For first-time visitors, sightseeing cruises offer a terrific overview of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs as well a chance to learn a bit about New York's history, without all the traffic. No matter how many times you've visited NYC, these boat rides are a stress-free way to experience the beauty of the city's skyline and waterways.
If you've got the time, this approximately 2,5 hour cruise will take you all the way around Manhattan, offering participants views of all five boroughs and a chance to see three rivers, seven major bridges, over 25 world renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. During the tour, a guide supplements the views with interesting information about New York City.
Water Taxi's Hop On/Hop Off Service runs every 45 minutes and offers visitors a tour of the New York Harbor, including great views of Governors Island, as well as the option to hop on and off at stops along the 1 hour route, including Pier 1 in Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn.
If you're tight on time this is the cruise for you. In just one hour, you can see much of downtown Manhattan. Circle Line's Zephyr Yacht Harbor Cruise combines the comfort of a yacht ride with the great views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty.
If you're looking for more intimate, crowd-free experience, Classic Harbor Lines offers 2 hour cruises in their wooden gaff-rigged sailboats that accommodate 49 and 80 guests. You won't have to queue up in a long line to board or disembark and you can even relax and enjoy a beverage from the bar during the cruise. This is a bit pricier options than the others, but totally worth it. Choose from their Sunset Sail, City Lights, Full Moon or Day Sail options.