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.
Minimum 15 person requirement.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
"Excellent "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
This tour is amazing. The tour guides really give you an educational and entertaining boat ride around Manhattan. The hospitality staff was outstanding and professional. I highly recommend these tours for a unique way to see the city
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Manchester, United Kingdom
"Night time cruise - spectacular!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2019 NEW
We went on the night cruise and it was spectacular. Seeing the city from the water was a really great way of doing it and the lights were stunning. It was cold on the deck outside so wrap up warm! (Unless inside) and you can buy hot drinks which helps. The guide was really informative and funny and kept everyone entertained. Stunning views and great photo opportunities.
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
"excellent full circle of new york"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2019 NEW
this is a excellent way to see all of new york from the boat and take some excellent photos it takes two and half hours to do the full cruise.
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Swinton, United Kingdom
"Great tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2019 NEW
Our tour guide was fab, great sense of humour which made the hour tour even better. It takes you under Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, gives the skyline of Brooklyn side and New York side while the tour guide is giving you facts on the people and buildings around you. The best part has to be getting close to the Statue of Liberty, the picture we took was amazing and the boat rotates so you don’t all have to cram over to one side to get pictures. I’m glad we went on this cruise!
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Ann-Marie G
"Simply amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
Took the two and a half hour cruise and although it was a very cold day, we truly enjoy it. The guide is very knowledgeable of the city of New York and he us also very funny. We pay over 40 dollars for the cruise considering what you we got we found the price to be very economical compared to other companies. We reccommend this company highly.
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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.