Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruises in New York, NY

Circle Line Sightseeing CruisesPier 16, South Street SeaportNew York, NY 10038
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Overview

As the only cruise company in the NY Harbor dedicated to sightseeing, Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruises offers unparalleled views of the city and Lady Liberty with their over-sized glass windows. This 60-minute cruise brings passengers right up to the monumental landmark, providing exclusive views and photo opportunities. Passengers also enjoy seeing notable NYC landmarks along the way.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 1 hour.
  • Cruise departs from Pier 16, South Street Seaport.
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase onboard.
  • Children under the age of 3 are free of charge.
  • Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Description

from Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruises
At Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, we like to think that we’ve perfected the fine art of the New York City tour. We have hosted over 60 million passengers on our cruises since we opened in 1945.

Today we’re the only cruise company in New York Harbor exclusively dedicated to sightseeing. Our boats are specifically designed to let you see as much as possible in any weather. With over-sized glass windows that offer magnificent views of Manhattan, our steel vessels offer as comfortable a setting as you can get, all year round. Our dedication to offering you the best possible NYC experience has earned us world-wide recognition as one of the best boat rides in the world.

Statue of Liberty Express:
There’s no better way to see the Statue of Liberty! Now on iconic Circle Line Sightseeing vessels, this 60-minute cruise and take advantage of the elegant amenities inside while admiring the spectacular sights outside. Narrated by our informative and wildly entertaining guides, this tour will cruise by the legendary landmarks of downtown and pause at the feet of Lady Liberty. Capture perfect pictures from the breezy sundeck or from the climate-controlled inside. It’s an unforgettable experience!

Statue by Night
Statue by Night is truly a magnificent way to experience the Statue of Liberty! This narrated tour aboard iconic Circle Line Sightseeing vessels will cruise past the majestic skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan, and as the sun falls to the west arrive at Lady Liberty. Here there will be ample
time to capture one-of- a-kind photos and take in this once-in- a-lifetime opportunity. Whether it’s a romantic evening, a family excursion, or just old-fashioned sightseeing, this experience will surely not disappoint!

Cruise departs and returns to same location: Pier 16, South Street Seaport at 89 South Street and the East River

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Scott B
Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Totally recommend"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
On our first trip to New York, a one hour trip with Circle Line Cruises was included. This was a fantastic experience and I would thoroughly recommend to all, young and old. The boat is a good size with loads of seats. We chose to sit upstairs on the open deck which was very comfortable. The cruise takes you down close to the Statue of Liberty for excellent pictures. The tour guide providing commentary is very knowledgeable.
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X5829QHlilyl
"SCAM"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
SCAM/HARASSMENT/IMPERSONATORS- Men in RED sports jackets posted around parameter told us the boats would only be leaving from THEIR PORT and that the Battery Park tickets needed to be booked months in advance. The port they leave from is OVER A MILE AWAY and the boat wouldn’t arrive for ANOTHER HOUR AND A HALF. They only tell you this once you buy the ticket. More people in red jackets and marathon looking tshirts usher you roundabout the park towards their port, wearing IDs and tshirts and tabling. When we realized the UPSELL OVER TWICE THE PRICE OF STATUE CRUISE we decided to turn around and head back to the park. We were HARASSED all the way back to the park by these employees, feigning “helpfulness” and gaslighting us as confused and lost. When we entered the park, more men are standing along the paths with SIGNAGE FOR TICKETS FOR STATUE CRUISES and direction towards the center of Battery Park and. ANOTHER red shirt man was IMPERSONATING POLICEMEN. We were told that entrance was only permitted if we had pre ordered tickets. When we tried to walk past this man, he PHYSICALLY GRABBED US and blocked us from going past. When we insisted, he FAKED A PHONE CALL TRYING TO TICKET US FOR TRESPASSING IN A PUBLIC PARK. THIS MAN WAS NOT HESITATING TO PHYSICALLY HARASS. We were told we were “acting up,” and would be arrested, even when walking away. Once we appeased this guy by walking around his designated path, there was one more red shirt man before the entry to the fort where REAL TICKETS are sold. DO NOT BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE. We encountered these people in the morning, but by late afternoon when we came back from our other cruise, they were nowhere to be seen.
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peterhA6062LR
"Best of NYC - tour round Manhattan Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
Great trip entertaining guide - you get to see statue of liberty without having to diembark (guide said bookings for going inside need to be made 2-3 months in advance. Reson for dropping to 2 is the concession photos. If you have any sense do not get them to take your photo. Was sold a digital option - when I got home and tride to download them found that additional payment was being demanded - what a waste! This has made what was a very enjoyable tour really disappinting. Also the website the photos are on is really bad, navigation links do not work. Will not get any attration photos of any attraction if I visit again - will take selfies etc myself.
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Richard L
Llandysul, United Kingdom
"Great cruise, the best of NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
A very worthwhile cruise. The Tour Guide was very knowledgable and funny. NYC has an iconic skyline, and the guide was able to point out and elaborate on the many points of interest. This was 2-3 hours very well spent. Choice of open upper deck or enclosed lower deck. Drinks and food on board are pricey, and the concessions take full advantage of their monopoly (not that we Brits would ever advise anyone to take their own snacks and drinks on board!) The only tedious part was having to run the gauntlet of photographers before boarding. Not for us - don't they know that we all have mobile phones taking better pictures for free. Here is a suggestion for the photographers - by all means take the photos, and transmit the pictures to the punters mobile phones or email address. Just saying!
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Metal-lover75
Finland
"Great Landmark boat tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 28, 2020
My husband I took this boat ride for 1.5 hour, Landmark cruise. It was a nice trip around all the landmarks.. definitely worth looking into!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruises

How long is the cruise?
The cruise is approximately 1 hour long.

What will I see in addition to the Statue of Liberty?
Other notable monuments seen on the cruise include:

  • Ellis Island 
  • One World Trade Center 
  • World Financial Center 
  • Empire State Building 
  • Pier 54 (Titanic Pier) 
  • Battery Park


Can I bring food and beverages on the boat?
No. However, guests may purchase food and drinks from the onboard cafe.

Are there restrooms onboard?
Yes.

When should I arrive?
Arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Cruises begin boarding 30 minutes prior to departure.