The Full Island Cruise takes you around the island of Manhattan on an unforgettable journey that will not only bring you past the major attractions of the City by water, but also will set the stage for the rest of your trip and give you a better feel for what you want to see up-close! First-timers to “The Big Apple” will enjoy this comprehensive trip just as much as those who frequent the city—who doesn’t enjoy a good cruise?
This cruise is fully-narrated (live), and passengers can enjoy snacks and beverages for purchase on board. This cruise is available year-round, and no advance seat reservations are required. What will you see on the Circle Line 3-hour Full Island Cruise?
Empire State Building: 102 floors of pure Americana! This Manhattan icon remained a beacon of patriotism following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in 2001. The Empire State Building is instantly-recognizable by its characteristic Art Deco architecture, and is very visible on the skyline from the waters around Manhattan.
Chrysler Building: Another Art Deco landmark that sits prestigiously at the crossroads of 42nd and Lexington. This building’s history shows something of a rivalry in the “race to the top” in the early days of skyscrapers. The Chrysler Building held the record as tallest building for nearly a year before the construction of the Empire State Building was completed.
Ellis Island: This gateway to the United States shuffled millions of immigrants through its bureaucratic documentation center between 1892 and 1954. But did you know that after 1924, when the initial swells of seafaring immigrants had died down, Ellis Island became, in an ironic reversal, primarily a deportation and detention processing station?
Statue of Liberty: It needs no introduction, but did you know that this most iconic of American landmarks was painstakingly constructed, piece by piece, in France, and shipped across the Atlantic? The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Grover Cleveland, former New York Governor, and then-president. It is estimated that nearly a million spectators watched the ceremony.
Wall Street: The symbolic home of American capitalism, and probably among the most politically and morally divisive street in the world! Whatever your take on the bigwigs of Wall Street, you can’t deny its historical impact in shaping the country’s finances, and we think that makes it worth a visit.
Yankee Stadium: Home to the world’s most famous baseball team, and the place to go to get the taste of American sports culture and old-world “New Yorkicisms”.
Brooklyn Bridge: This stunning feat of structural engineering is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River.
April 27–September 2: Sails daily at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
September 3–October 27: Sails daily at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
October 28–December 31: Sails daily at 12:30 pm
January 1–March 14, 2014: Sails daily at 2:30 pm
(Special schedule on Thanksgiving & New Years Day)
You will present your Explorer pass for a cruise voucher. It is not necessary to select a time or date when you get your voucher. Cruise vouchers are valid for any date* and time. 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. Cruise Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)
Please note that you may choose ONE Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise during the life of your New York Explorer Pass: the Liberty Cruise, the Beast Speedboat, OR the Semi-Circle Cruise.
*Valid for 1 year.
Cruise Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)
You will present your Go Select Pass for a cruise voucher. It is not necessary to select a time or date when you get your voucher. Cruise vouchers are valid for any date* and time. 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. * Vouchers are valid for 1 year.
*Valid for 1 year.
Save even more with these pre-built discount packages that include Full Island Cruise (3 hours) by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises bundled with other great New York attractions.