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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
  • 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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Traveler Tips


  • "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
Family time was great to...
Barry_P
, May 2022
Family time was great to see 👀 my daughter enjoy the sites 😊 and the tour guide was excellent 👍...
star-5
Nice trip! I would do it again and recommend to others.
Raymond_K
, May 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and told enough stories without telling too many. If only the weather had been better!
star-5
Fun ride
John_O
, May 2022
Excellent tour Tony the MC was great 2 hours you see everything Take 200 pictures Good and drinks on board
star-4
The circle line sunset...
Tara_T
, May 2022
The circle line sunset cruise was beautiful. The sights of the city were absolutely gorgeous. Andy, the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the buildings history. The only reason I gave the rating 4 out 5. The boat was PACKED with people. On the top deck people were on top of people, it was a little uncomfortable .
star-5
A must do!
Sarah_H
, May 2022
We had a wonderful night time cruise, taking in the sights of New York. The guide was informative and interesting. There was a lot of opportunity to take pictures. We thought it was good value for money.
star-2
Don’t bother!
Nick_G
, May 2022
To be queuing to get onto the boat and be told u can’t take drinks on board was shocking! I honestly think there were too many people on our boat. Bums on seats (or not as there were not enough seats for everyone) is all this company seems to be bothered about. If u can’t sit upstairs then the tour is pretty pointless as the windows downstairs were so grimy it was impossible to take a decent photo. The commentator loved the sound of his own voice, wish we could have muted him! The whole trip (save when it went dark and Manhattan was lit up) was an utter waste of time and money. Would not recommend.
star-3
Great tour of harbour and...
Irene_S
, May 2022
Great tour of harbour and Statue of Liberty The guide couldn’t be heard very well and the service for drinks and snacks took half an hour standing in a long queue. Advise to take your own food
star-5
Harbor Cruise
Sally_F
, May 2022
We had an absolutely beautiful - but very cool - night! Wonderful tour! Our tour guide was very informative and fun! The crew were friendly and professional!
star-5
New York at sunset
Darren_W
, May 2022
The trip was perfect, 1st time visiting New York, the tour guide was really knowledgeable and made the trip fun and the sites were amazing definitely recommend trip
star-5
Worth every minute. Best evening cruise.
Margaret_F
, May 2022
Excellent evening cruise with an awesome history lesson. While quite cold on deck in mid May it was worth the chill. Everyone moved around enough for great views and there was plenty of space inside if needed. We did start out on the starboard side (right when facing the front) to be sure we had a night view. There are much grander views on deck than inside. All the bridges and the Statue of Liberty were spectacular along with the New York skyline both before and after sunset. This tour turned out to be the highlight of our 5 day stay. Our cruise info director/specialist Nate was the best. Loaded with history and insight he added greatly to our evening.

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