Of course, New York is a collection of islands. It isn't just Manhattan, and even a land-based across-the-water look at another borough is a must. If you like the smell of salt and the feeling of the wind in your hair, then try a New York City cruise for the sea view.

For an all-encompassing view of Manhattan, the Harbor Lights Cruise (2 hrs, early evening) takes you nearly all of the way around Manhattan with stunning views of the islands and the bridges without the need to lift so much as a finger. Photography is difficult from a moving boat at night but it's still a lovely trip. (As you leave the dock, take a peak at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on the next pier.)

From any New York cruise, it's Manhattan's architecture that is the star of the show. The  Empire State and Chrysler buildings both hark back to an era when cities were built by people, rather than by corporations and banks. There are - as you'll see - no skyscrapers between the Empire State Building at 34th Street and Wall Street. This is geology. The bedrock in this part of Manhattan is not strong enough to support skyscrapers, and so there is a deep dip in the skyline.

Most New York cruises begin around the 42nd Street Pier, head south down the Hudson River, round the bottom of Manhattan and then up the East River as far as Williamsburg Bridge. Then they turn around and visit the Statue of Liberty before heading home.

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Circle Line: Beast Speedboat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 135 Reviews

Hold onto your hats and get ready for the ride of your life aboard "The Beast" speedboat! Fast, loud and funny, "The Beast" delivers ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.99

New York Harbor Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Whether you’re a first-time or seasoned visitor to New York City, this hop-on hop-off cruise is a fantastic way to experience all of the city's most popular ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $29.99

New York Harbor Evening Sail with Live Jazz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Step aboard a historic sailing ship and cruise around New York Harbor, taking in magnificent views of New York City on this entertaining evening jazz sail. ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99

New York Architecture Tour Aboard 1920s-Style Yacht

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

See New York's world-famous architecture from an elegant 1920s-style yacht cruise designed to evoke a more refined time. Admire amazing views of top New York ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3-hrs and 15-mins

From USD $68.00

Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Step aboard one of the largest sailing ships in the US and cruise along New York Harbor while tasting some of New York’s best craft beers. Sip crisp ales and ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 1-hour and 45-minutes

From USD $64.99

Circle Line: Harbor Lights Night Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 559 Reviews

Take an early-evening New York City Harbor Lights cruise and bask in the glow of the setting sun and glistening harbor lights. While listening to an ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.99

New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet

4.5 star rating: Recommended 353 Reviews

Grab your friends or that special someone and get ready for 3-hours of real New York fun! This New York dinner cruise includes a delicious buffet, an amazing ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.50
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Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 224 Reviews

If your time in NYC is limited, hop aboard for a quick, 75-minute harbor cruise to the Statue of Liberty from Midtown Manhattan. On this fully narrated cruise, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.99

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 183 Reviews

On this luxury New York City dinner cruise, savor gourmet cuisine and enjoy live jazz entertainment while soaking up breathtaking views of the Manhattan, New ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.79

New York Sunday Brunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 115 Reviews

Step aboard a luxury yacht for an unforgettable Sunday brunch in New York City! Admire the Statue of Liberty and the stunning Manhattan skyline as you enjoy ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.17

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