NYC Harbor Party Cruises in New York, NY

Hornblower Cruises & EventsPier 15, South Street SeaportNew York, NY 10038
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Offered by Hornblower Cruises & Events, Pier 15: Entertainment & Sightseeing Cruises offers a variety of experiences for guests of all ages. Tour options—the Alive After Five Cruise, the Rock The Yacht Cruise and the International Sightseeing Cruise—range in duration from one, two and three hours. Most offer live music, drinks and light fare, and all offer stunning views of the New York skyline.

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  • Largest private charter in New York Harbor.
  • Ideal way to see Lower Manhattan’s iconic skyline.
  • Choose from 3 different cruises.
  • Tour duration: 1-2 hours.
  • Sail rain or shine with U.S. Coast Guard approval.
  • Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Operating for over 30 years.


from NYC Harbor Party Cruises
Spend a relaxing evening out with friends re-discovering New York aboard a Hornblower Yacht. This sunset cruise is one of a kind, with amazing city views, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn/Manhattan Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Governors Island and more, all this while enjoying music, lite bites and artisan drinks.
Alive After Five Cruises
Thurs. - Sat. (July. - Oct.)
Fri - Sat (Nov. and Dec.)
2 Hour Cruise
It’s time to unwind and kick back with friends, coworkers or fellow tourists for a relaxing and upbeat happy hour voyage around New York Harbor. Sip on cocktails, dine on appetizers, and enjoy lively music while taking in lower Manhattan’s iconic skyline.
Boarding: 5:00 pm
Cruising: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Rock The Yacht
Fri - Sat. (July - Dec. )
3 Hour Cruise
Kick off your night, or end it with a bang. With popular high-energy music, an extensive bar selection, and delicious cuisine, this three-hour cruise is the perfect launching pad for the inevitable all night party that awaits you in the Big Apple. Agest 21+only.
Boarding: 8:30 pm
Cruising: 9:00 - 12:00 am

Boards 30 minutes before departure. Don't be late!

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Midlothian, Texas
"Nice Thanksgiving tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
The tour was fantastic. The food was OK. The sides were all lukewarm and would have been better hot. The main courses were good, though.
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Salvador M
Marbella, Spain
"Excellent staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 04, 2019
Nice trip, very well explained, highly recommendable if visiting New York for the first time. Greetings from Spain, Mr. Scotty!!
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Joseph F
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
"Relaxing boat ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 30, 2019
On a recent trip to New York, we opted for a hop-on hop-off bus tour which included a boat ride. However, we were misguided by one of the staff on the bus and would have lost out on the boat ride. That's when Hornblower came to the rescue. After hearing our situation, Jamal, a staff member of Hornblower, was very helpful and organised for us to join the boat ride, at no additional cost. Our guide on board, was very good and provided us with a lot of information. It was a relaxing one hour boat ride, which offered good views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. Would recommend it.
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TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2019
Sights were great. Dinner buffet was good. The incredibly loud dance music was inescapable. Couldn’t wait to return to the pier with what was left of my hearing.
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New York
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019
We recently had an experience with the security at the dock (10/18/19) that was inappropriate and uncalled for. I feel violated and disrespected and will certainly not be giving business to the Hornblowers events ever again. Will not be recommending to friends or family. On the way in, the female that patted us down was very rude and abrasive. I understand that the boat was running behind schedule but that was not our fault. It was what was said on the dock after return that I felt was truly out of line. After we got back to the dock and I was reunited with my party (who will also not be returning back) I went up to security to ask if there was a bathroom on deck that would be accessible for us. I was sober and not drunk btw. I was asking a gentleman as he was closest to us. The female security shouts from behind him “YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND SUCK HIS D**K, BUT HES STILL NOT GOING TO LET YOU USE THE BATHROOM” it completely shocked me as I’ve never been so disrespected and embarrassed by someone who is supposed to make sure things are secure and all for asking if there is an accessible restroom. She yelled that sexual innuendo in front of a group of other security guards (males) standing in a group around her. I responded by straightening out the fact that I was only asking for a restroom and wished her a good night as I don’t need to put people down to feel better about myself or to look cool in front of my buddies. This was totally uncalled for and her poor attitude and vulgar words is a bad look for the company. I would advise a conversation be had with this woman about making sexual comments to others while in uniform and on shift. This is unacceptable and I will have to see what further action can be taken to make sure this does not occur again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about NYC Harbor Party Cruises

If one or more people in my party are not able to make it or we miss the cruise departure time will we receive a refund?
No. Once payment is received cruises are non-refundable. With a 48-hour or better notice we will be happy to reschedule your cruise date or issue a gift certificate for the amount paid. Cruises are non- refundable and non-transferable within 48 hours of your cruise. We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals.

Is gratuity included?
A service charge is collected at the time of reservation, related to the cruise and the service included in the ticket. If you wish to purchase additional beverages or food enhancements onboard, we recommend you leave a gratuity onboard based on the quality of service provided to you by your server.
What happens if it rains or snow?
Hornblower sails rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside, but provide the full dining service.
Are there any age restrictions on your cruises?
There are no age restrictions for most of our cruises. All minors require adult supervision. Please call with questions about any of our special event cruises, as minors are not restricted, but the cruise may not be appropriate for all age groups.

Do you offer any children discounts?
Children under 4 are complimentary.
What is the dress attire for the cruises?
Lunch and Brunch Cruises: We recommend casual attire, such as khaki pants and collared shirts. We request no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes.
Dinner Cruises: Business casual to dressy casual attire is recommended. For men, slacks or khaki pants, and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women slacks or skirt, with a collared shirt, or dress. We request no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes on these cruises.

You may find that some guests are dressed more formally, especially those celebrating special occasions. However, attire varies from comfortable shorts to the more formal. Bring along a light jacket or wrap as it may get a bit breezy on the outer decks.
What time do I board the ship?
Boarding time is usually 30 minutes prior to departure for all cruises. Please check your boarding time when making your reservation.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only.  Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.

Is there pre-assigned seating for dinner cruises?
As you board, our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck. From there the host/hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Decks are never guaranteed to non-private groups. We assign seats based on needs and capacity for each cruise.
Will I get my own table?
On the majority of our cruises, we assign private tables to the individual parties. However, on some of our cruises, we do have cruise-style seating, where we will ask you to share a table with other parties. If this is the case, you will be told if this is the case at the time you make your reservation.
What kind of entertainment is on board?
Hornblower offers inviting dance floors and a variety of music, from the dance hits of the 40's through today as well as a variety of jazz, standards and popular favorites. Depending on the cruise, it may be background music, a DJ or a live band. Please check online or ask one of our reservations agents for more details about the planned entertainment for your specific cruise.

Can we meet the Captain and visit the pilot house?
Yes. Guests are welcome to come and meet the Captain and the First Officer. However, for safety and security reasons, we ask that you check with our staff onboard before visiting the pilot house. We want to ensure that all passengers and crew are kept safe and that the captain is not distracted while performing essential duties.
Are there vegetarian options available for dinner cruises?  Can I make a special menu request?
Yes, for dining cruises, vegetarian meals are available and can be arranged at the time of booking. If you have a group with many vegetarians or if you have vegans, please notify a reservations agent at the time of booking.  If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please let your reservations agent know at the time of booking. We can also accommodate most other special dietary needs with advance notice.
For dinner cruises, when does the meal begin?
Dinner service begins immediately upon embarking.

Do we need to pre-select the menu before the day of cruising?
No, you do not need to pre-select your menu. Some of our cruises have multiple entrée options and we have a menu that you will chose from onboard. For our other cruises, we either have a preset menu or offer a buffet with a variety of options available.
Can I bring cakes and flowers on board?
Cakes may be brought on board, however you will be charged a $1.50 per person cake cutting fee. Cake cutting fee for wedding or tiered cakes is $3.00/per guest. Small flower bouquets are also permitted. Please keep in mind you are on a ship, so top heavy arrangements will not be stable. Unfortunately, an early boarding is not available.
Are you regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard?
Our vessels are all subject to inspections by the U.S. Coast Guards and our crew are all properly licensed. We also follow Marsec security guidelines. Should the Marsec security level be elevated, we may opt to increase security measures onboard our vessels to insure everyone’s safety. The U.S. Coast Guard requires all passengers over 18 years of age to have valid photo identification. Please make sure to have your photo ID available at boarding.
Are life preservers on board?
Each vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
Is the ship handicapped accessible?
Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Please call 888-467-6256 to ensure handicap accessibility for the date you are planning to cruise.
Will I get seasick?
The vast majority of our guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may experience seasickness. If you are sailing on one of our whale watching cruises, we do go out into the open ocean and as a result, the chance of getting seasick increases. For these cruises, we recommend that if you are prone to motion sickness that you take advantage of a number of preventative measures that are available to you.