Shearwater Schooner Sails

Gate Prices: Adult $45.00 / Child 25.00

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Gate Prices Adult $45.00
Child $25.00
Breathe fresh sea air as you take in the city's most spectacular sights from the deck of this magnificent 82-foot schooner. Whether by sun or city lights, the views are thrilling, the crew is friendly, and your drink is complimentary!

New York City is arguably most beautiful when viewed from a distance. Its instantly-recognizable landmarks comprise one beautiful cityscape that makes The Big Apple one of the most highly regarded tourist destinations in the world. Rather than just hitting all the classic stops by foot on your next trip to New York, why not check out a maritime alternative? Manhattan by Sail allows you to board an elegant schooner for either a 90-minute or two-hour journey into the waters off Manhattan, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty and the phenomenal skyline of Manhattan from a different point of view.

Boarding The Shearwater at lower Manhattan’s North Cove Marina, guests will be greeted by the crew and enjoy a complimentary beverage before setting sail. The boat’s capacity only allows for 48 passengers at a time, making these scenic cruises intimate and peaceful, rather than loud and touristy.

The Shearwater received its National Landmark status in 2009, 80 years after her maiden voyage. This boat has not always been a cruise ship. She has a rich history of her own, having been commissioned in 1942 to serve as a Coast Guard vessel on picket patrol during World War II. While she is a New York native, The Shearwater has also done some international traveling, sailing through the Panama Canal in 1946 and completing a two-and-a-half year circumnavigation in the 1980s. This ship has competed in many yacht races, and has even been used as a marine laboratory for the University of Pennsylvania! The Shearwater, while certainly an antique, has been lovingly preserved and continually passes rigid Coast Guard inspections, deeming her seaworthy and more than safe enough to regularly ferry passengers to and fro on their Manhattan by Sail excursions.

When you visit New York, be sure to book a trip on this vintage vessel and experience a romantic and rarely-seen view of the city and its skyline. The Shearwater sails at intervals throughout the day, evening –and on certain dates, by moonlight. A Manhattan by Sail cruise gives passengers the perfect vantage point for capturing breathtaking photos of New York City that will be the envy of everyone back home, so be sure to get on board when you’re in town!

Getting In

Please call to make a reservation 212.619.0907 for guaranteed spot on the cruise. You will need to leave your credit card number to reserve a spot; however, your card will not be charged unless you do not show up for the cruise. To board the cruise, please arrive 30 min prior to sail. Check in with dockside agent, at the North Cove Marina, at the World Financial Center, at the End of Liberty Street on the Hudson River.


April through Mid-October:

Daily daytime sailings at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm. Please note that weekend sails fill up very quickly. You may need to plan your sailing on an alternate day.


November through March


The Shearwater Classic Schooner departs from North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place (World Financial Center) in Lower Manhattan.
New York, NY

Driving Directions

West Side Highway, head west on Liberty Street.

Public Transportation

By Subway: A/C to Chambers St.; 2/3 to Park Pl.; 4/5 to Fulton St.; E/PATH to WTC.
By Bus: M9, M20, M22 to Brookfield Place (World Fin Ctr)
Parking: Gateway Parking 395 South End Avenue NY, NY 10280
Walking: Walk West on Vesey St., turn Left on North End Ave. and go 1 block to Marina. Continue around to the South side. Please allow up to 20 minutes to locate the Shearwater dock if you are not familiar with the area.

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Perfect evening
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Shearwater Schooner Sails:

To celebrate our anniversary we decided to take a sail on the Shearwater and it was a great choice. The crew was friendly and the views were wonderful. It was so peaceful and relaxing and a nice way to spend a special occasion and enjoy the city.

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