Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises in New York, NY

Pier 83, West 42nd Street New York , NY 10036
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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.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
"Christmas 2019"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2019 NEW
The host was so informative and the views were beautiful! We were able to see the Statue of Liberty very close up as well as a great view of the Manhattan skyline. I highly recommend this cruise - even in the winter!
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Leicester, United Kingdom
"Harbour lights cruise nyc"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Deffo a must , you get a 2 hour boat ride around nyc , cold but worth every minute of it . Amazing views and commentary . You get to take awesome photos of the sights along the coast . Extra $10 on top of the explorer pass that we bought . But value for money .
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Toronto, Canada
"Pretty good"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
The boat has a massive number of people so it might be hard at times to take pictures, but the crew and the tour were great, so worth it!
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Colchester, United Kingdom
"We loved our 'Best of NYC' Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2019 NEW
We had a cruise included on our 'New York Pass' that we purchased and opted to do the Best of NYC as it was a full tour of the whole of Manhattan island. The tour guide was interesting and it was great to see all the main sights. The only downside is the boat was mentioned as having food and drink so we planned on having lunch on board but the choice was terrible and very overpriced so make sure you take your own food and drink (the coffee was actually undrinkable it was so bad!),
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"Harbor lights tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2019 NEW
Excellent tour. Dave was our tour guide and he was great. Kept our interest and was knowledgeable and fun. The city from the water is beautiful and seeing the Statue of Liberty that close was breathtaking. It was a cool night, low 40’s, but we sat outside for most of the tour. The view is so much better outside. Just come dressed for the weather and bring your hand warmers.
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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.