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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.
  • Explore the whole of Manhattan Island on an extended cruise
  • Magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline
  • Learn about New York's landmarks through live on-board commentary

What's Included

  • 2.5 hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board
  • Outdoor deck
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Departure Point: Tour departs from Pier 83, New York Address: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10019

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Three rivers, seven bridges, five boroughs, 25 world-renowned landmarks, and a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Now that’s getting to know New York City.

On this sightseeing tour around Manhattan Island, enjoy stunning views of the Big Apple’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and many more.

Depart from Pier 83 in midtown Manhattan and cruise all the way around Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. While on-board, enjoy live narration from a professional tour guide.

Learn more about the history of each of the sites while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.

Statue of Liberty

Admission Ticket Free

Ellis Island

Admission Ticket Free

Brooklyn Bridge

Admission Ticket Free

One World Trade Center (Pass By)

Hudson Yards (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

United Nations Headquarters (Pass By)

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 600 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island 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: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

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Amazing views of New York. David was an excellent guide his knowledge was amazing. Would highly recommend this cruise .


2,549 reviews
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fun and fabulous
Kathy_D, Jun 2023
This island cruise was a great way to get an overall look at Manhattan. The guide was very informative and his delivery was fabulous. He made it fun and interesting.
Great cruise!
Rafael_M, Jun 2023
Wonderful experience! Crew were outstanding! Very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend it to my friends.
Great cruise!
Androulla_P, Jun 2023
My partner and I really enjoyed the Island Circle Line Cruise because it was informative and felt it was good value. I always use Viator where possible because I find cheaper than other providers and can trust them.
We missed it
Kristi_Y, Jun 2023
I didn't actually make it to the ship. Part of our group got stuck in traffic and we were over 30 min late. I'll give you 5 stars for our mistake.
The speaker was talking...
tanishia_m, Jun 2023
The speaker was talking way to fast and the little ear piece they gave us to listen through were horrible. You could barely hear and it kept breaking up. Needless to say it made the whole sight seeing less engaging. The worst sight seeing I have been to. Lose the earpiece!!!!
Great Day
Juanita_M, Jun 2023
The tour guide was very knowledgeable in his story telling. A pleasure to listen to. Great 2-1/2 hours
Loved the building views.
Diane_A, Jun 2023
As an admirer of building architecture, I was able to view whole buildings that would have been missed otherwise. Lots of information given, narrated by Tony.
Breathtaking views
Lupe_O, Jun 2023
Our tour guys was very knowledgeable and explained everything so well. The weather was beautiful and I was able to take so many beautiful pics. Very relaxing. Everyone on board was courtesy.
Seeing the Statue of...
Lynn_F, May 2023
Seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The guide was very knowledgeable. I was glad to see there was drinks to purchase and the prices were reasonable.
Seeing all the different...
Lonna_B, May 2023
Seeing all the different sights, and hearing information from the tour guide. Enjoyed time with my family.
The tour was incomplete as if above 96th st in NYC didn't exist.
Michael_P, May 2023
Spending the time with my granddaughter. Unfortunately we didn't get to experience any of the Harlem Waterfront either on the Hudson River or the East River. This was extremely disappointing.
Well worth going
Matt_S, May 2023
Was so good, the tour guide was a wealth of New York history. It was a very relaxing tour well worth 2.5 hours of your time.
Great Time on Circle Line Overall
Beth_N, May 2023
The Manhattan Skyline, close up of Statue of Liberty and the beautiful weather were very memorable. My seat on the outer deck was great for the beautiful weather. Better acoustics needed. Hard to hear your guide quite often.
Very Nice Tour
Mondo_B, May 2023
Extremely informative and relaxing! I’ll definitely recommend this tour to my friends and family for sure.
Great but what a pity there are no assigned seats
Eric_d, May 2023
When I tough we would not be able to seat together my wife and I Why don’t you have assigned seats ? The rest was great
Good Cruise
rbbbermannet, May 2023
We liked the history of Manhattan, Hudson River, and the East River. Good cruise. PA system was a little weak.
Karen_C, May 2023
Amazing views of New York. David was an excellent guide his knowledge was amazing. Would highly recommend this cruise .
Still very good
Clayton_S, May 2023
It was a foggy, rainy day, but we still enjoyed the tour. The tour narration was excellent. We look forward to taking the boat ride again on another trip on a sunny day.
An Unforgettable Voyage Around Manhattan - Rain or Shine!
hjsf88gbz4, May 2023
My recent Circle Line boat tour around the entirety of Manhattan was a memorable experience that I wholeheartedly recommend, regardless of the weather conditions. Even as the rain gently fell, it didn't dampen our spirits or obstruct the breathtaking views of Manhattan's skyline. The sight of the towering skyscrapers, elegant bridges, and the iconic Statue of Liberty against the misty backdrop gave the city a touch of mystique that was truly captivating. The tour offered panoramic views of not just Manhattan, but also other key sights including Roosevelt Island, the expansive New Jersey skyline, as well as glimpses of Brooklyn and the Bronx. It was a visual feast, providing a comprehensive and distinct perspective on these diverse regions. The multitude of bridges we passed under, each with its own architectural character, further added to the richness of the experience. Our tour guide played a significant role in making the trip enjoyable and informative. With a wealth of knowledge and an engaging delivery, they painted a vivid picture of the city's history and its landmarks, making our tour not just a sightseeing expedition, but also an insightful educational journey. In conclusion, the Circle Line boat tour proved to be a brilliant way to see and learn about New York City. Despite the rain, it offered us an unparalleled perspective on this incredible city and its surrounding areas. It's a trip we'd highly recommend, and an experience we're sure you'll cherish, come rain or shine.
Circle for Fun
Jamie_d, May 2023
Learning new things about the city I'm in love with and lived in ALL my 48 yrs. Highly highlybraccomend and you can get drunk too!
NYC by boat
Glen_P, May 2023
Start to finish the trip was excellent. Team on board were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. It is the perfect way to see and learn about NYC. Thanks
Great time and new perspective of city
Thomas_D, May 2023
Excellent narration with informative details about the city. Seeing the city from the water was a great perspective not available from street level.
Great experience
Carita_G, May 2023
Wow! The day was beautiful and John was great giving all the detail information on the different buildings and areas.
The parking price is a straight rip off
Tyais, May 2023
Parking was way too expensive .. this price needs to be displayed at the time of ticket purchase. The trip was too quick and who charges $19 for a hot dog 🙄.. tour guide was rude
Or your guide was awesome
John_M, May 2023
Coming up to The Statue of Liberty and realizing what she means and meant to so many immigrants. The history given by our guide was very interesting.
David was our narrator. ...
Denise_G, May 2023
David was our narrator. His knowledge and sense of humor were exceptional. Three of us took this cruise and enjoyed it very much. I think in the Fall with leaves turning would be just marvelous.
NYC highlight
christopher_m, May 2023
We totally enjoyed the tour especially Dave our narrator who truly brought history to life in a way that was funny but easily understood. We had a great overview of Manhattan on a beautiful day! Perfect trip.
vivien_s, May 2023
What an excellent tour the guide was funny and factual Well worth the time out of your visit to see New York from the water and of course the Statue of Liberty
Ashe Simpson May 2023 Boat Tour Around Manhattan
Philip_A, May 2023
Excellent Tour Guide gave interesting details of Manhattan. Learned new things about New York City and the water front.
Statue of Liberty,...
Joseph_L, May 2023
Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge were our favorite. Great way to see the city, much better than our Bus tour.


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