NYC Harbor Lights Cruise: New York City at Night

September 24, 2022

New York may be the ‘city that never sleeps,’ but come sunset, this glittery metropolis exhibits an entirely new allure. Take to the sparkling waters of the Hudson River, as you explore the Manhattan skyline via a NYC Harbor Lights Cruise.

Follow along as we outline everything you need to know about your Harbor Lights Cruise NYC.

Witness the sun setting behind Lady Liberty, sip a glass of vino, or gaze in wonder at the majesty of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Soak in the art deco architecture of the Chrysler Building, or tune in to your knowledgeable tour guides to learn invaluable history and facts about the Big Apple.

An ideal way to shake up your standard sightseeing routine, a Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise lets you observe NYC’s most iconic landmarks and sights from an aquatic perspective. 

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise Tickets

Ready to try a New York City Night Cruise for yourself? Before you head down to Pier 83 to board your pristine Circle Line vessel, you’ll need to pre-purchase your Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise tickets.

Buying tickets ahead of time is the best way to ensure your voyage on the date and time of your choosing. Furthermore, purchasing online guarantees you the best possible price!

photo credit: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises via Facebook

About Your NYC Harbor Lights Night Cruise

Wondering about what makes this night boat ride in NYC so unique? For your evening sojourn around the Empire City, there is no more trusted provider than Circle Line Cruises. For over 75 years, Circle Line has made showing off the splendor of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and more their business. Harbor Lights Cruises combine sightseeing, award-winning narration, and state-of-the-art vessels to create a truly unique experience.

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From sights of the lush High Line Park to stunning Manhattan Bridge views, this 2 hour evening tour is chock full of not to be missed NYC attractions.

Looking to trade in on all of the Empire City’s secrets? Secure a superior New York City Hotel reservation and stay just minutes from Midtown, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square

On Board Amenities

Don’t miss a moment of NYC scenery when you spend your evening cruise chilling al fresco. Circle Line’s state-of-the-art boats feature incredible outdoor decks, panoramic windows, and temperature-controlled indoor cabins.* While the City Harbor Lights Cruises set sail rain or shine, you can always cozy up with hot cocoa on their spacious indoor deck.

Feeling peckish? Take advantage of the onboard cafe and munch on delicious freshly prepared sandwiches and salads.**  Ready to commemorate your Big Apple sunset with a cheers? Circle Line guests are free to enjoy the full-service bar featuring beer, wine, and cocktails.

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Mini social media mavens won’t even have to wait to upload their influencer-worthy content. All Circle Line Cruises feature free Wi-Fi, meaning you can upload your IG-worthy selfies immediately. 

*Most of Circle Line’s vessels are wheelchair accessible. For more information regarding the accessibility of their boats, please contact: accessibility@nycl.com

**Please note that all food and beverage items must be purchased separately and are not included in your cruise ticket cost. 

photo credit: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises via Facebook

New York City Harbor Lights Itinerary

Want to know just what unmissable sights and iconic landmarks lie in store on a Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise? Besides the romantic glow of a Manhattan sunset, lucky Harbor Lights cruise guests can prime themselves for an unbeatable itinerary of ambiance and Empire State Building selfies.

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From Lady Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, your two-hour tour of the Big Apple is overflowing with camera-worthy moments. Besides unbeatable views of Manhattan, guests will enjoy:

  • Cruising just yards away from the Statue of Liberty
  • Sights of the colossal Hudson Yards and Chelsea Piers
  • The towering One World Trade Center
  • The historic charm of the South Street Seaport
  • And more!

Beep Beep! Conquer the Big Apple via bus when you opt for the comfort and convenience of a New York Bus Tour. These wheeled tours cover everything from Sex and the City hot spots to Chinatown and Greenwich Village!

Harbor Lights Cruise Tips

Seasickness, portable chargers, and SPF, oh my! Learn from the experts and discover our best tips and tricks for an A+ Harbor Lights Cruise trip. First and foremost, kick off your Cruise on time when you arrive at the Circle Line Pier 45 minutes before your scheduled cruise. Please be aware that the boarding process begins 30 minutes before departure. 

photo credit: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises via Facebook

What to Bring on Your New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

Combat everything from blustery days to hangry toddlers when you consult our list of ‘must bring’ cruise items:

  • Portable phone and/or camera charger
  • SPF
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Light Jacket
  • Extra cash for bar/cafe purchases
  • Seasickness medication and/or ginger candies 

Check out our NYC Packing List: Everything You Need to Bring to the Big Apple to ensure nothing gets left behind!

photo credit: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises via Facebook

Puzzled on how to fill your day before your sunset reprieve? Assuage your inner theater bug with an afternoon matinee. From Broadway musicals to Shakespearean dramas, no one can resist the talent and spectacle of a New York City Show

The statuesque romance of the Empire State Building, the endless appeal of Lady Liberty, and the glittering lights of Broadway.

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The Big Apple’s enthralling enchantment stretches beyond her well-trotted streets to the azure waterways of Manhattan Island.

From 153-year-old bridges to incomparable close-ups of the Statue of Liberty, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises engulf you in the action of Manhattan.

Relish a great view of DUMBO, cruise past the Williamsburg Bridge, or strike a pose as you circumvent the south tip of the city. 

Make memories of a lifetime as you are entertained and educated by award-winning cruise guides.

Munch on fresh pretzels, ogle the amenities at Chelsea Piers, and document the most awe-inspiring city sunset when you book your New York City Harbor Lights cruise today!

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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