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New York City Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended New York City Sailing trips & boat tours

NYC: Statue of Liberty Express Skip-the-Box-Office Cruise

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty Express Skip-the-Box-Office Cruise

Departing from Downtown Manhattan in Battery Park, this 50-minute express cruise is the fastest way to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. The best views are definitely from the water and you'll enjoy the insights of your fun, onboard tour guide with live narration. Begin your cruise experience at Battery Park's Slip 6. Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty in the background while you wait.  Board the vessel, sit back, and set sail on your round-trip sightseeing cruise. Bask in the panoramic view of downtown New York's celebrated towers, memorials, and Landmarks while you relax on board the state-of-the-art boat.  Cruise right over to see the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. On your way to Lady Liberty, you’ll sail past and learn about Ellis Island, once home to the United States’ busiest immigration station, where approximately 12 million immigrants came through.  You will also see Governors Island, a former military base that has since been redeveloped with a beautiful park for the public to enjoy.

New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

2. New York City: Sunset Yacht Cruise

Experience a beautiful New York City sunset and the illuminated skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan on a harbor cruise of the Hudson River. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous 360-degree views of the island from the open decks or glassed-in back-deck observatory. Marvel at the 1920s style décor of the boat, and take in stunning views of sights, including Battery Park and the South Street Seaport. Gaze at the towering monuments of the Financial District and sail past Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline.

Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

3. Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

Leave the noise of the city behind and see New York in a new light. Sit back and marvel at the famous skyline from the comfort of the solarium on this gorgeous 80-foot 1920s style yacht. Get up close to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this sightseeing cruise. As you pass by such important sites at Battery Park, the financial district, and South Street Seaport, your captain will provide an informative narration. Cruise the Hudson River and New York Harbor on the Manhattan. The Manhattan provides a turn-of-the-century elegance and comfort, complete with teak decks and mahogany trim. Settle into the spectacular glassed-in observatory on the back deck, equipped with cushioned seating around conversation-friendly tables. The observatory is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, providing panoramic views in the utmost comfort.

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

4. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

NYC: City Lights Yacht Cruise with Drink Included

5. NYC: City Lights Yacht Cruise with Drink Included

Take in the magnificent Manhattan skyline by moonlight while relaxing on a 1920's inspired yacht. Every vantage point offers beautiful views of New York City including the Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, and the Financial District. Be sure to snap a photo of lady liberty as she lights up at night. Explore the outer decks or stay cozy in your private nook in the boat's grand salon. There is a full bar onboard offering a variety of libations and themed beverages to enjoy. Choose the cocktail cruise option and a featured specialty cocktail is included. Additional drinks are available for purchase at the bar. Sit back and relax as you feel transported back to the roaring 20's and enjoy a memorable evening with friends or loved ones on the Hudson River.

NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

6. NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

Cruise New York City's harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht, the Manhattan, while listening to live jazz music on a 1.5-hour cruise. Enjoy a complimentary drink from the teak and mahogany bar within the climate-controlled, sky-lit solarium. Ride indoors or outdoors in absolute luxury and comfort. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous views of the New York skyline while enjoying a live jazz band that will play everything from classic jazz standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington, to new renditions of Motown songs, R&B grooves, and hits from today! The band does take requests, so please ask for your favorite, as they may very well know it! During your cruise, see many famous buildings and sights, including Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. An alcoholic drink is included to enjoy as you soak up the surrounding sights and sounds.

NYC: Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

7. NYC: Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Show your love to your partner with a romantic Valentine's Day cruise at sunset in NYC. Relish a buffet dinner, and make a toast to your relationship with a glass of Champagne or wine. See some of the city's most famous landmarks as you go, and enjoy an onboard DJ with festive music. Seating is limited to 150 and there is an onboard cash bar should you wish to buy more drinks. The Valentine's Day buffet menu is as follows: • Champagne toast or Wine • Caesar Salad • Penne Rigate with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil • Baked Tilapia served in a White Wine Sauce • Chicken Francaise • Carving Board of Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Traditional Homemade Applesauce • Medley of Seasonal Fresh Vegetables • Oven Roasted Baby New Potatoes • Assorted Dinner Rolls and Sweet Butter • Chef's Selection of Valentines Desserts • Freshly Brewed Coffee and Herbal Tea

New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

8. New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

Experience a New York City sunset from the water on this evening sightseeing sail past some of the borough's waterside landmarks. Climb aboard a beautiful 80-foot Adirondack for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the concrete and noise of the city. Enjoy an illuminated view of the spectacular New York City skyline and the many famous sights along the way. Admire the beautiful Battery Park, the 20-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries. Sail past Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954. Take in a unique of New York's famous Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals. During the course of your sail, enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink and take in the elegance of this unique sailing tour.

New York City: Manhattan Sunset Tall Ship Cruise

9. New York City: Manhattan Sunset Tall Ship Cruise

Enjoy a 2-hour harbor cruise of New York from on board the Clipper City’s spacious main deck or raised quarter deck. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and many other gems of the harbor as you sail. A replica of the lumber-hauling schooners that drove America’s industry more than a century ago, Clipper City was built in the mid-1980s using plans purchased from the Smithsonian. Designed with her new cargo in mind – you! – her decks are spacious and comfortable with ample seating, a full bar amidships, and a raised quarter deck back aft that allows for unparalleled views of the city and its harbor. Order a drink from the full on-deck bar, sit back and relax, or help the crew raise the sails and take a turn at the helm on this idyllic cruise that evokes the days of old.

New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

10. New York City: Sunset Sail Aboard a Schooner

Experience the most stylish means of viewing a New York sunset by sailing aboard the Schooner America 2.0. While sailing you will be treated to an alcoholic drink of your choice by an exceptional crew, as you watch the warm rays of the sun sink peacefully into the horizon. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city with your favorite companions when you board this 105-foot, 1800s-style vessel, America 2.0. She's perfect for romantic outings, entertaining friends from out of town, or just relaxing. This is sure to be an event you’ll want to experience again. Glide peacefully through the waters of the New York Harbor on the most relaxing, beautiful, and romantic excursion in the city. During your trip, take in the majestic colors of the sunset surrounding New York Harbor's skyline and iconic landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island. Heading south from Chelsea Piers and down the Hudson River to Battery Park, the schooner will pass by Ellis Island and sail out to the Statue of Liberty. Wind and time permitting, she will head toward Governors Island and breeze by the Financial District.

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4.4 / 5

based on 4,802 reviews

This was absolutely worth the money! You get excellent views of the city and a great close up picture of the Statue of Liberty. The band is amazing, the staff is great and it’s very romantic.

awesome experience! It can be a bit confusing when you reach the battery park but after that it is literally smooth sailing and a great opportunity to learn about and take photos

Great tour, amazing guide. If you are looking for simply seeing the Lady Libery without actually going to Liberty island thos is the best way to do so.

I was satisfied with being able to get close to the Statue of Liberty efficiently in a short time and take pictures.

It was a very enjoyable experience and the guides were really lovely.