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New York City Harbor Lights Cruise provided by Circle Line Cruises

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New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
4.5
Book in advance
from €34.35 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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 with plenty of time 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2800HLC
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
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 • 2-hour sightseeing cruise
Exclusions
Available for purchase • Available for purchase • Available for purchase
Duration
2h
Departure details
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, 83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, 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 Directions: • Exchange your voucher for a boarding pass at the Circle Line Ticket WindowDIRECTIONS By Subway (Metro): • 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, A, C, E, N, or R train to Times Square 42nd Street • B, D, F, or Q train to 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, • 4, 5, or 6 train to 42nd Street Grand Central Station • All options are approximately 15-25 minute walk to the pierBy Bus: • Take the west-bound M42 or M50 bus and get off at the last stop 42nd Street and 12th AvenueBy Car:: • From George Washington Bridge, Westchester or Connecticut: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), go south to West 43rd Street. Make a right at 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey: Upon exiting the tunnel, follow uptown signs on Dyer Avenue to the 3rd light. Turn left onto 42nd Street. Turn right on 11th Avenue and turn left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Midtown Tunnel, Queens and Long Island: Take 2nd Avenue downtown to 34th Street. Right on 34th Street to 10th Avenue. Turn right on 10th Avenue and left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
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 • 2-hour sightseeing cruise
Exclusions
Available for purchase • Available for purchase • Available for purchase
Departure details
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, 83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, 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 Directions: • Exchange your voucher for a boarding pass at the Circle Line Ticket WindowDIRECTIONS By Subway (Metro): • 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, A, C, E, N, or R train to Times Square 42nd Street • B, D, F, or Q train to 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, • 4, 5, or 6 train to 42nd Street Grand Central Station • All options are approximately 15-25 minute walk to the pierBy Bus: • Take the west-bound M42 or M50 bus and get off at the last stop 42nd Street and 12th AvenueBy Car:: • From George Washington Bridge, Westchester or Connecticut: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), go south to West 43rd Street. Make a right at 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Lincoln Tunnel, New Jersey: Upon exiting the tunnel, follow uptown signs on Dyer Avenue to the 3rd light. Turn left onto 42nd Street. Turn right on 11th Avenue and turn left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 • From Midtown Tunnel, Queens and Long Island: Take 2nd Avenue downtown to 34th Street. Right on 34th Street to 10th Avenue. Turn right on 10th Avenue and left on 43rd Street. Go straight on 43rd Street to Pier 83 Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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.
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
414 reviews
Excellent
283
Very good
83
Average
27
Poor
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Terrible
14

Charlotte P
Atlanta, GA45 contributions
Do it!
Apr 2021 • Friends
Amazing views and informative tour guide with many tidbits regarding history of sites and cities. Staff was courteous but food is New York expensive and not memorable. Would recommend everyone do it once
Written 19 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cait_A
England, UK131 contributions
Beautiful sunset of Statue of Liberty
Visited April 2019 Sunset cruise was stunning, didn’t have time to visit Statue of Liberty and this was perfect alternative and to see the skyline light up
Written 5 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Adilson R
1 contribution
Short but perfect stay!!
Oct 2020 • Couples
The stay was short, however very pleasant. We were treated very warm by all employees we encountered and the room was clean, and comfortable.
Written 31 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Adilson. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. Cheers, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ace B
Queens, NY1 contribution
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Oct 2020
Had taken the Harbor Lights Cruise October 17th Saturday. No masks inside and out after 10 minutes of departing. No one enforcing any protocols considering Covid 19 still very active. Commentator was infrequent and unaware of issues on the boat. I mentioned to food worker and nothing seemed to be done about it all.
Written 24 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tammy b
1 contribution
5 stars to a 3
Sep 2020 • Friends
Hello. I was on the HL cruise last evening enjoying the experience. The party next us was having a great time with some laughter and fun. Unfortunately a staff member, a young lady, came over to the group and very rudely reprimanded the entire group. I thought the situation could have been handled more professionally. She was quite antagonistic. While I understand it may have been difficult to hear the announcer, I was embarrassed for the group because they were called out in
that manner. A simple hey Guys , can you keep it down would have sufficed.

All in all, great experience. The 5 stars I would have given, is sadly a 3 star experience.

-From Central New Jersey
Written 20 September 2020
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NatRod
Las Vegas, NV209 contributions
Love the city lights at night
Sep 2020
The Harbor Lights cruise is great at night. I enjoyed the gentleman that was giving us little facts and pointing out things to look at during the cruise. I enjoyed all the little facts. You are able to purchase drinks on the boat. Kinda pricey though!

I didn't enjoy the rude people all around us talking and being loud so it was hard to hear the gentleman speak. There was to be no smoking and a couple people ignored that because we were on the outer top deck. You are to wear masks and everyone complied with that and was respectful with that. Just wish people could be respectful of others. So all can enjoy.
Written 10 September 2020
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Joey C
1 contribution
Loved it!!!
Sep 2020 • Couples
Beautiful views, comfortable, romantic, snacks and food, loved every minute of it!!! Interesting info provided by the tour guide as well.
Written 8 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aoife O
3 contributions
Terrible NO REFUND
Mar 2020 • Friends
We booked a cruise for March just prior to the COVID19 global travel ban. Our flights to NYC were cancelled and we will not be travelling for the foreseeable future. We asked for a refund as we dont know when or if we will be back in NYC and we have not received one. While I understand that the tickets have been extended to march 2021 we will not be travelling and as such would expect that a refund would be processed. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Written 19 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Aoife, I am sorry for confusion please email me directly @rstrazza@nycl.com so we can make things right with you. I look forward on hearing back from you. Best Robert Strazza- Director, Guest Experience
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Jessica H
8 contributions
Beautiful
Amazing views and a very personable and informative tour guide! Would surely recommend and do again!
Written 15 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you Jessica for the wonderful comments - we will certainly pass this along to our wonderful team of tour guides. Best, Robert Strazza, Director, Guest Experience, rstrazza@nycl.com
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Gracesla
Galway, Ireland10 contributions
Must do!
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is a ‘must do’ activity for any tourist visiting New York. We saw the city from an angle we never knew existed. It’s very professionally run and we all agreed it was the highlight of our trip to NY.
Written 10 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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rabbiross
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A must-do in NYC
Took four of my kids (ages 13-21) for this your around half of Manhattan Island. It was a cool and overcast day, b
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201irisg
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Awful experience rude staff
Circle line has partnership with Big Bus tours yet declined us from entering the tour twice after providing the doc
xeley
xeley
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Great Views and A Smooth Ride
The tour was lead by an informed and entertaining host—sure the jokes weren’t perfect but it was still very fun. I
TeaSmithery
TeaSmithery
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Better than nothing
This was EXTREMELY crowded for a socially distanced activity, particularly everyone knowing that there was so much
261willd
261willd
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highly recommend: circle line cruise
Sights, sights, and more sights! sightseeing lovers will love this cruise around Manhattan which also gives you a v
Jade H
Jade H
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Covid Danger
Safety is not taken seiriously at all. Overcrowed on upper deck mask enforsment was a joke no one said anything abo
24yairg
24yairg
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It was a great experience
Tour guide was amazing, beautiful views, and the Statue of Liberty was absolutely stunning. I learned so many thing
michaelbQ272RO
michaelbQ272RO
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As adults...
Having lived in NYC our entire lives this is not something we ever considered doing. We decided to do it as someth
Mobile240563
Mobile240563
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Save your money. This is false advertising. It should be called the Half Circle Line.
Warning!! This is a bait and switch set up. We boarded the boat and weren't told until shortly before departure tha
ronib496
ronib496
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Making the best of what we could
Chris our tour guide was excellent. Very informative about the building seen on the tour. We were not able to tour
946chaniw
946chaniw
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Great date
Even though it rained it was still excellent. The tour was great and there is beer and snacks to enjoy
lubaracho
lubaracho
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2.5 hours Best of NY
Really nice experience. The tour guide was excellent (Chris), and we could see all the 5 boroughs. Highly recommend
simonaO4531SN
simonaO4531SN
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Thanks to Chris and Crew
If you want a excellent family experience and feel like a celebrity in NY take a tour with Chris and the Circle Lin
scott208GTi
scott208GTi
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Great
This is a great esperience to visit some attractions in Manhatten, takes a few hours to get aournd all island, head
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A must for the fantastic city line views!
We went for the sunset cruise, and it was stunning. Loads of opportunity for great photos, really good guide pointi
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