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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

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, 83 North River Piers West 43nd 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

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

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.

Circle Line Cruises

Choose to upgrade to premier seating which offers skip-the-line privileges, an exclusive inside area and outdoor patio area onboard, water, and dedicated wait service. In the summer opt for the VIP package upgrade that includes a lunch (Options include Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink) at North River Lobster located on nearby Pier 83. Upgrade Options: Cruise + Premier Seating  Put yourself in the captain's chair with first class seating, premium views, and seat service that will make you feel like you own the city! Enjoy comfortable upgraded seats, exclusive outdoor viewing area, food and beverage service from the comfort of your seat, and skip-the-line privileges to avoid long lines. Cruise + VIP Package (Available April-September) Premier Seating plus lunch at North River Lobster Company, a floating lobster shack located at neighboring Pier 83. Choose from Lobster Roll, Burger or Chicken plus coleslaw, chips, soft drink. North River Lobster Company offers fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer, and a raw bar in a relaxed, casual environment and is the perfect place to unwind or soak up the sun after your VIP sightseeing cruise. In addition to the live tour guide narration in English, recorded narration is available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher. 

Admission Ticket Free


Statue of Liberty

While you cruise, your knowledgeable tour guide acts as part entertainer and part historian, bringing the city's breathtaking sights and fascinating history to life. You will discover the secrets of New York City as you sail around Manhattan Island, and see three rivers, seven major bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, the five boroughs, over 25 world-renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available for purchase on board.

Admission Ticket Free

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
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 travelers
Operated by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

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.

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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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Traveler Tips

Keep in mind, the elderly do have to make it up and down one set of stairs, but there are railings on both sides.
Arrive an hour early like suggested to get the best seats.
Beware the high prices for refreshments on board - take your own!
2,003 reviews
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Nice for those who want to learn about the whole Island
Christina_G, May 2022
Nice if you really enjoy learning about everything. We just wanted to see the sights. The end of the tour was not engaging .
Manhattan is one big island !!
Thomas_B, May 2022
Great tour !! It gives you a different perspective of New York City and the surrounding area. The tour guide was informative and very helpful. So much fun !!
The best part of the ride...
Nikki_H, May 2022
The best part of the ride was seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge in the Manhattan Bridge
Best way to see New York
Kevin_S, May 2022
Views were fantastic! Best way to see New York!. Guide was very informative. Boat was clean and well run
Beautiful Bridges!
Eric_P, May 2022
We liked going under all the bridges on the East River and Harlem River. And, squeaking under the “low bridge” during low tide.
Andy the tour guide was the main attraction!
Emily_B, May 2022
Loved the tour and the view. Try to sit on the top floor inside since that is where the tour guide is the easiest to hear.
An absolute must do Comprehesive tour
Helayne_V, May 2022
Andy the tour guide was knowledgeable professional. As a nyc born person I say he was extremely accurate. He had a great sense of humor This is the best comprehensive all around the island and five boroughs avsilable. It’s the third time I’ve done it when I visit
Tore_O, May 2022
It is just amazing and breathtaking. For us this was close to the ultimate experience. A little cold on the river, but whoever is to blame?
Highly recommended!
Patti_W, May 2022
My daughter and I had a great time on the Circle Line boat cruise! The sights were incredible, the boat was clean and the crew was friendly and knowledgeable!
Must go NYC experience
Rajath_K, May 2022
Overall a great experience. I’ve been staying in New York for a couple of years now but I hadn’t seen most of the places from the perspective I got to see during the cruise
Nice views .... but...
Dominique_L, May 2022
Nice views .... but comments only in english... And no audio guides as indicated at the reservation. You should have audio guides in different languages
Beautiful day on the...
Denise_C, May 2022
Beautiful day on the water and we were amazed at how much the skyline has changed and all the growth happening there!
Great way to see NYC for an affordable rate
Doug_H, May 2022
This was a great way to see the whole of Manhattan as well as 'the rest' . The guide was great, but you couldn't hear him well from some parts of the boat (like the bow, which was the best for photos).
Manhattan views from all sides
Cat_K, May 2022
Really different way to see Manhattan and get the best pictures. Learn all about the island from every perspective. Get there early if you want your pick of seats. Bring sun dream also. Thr live commentary was the best. Enter than a recording
Good Cruise Tour
Shashwat_S, May 2022
It was a good tour. We loved the guide and view. Guide was knowledgeable and knew his stuff. We liked the tour overall.
noemi_c, May 2022
How much information I learn I didn't know experience wS awesome to see the structures all buildings was beautiful
It s a wonderful of...
Christine_D, May 2022
It s a wonderful of understanding New York as a bunch of Isles joined by bridges near the atlantic ocean ( we can feel the tide).
Good choice
Alethea_H, May 2022
The guide was very informative and the tour covered a lot of sites we wanted to see. Comfortable ride
Dieter_V, May 2022
Nice tour. Good staff on board. Tour guide told fine stories. Nice nice. Good boat. Good food. Sunny sunny
Lovely boat trip
Justine_N, May 2022
Fab trip great commentary and lovely weather. Great views and loads of useful info. My husband enjoyed his special birthday. Also recommend Kixby hotel.


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