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See the best of New York City aboard a historic sailing ship on this cruise around New York Harbor. Choose from one of four sailing options: afternoon, twilight, Harbor Lights and a fully narrated New York City history tour. Enjoy incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, plus landmarks like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and much more. Help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.


  • Sail across New York Harbor
  • New York's only tall ship, built using plans from the Smithsonian Museum
  • Breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan skyline
  • Help raise the sails or take a turn at the helm!
  • Daytime, Twilight, Harbor Lights, and fully narrated options available

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What You Can Expect

Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

Hoist the rigging and feel the wind in your sails on this sailing cruise

Set sail on New York City’s waters on board the Clipper City. Departing from Slip 2 on the south side of Battery Park, this sightseeing voyage explores New York Harbor with outstanding views of the Big Apple’s best attractions.

The original Clipper City was built as a lumber-hauling cargo schooner just before the start of the Civil War. It was then rebuilt from the original plans, which were on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, and more recently refurbished to the modern-day sailing vessel on this tour. The new and improved Clipper City is 158 feet (47 m) long and 120 feet (36 m) high and can accommodate 130 passengers, more than any other sailboat of its kind in the United States. There are four sailing options to choose from.

On the 1.5-hour afternoon sail, enjoy beautiful views of New York City landmarks from one of two decks. The 2-hour twilight/sunset cruise offers a full bar to enjoy a happy hour beverage. New York City lights up for the 1.5-hour Harbor Lights sail. The full bar is open on this cruise, too. And finally, the narrated New York City history tour provides an education to go with the incredible scenery.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip! 7pm tour was fantastic for seeing the Statue of Liberty at Sunset and the Manahttan skyline as it started to light up. Highly recommended.

Emily T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was great!!! Had been to NYC once before, but, this cruise was the icing to the cake. The mini bar and the staff made the adventure a time to remember forever. Not over crowded, just perfect for the day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was very nice. The crew was efficient in their tasks on board and very respectful. One mate even told a passenger to please put her cigarette OUT!!

Nicole G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome trip! Flew in that afternoon from Munich and only had 24 hrs in NY - GREAT WAY to spend a layover here ❤️

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Relaxing and fabulous views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

eileen s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Diana W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent, I was scared of going on a boat ride. This was my first experience and we enjoyed it. The staff was very friendly and courteous.

Dawnn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I loved it! It was beautiful. I do think that the crew should have a skyline and geographic oration about the bldgs, their history, etc....on the other was nice to just enjoy the beauty! I took the 4:30 excursion. Absolutely beautiful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything was as promised. Thank you Viator.

Nicola G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent.. Loved this.. Also did this tour back in June 2011 and though we got more lucky with the weather back then it became cloudy this time round right as we set sail so didn't see the sunset as hoped.. It's the chance you take, it doesn't take away any of the experience of it. I would totally recommend this. The crew are great, the on board bar has a good selection for its size though only has one serving so the line can gets long for most the trip, that's the only negative but it's nothing major.. the 2 toilets are clean but most of all the views are just great and if you get lucky with a clear sky and do see the sunset, it's truly something amazing.

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