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Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • 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
  • 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.

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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!
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Nice activity!
Cindy_L, Aug 2022
It was great to see Manhattan from the water! We also enjoyed seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge! The information and story telling from the guide was excellent! Very nice boat tour!
Excellent way to view NYC!
Julie_H, Aug 2022
Enjoyed every minute! Tour guide was knowledgeable with both the history of NYC and recent events. Excellent way to tour NYC.
Great experience!!
Anastasia_D, Aug 2022
Great experience! Nice views and everything organized. Great for kids. Also the pier close by airplane museum and sprinkler park. ( ps:we was late and I cancel tickets for 12:30 and placed order for 1:30pm with no problem)
Entertaining, informative and fun.
VincentFrank_P, Aug 2022
The background stories provided by the guide were informative and entertaining. And you can’t get better views of Manhattan and surrounding areas than from this cruise.
Andy was a great story...
Matteo_M, Aug 2022
Andy was a great story teller and shared a lot of information. The tour enlightened me on the parts of New York that I had not known about before.
Everyone must do this
Remi_S, Aug 2022
Great tour, get to see most of Manhattan island . Guide’s voice/ sound were a bit difficult to hear.
Snack bar sucked
Sherwood_W, Aug 2022
Snack bar was disorganized: do you train the staff? Could not print a receipt, staff member left before filling an order.
Great experience!
Ashlee_G, Aug 2022
Great cruise with a knowledgeable tour guide. We loved hearing the history of the city and landmarks. Especially great foe those with a limited amount of time in NYC.
Incredible way to get a real overview of NYC history, architecture and awesome views.
Petra_J, Aug 2022
A great roundup of our 10 day trip to NYC. Our guide was clear, funny and very knowledgeable on the history and architecture. We had time to fill before our evening flight and this was a wonderful, relaxing way to end our trip and catch some last minute spectacular views. The only disappointment was not getting to see the Bronx borough as a bridge was closed.
A Must for First Timers in NYC!
AleisaC_M, Aug 2022
This is a great way to see / get oriented to Manhattan, and this is my 3rd cruise. When I bring or accompany someone new here, it's always on the 'must do' list. The commentary from guides is interesting and accurate, and you can go outside or stay inside the boat (AC on a hot day!). Plenty of tasty snacks for sale, and it's easy to make reservations and get yo the boats. Yesterday's trip, however, was not as good as in the past, due to the face that we did not go completely around the iand. It did last 2.5 hours, but some of that was backtracking. The reason was high tide and bridges, and if it happens regularly, should be noted on the website prior to purchasing. I stand by the judgement that it's one of the best things a first-time visitor can do, but I did not like the fact that we didn't go all around the island.
A great tour for visitors and locals
Daniel_C, Aug 2022
The whole tour was amazing. So much history. The tour guide was very informative. We were with friends that had taken the tour years ago and they were amazed by the changes. This tour is great for visitors but also for the locals.
Not fun
Dennis_M, Aug 2022
Unfortunately it was a gray and rainy day. We tried to reschedule but they said we could not, that they cruise rain or shine. It would have been nice if they could have accommodated us, but they did not. Oh well! 😩😩 ☔️ 🌧 😐😐
View of nyc
Walter_O, Aug 2022
Enjoyed Learning about the landmarks. Tour guide was excellent. Lovely way to explore the city and other areas.
Great way to see the City
chuck_c, Aug 2022
Great views and fun narration. Boat was nice and tour just the right length of time. I would recommend
Fun and a must do adventure
Tamara_S, Jul 2022
Tour was really fun and very informative. Had a blast and would def do it again. Can’t wait for my next visit to NYC.
Fun trip around Manhattan
eweiner, Jul 2022
The circle line tour was on a gorgeous day. Everyone was polite and professional. I’d stay away from the bar which is way overpriced and dysfunctional. Other than that I’m saying it was a great time.
Family memories.
MariaJ_P, Jul 2022
Watching how Ny city is a whole bunch of little island la connected by bridges. Never thought of it before. It was Amazing.❤️
Hudson River Madness!
Huw_E, Jul 2022
Excellent and funny tour guide! He was entertaining and had a very dry humour like a Manhattan Martini.
Around the island
Steven_C, Jul 2022
Perfect day weather wise, with air conditioning on bottom floor of boat for cooling off. Excellent narration.
Great way to see the city
Inverleith_F, Jul 2022
Having bought out tickets in advanced online, we arrived about 25 minutes before departure and scored a rail set on the top. Tip:. Arrive early to get deck seating. It was an overcast day which made the trip more enjoyable along with our awesome guide. Our experience was only soured abit by a loud woman behind us so we had a hard time hearing all the background in the city and buildings. Great trip that I recommend to all.


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