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Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceNew York, United States

From $44.00

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


Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
  • New York evening sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River and New York Harbor
  • Admire the full-sweep views of Manhattan’s lights only possible from a boat
  • Learn about the sights from a live guide and buy drinks and snacks on board
  • Prebook your ticket to confirm a place on your ideal evening

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See NYC from the water—with live narration—when the sun sets and the city lights switch on.
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What's Included

  • Live narration by Circle Line’s world-famous guides (in English)
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • 2-hour sightseeing cruise
  • 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 Directions: • Exchange your voucher for a boarding pass at the Circle Line Ticket WindowDIRECTIONS By Subway (Metro): • 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, A, C, E, N, or R train to Times Square 42nd Street • B, D, F, or Q train to 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, • 4, 5, or 6 train to 42nd Street Grand Central Station • All options are approximately 15-25 minute walk to the pierBy Bus: • Take the west-bound M42 or M50 bus and get off at the last stop 42nd Street and 12th AvenueBy Car:: • From George Washington Bridge, Westchester or Connecticut: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), go south to West 43rd Street. Make a right at 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey: Upon exiting the tunnel, follow uptown signs on Dyer Avenue to the 3rd light. Turn left onto 42nd Street. Turn right on 11th Avenue and turn left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Midtown Tunnel, Queens and Long Island: Take 2nd Avenue downtown to 34th Street. Right on 34th Street to 10th Avenue. Turn right on 10th Avenue and left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point

Start time

07:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Travel independently to the departure point at New York City’s Pier 83. Aim to arrive in good time for your cruise to secure the best seats—they're available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Relax and soak up the panoramic views as your boat sets sail along the Hudson Riverand into New York Harbor. Admire Manhattan’s skyline and its landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the United Nations Headquarters, South Street Seaport, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and more.

Then, take in the views of the Brooklyn Bridge and cruise by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all as an on-board guide shares snippets on their background and the Big Apple's history.

During your sightseeing, head for the on-board concession areas to buy drinks and snacks (both own expense), and snap up mementoes from the souvenir store.

Your cruise comes to an end when your boat arrives back at Pier 83.

Brooklyn Bridge

You'll enjoy dazzling skyline views of Manhattan on this 2-hour cruise. From the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, New York's landmarks are especially memorable when lit up at night. Beverages, food, and souvenirs are available for purchase onboard.

Admission Ticket Free

Statue of Liberty

Absorb stunning views of the floodlit Statue of Liberty.

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
  • Guests need to arrive at least 30-minutes prior to departure 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.

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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available onboard during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips

The New York city Harbor Lights cruise is a must!!
The time waiting to board the cruise is terribly long though, and better go early to secure good open seats.
Mae sure you take medium thick jacket since it gets very cold once the sun goes down.
1,828 reviews
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Worth it!
Kevin_S, Jan 2023
It’s a calm nice ride! You can walk around and go outside to take pictures. The wind blows nicely. I loved it honestly!
Evening cruise
Christine_T, Jan 2023
Well organised trip. Fabulous city views, tour guy on boat, very entertaining and knowledgeable. Could comfortable boat.
NYC at night
Angela_C, Jan 2023
Great way to see the city at nigh, one of my favorite things we did. Best spot is the top deck. Loved all the history and details about the area. Good crew. Be prepared for the cold!
Well worth it
jen_w, Jan 2023
Would highly recommend this tour, the views from the water, looking at the skyline of New York City, and New Jersey were awesome. I would probably even do this again myself.
Beautiful tour!
LeeAnn_F, Jan 2023
The cruise at night was beautiful! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave a great history lesson!
Great sights from the water
Debra_K, Jan 2023
Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed getting so close to Statue of Liberty with the night lights & the NYC skyline.
Do this tour!
Kelly_N, Jan 2023
David was an amazing tour guide, full of knowledge and we learned much more than we expected. This tour exceeded expectations and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. In winter, bring your parka, scarf and boots to stay outside and get the full experience
Exceptionally great way to see and learn about NYC!
Marlena_M, Jan 2023
The entire experience from start to finish was flawless, easy, and exceeded expectations. Staff was amazing, ship was clean, and the entire two hours was full of breathtaking views of NYC! Special mention of Andy the tour guide who is absolutely an amazing and VERY informative and humorous tour guide!
Amazing boat tour!
Meg_P, Jan 2023
Our tour guide knew lots of information about the area and we got to take some really great photos. The boat had an indoor area that was heated so we could keep warm but also options to go outside to get better views and take better photos. I would definitely recommend!
Don’t miss this tour.
Jessica_H, Dec 2022
Definitely get to the outdoor deck for the best photo ops- even if it’s cold. So worth it! The guide had so many interesting facts about the history of NYC, and he was humorous too!
We loved it!
Nahomy_Z, Dec 2022
My boyfriend and I are from Texas, and we came to visit New York for the first time! This Cruise was absolutely a perfect way to enjoy NYC ❤️
Wow the lights at night
MsJ, Dec 2022
I enjoyed the city lights at night. The history details were great. The tour guide was humorous and friendly.
The tour was nice. The...
Morris_L, Dec 2022
The tour was nice. The guide was very knowledgeable about the city and was entertaining, he kept us engaged.
Awesome trip with a fantastic guide
mary_h, Dec 2022
Awesome trip. Weather was not great but we still had a fabulous time. Great way to see new York. All the lights in the mist
NYC at Night is Spectacular!
Cynthia_A, Dec 2022
Our first time to NYC and can’t imagine a better way to see it. The Statue of Liberty and the amount of time spent so we could get pictures was fantastic. The enclosure was warm through the cold and rain.
Harbour lights cruise
Andrew_R, Dec 2022
Great tour the views are outstanding, the commentator was knowledgeable and we found it really informative.
Worth it but came away with disappointments
Clare_D, Dec 2022
Loved the hosting but some of the staff behaviour was a bit rude to visitors. Also views were blocked off for wristbands no one knew how to get and we didn’t get given the option to pre book
Good trip could be better
Kevin_H, Dec 2022
Good trip only thing which isn’t good is the fact that several windows have seals which have failed . This means that they have steamed up restricting views in these areas on a site seeing trip……….
Enjoyable and Arrive Early
Seth_P, Dec 2022
Great tour guide that kept it interesting. I would recommend getting there at least half an hour early to get a good spot.
The best way to get landmark photos
Lauren_G, Nov 2022
Although it was raining, we still thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Stood outside the whole time and captured the best photos of all the landmarks. Even better was that we captured them at night. Got great photos of the Statue of Liberty lit up. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to see the sights and hear a bit about the history. Great value for money.