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.

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There are extra bars on the first deck and rooftop if lines for the main bar get long.


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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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
"Not worth it...."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
Very short cruise around the Statue of Liberty. Was hoping to learn more about the history of the area but really didn't. Not worth the money to me....
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
"90 Minute Statue of Liberty Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2019 NEW
Rachel the tour guide was absolutely fabulous! Very friendly and interactive! We throughly enjoyed the 90 minute cruises and the facts about New York & the statue were very interesting. Would defiantly recommend!
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Hannah J
Exmouth, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2019 NEW
My husband and I had an amazing time on the champagne and brunch cruise. The staff were amazing, the food was great and the champagne flowed for 2.5 hours. And the views were out of this world. Totally worth the money we had a great time.
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Sidcup, United Kingdom
"Excellent New Years Eve Party"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2019 NEW
Where can I start to describe this fabulous evening. From the moment I booked it after extensive research and reading reviews I knew I was on to a winner. The email correspondence was fantastic, every email I sent was replied to within 24 hrs. I was arriving to nyc on nye so was worried about getting my tickets on time etc, they completely reassured me that everything would be ok. We picked up our tickets from pier 40 during the late afternoon of nye, they literally sent me an email every day for a week beforehand telling me nye is so busy and I need to pick them up before hand. Picking them up was a breeze, everything was signposted and we got them easily. We turned up for the boat party at around 7.50pm for an 8pm boarding. We was directed to an orderly line to be searched and have our ticket scanned. If you hadn’t picked your ticket up previously before the event, like they recommended to me every day before the event, you could pick it up here as you go past when in the queue the same booth that I picked the tickets up from earlier. I suppose it’s best to have your tickets beforehand so you know you have them and there’s less queueing at the booth but it really wouldn’t have made a difference. Once tickets were scanned we were directed swiftly onto the yacht. The yacht was fantastic, really big and very grand. The food stations were already open, the food looked lovely and tasted great, the bars were open at 8pm, an hour earlier than advertised and they were free as well, what more could you want. As the time got nearer to the 9pm departure and the boat got busier the bars got fuller but there was an orderly queue for each bar and the wait was 5 mins max. The drink flowed all night, any premium drink you wanted was available , the desserts came out and got demolished, mostly by my partner. The dance floor was packed and everyone was having a good time. We went to the top deck at 12 to watch the fireworks by the Statue of Liberty as advertised, only problem was it was raining and very windy and cold, not the boat company’s fault whatsoever. We watched the fireworks and went in for more drinks. We didn’t really look at any of the sights when the boat was going up and down the river due to the weather. We could see the bridges from outside the windows though, if it hadn’t been raining we would’ve seen more, but at least it was a free bar. All in all the night was fantastic, great food, great drinks, great people, great boat and I would highly recommend this event.
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Chester, United Kingdom
"One-hour Harbour Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2019 NEW
Don’t bother! A one-hour trip that lasted 45 minutes and went virtually nowhere. For the same experience, simply go on the Liberty Island and Eliis Island tour. Same price and with these two attractions included. Very disappointing.
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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.