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New York City Skyline Cruise

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Admire New York's famous skyline and iconic sights from the water on this morning or afternoon cruise. See top New York attractions including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and United Nations, and learn more about the city and its landmarks from engaging commentary. This scenic, relaxing cruise is the perfect way to take a break from the hectic pace of Manhattan.
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455 12th Ave
455 12th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USADeparture Point: Cruise departs from Pier 78 Address: 455 12th Avenue New York, NY 10018 Directions: • Located at Pier 78, West 38th Street, at Hudson River Park (on 12th Avenue) in Midtown • Look for CitySightseeing Cruises Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
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    City Sightseeing New York Cruises
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    Head to Pier 78 on the west side of Manhattan to board your cruise around the lower part of Manhattan. Kick back in the climate-controlled indoor seating area, or take in unobstructed views from the boat's observation deck. Cruise down the Hudson River into Manhattan Harbor, then up the East River to midtown before looping back. Along the way, keep your camera ready for spectacular photo ops of New York's many world-famous skyscrapers and bridges. See a variety of New York attractions including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, South Street Seaport, Chrysler Bridge and United Nations. Throughout your cruise, listen to entertaining and informative onboard narration providing history and fun facts about New York City and its best-known sights. Your 1.5-hour Manhattan cruise ends at Pier 78. Choose an optional upgrade to include one or three attraction tickets from the list below. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Upgrade to choose from the following attractions:  Attractions  • LOL Comedy Club • Luna Park • Madame Tussauds Gold Ticket • National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey  • One World Observatory • Spyscape • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square • The TOUR • The RIDE • The DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE • Top of the Rock Observation Deck Museums  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum • 9/11 Tribute Museum • American Museum of Natural History • Brooklyn Historical Society • Brooklyn Botanical Garden & Brooklyn Museum Combo Set • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour • Guggenheim Museum • International Center of Photography • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum • Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, The MET Breuer • Museum of Modern Art (closed for renovation June 16 to October 21, 2019) • MoMA PS1 • Museum of the City of New York • Museum of Jewish Heritage • New York Botanical Garden • New York Historical Society • Whitney Museum of American Art Cruises  • CitySightseeing New York Hop-on, Hop-off Ferry Tour • CitySightseeing New York Skyline Cruise • Manhattan by Sail – Clipper City Daytime Statue Sail • RIB New York – High Speed Harbor Tour • Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island  Tours and Transportation • Alternative New York Street Art Tour • Bike and Roll – 2 Hour Bike Rental • Bike and Roll Inside Central Park Tour • Broadway Walking Tour • Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood Tour • Brooklyn Navy Yard Past, Present, Future Tour • Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours: Inside Industry Tour • Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours: World War II Tour • Central Park TV & Movie Tour • Chassidic Walking Tour • City CoPilot: NYC Luggage Storage • Fancy Apple 2 Hour Bike Tour • Go Airlink Airport Shuttle Share Ride • Greenwich Village Tour • Harlem Gospel Experience Tour • High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking Tour • Lower Manhattan Walking Tour • Macy’s Historic Tour • Madison Square Garden All Access Tour • NYC Gospel Walking Tour • NYC Slavery and Underground Tour • Rockefeller Center Tour • Secrets of Brooklyn: The Insider’s Scavenger Hunt • Secrets of New York: The Insider’s Scavenger Hunt • Secrets of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour • Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown Tour • Street Art Workshop • The Radio City Stage Door Tour • Tour Central Park 2 Hour Bike Tour • Tour Central Park 2 Hour Walking Tour • Tour Central Park 12 Hour Bike Rental Dining  • Breakfast or Lunch at Applebee's 42nd Street  • Breakfast or Lunch at Applebee's 50th Street  • Lunch at Bella Napoli (Near the Empire State Building) • $25 towards Lunch or Dinner at Buca di Beppo • Lunch at Dave and Buster's -234 W. 42nd St., 3rd Floor  • Lunch at Grotta Azzurra (Little Italy) • $25 towards Lunch or Dinner at Planet Hollywood *Choice of options is subject to change
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    Pass by Empire State Building
    Pass by Chrysler Building
    Pass by Statue of Liberty
    Pass by Brooklyn Bridge
    Pass by United Nations Headquarters
You'll return to the starting point
  • Take in unobstructed views of the NYC skyline on a Manhattan Harbor cruise
  • Choose from climate-controlled indoor seating or outdoor viewing areas
  • Cruises conveniently run hourly from the late morning to the late afternoon 
  • Upgrade to add admission to one or three attractions such as the 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory
What to Expect
This New York City skyline tour departs from Pier 78 in Midtown. Boats for this cruise come about every hour, so you’re never waiting long. Show your voucher to an employee, and hop aboard. You can choose to head indoors to a climate-controlled area, or go to the upper deck outside for views from even higher above the water. Either way, catch sight of popular NYC landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Chrysler Building and Brooklyn Bridge as you cruise down the Hudson, around the Harbor, up the East River, and back again. On your cruise, you’ll learn fun facts about the city and its history from your guide. Once your tour is over, you’ll return to Pier 78. At checkout, choose to upgrade to add one or three attraction tickets such as 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory to complete your day. 
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Important Information
Departure Point
455 12th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 90-minute Manhattan harbor cruise - 10am, 12pm, 2pm , 4pm
  • Live tour guide, English only
  • Entry/Admission - City Sightseeing New York Cruises
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (refreshments available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible; however there may be a step up or down depending on the water level on the day of your cruise
  • Please leave a note in the Special Requirements box at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Infants 2 years and under are free
  • Attraction ticket (if option selected) is valid for one time use within 14 days
  • 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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I was excited to do this tour because from the description on the website, there would be a lot to see for a great price. But from start to finish this tour left a lot to be desired. Upon arriving at the ferry terminal (Brookfield Place Terminal) myself, my dad and my bestie
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The skyline cruise was incredible. Yes the weather wasn’t the best but rain held off so we could sit on top deck. The heavy gave NY a stunning effect. We got to see NY a different way. We had a guide on board who talked through all the different buildings we could see. Then we
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A Boat Trip around Manhattan Island‘s Skyscrapers guarantees fabulous views and is the best start to get an impression of this big city! The tour lasts for 2 hours and tickets needed to be booked in advance (about 44€). Ships start at Pier 83 and a Guide explains the sights
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Do not do this one. We did this boat bc it was included in the bus tour package. Every other boat I saw would have been better than this one. It was a hot day and this boat did nothing to help. We waited in line 30 minutes early which wasn’t early enough to get us seats
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Old boat and old sound system so you can barely hear the tour guide announcer! You leave Pier 78 and head down to the Freedom Tower, wait there for about 15-20 minutes then on the way back pass by the Statue of Liberty and head back to Pier 78...that's it! You get a very quick
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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