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Address: 455 12th Avenue, Pier 78 at 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018 (Formerly New York Waterways Sightseeing Cruises)
Phone Number:
+1 212-445-7599
10:00 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Hop on the City Sightseeing Cruises exploring New York City and its famed...

Hop on the City Sightseeing Cruises exploring New York City and its famed waterways with ample outdoor decks and a climate-controlled interior for those cooler days. Get stunning views of the NYC skyline and the city’s most iconic landmarks!

Sit back and relax while our knowledgeable tour guide describe the best of Big Apple history, culture and, of course, sightseeing! Get close up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and much more! With 4 convenient hop-off stops along the way, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to get out and explore some of New York City’s most unique neighborhoods up close.

For a remarkable journey through NYC by land and sea, book your City Sightseeing tour today!

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Well worth taking in conjunction with a bus tour..

We took the boat tour from the Pier (I think it was 11) and our circular journey took about an hour and a half. Boarding was tedious with lengthy waits to get seated due to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 January 2017
Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We bought a 90 min boat ride with this company, from and to pier 78. The trip itself was good, we enjoyed that part. But the boat makes a few stops along the way for hopping on and off wich took all in all about 15 minutes of the 90, wich in our case was just a waste of time/boring.... More 

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SightseeingAgent, Facilitator of Happiness at City Sightseeing New York Cruises, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, Hello, and thank you for your comments! We are disappointed to hear that your splendid time was nearly ruined by a pushy photographer. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for the details you've provided regarding where you encountered this photographer. This will help us more efficiently address the root of the predicament at hand. Again, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I did the boat tour around Manhattan and it was quite remarkable! Nadia was very knowledgeable and humorous which made the trip even more enjoyable. I definitely look forward to a second cruise soon! #excellenttourguide!

Thank Mel W
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We took the boat tour from the Pier (I think it was 11) and our circular journey took about an hour and a half. Boarding was tedious with lengthy waits to get seated due to the fact they feel the need to take photos of everyone, as was the same with nearly all the attractions we visited in New York,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great tourist guide Nadia from Jamaica! I definately enjoyed! Was very much educated ;) i will recommend this to all my friends. I will come back again to see Nadia with friends this spring :) Happy New Year!

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Clayton, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I understand having ticket agents but it's inexcusable when you are dropped off for the ferry ride and never picked up. The ride itself was short and extremely lacking. Huge waste of time

Thank denise b
SightseeingAgent, Facilitator of Happiness at City Sightseeing New York Cruises, responded to this review

Dear Denise, hello and thank you for your feedback. We regret your disappointment with our services; we’d like to address your issue, but I'm afraid we’d need a little clarification, if you could? You say you were never picked up by the ferry and that the ferry ride was short and lacking? Please provide any details possible so that we... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The City Sightseeing Cruise was one of the highlights of our short stay in New York City. For some reason, unlike everything else to do with City Sightseeing, it worked. The ferry moved, the commentary played and we went from one pier to three others. Magic! And completely different to every other City Sightseeing experience that we had.

Thank Peter T
Gladewater, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We did the twilight tour and it was great. Nice boat they served beer and the commentary from Mike was excellent.

Thank dwill11
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We headed down to the pier to buy tickets for a boat and were approached by a rather convincing salesperson who persuaded us to buy tickets for this trip. He asked us to go with him to get the tickets and instead of going to a ticket office as we expected he took us round a corner where about five... More 

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SightseeingAgent, Head of Happiness at City Sightseeing New York Cruises, responded to this review

Dear Divine Twist, we appreciate your detailed & invaluable feedback. It is appalling to learn of the off-putting way you were approached and taken “around the corner” to “redeem” your tickets. We understand how this behavior must've stricken you as suspicious--not to mention the odor you describe. The wonderful memories our services have provided folks from all over the world... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Absolutely recommend taking the sightseeing boat on Hudson river. We got great views of Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and several other locations. It was a great 90 minutes with an excellent tourguide (Mike). Quite possibly my favorite part of our last trip to NYC.

Thank Birgitte O
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

For my first trip to NYC i wanted to do all the 'tourist' things first and get my bearings. We opted for the complete city tour route so did the entire city over 2 days. We even did the harbour tour! Each of the tour guides were very knowledgable and made the tour a good laugh. I though the boat... More 

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