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Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

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Overview

See the highlights of New York City from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Hudson River. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible and avoid waiting in traffic, this cruise offers views of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Discover NYC’s waterfront landmarks on a sightseeing cruise
  • Learn about the passing sites from your tour guide
  • Get up-close photos of the Statue of Liberty
  • Relax and enjoy food and beverages (available for purchase) onboard
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1-hour sightseeing cruise
Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
Free Wi-Fi on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises , 83 North River Piers West 43nd Street and, 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

Pier 83

This activity will end right where it started.
On this Liberty Cruise, enjoy stunning views of Manhattan’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—as well as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor’s Island, and more.

This cruise travels down the Hudson River to within 100 feet (30 meters) of the Statue of Liberty. Narration from a professional tour guide helps to provide an entertaining journey.

Enjoy a snack or beverage from the onboard concession area (available for purchase) while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Manhattan Skyline
See the Manhattan Skyline
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Empire State Building
Get a view of the iconic Empire State Building within the Manhattan Skyline
Pass By:  
Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards is New York’s newest neighborhood and home to more than 100 diverse shops, culinary experiences and attractions The Edge and The Vessel.
Pass By:  
The Vessel
The extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards is its spiral staircase, a soaring new landmark. This interactive artwork was imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points.
Stop At:  
Jacob Javits Convention Center
Pass by the Jacob Javits Convention Center
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Little Island
Little Island at Pier 55 is an artificial island park in the Hudson River designed by Heatherwick Studio. Little Island covers 2.4 acres and is supported by 132 pot-shaped structures (called "tulips") suspended above the water, which in turn stand on 280 concrete pilings extending into the riverbed.
Pass By:  
One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
See the Statue of Liberty
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
New York Harbor
See the New York Harbor
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ellis Island
Pass by the Ellis Island
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Governors Island
Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, within the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located approximately 800 yards south of Manhattan Island, and is separated from Brooklyn to the east by the 400-yard-wide Buttermilk Channel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • For children/infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to the departure time for boarding.
  • Food and drinks are NOT allowed to be brought on board
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:The cruise conveniently departs from Pier 83 @ West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway, in Midtown Manhattan.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure for the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Parking available at Circle Line Sightseeing, Pier 83, W 42nd Street. $30 before 3 pm weekdays and $35 after 3 pm weekdays and all weekends. (Prices subject to change.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take the subway to get to the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Yes - Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q or R train to Times Square 42nd St; train B, D, F to 5th Ave and 42nd St, or 4, 5, 6 train to 42nd St Grand Central Station. Take the M42 bus west or walk 5 avenues west to Pier 83 (about 1 mile or 1.6km).
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take a bus to get to the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Yes - From 42nd Street take the M42 bus going West, directly to the Circle Line Pier. From 49th Street take the M50 bus directly to the Circle Line pier.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Boarding begins a half-hour before departure. Please plan on arriving 45-minutes to 1-hour before the scheduled departure to allow for time to check-in and also find seating on your cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is seating assigned during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early! There is seating available both inside as well as out on deck. The boats typically sail on time, so please leave enough time for traffic delays and plan to arrive early.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Yes - For children or infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are food and/or drink available during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Yes, there is a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails available in the onboard cafe to purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own food/drink onboard the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is WiFi available onboard the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Yes - there is complimentary WiFi available onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
How close does the boat get to the Statue of Liberty during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:All of the sightseeing boats cruise within yards (meters) of Lady Liberty for an absolutely incredible view. You’ll feel like you’re actually on the island!
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any stops during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:There are no stops during the sightseeing cruise, however, you will get amazing views of over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise offered in languages other than English?
A:All tours are narrated in English by the guides, however, recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and English via free app download. Instructions are provided on your ticket.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke on board the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Smoking is not permitted during the Harbor Lights Cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:Sorry, animals are not permitted, except for certified service animals.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise.

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star-1
Missed the trip!
Melissa_J
, Aug 2022
We put the address provided in the details in our GPS and it took us to the wrong location. We are from out of town and didn’t know the area at all. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to our destination in time and missed the entire experience.
star-4
Short and Sweet cruise on the Hudson
Fuad_D
, Aug 2022
We took the one hour cruise because we had a flight to catch. Every was like clockwork and the guide was excellent. Well done and thanks.
star-5
Two thumbs up!
Angela_T
, Aug 2022
This was such a nice cruise. Just what we needed to see the Statue of Liberty under the time limit we had. The boat was clean, offered refreshments, provided a smooth ride, and Chris gave a really nice narrative of all the surrounding attractions. I would definitely recommend this cruise and look forward to possibly bringing more family with me next time.
star-5
Beautiful sights, great guide, awesome experience
Maurice_T
, Jul 2022
Seeing the Manhattan skyline and viewing the Statue of Liberty were amazing experiences made even better by the excellent tour guide.
star-5
Great for young families
KiriAnn_M
, Jul 2022
I took the NYC Liberty Cruise with my Mother and two young children. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and had a great experience. The tour guide was great and knew a lot about the history of many key landmarks/ buildings of the city. the cruise was just under 1 hour which is perfect for young kids, not too long.
star-5
State of Liberty Tour and Cruise
Jeffrey_C
, Jul 2022
Big ups to Chris! He gave our group an outstanding history lesson about Liberty Island and the statue. I know I didn't learn the intricate details in high school.
star-5
Statue cruise
Richard_P
, Jul 2022
Good cruise for those wanting a short trip to the statue and back. Commentary along the way is good.
star-5
Surprisedly I didn't get...
MICHELE_B
, Jul 2022
Surprisedly I didn't get motion sickness as usual a good thing because I forgot my anti-motion sickness medication.
star-5
Awesome experience
Melissa_R
, Jul 2022
Lovely trip. Great tour guide with a fun and informative. The ship was very nice and clean. Overall great experience!
star-5
Jersey visits NYC
Stephanie_R
, Jul 2022
We took the 10:30am cruise 60 minutes. Beautiful experience return in enough time to have a early lunch along with an enjoyable walk in the city before it became too crowded.
star-4
Mom and daughter trip
Michael_M
, Jul 2022
This was a special mom and daughter trip. My-year-old loved it. The circle Y Statue of Liberty tour is a must see if anyone visiting New York City.
star-5
Great experience
Jennifer_S
, Jul 2022
Great trip! Guide was very informative. Overall had a great experience and would highly recommend especially if limited on time
star-3
Not worth the price and misleading description
Antonietta_P
, Jul 2022
This tour was misleading. I booked it thinking we’d see the Brooklyn Bridge and other areas of NYC via the water/cruise however, it strictly took us to see the Statue of Liberty and turned back. It also stated this was approx an hour and we were back docking within 40 mins. Too much money for what it’s worth. Could have taken the Scranton Ferry for free.
star-1
Terrible NYC cruising experience
EngSoon_K
, Jul 2022
There are 14 passing stops or points stated on the website, but the cruise only went to liberty and go back to docking area. If it will not go to other attraction, then should be stated clearly, it is too confusing, at least for me and many others. It was terrible experince. The money does not really worth the value.
star-5
Great experience.
Travis_F
, May 2022
Cruise was comfortable, and super fun! The tour guide, Andy, was excellent and the views of the Skyline and of the Statue of Liberty were gorgeous.
star-5
Really worth it
Heather_J
, May 2022
Plenty of room on board, lovely guide although hard to hear at the back of boat outside! worth the trip. Good value for money, we used Citi bikes after to cycle along the Hudson to 9/11 memorial, a great day out
star-5
Great guide, relaxing history lesson
Shannon_C
, Apr 2022
The tour guide, David, was amazing. He had so many facts sprinkled with personal stories that you wanted to hear everything. I’ve taken bus tours of the city and not gotten as much history and pop culture info. Definitely a must.
star-5
Worthwhile
Carlo_V
, Apr 2022
A+ Andy the tour guide was awesome. Perfect to see lady liberty and skyline of New York and New Jersey
star-5
Fantastic photo op of Lady Liberty
Jason_F
, Apr 2022
We missed a flight and had an unexpected layover so we made the best of a day. So very glad we did…if you want a quick 1 hour tour for some fantastic pics of Lady Liberty and and up close view then this is definitely the way to go. You will not be disappointed.
star-5
A must for visitors to NYC
Dianne_E
, Apr 2022
Had taken the trip many years ago and wanted my granddaughter to have the experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and witty. Awesome day!

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