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New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

New York, United States
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See New York from a different perspective: from the water. This 3-hour dinner cruise is a memorable way to spend an evening in New York City, marveling at the tall skyline and seeing some of the world's most famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center. Drink libations, eat good food and listen to music as a DJ spins tunes onboard the boat. Consider upgrading to a private window-side table with Champagne  — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else!
  • 3-hour Manhattan dinner cruise on New York Harbor, including optional window seating
  • Admire unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and other top New York City attractions
  • Savor complimentary hors d'oeuvres and purchase your favorite drinks from the cash bar
  • Dine on a 3-course meal of selections from an à la carte menu
  • Follow dinner with DJ music and dancing
  • Viator Exclusive: Upgrade your cruise to a private window table for incomparable views with Champagne
Head to Pier 40 Hudson River Park on the west side of Manhattan to begin this fun 3-hour dinner cruise, sailing around the Hudson River, the East River, and New York Harbor. Board the three-tiered yacht and then begin the cruise. During the opening reception, snack on appetizers and sip on a beverage, as you gaze out at the incredible views. 

At your table, peruse the menu of à la carte edibles, including pan-seared salmon, roast chicken, filet mignon and, of course, dessert (see sample menu below). After ordering your three-course meal, sit back and enjoy your surroundings. After dinner, listen to music from the DJ and buy a drink or two from the cash bar, as the dance floor begins to get going. Then gawk at the great sites, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building and the Woolworth Building. In addition to seeing the riverside of Brooklyn, you'll get a unique look at a plethora of new high-rise towers that are currently going up in Manhattan.

The cruise finishes after three hours when it pulls into Pier 40. 

Optional Upgrade: Viator ExclusiveUpgrade yourself on the cruise to your own private window table. This will ensure a fantastic view from the boat. And that's not all: with the upgrade, you also get one complimentary bottle of Champagne per couple. It's an option only available on Viator!

Sample Menu:

Starters (choose one):
• Beef short rib pot pie with fig reduction
• Baby greens with cranberries, almonds and seasonal veggies
• Seared duck breast with roasted root hash.
• Butternut squash ravioli cooked in a sage brown butter sauce

Main course (choose one):
• Petit filet mignon with roasted shallot demi-glaze, truffle potato au gratin and in-season vegetables (gluten-free)
• Roma encrusted chicken cooked in a white wine sauce with braised Swiss chard
• Pan-seared salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots and butternut squash (gluten-free)
• Vegetable Napoleon of grilled portobello mushrooms, squash, zucchini, and peppers (gluten-free and vegan)Dessert:
• An assortment of seasonal mini-dessertsDrinks:
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Signature coffee and tea
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Brooklyn Bridge
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Statue of Liberty
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Ellis Island
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New York Harbor
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Hornblower Cruises & Events
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Hudson River Park
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New York City Lights Dinner Cruise
, Nov 2019
. My wife and myself found the cruise and meal were great and totally enjoyed the night. We were visiting from Australia and this was the highlight of or visit to NYC.
Great route
, Oct 2019
We went on the cruise to celebrate my partner´s birthday. We really enjoyed the route the boat took as we can see all the main points of the city, including the Statue of Liberty. It was nice to be able to go on the outside deck as well to admire the views which was great. We went for the 3 course dinner and bottle of champagne option. We enjoyed it very much. There is only one thing that we think it could have been better organised. Upon booking, I specified that we are both vegan, however when we arrived on the boat, the staff were not aware of this and on the menu there wasn't a vegan option for the starter or the desert. Luckily the staff were able to adapt the starter for us and we got some strawberries for desert.
Zuzana C
, Oct 2019
The view was great food was good. Nothing special with out fantasy. Hmmm desert was very good ,also look very nice. Old staff without sparkling and energy .Litlle sad . Bad atmosphere without music, or very silent old music . From my focus the price is overcharge -very high for this service . I do not recommend to my friends . I am sorry ...
Our Anniversary
, Aug 2019
The dinner cruise was a treat to myself and my husband for our 26th wedding anniversary. This was our first time in New York and we thought what a great way to see the Manhattan Skyline at night along with a good view of The Statue of Liberty. We were not disappointed. The staff were great. The food was for my husband excellent , the food for myself being vegetarian was okay you only get one choice for main meal which was cauliflower steak which was not for me . But overall we had a great night which was over all to quick we could have stayed on board till mighnight if allowed.
Fantastic family experience
, Aug 2019
Our family of 7 has spent 8 great days in NYC and wanted to end the vacation with a special event. We booked the dinner cruise and it turned out a great experience. The food was actually better than we expected (having quite some experience on tourist activities like this one), the service very professional and the view priceless.
Dinner cruise
, Jun 2019
We had a wonderful time. The food was awesone, good selection, and wonderful salads and desserts too. Server very good. Site seeing was awesome. My first trip with this company and I will definitely be back. Thank you for the memories.
Sail On
, May 2019
The food was excellent, the journey through the river was smooth & relaxing. The waitress was very pleasant & welcoming. However, the DJ sucked, he never played dancing music only at the end of the cruise!!! My husband and I love to dance so when we saw that music & dancing was part of the package we was on board, only to be disappointed by boring music & no indication of the dance floor coming to life. Here’s a tip, coffee and tea must be served with the starters, it’s important to have a warm beverage to prepare the stomach for heavy food.
Nice to see a part of Manhattan and...
, Nov 2017
Nice to see a part of Manhattan and NJ and Brooklyn lights, bridges from a different angle. If it was closer to 2 hours instead of 3 it would have rated higher but that's not a complaint, just a suggestion. 3 hours was just too long, food was pretty good not disappointing but not astonishing by any means and they had our reservation wrong when we boarded which was VIP with champagne and window seat and it took awhile to sort that which Gabriel the manager did. The staff was great Gabriel and Samuel, Hernando, etc and the DJ played good music and it was a posh looking room on the boat which was a real highlight. The views of Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty were great, and sitting in a nice floating room was the highlight along with the lovely staff. Other than when we got out at 10pm and in late November it's pitch black outside and there were no taxis in the mythical taxi rank at the end of the docks of Pier 40, we had to go onto the street to flat down on taxi in what probably wasn't the most salubrious part of town for an older well-dressed couple to be hailing a taxi late at night on a Friday night. We would imagine that in warmer months there would be a lot more people and it would be very lively and even more enjoyable. No regrets and I would definitely recommend it for something different especially because it's more intimate.
Love the boat, and the beautiful...
, Sep 2017
Love the boat, and the beautiful evening cruise. Very smooth ride, great sights including the lighted city skyline at night and the Statue of Liberty. Music, drinks, and dancing. Food good, but this is more about the cruise. Window seat enjoyable when eating, but the best photos will be from the deck outside or up top.
From the moment we verified our...
Richard Arena A
, Jun 2017
From the moment we verified our reservation for the 3 hour light dinner cruise. everything was outstanding. The cruise, food, service and the music DJ was all worth the price. I would definitely use this tour again. I could have written a 3 page review, but I wanted to inform not bore. Just Do It!

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