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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David P
Roanoke, Virginia
"Statue of liberty cruise and one added event BAD!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2020
paid for cruise around statue of liberty and anoher event. they changed time, departure dock. they dont even tell you what your looking at. theres several things that everyone was asking. ellis island? staten island?new jersey? whats that? no crew help, no cruise director on loudpeaker kind of thing. really felt like i didnt get anything near worth the money. Had to meet some guy to pickup the tickets to the second event we bought... at a starbucks, like meeting for a drug deal. he gave me tickets with expired dates and then we had to walk a mile, literally, to where the boat was. at pier 15. good thing we didnt have handicapped or elderly with us because they dont even tell you that from the starbucks to pier15 is a mile plus walk. wouldnt recommend this attraction.
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Madeline Y
Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States
"Rock and Roll"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2020
Hornblower lunch cruise was a fun adventure. We had a table with 3 ladies that know how to party Food was good and an overall good experience. There was a company there having their CHRISTMAS party. That boat was rocking and rolling.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
"New Years Eve Ball."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2020
Wow, we had quite the night....... Upon arriving for our VIP NYE Ball cruise we were pleased to hear staff shouting at presumably fellow VIPs to have passports ready. It was a beautiful little warm up number for the evening ahead. We found our `Private VIP Balcony seats for 2`was basically a table for 2 around the balcony with other tables for 2 and next to tables for 8. It began to dawn on us that this may not quite be the `New Years Eve Ball` that had been advertised when we went to butter our bread and found a plastic fork with which to spread the butter.. I thought this had to be a mistake but no, on looking at all the other tables a fork was obviously the implement of choice for butter spreading on the Infinity. Maybe it`s a New York thing ? We then went to try the bountiful buffet which appreared to have been heated using a candle. Trying to cut slightly warm pork loin with a plastic knife & fork was truly one of life`s culinary experiences. I thought a drink may take the edge off things and when i presented my wife with tramp strength G&T she was ready to abandon ship. It was a genuis ploy to serve revellers with hardcore measures of alcohol to take the night up a notch. Getting constantly asked to show your wristband everytime you visited the lav to show you were not a lower level pleb but a bonafied `VIP` made us feel truly special. The scibbled writing on the wristband was a classy touch by the way. The view of the firework to the Statue of Liberty was amazing but as Hornblower did not provide the fireworks or The Statue of Liberty we cannot give them credit for this. If getting screamed at on welcome, spreading butter with forks, eating tepid food on plastic plates using plastic cutlery is your thing then this is a doozy. I honestly thought my wife was going to jump overboard at one stage and risk death by attempting to swim ashore rather than endure anymore of this VIP treatment. The atmosphere was actually a good craic even if i was about the join the conga line flying past our table because i thought people were actually lining up to walk the plank If it was sold as a New Years Eve P*SS Up on a boat expectations would have been managed but to sell it as a `New Years Eve Ball Private VIP Balcony for 2` and then provide a plastic fork to spread butter as your opening gambit takes some stunning cajones!
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
"Small Wedding Breakfast Cruise "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2020
We booked the “Fairytale for Less” package with Hornblower NY as we want something unique which was also value for money. Our total party number was 17 which included two small children, and we could not have been more well catered for. From the initial point of booking, Tyler took such amazing care of us, ensuring that every question was answered and we had all of the information needed. They even permitted us to provide our own table decor and Gabriel our host kindly dressed the table for us prior to our arrival on board. The food was amazing and the service impeccable, not to mention the experience of seeing Manhattan from such a unique perspective. Thank you so much for playing such a huge part in our wedding day, and more so for going above and beyond to ensure it was perfection.
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TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2019
a complete sh*t show, unorganized, horrible experience, cops arrived on scene and say tend to get violent, i will never use this company again not worth my time and money it would actually be more entertaining to watch 200 dollars flush down a toilet than to use any attraction provided by this company
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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.