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Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

New York, United States
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From $112.00

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as soda.
  • Go on a Manhattan architecture tour aboard a 1920s-style yacht
  • Travel by boat to see New York City sights from the water
  • Guide is from the NYC chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Enjoy one drink

What's Included

  • Narration by a member of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
  • Each reservation will be assigned a private table. A 2 ticket purchase minimum is required
  • One complimentary beverage included
  • Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise, but recommended.
  • Food selections available for purchase. If bringing food please keep to a light snack

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 62 Chelsea Piers
    62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, USA

    The boat departs from Chelsea Piers, on Pier 62, which is located at West 22nd Street and the Hudson River. We are at the northernmost end of the Chelsea Piers on the water. When walking to Chelsea Piers, you must cross the West Side Highway. There are crosswalks at 18th, 20th and 23rd Street. When standing on the west side highway facing the river (facing west), go around the north side of the large blue building. Our ticket booth is located steps from the dock on Pier 62. Please check in at the Classic Harbor Line ticket booth upon arrival, and you will be escorted to the boat by the Captain when it is time to board. If lost please call 212.627.1825.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Guarantee of a full circumnavigation of Manhattan is not included. On rare occasions, the Spuyten Duyvil train bridge is inoperable and cannot open for us to pass through. This is often times not known until our tour is underway. River closures may also occur for a number of reasons. There are no refunds for tours that cannot fully circumnavigate. We will accommodate such cases with a tour that features a double backing of the route and further detail of the waterfront sites.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Service animals are permitted; Emotional Support animals and pets are not permitted
  • Please let us know in advance if assistance is required for boarding
  • Not for children under 14 years due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience. We recommend families to join us on Statue & Skyline tours, day sails or any other minimally narrated day time event
  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. It's for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations to be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all
  • Groups of 10 or more will be contacted by the operator in advance for an additional 10% group gratuity
  • Important note: From time to time, the theme of this tour, route and narration may change. Variations of this tour include, AIANY Bridge & Infrastructure Tour, AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Freshkills Park, and the AIANY Climate Change Tour: Resiliency, Sustainable Architecture and the Future of NYC. Please reach out to the operator for questions on specific tour theme details
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

You can slid open the windows inside, however the air condition is on, so it’s very comfortable.
448 reviews
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Informative and Thorough Tour
csebrell, Mar 2023
We saw so many landmarks from the boat. The tour is long - after all, it takes awhile going all the way around Manhattan - but accompanied by expert commentary, I felt I learned a lot about the geography, history, and architecture of the city!
Best way to experience the grandeur of New York.
Aris_G, Mar 2023
Spectacular views of the city. Elegant atmosphere unlike the “herd” of tourists. Knowledgeable and pleasant architect guide. Good food and drinks.
What a great way to see Manhattan
Carolyn_W, Mar 2023
Perfect day for a yacht cruise to see Manhattan! Our guide from the AIA was very knowledgeable about significant architectural buildings. Small boat and not crowded. Captain and crew were very professional. Loved seeing Manhattan from this perspective.
510 gang
donna_a, Mar 2023
Great experience group of 7 all gave 5 stars. Incredible knowledge of the guide. One of the highlights of nyc trip
Fantastic tour from a unique vantage point.
CarrieFlaspohler, Mar 2023
What a fantastic tour! Our guide was fantastic; knowledgeable without being condescending, enthusiastic without being obnoxious. Everyone who works on the boat is delightful, as well. This was such a fun and interesting way to not only learn about the architecture of New York, but also lots of really interesting history. I found it particularly neat that we got to see parts of Manhattan, New York, and New Jersey that you just would never see any other way. I came as a tourist, but I think it would be just as interesting for a local to see the city from a completely different perspective. 10/10, highly recommend.
An afternoon of fun and learning
Ellen_B, Mar 2023
One of the best tours I've taken of NY. The guide on this tour was knowledgeable, answered everyone's questions and kept the stories of NY architecture alive. The boat was great, everyone can see the sites and refreshments available. Safety was a priority. Definitely don't want to miss this. I'll be back in the spring to take one of their architectural walking tours.
Great Architectural and Historical tour!
Heidi_M, Mar 2023
The tour leader was very knowledgeable and interesting. We learned so much about the history of many of the buildings and how that tells the story of the history of the city. Excellent and I would recommend to anyone.
Great tour, do not miss!
Cindy_K, Mar 2023
The boat is gorgeous (We were on Manhattan 2), the staff was great and the guide was very educated and interesting. I also think that its really the best way to see the full NYC area skyline.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect trip - even in the cold!
Sophie_J, Feb 2023
Can't imagine a better way to see the whole island of Manhattan. Granted, we had the the clearest weather (even though it was freezing!) for the cruise but the commentary and service was impeccable. Don't let the cold put you off - the inside of the boat was lovely and cosy warm.
Michelle_F, Feb 2023
Worst customer service and instructions ever! Don’t do it. Nobody to contact. Nobody tells you about board time and prep… I got there 5 mins post, with no instruction about listed time being departure or boarding time. Horrible, complete robbery for a 5 min discrepancy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Seeing Manhattan for the first time.
jackie_b, Feb 2023
Excellent. The boat was clean nice food and drinks great service. The guide was informative and friendly.
See New York THIS way!
Sandra_N, Jan 2023
Our guide was phenomenal! We have to do this again! So much fun; highly recommend! I learned a lot about the history of New York through the architecture. A great history lesson!
Great spin around the city.
Lawrence_M, Jan 2023
Great trip around Manhattan; with a unique perspective. The speaker was fantastic and very engaging. The staff was equally great! Thanks for a wonderful experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worth it!
Ryan_F, Dec 2022
What an amazing afternoon. The staff were excellent, the material was so interesting and the views were peaceful and breathtaking. What a super interesting way to see NYC. Great job and worth it.
4.5 *
Lana_D, Dec 2022
I personally LOVED the cruise and I wish I came alone to fully enjoy it. My teenaged stepdaughter didn't bring her earphones and was bored, ruining it for us and other guests - if I'm being honest. She would last only Manhattan, but the cruise takes you much further than that ( the part that I appreciated the most) - but the kiddo was bored last two hours. Don't repeat my mistake, save this for adults only.
Great narratives
Ruth_R, Dec 2022
Highly recommend. Great narratives. Excellent sites. Cozy boat. Friendly crew. Just enough time to get a true sense of the city.
A Manhattan Exploration on the Water
Brenda_F, Dec 2022
The host was fantastic! The service on board was so good and the route, boat & the weather all made for a perfect experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Definitely a cruise to experience!
Tracey_N, Dec 2022
A lot of wonderful information. A bit too much information. Might want to take a few more breaks with the info as so informative, yet hard to digest everything! Love our narrator!! Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise! Beautiful ship!
Amazing informative cruise!
Robin_B, Dec 2022
Our guide was AMAZING! Very knowledgeable and entertaining. The crew was also awesome. We really had a very enjoyable day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Will Book River Cruise Again!!
Anne_A, Dec 2022
The ONLY reason I didn’t give it a 5 rating was that weather did not allow them to complete the excursion. We only got it about 30 minutes of a 2:45 scheduled River cruise. Staff was awesome, yacht was beautiful and I look forward to re-booking next time I visit NYC. As a side note, Viator processed a full Tull refund within 24 hours of cancelled excursion. It was great that I didn’t have to lift a finger.


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