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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Cruise passengers spending time in New York City before or after their cruise might like to get onboard Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for on the Hudson River are a relaxing and fun way to discover New York City and its attractions.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
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Since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been providing New York visitors with exceptional views and  tours of New York City. They are  still the ONLY sightseeing company in New York City to cruise uptown and to circumnavigate Manhattan. 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 professional tour guides.

Pre or post cruise passenger’s sailing out of NY Harbor, can certainly enjoy a ride on one of the many circle line tours. The dock is located just south of where Norwegian departs. Guests can purchase tickets in advance on the website, http://www.circleline42.com or walk-up and purchase them on the spot. Tours depart multiple times a day, making it easy to join.

Circle Cruise options:

FULL ISLAND CRUISE: Circle Line’s most popular cruise – the Full Island Cruise is the only sightseeing ship in the New York Harbor to circumnavigate the island of Manhattan! Take in over 101 sights all in one tour including 3 rivers, 7 major bridges, all 5 boroughs and Lady Liberty. Daily: 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

SEMI-CIRCLE CRUISE: Take in the Midtown and lower Manhattan sights like Battery Park, Ellis Island, The Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street. The Semi-Circle Cruise passes every sight twice, allowing passengers on both sides of the ship to get up close and personal with their favorite landmarks. Daily: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

HARBOR LIGHTS CRUISE: The Harbor Lights Cruise sails on the same route as the Semi-Circle Cruise – only it departs just as the sun sets on the New York Harbor. For twinkling night shots of the Manhattan skyline, this is the perfect cruise. Daily: 7:00 p.m

LIBERTY CRUISE: The fastest and best way to see the Statue of Liberty! Sail down the Hudson for a close encounter with the Statue of Liberty, with time for pictures from an unbelievable vantage point. Along the way, the Liberty Cruise also checks out the Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and World Financial Center. Daily: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

THE BEAST SPEEDBOAT: New York’s only jet-powered speedboat! The Beast leaves all others in its wake as the Captain takes this custom-built 70-foot off-shore racing powerboat up to 45 mph on a ride down to the Statue of Liberty. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or DUSK (Every hour on the hour.)

Costs of tours range between $28-$40 for adults, $20-26 for children.
For those that like to plan ahead, check for discounts with many of the NYC ticketing programs, i.e. New York CityPASS, New York Pass,, and Metro Sightseeing.

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