New York City

Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

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From $52.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Some of the best views of New York City's iconic skyline are from the water. This extended cruise goes all the way around Manhattan Island, affording views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and more. While on-board, learn about the history of the island through live commentary or purchase drinks and snacks.
  • Explore the whole of Manhattan Island on an extended cruise
  • Magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline
  • Learn about New York's landmarks through live on-board commentary

What's Included

  • 2.5 hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board
  • Outdoor deck
  • Download the free Circle Line App to listen to the tour in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian and Chinese
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
    83 North River Piers West 43rd 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

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Three rivers, seven bridges, five boroughs, 25 world-renowned landmarks, and a close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Now that’s getting to know New York City.

On this sightseeing tour around Manhattan Island, enjoy stunning views of the Big Apple’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and many more.

Depart from Pier 83 in midtown Manhattan and cruise all the way around Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. While on-board, enjoy live narration from a professional tour guide.

Learn more about the history of each of the sites while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

Ellis Island (Pass By)

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

One World Trade Center (Pass By)

Hudson Yards (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

United Nations Headquarters (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to the departure time for boarding.
  • Food and drinks are NOT allowed to be brought on board
  • Non-English speaking guests may now download the complimentary Circle Line Sightseeing app on their mobile device from iTunes or the Google Play store. This app allows guests to listen to a guided tour while on the boat. Available languages include: Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian and Chinese. Headsets are not provided.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island 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 Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise?

A:Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.

Jun 2021

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Featured review
I enjoyed this tour. I saw the Statue of Liberty up close for the first time. Great way to learn about the history of NYC and travel under all of the historic bridges. Gorgeous view of the city skyline and buildings. Took pictures you see on postcards. The tour guide was great. The weather was perfect! 5 ⭐️


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A great excursion
dpawhelanyahoocom, Feb 2024
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. We booked Premier, very comfortable but rest of boat was also very high quality. Our guide, David was engaging, knowledgeable & funny. I learned more about NY in 2.5 hours than I have in all my previous visits.
Marvellous Manhattan
Deidre_C, Jan 2024
Great trip around Manhattan! Loved the stories told by our very enthusiastic tour guide, David. Really didn’t know how diverse and large Manhattan is until this tour.
A great way to check out New York
Behruz_S, Jan 2024
David was a wonderful tour guide and we had a really good time. We had 2 young kids and everyone was very accommodating of this.
Highly Recommend!
Kathryn_M, Jan 2024
Of all the many attractions and programs we experienced during our visit to NYC, this was my favorite! It was a great way to start our week in the city, especially for our son who'd never been to NYC. The guide was really wonderful and we enjoyed hearing all the many historical facts and stories as we cruised around the island. The proximity to the Statue of Liberty during the cruise can't be beat. We loved the flexibility of inside and outside seating and enjoyed both during the cruise. Having a bar and snacks made it even more enjoyable. Highly recommend!
A must for great-view lovers
Parsifal, Jan 2024
A very complete boat tour. You can see Manhattan from a beautiful perspective. Liberty Statue was much better from this angle than from the island itself. The tour guide was impressive, he (sorry I forgot the name) explained us all the history behind all the monuments, palaces, bridges we spotted and the way he explanation was very passionate. Definitely a tour to recommend to whom is attracted by beautiful view, water and culture.
Anniversary celebration in NYC
Jonie_R, Dec 2023
My sweetheart and I enjoyed seeing the city from the water. The time to enjoy each other’s company without navigating was so special
Great trip well worth the money
Phillip_P, Dec 2023
This is a trip well worth doing. Our great guide gave a complete and informative talk the entire 2.5 hours we were on the boat.
Best View of New York City in an Afternoon
Mel_L, Dec 2023
We booked this last minute. So glad we did. It was amazing. The tour guide can’t be beat. The boat was clean and comfortable.
The tour guide which...
Denise_D, Dec 2023
The tour guide which narrated the trip was outstanding, very informative. He walked throughout the boat visiting with all. The announcement system was great. Also, the TVs displayed many great facts about the city.
Statue of Liberty
Gail_W, Dec 2023
For such a rainy day this tour was great. 2.5 hours on the water, the guide was very nice and knowledgeable. This tour was quite affordable as well. Would recommend this tour.
Best Tour in New York City
Robert_B, Nov 2023
The tour guide David Parker is absolutely incredible. This is the second time I’ve been on his tour. Also, as a dinner boat captain for over 18 years, your captain did a phenomenal job with the boat. The crew was just as amazing. I will definitely be touring with you again. Sincerely, Bob Benfield Hickory, North Carolina
the perfect Thanksgiving
Donald_R, Nov 2023
stunning views, spacious deck, terrific guide - Jerry was so informative and entertaining. A wonderful Thanksgiving experience, thank you. Donald Adelle and Julia
My Mother 80th Birthday Gift
Virginia_H, Nov 2023
This is a first time for my Mom Sister and Nephew riding on a ship. My second time, now the first time I witness something shocking an incidental drowning of a classmate fallen overboard on a Circle Line field trip when I was in 3rd grade. Since then I’ve been afraid to get on a ship or boat until Saturday 11/11/23. I wanted to do something special for her 80th Birthday and to combat my fears from what happen years again as a little girl. Mission accomplished I’m still a little scared though maybe after a few more rides I can live without the nightmare of that day a classmate drowned right before my eyes. Peace.
Best way to learn a few tidbits about New York City!
Pam_C, Nov 2023
The gentleman narrating was amazing! That’s what made the trip memorable and worthwhile! He is from NYC and knows so much history and was able to answer questions at random, beat tour guide we’ve ever had in NY.
A great way to see Manhattan skyline
7jpwr72rdx, Nov 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip down the Hudson. The tour guide was funny and very informative. A must if you have tired legs and sore feet!!!
Circle Line Manhattan tour
Elmer_L, Nov 2023
Making it through all the bridges. The need for additional comments is irritating,. I will wrie this in order for you to see the remark about the reasonableness of your request.
Tour guide (Andy) really...
Pavara_R, Nov 2023
Tour guide (Andy) really knows his stuff- his commentary was humorous, personable and witty with a touch of sarcasm, which was perfect! 10/10.
Clement_M, Nov 2023
The weather was beautiful and the view was absolutely beautiful. The commentator great “humor” we had such a great time
A memorable experience
Paul_W, Nov 2023
The touur guide, David He was excellent, he knew his stuff and you could tell he had done his research, practices and took pride in his work.
Great trip
Jane_S, Oct 2023
Dave our tour guide made the trip so interesting and entertaining for us. Would definitely recommend this trip … even on wet and foggy day which we had.

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