Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises in New York, NY

Pier 83, West 42nd Street New York , NY 10036
View on Map
Starting at
$44.00 $42.00
You Save: $2.00


Experience New York City like never before by booking your seat on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. As the oldest provider of sightseeing cruises in NYC, Circle Line’s tour guides know a thing or two about the city’s history, landmarks, notable residents, and attractions. Get ready for the sightseeing cruise of a lifetime as you see the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and more!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Choose the cruise that includes the NYC landmarks you want to see.
  • Concessions available for purchase onboard the cruise.
  • Tours are appropriate for all ages.
  • It is recommended that those who get seasick take proper precautions prior to and during the cruise.
  • Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to scheduled cruise departure.


from Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been providing New York
visitors with exceptional views and fascinating tours of New York City.
As New York’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled, chartered
sightseeing and special event cruises, guests can choose from a variety
of cruises throughout the year. All tours are narrated by our professional
tour guides and we operate the newest fleet of dedicated sightseeing
boats in New York. Food and snacks are available for purchase on board.

Tickets are "open" tickets, valid for any departure on a first come, first served basis for the ticket type you have reserved. To ensure you get on the cruise for your preferred time, please arrive one hour to 45 minutes before the departure to obtain boarding passes at the box office and find seating on the cruise. All cruises depart from Pier 83, West 42nd Street and 12th Ave along the Hudson River and return to the same location. Boarding begins a half hour before departure.

Our Sightseeing Cruises sail rain or shine unless otherwise directed by the U.S. Coastguard.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Have you been to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises? Share your knowledge and be the first to review this.
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
Huntsville, Canada
"Best of NYC Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
We did this 2 and a half hour cruise on a Sunday morning. It was very busy but it was easy to hear the commentary from the tour guide on the speakers no matter where you sat. We started on the top deck outside with a good seat. It was very warm so we eventually moved inside where it was air conditioned. We were not able to do a complete circle as the water level due to tides was too high to go under one of the bridges. This was disappointing but understandable. We were still gone the full time and there was lots to look at and take pictures of the entire time. It was definitely wonderful to see Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, etc. from the water. I would recommend fitting this informative cruise into your schedule if able!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Houston, Texas
"Comfortable, great views, commentary lacking"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
The weather was beautiful the day we went, the boat was comfortable, great views, we could hear the narration well. But I wanted SO much more narration. I wanted to hear prices of the properties we passed, who lived where, TV shows, movies, etc. The only extra commentary was how the residents asked that the Trump name be removed from their building after he sold the building. There was too much silence and too many breaks from the narration. I was horribly disappointed. I had heard that the tour was great and took my visitors on this tour. I wish we had done the HopOnHopOff tour where we would have learned more and gotten some humor.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
New York
"Spectacular evening seeing the island of Manhattan from the water"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
Gorgeous weather, great trip seeing the Statute of Liberty and the island of Manhattan. Would have given five stars if only the guide David has spoken half as much as he did. Like listening to a wannabe drone on and on, interrupting as a perfect evening transpired. The water, the weather, the view were more than enough. We definitely didn't need to hear about his Master's degree over and over. Everyone should take this trip once!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Rochester, New York
"Great way to see Statue of Liberty and "relax" a little"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
I would do this again, and it is definitely worth it to upgrade to the premier ticket. The top deck is so nice and gives a great view to see the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline along the way. The commentator was delightful and ironically his voice has a Donald Trump quality that contributed to his fun tour. In my opinion, this is one of the best tours to take.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
New York City, New York
"Burden to the neighborhood "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2019 NEW
We all appreciate the river and its views but do not make it a disco that disturbs the neighborhood that are adjacent to the river
Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

When does boarding begin?
Passengers begin boarding the cruise 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour departure.

When should I arrive for my cruise?
It is recommended that passengers arrive a minimum of 45 minutes prior to the scheduled cruise time.

Where do cruises depart from?
All cruises depart from Circle Line Pier.

What kind of concessions can I purchase onboard?
Our standard concession items include hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, an assortment of fresh sandwiches and salads, assorted breakfast items (during morning cruises), coffee/tea/soda and a full bar.

Are the cruises appropriate for children of all ages?
Yes. Parents are responsible for their children throughout the duration of the cruise. Children must be accompanied by their parents at all times during the sightseeing cruise.

How close will the boat get to the Statue of Liberty?
All of the cruises sail within 100 ft. of the statues to give passengers an amazing view.

How long is the cruise?
Tour durations vary by cruise type:

  • Best of NYC Cruise - 2.5 hours
  • Landmarks Cruise - 1.5 hours
  • Harbor Lights Cruise - 2 hours
  • Liberty Cruise - 1 hour
  • Landmarks and Brooklyn Cruise - 2 hours
  • The Beast - 30 minutes

What should I bring on my cruise?
It is recommended that passengers bring a camera, sunglasses, a hat, a light jacket, and extra cash on the cruises.