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Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceNew York, United States

From $25.00

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


See the highlights of New York City from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Hudson River. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible and avoid waiting in traffic, this cruise offers views of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Discover NYC’s waterfront landmarks on a sightseeing cruise
  • Learn about the passing sites from your tour guide
  • Get up-close photos of the Statue of Liberty
  • Relax and enjoy food and beverages (available for purchase) onboard

What's Included

  • 1-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Pier 83

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

On this Liberty Cruise, enjoy stunning views of Manhattan’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—as well as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor’s Island, and more.

This cruise travels down the Hudson River to within 100 feet (30 meters) of the Statue of Liberty. Narration from a professional tour guide helps to provide an entertaining journey.

Enjoy a snack or beverage from the onboard concession area (available for purchase) while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.

Manhattan Skyline

See the Manhattan Skyline

Admission Ticket Free

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Get a view of the iconic Empire State Building within the Manhattan Skyline

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 200 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 Circle Line: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

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550 reviews
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Knowledgeable tour guide,...
Catherine_B, Jan 2023
Knowledgeable tour guide, sufficient length for a cruise on the river. Even on a cold day , it comfortable ride indoors
Fun quick trip!
Kyle_L, Oct 2022
Excellent time, never been to New York before and probly won't ever come back with how crap the city was and the nightmares of parking, but this was a great experience, beautiful views of the statue of liberty, wish we had more time for a longer tour but this has been on my to do list for years. IF I ever come back, I'll try and take one of the longer tours. Definitely worth the 25$, food and drinks were way over priced though so eat before boarding or bring some snacks which I saw others do
Exceptional narration by...
Bernard_M, Oct 2022
Exceptional narration by the tour guide! Clean facilities and boat. This was a great experience. I highly recommend this tour.
LosaS_M, Oct 2022
It was amazing! We had ax wonderful tour guide and there were such great spots on the ferry to see the city and the Statue Of Liberty!! We loved our experience!
Best Tour Guide
Inez_M, Oct 2022
Awesome ride! Enjoyed the very knowledgeable tour guide as well! Would definitely come back, the price was right!
araceli_c, Oct 2022
Easy and fast tour, awesome !!! Staff was very kind and professional tour guide person knowledgeable
The speaker was very...
Lavon_F, Oct 2022
The speaker was very informative and the crew was great. I would recommend this to others especially in the spring and summer
It is a very good tour...
Dalia_C, Oct 2022
It is a very good tour for the price. Had a great time with ny son. The length of time was perfect. Not too long and not too short. Wld absolutely do it again!
Shantel_R, Oct 2022
I love it was lil cold andwet bout had a greatyime and willbe back again for me fun and with more people
Well guided boat tour
Jon_D, Sep 2022
We’ve done a number of boat tours and this quick trip was very easy and very well done. In particular the guide Chris did a superb job of pointing out landmarks large and small, historic and current, and sharing interesting facts.
Great tour
Barbara_L, Sep 2022
Very nice informative excursion. I highly recommend if limited in time. We saw Statue of Liberty, Ellis island and many more sites
kathleen_t, Sep 2022
Loved it, & had a fabulous view of the Statue of Liberty. The announcer was good. Pictures turned out well.
A nice trip
Safiya_F, Aug 2022
The trip was great. However our tickets on my phone did not work and I had to go to the ticket office to have them printed out and it still didn’t work. Thankfully the staff was very kind.
Missed the trip!
Melissa_J, Aug 2022
We put the address provided in the details in our GPS and it took us to the wrong location. We are from out of town and didn’t know the area at all. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to our destination in time and missed the entire experience.
Short and Sweet cruise on the Hudson
Fuad_D, Aug 2022
We took the one hour cruise because we had a flight to catch. Every was like clockwork and the guide was excellent. Well done and thanks.
Two thumbs up!
Angela_T, Aug 2022
This was such a nice cruise. Just what we needed to see the Statue of Liberty under the time limit we had. The boat was clean, offered refreshments, provided a smooth ride, and Chris gave a really nice narrative of all the surrounding attractions. I would definitely recommend this cruise and look forward to possibly bringing more family with me next time.
Beautiful sights, great guide, awesome experience
Maurice_T, Jul 2022
Seeing the Manhattan skyline and viewing the Statue of Liberty were amazing experiences made even better by the excellent tour guide.
Great for young families
KiriAnn_M, Jul 2022
I took the NYC Liberty Cruise with my Mother and two young children. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and had a great experience. The tour guide was great and knew a lot about the history of many key landmarks/ buildings of the city. the cruise was just under 1 hour which is perfect for young kids, not too long.
State of Liberty Tour and Cruise
Jeffrey_C, Jul 2022
Big ups to Chris! He gave our group an outstanding history lesson about Liberty Island and the statue. I know I didn't learn the intricate details in high school.
Statue cruise
Richard_P, Jul 2022
Good cruise for those wanting a short trip to the statue and back. Commentary along the way is good.