New York City

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceNew York City, USA
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the highlights of New York City from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Hudson River. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible and avoid waiting in traffic, this cruise offers views of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Discover NYC’s waterfront landmarks on a sightseeing cruise
  • Learn about the passing sites from your tour guide
  • Get up-close photos of the Statue of Liberty
  • Relax and enjoy food and beverages (available for purchase) onboard

What's Included

  • 1-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Live narration by Circle Line’s guides (in English)
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Download the free Circle Line App to listen to the tour in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian or Chinese. Headsets not included.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
    83 North River Piers West 43rd Street and, 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Pier 83

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

On this Liberty Cruise, enjoy stunning views of Manhattan’s brilliant skyline and iconic landmarks, like One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—as well as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor’s Island, and more.

This cruise travels down the Hudson River to within 100 feet (30 meters) of the Statue of Liberty. Narration from a professional tour guide helps to provide an entertaining journey.

Enjoy a snack or beverage from the onboard concession area (available for purchase) while taking in the beautiful views of some of New York City’s most popular attractions.

Manhattan Skyline (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Hudson Yards (Pass By)

The Vessel (Pass By)

Jacob Javits Convention Center (Pass By)

Little Island (Pass By)

One World Trade Center (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

New York Harbor (Pass By)

Ellis Island (Pass By)

Governors Island (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 200 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.

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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty 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: NYC Liberty Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available onboard during the Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise?

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

Jun 2021

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Featured review
Beautiful day for an awesome experience! Knowledgeable staff who were very friendly and helpful! What a great time!


649 reviews
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Sherita_J, Feb 2024
The most memorable moments was how pleasant the staff was, the information shared by the tour guide, and seeing the Statue of Liberty in person.
Love it
Audry_D, Feb 2024
This trip was super fun. The tour guide David was super knowledgeable and very funny. The concussion stand was super cool and very different
Great tour
Celine_K, Feb 2024
Really good tour and we stopped a bit near the statue of liberty to see it properly. Guide was funny and explained really well on top of replying to question. Only complain is that the address on the ticket was wrong so I miss my original boat slot and had to add an extra $10 to be put on a later boat on the same day. So st address should 100% be changed in the viator app and on ticket.
Louise_G, Dec 2023
Weather was beautiful so it was lovely to sit outside in December! Plenty of room to see everything even though we didn't have an edge seat. The tour guide - Tony, I think! - was brilliant, very informative and entertaining also. A wonderful way to see the main sites in a short time.
Loved our tour guide!
Melissa_M, Dec 2023
Tour guide was great and the tour itself was quick and enjoyable! It was a cloudy overcast day but we got great pictures. The boozy hot chocolate was awesome!
Sailing down hudson
Ieesha_M, Dec 2023
Wonderful crisp day on the Hudson. Booked for myself and mum. Lovely pictures obtained of the skyline and lady liberty. Guide was really sweet and knowledgeable. Well worth the money
Great tour for the price
Tonya_C, Nov 2023
Love that we could sit inside where it isn’t so cold. Great way to see Manhattan and Lady Liberty at a wonderful price!
Great service!
Erin_S, Nov 2023
Loved our experience! Would use this company every time. Informative and entertaining. Also Luisanna helped our family with a technical ticket issue and did it with a smile. Rare these days!
Amazing we will never forget it
jason_K, Nov 2023
Amazing trip we were going to do the ferry to Liberty island so glad we did this trip instead got to see much more
Manhattan Cruise
Nigel_E, Nov 2023
Great trip with knowledgeable guide. Fantastic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. Also great views of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
5 🌟
SuziMackinnon, Oct 2023
The trip was amazing Staff amazing Couldn't fault anything Best sit outside for a fantastic view and history off new york and new Jersey.
beautiful :)
Abby_F, Oct 2023
such a beautiful view. and such a beautiful city. was unable to make my booking but the staff were so amazing with rescheduling at no extra cost! will definitely be my first choice when it comes to NYC on the water
Great view
Steph_E, Oct 2023
Great shots of Manhattan from the sea. Statue of Liberty. Short trip. Wish we'd paid extra for Brooklyn Bridge. Though it was included
Simply a must do
Scott_R, Oct 2023
This quick boat tour turned out to be the best part of our crazy New York weekend. Oddly enough, it was also the cheapest thing we did! The tour guide, Peter, was very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. Any time we return to New York, we will be booking a tour with Circle Line. Specifically looking for Peter!
Great for first time NYC visitors
Ryan_R, Sep 2023
Easy and quick way to see the Statue and NYC skyline and learn about the history of both. Great activity for first time visitors.
Enjoyable and Informative!
John_H, Sep 2023
Seeing Statue of Liberty. Our guide was excellent! Learned a lot about New York Harbor, history of New York. Little Island!
Very good experience. I...
Shant_A, Sep 2023
Very good experience. I would recommend this to anyone. If you wanna see the city from an interesting perspective.
Wonderful and affordable cruise .
Gale_J, Sep 2023
That was very fantastic to see around the city of Manhattan and New Jersey we would like to come Back next time ..And our tour guy was wonderful and explain it well.
Great trip a must when visiting NYC
Teresa_K, Sep 2023
Easy to order online tickets. Ship was clean . Tour guide was fantastic. His voice was very clear & easy to understand. He also was very knowledgeable.
Statue of Liberty cruise
Pat_C, Sep 2023
Great tour guide. We were very happy with the cruise. It was the perfect amount of time. I would highly recommend.

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