour before the scheduled departure to allow for time to check-in and also find seating on your cruise.

Jun 2021

Q:Is seating assigned during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early! There is seating available both inside as well as out on deck. The boats typically sail on time, so please leave enough time for traffic delays and plan to arrive early.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my young child with me on the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Yes - For children or infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.

Jun 2021

Q:Are food and/or drink available during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Yes, there is a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails available in the onboard cafe to purchase.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my own food/drink onboard the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.

Jun 2021

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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.
Arrive an hour early like suggested to get the best seats.
Beware the high prices for refreshments on board - take your own!
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Great way to see Manhattan Island from all angles.
Ranja_S, Jan 2023
We went under lots of bridges and saw cool things like Little Island—an elevated public park built on 132 mushroom-shaped columns. The guide was excellent.
Good round the island tour
Mike_W, Jan 2023
Good round the island tour. Advice get their early for window seats. Preferred seats option don't work as views are both side. See everything and more othe rtours do but no covering the same ground twice
Great experience
Eunbin_K, Jan 2023
I had a very happy time with my mom I had a different experience and our hearts beat Yesterday we felt like we were on top of the world.
New York 2023
Mary_R, Jan 2023
Amazing experience! The burst had a smooth ride. Best view of the island. We all loved it . One of the best things I got to do in New York
#1 i paid $45 per person for this trip at the bus the sell $19 #2 no leader
Masoud_T, Dec 2022
Bad experience i will talk to my attorney about this re puff #1 i paid $45 per person for this trip at the bus they were selling $19 #2 no leader to explain where we are seeing
Excellent value for the...
Mark_C, Dec 2022
Excellent value for the money. Andy tour guide was fantastic! We will recommend to friends. Learned many new things about NYC.
Great trip!!
Barbara_W, Dec 2022
Very nice trip. Our guide Dave was excellent. Very knowledgeable and fun besides. We saw a lot and learned a lot. Very happy!!
Foggy, no offer to give us another experience even for a small fee.
K_S, Dec 2022
It was so foggy we could not see anything! And it was raining which meant our windows were wet and full of rain. Most previous cruises I have done offer another slot if the weather is bad. I did not expect a refund but wish they offered us another experience especially as it was sunny the next 4 days... Money grabbing company. Avoid at all costs.
Good boat trip
Justin_D, Dec 2022
Boat trip was very informative and the team were all friendly. Ticket didn’t scan when boarding though, luckily the staff member used his discretion and allowed us on as could see our ticket! Was a little long once you go past the most common sites but it was a nice sunny day so was nice sheltered from wind!
Fun morning activity
Sherry_H, Dec 2022
Our tour guide -David-related lots of information in a fun and relatable way. Nice easy trip around Manhattan. Learned things I never knew
Nice one
Noredia_A, Dec 2022
Unfortunately, it rained cats and dogs that day, and weather was so foggy. However, our tour guide- David was amazing! Very informative and funny guy. Overall, good experience with the company. We will try again. FYI: The hot chocolate they sale on the cruise is pretty good!
David was our tour guide-...
Chris_D, Dec 2022
David was our tour guide- he was AWESOME!! Definitely well worth the time and money!! The best views from the water!
The tour guide was great!
Annette_S, Dec 2022
Although it was a rainy December day, we were still able to see much and enjoy the guides talk as we went. David was very skilled at what he did in presenting the information in a fun way!
Manhattan from a different point of view.
Alan_W, Dec 2022
A great way to see the city from a different vantage point. It rained the day of our cruise, but it was comfortable inside the ship. We didn't get around the entire island because the tide was in and our ship was riding high because we weren't full, but it was still enjoyable. Our guide was terrific.
Great trip
Phil_K, Dec 2022
Great way to see Manhattan. Boat is well equipped with a bar and toilets. Sit on the left hand side of the boat to get better views of Manhattan
360’ view of Manhattan!
MariaBeatrice_V, Dec 2022
Excellent tour, providing a lot of different stunning views of Manhattan and its surroundings, as well as a lot of interesting historical information and trivia. We had a small issue with our tickets (the original cruise was cancelled and the tickets reissued with the same code but to an earlier time) but the crew very professionally verified our booking and replaced our tickets with updated codes in no time. I am very satisfied with Circle Line. We have now used Viator in 3 different cities internationally and are very happy with their customer service as well!
Great NYC afternoon
Denee_M, Dec 2022
This was a great way to see some iconic NYC sights as well as learn some history from a tour guide who was very informative and entertaining. Easy to get to pier. Wonderful orientation for first time visitors. A relaxing way to spend a beautiful December afternoon.
Fun Times
E_P, Dec 2022
This was a good cruise to get to see the skyline of New York among many other iconic places. The Lady Liberty was amazing to see up close and during the day.
Boat trip around Manhattan
stuart_c, Dec 2022
Despite the cold it was a lovely clear day perfect for viewing the NYC skyline. The guide on the boat was really knowledgeable and entertaining and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Good value for money too.
A little too crowded....
pc8sfmwpxd, Nov 2022
A little too crowded. Really cool to get to cruise the whole way around Manhattan. Amazing sites. Andy the guide was knowledgeable and very good. Food was marginal at best. Certainly not what we expected. More like crappy nachos, chips and fast food style pizzas, not fresh made sandwiches or salads as described.
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