Manhattan’s Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise – Let the ferry do the walking


Manhattan – unique photo opportunities from the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
A unique perspective on the Manhattan skyline from the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

The Manhattan skyline is a spectacular glory. As tourists we tend to forget that Manhattan is an island. The perfect way to be reminded, for both young and old alike, has to be the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise around Manhattan.

A view from the water is both relaxing and refreshing. The 2 or 3 hour guided tour is an educational experience and offers a unique perspective of this sometimes overwhelming city. The 3 hour tour circles around the entire island while the 2 hour tour circles around half the island.

Both tours head past many major landmarks, including Chelsea Piers, the Intrepid, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Seaport Historic District, the United Nations, and under several bridges including the very famous Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. A live commentary accompanies the trip, pointing out landmarks, interesting facts and “secrets” of the city.

The 2 hour cruise departs Pier 83 which is located at 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, on the West side of the city along the Hudson River. A snack bar and souvenirs are available on board.

Tips from a local:

1. Advance purchase of a “CityPASS” offers a discount of half off regular admission prices and allows you to skip the ticket queue by picking up tickets from a VIP window.

2. Arrive at least 45 minutes in advance if you want to be sure to have outdoor seating.

3. If you don’t get your choice of seat upon arrival, don’t worry. There’s a lot of movement that starts to happen once the boat launches.

4. Avoid sitting near the speakers.

5. Although snacks are available on board, it doesn’t hurt to bring along a hearty snack pack to please the finicky tastes of your group members.

6. If your group is partial to more adventure then book tickets on a boat appropriately called “The Beast”. You’ll get wet from head to toe on this boat – so dress appropriately.

One absolutely fabulous experience – especially with the kids!
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Donna Salle is a freelance travel writer and can be reached at Follow her on twitter @DonnaSalle.
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