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Best of NYC Cruise

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3.5/5 2 Reviews
3 Hour Full Island Cruise 1
Please note, you may choose one of the following Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises during the life of your New York Explorer Pass:

Best of NYC Cruise Tickets

Gate Prices Adult $41.00
Child (3-12) $27.00
The Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building, Wall Street, and the South Street Seaport. These are just some of the major NYC attractions you’ll see on your 3-hour Manhattan cruise! Enjoy a morning or afternoon of leisurely sightseeing aboard Circle Line and get a better appreciation for the fascinating island that is Manhattan.

Getting In

Present your Pass at any Circle Line ticket window and receive a voucher. It is not necessary to select a time or date when you receive your voucher. Cruise vouchers are valid for any date and time within 1 year. Please bring your voucher to the ticket window and exchange it for a boarding pass. Allow yourself 45 minutes for ample ticketing and boarding time.


November 2015-March 13, 2016:
Departs daily at noon

March 14, 2016-May 1, 2016:
Daily departures at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm

May 2, 2016–September 5, 2016:
Daily departures at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm

September 6, 2016-October 30, 2016:
Daily departures at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm

October 31, 2016-March 12, 2017:
Departs daily at noon

*Special schedule on July 4th, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.


Christmas Day


Pier 83
West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Driving Directions

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.

Public Transportation

A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, Q, or R trains to Times Square/42nd Street.
From there, walk or take the M42 bus to 12th Avenue.

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[8 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

Best Sight Seeing Cruise In NYC
By Stripes Verified Reviewer from Cornfield County, IA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line:

In answer to previous post - the complete Circle Line Cruise is quite popular. You need to arrive early for best seats and tickets. This past August we came to the ticket booth the day before to redeem our pass for tickets the next day to insure we would have a spot - yes, they can be that busy! We have taken this cruise 3 times and still have not tired of it. The outside speakers were not operating last August 2013 - very annoying - many foreign tourists had no idea what they were looking at due to lack of speakers.....still - very enjoyable. The only way I know of circling Manhattan and having someone knowledgeable point out all the land marks and bits and pieces of history. If sun is an issue - be sure to arrive early for best seat selection in a sheltered area - though be warned this will greatly impede your visibility on the opposite side of the boat. Hats, visors and sunglasses are strongly recommended. Umbrellas not permitted due to blocking others view. There are costly nibbles (several dollars for a very very dried up pretzel, many more for a cup of get the picture. Be sure to eat BEFORE boarding. The few food stands that are near the docks likewise fleece the flocks of hungry and thirsty knowing they have people over a have been warned.... I appreciated the fact that the crew did not shake the passengers down quite so shamefully as they did in the past for tips this past August 2013. In the past several passengers felt bullied into tipping since they had to run the gauntlet and pass the captain and crew standing expectantly staring passengers down very hard. The behavior was so outrageous I decided not to tip on principal....I do digress. We highly recommend the full 3 hour Circle Line Cruise as a must for anyone wanting to see New York City from every shoreline. Do your homework online, etc. You can always find a way to use this on a pass card or coupon offers. Though I will say this is once of the very few attractions that is worth paying full price for.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

reservation for full island necessary
By rita from Paris on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line:

once we needed not to reservate a cruise, another time all was full and we could'nt go in inspite the explorer pass

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