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New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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As twilight descends over New York City, take in the lights of the Manhattan skyline from a boat on this evening harbor cruise. Listen to live commentary on the harbor’s sights—including One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and the Chrysler Building—as you gear up for a night on the town. Book ahead to guarantee your spot on this popular evening outing.
  • New York Harbor cruise at dusk showcases lit-up Manhattan skyline
  • Learn more from in-depth live commentary on the sights 
  • Prebook a spot on this popular early-evening activity
  • Purchase food and beverages on board
  • Audio commentary via downloadable app in seven languages
What to Expect
Make your way to Pier 83, arriving 45 minutes or an hour (peak season) before your desired departure for this popular evening cruise. Seeing the lights of Manhattan’s skyline blink on from the water is a great way to kick off an evening exploring New York City. As the boat departs, find a seat or hang out by the railing for great views and photo ops of the twinkling NYC and New Jersey shorelines. Listen to live commentary in English or recorded audio commentary via a free app download (Mandarin, Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, French, and English). Step up to the galley for snacks and drinks, available for purchase. Sights include the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, the United Nations, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Return to Pier 83 at the conclusion of your cruise.
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Departure Point
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Pier 83, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA
Departure Time
7:00 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2-hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Live narration by Circle Line’s world famous guides (in English)
  • Recorded narration in seven languages available via free app download
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • Recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and English via free app download. Instructions provided on voucher.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Definitely NOT worth the money. We paid $300 for 3 adults and 2 children to do this in the premier section and the whole trip was a huge disappointment. People constantly stood up in the centre aisle blocking the view for the premier seats. It was Saturday night so we tried to
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A fantastic couple of hours with an excellent view of the NYC skyline. The guide was excellent even in the face of some of his fellow Americans heckling him!!. Great knowledge of all of the famous landmarks along the way. If you go in November remember to wrap up well as its
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My husband and I went on the cruise last night and it is without doubt one of the highlights of our trip in New York. Chris, the tour guide was informative and just brilliant. We learnt so much about New York and the history of the buildings. I would most definitely recommend
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Response from Jade H, Public Relations Manager at New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad that you chose to take out Harbor Lights Cruise. NYC by night is so magical. Our staff works extremely hard to ensure our guests have a memorable experience while visiting with us, it is great that this was the case. We hope to see you on a future cruise with us. Best, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
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We enjoyed this tour and do recommend it. It got 4 instead of 5 stars for two reasons. First, we were waylaid on our way to board the boat by people who wanted to take our photos for purchase later. We were not at all interested but there was no way to get past them quickly. We
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Response from Jade H, Public Relations Manager at New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you for the great comment, I am sorry to hear that there was an issue with our tour guide and one of our guests. I have sent this information to our Human Resource department so we can investigate further. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the views and hope you took some beautiful photos. We hope you return for another sail with us again. Best, Robert Strazza Director, Guest Experience rstrazza@nycl.com
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This is highly recommended by us for numerous reasons. We paid extra to go on the upper deck and if you want a better service then this is for you as the bar staff were very friendly and chatty. The trip itself is fantastic with some great photo opportunities but what made it
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