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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

Don’t have a lot of time in New York City? Make the most of it with this 60-minute harbor cruise that gives you prime views of one of the most recognizable skylines in the world. Snap memorable shots of Midtown and Lower Manhattan, and sail within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Learn fun facts about the iconic green-hued goddess as an informative guide brings the city’s sights and fascinating history to life.


  • 60-minute New York sightseeing harbor cruise
  • Relax aboard a cruise offering amazing views of city landmarks along Midtown and Lower Manhattan
  • Sail by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center and the World Financial Center
  • Listen to entertaining live commentary on board
  • Enjoy a convenient departure point from Midtown
  • Choice of morning or afternoon cruises, depending on the season

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Did you know that the Statue of Liberty’s body may have been modeled after sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s mistress, and the great lady’s face after his mom’s? Learn more fun facts like this on this easygoing cruise. Along the way, take pics of the famous city skyline, perfect for Instagram.

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What You Can Expect

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

New York Liberty Cruise

Hop aboard your boat from Pier 83 on the west side of Manhattan. Your 60-minute cruise takes you down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty before turning back. Along the way, learn about the sites and New York’s history from an informative guide on board, and keep your camera out and ready.

Get a prime vantage point of the majestic Statue of Liberty, as your captain pulls up within 100 feet (30 meters) of the monument. Pass by Ellis Island and learn about its historic role in American immigration. Set your sights on One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at a height of 1,776 feet (541 meters). Sail past the World Financial Center (renamed Brookfield Place in 2014 after renovations), home to corporation giants like Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets and American Express.

Snap plenty of photos of iconic sites during the cruise, and if you’d like snacks or drinks, food and beverages are available for purchase right on the boat.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved this cruise! We went on a Monday morning cruise and got to take advantage of the discount pricing. It was only about 20 per person. The duration was an hour which was just the right amount of time. The views were spectacular. And the tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to. The weather was nice on the day we went so the bow was open. However, while out on the bow, it was hard to hear the tour guide so you'll have to decide - the great views or the great facts. I can imagine the boat is probably really crowded on the weekends so if you can, I would recommend going on a weekday so you don't have to worry about making your way through the crowd to get a good view. Another plus - there's a little café inside on the first level serving food and drinks, and a bar on the top level.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow - this 60 minute cruise was just perfect. We arrived 30 minutes before departure and had great seats on the open deck as the sun was shining. We sailed on the Hudson river down to the Statue of Liberty and had a fantastic view and also had lots of opportunities for taking photos! The tour guide on the boat provided lots of interesting information would certainly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour. It was not exspensive and easy to walk to from midtown Manhatten. Lots of room inside the boat and fantastic photo opportunities of the statue and the skyline. Stand at the front of the boat fro the best photos, but you get them anywhere. People were a little pushy, but you go past the statue twice and all get good photos. You are next to the aircraft carrier Intrepid too, so we stopped off at that as an extra.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Short but very interesting cruise. The tour guide was awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great cruise and very informative We had beautiful weather which made it even better. Having a bar on board is a nice touch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

this was perfect!!! really nice trip!!--not crowded, very confortable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour! Tour guide Chris was informative and humorous. Definitely worth the cost!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is an amazing way to see the city sights -- from the water! It was very hot, almost 100 degrees, but we moved inside when necessary and could still see well. The views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty can't be beat!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

First trip to NYC and it was awesome! The man doing the tour was very informative and entertaining. Can't wait to go back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Brilliant - well organised with a really informative guide. Teenagers loved it - they even stopped checking their phones, so enough said!

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