“City by the Sea” is not the first thing that comes to mind when you consider a trip to New York. But the Big Apple is indeed bobbing in brine, with Manhattan sandwiched between the Hudson and East Rivers flowing south into the Atlantic Ocean at New York Harbor.
Getting out on the water offers the best perspective on the city skyline, as well as stunning views of NYC’s most iconic landmarks. And there are plenty of options — from sightseeing cruises that circumnavigate Manhattan to NY Harbor sailing excursions. Just pick the time of day, and the vessel of your choice.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises are a popular choice for visitors. On Circle Line’s three-hour cruise that travels all the way around Manhattan, you’ll see seven major bridges, all five boroughs, and more than 25 landmarks plus get great photos of the Statue of Liberty. The two-hour semi-circle cruise travels south from Pier 83 at 42nd Street, around the southern tip of Manhattan, up the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge, and then back again. Book the sunset cruise for remarkable views of the city at night. Bonus: the expert guides are truly entertaining.
Toast the city skyline with a complimentary glass of champagne aboard NY Water Taxi’s Statue By Night Cruise as it winds its way under the Brooklyn Bridge up to the Empire State Building. (A cash bar is also available on board).
NY Waterway’s new East River Ferry offers affordable ferry service from Manhattan to various points in Brooklyn, Queens, and Governors Island. Enjoy all the sights along the East River for less than a cab ride: the $12 day pass lets you hop on and off as many times as you like.
Some people want to relax. Other wants a thrill, and for them there’s The Beast, a heart-pounding “water coaster” ride aboard a giant speedboat that roars past the skyscrapers at 45 m.p.h.
Or you could see the all the sights while enjoying a delectable dinner aboard World Yacht Dining Cruises, which features a globally influenced menu created by Chef Denis Weekes.
For a truly unforgettable experience, book your spot aboard one of Manhattan by Sail’s classic Schooners. The Gatsby-era Shearwater is New York’s only floating designated landmark, while the 158-foot-long topsail schooner Clipper City is NYC’s largest and most elegant sailing vessel.
For a luxury experience on the water, check out Circle Line Downtown’s Zephyr Seaport Liberty Cruise. You’ll be surrounded by spectacular sights outside and elegant amenities in the comfort of multiple climate-controlled decks.