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Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
  • New York evening sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River and New York Harbor
  • Admire the full-sweep views of Manhattan’s lights only possible from a boat
  • Learn about the sights from a live guide and buy drinks and snacks on board
  • Prebook your ticket to confirm a place on your ideal evening

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See NYC from the water—with live narration—when the sun sets and the city lights switch on.
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Live narration by Circle Line’s world-famous guides (in English)
Free Wi-Fi on board
2-hour sightseeing cruise
Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Soda/Pop
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises , 83 North River Piers West 43nd Street and, 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Point: Tour departs from Pier 83, New York Address: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10019 Directions: • Exchange your voucher for a boarding pass at the Circle Line Ticket WindowDIRECTIONS By Subway (Metro): • 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, A, C, E, N, or R train to Times Square 42nd Street • B, D, F, or Q train to 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, • 4, 5, or 6 train to 42nd Street Grand Central Station • All options are approximately 15-25 minute walk to the pierBy Bus: • Take the west-bound M42 or M50 bus and get off at the last stop 42nd Street and 12th AvenueBy Car:: • From George Washington Bridge, Westchester or Connecticut: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), go south to West 43rd Street. Make a right at 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey: Upon exiting the tunnel, follow uptown signs on Dyer Avenue to the 3rd light. Turn left onto 42nd Street. Turn right on 11th Avenue and turn left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Midtown Tunnel, Queens and Long Island: Take 2nd Avenue downtown to 34th Street. Right on 34th Street to 10th Avenue. Turn right on 10th Avenue and left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point

7:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Travel independently to the departure point at New York City’s Pier 83. Aim to arrive in good time for your cruise to secure the best seats—they're available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Relax and soak up the panoramic views as your boat sets sail along the Hudson Riverand into New York Harbor. Admire Manhattan’s skyline and its landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the United Nations Headquarters, South Street Seaport, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and more.

Then, take in the views of the Brooklyn Bridge and cruise by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all as an on-board guide shares snippets on their background and the Big Apple's history.

During your sightseeing, head for the on-board concession areas to buy drinks and snacks (both own expense), and snap up mementoes from the souvenir store.

Your cruise comes to an end when your boat arrives back at Pier 83.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Brooklyn Bridge
You'll enjoy dazzling skyline views of Manhattan on this 2-hour cruise. From the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, New York's landmarks are especially memorable when lit up at night. Beverages, food, and souvenirs are available for purchase onboard.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
Absorb stunning views of the floodlit Statue of Liberty.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Manhattan Skyline
Soak in the panoramas of Manhattan's illuminated skyscrapers.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Circle Line Cruises
Savor unobstructed views of New York City from deck.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
New York Harbor
Drink in stellar views of the harbor's lights and sights.
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests need to arrive at least 30-minutes prior to departure for boarding.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is WiFi available onboard the New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights 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 New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:Smoking is not permitted during the Harbor Lights Cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the New York City Harbor Lights 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: New York City Harbor Lights 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: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights 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: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights 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: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise.

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  • "The New York city Harbor Lights cruise is a must!!" See review
  • "The time waiting to board the cruise is terribly long though, and better go early to secure good open seats." See review
  • "Mae sure you take medium thick jacket since it gets very cold once the sun goes down." See review

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star-5
A must tour at night
Angelo_P
, Jul 2022
Overall great tour. Tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. Need to come early to get a good seat. Restrooms are clean. A must if your in NYC.
star-5
Cruise fun
Adrienne_D
, Jul 2022
It was a wonderful experience and such a lovely day out. You have the option to sit outside or in. However, the better views are outside and that is first come, first serve!
star-3
Spectacular skyline view.
maureen_j
, Jul 2022
It was a great experience to see such an iconic site from the Hudson River. Although the presentation from the tour guide could not be heard very well throughout the tour. The speakers should have been louder or more clarity, very muffled sounding. Therefore, missed out on several informative descriptions. The views were spectacular, captured very picturesque photos. The skyline is absolutely gorgeous.
star-5
Great view of NY !!
Valeria_A
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed every minute of it . Guide was very thorough , informative and fun ! Will definitely do it again !
star-5
Well worth it And great guide
starnesk
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour guide, so much knowledge. He provided information and facts about each site Great family activity
star-5
Excellent tour guide....
Anita_T
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour guide. Beautiful skyline. Great views. Highly recommended tour. Great way to see and hear about New York City.
star-4
Great Sunset Views
PEDRO_M
, Jun 2022
View of New York skyline from Hudson River, bay and East River was magnificent. Guide was knowledgeable and informative
star-5
Miss "L" was stunning
Debbie_V
, Jun 2022
Cruising along, seeing the city's lights come on was cool - but seeing Ms Liberty with the sun setting behind her was majestic!...the timing of our cruise was perfect, couldn't ask for better! It was my daughter and I's first trip to NYC, a beautiful way to end our last night!
star-5
Highly recommend
Chirin_K
, Jun 2022
Lovely expérience, although i think 2 hours is a lot...may one hour is enough for this Lovely tour unless you are a cruise fan😊 ah ...forgot to mention that the narrator was funny 😁
star-5
A must do trip in NYC
Melissa_F
, Jun 2022
Fantastic experience. We got to the pier almost an hour early but it ensured we got a really good seat… (the back of the boat was a great spot to sit!) The views were spectacular and the commentary was superb, very informative and made us laugh too. Would recommend this trip to anyone :)
star-5
Amazing views and such a fabulous sunset!
Kerry_S
, Jun 2022
Such a great view and even though it rained in the morning, we got an amazing sunset! The narration was wonderful was funny too.
star-5
Great time on the water
Bernard_W
, Jun 2022
Our second time touring your ship we bought another couple to experience the cruise and they had a wonderful time just as we did
star-5
Still Free
Giselle_J
, Jun 2022
Standing in the front of the boat, looking at the newly built twin towers and the Statue of Liberty. It reminds me of no matter what this country has gone through we are still free and the Statue of Liberty is still standing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny at times. Great trip.
star-4
Great night on the Hudson
Susan_J
, Jun 2022
Great experience. Perfect night for the cruise. Very moving when we approached the Statue of Liberty. I would give 5 stars but unless you were seated indoors it was impossible to hear what the tour guide was saying. Outdoor speakers need to be upgraded.
star-5
Spectacular sights, not to be missed
qtwvvbzp92
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on the Sunset Harbor Cruise. We got some spectacular photos of the city and the Statue of Liberty. We made sure to arrive early to get good seats and brought a light jacket/sweater because it gets a little chilly. Wonderful family time. David, our guide was funny and knowledgeable. Restrooms were clean and the rest of the crew was friendly.
star-5
Wonderful
Linda_T
, Jun 2022
Seeing all the sights especially at night. Loved it!! Will do it again if I ever get the chance ! Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Amazing scenery
Sally_A
, Jun 2022
Very nice trip, amazing scenery! We went in June & it does get cold and windy in June so would advice warm clothes and head cover to enjoy experience even more
star-4
Amazing Views
Janel_K
, Jun 2022
It was a cloudy day but the sun came out a little bit to provide amazing views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
star-4
Great tour, great staff, good price
Yan_M
, Jun 2022
Very friendly staff!! Tour guide David is amazing. The sitting chairs were uncomfortable a bit but overall it was a great experience.
star-5
Night cruise on the Hudson
Vacation
, Jun 2022
Andy was fantastic!!! He was very knowledgeable on all the landmarks and his integration of how he helped on 9/11 and what transpired that day was very touching. The cruise itself was beautiful and we enjoyed it immediately!!! Would highly recommend to anybody.

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