AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour-Kingston

Classic Harbor Line

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The Around Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students and professionals! (Students should take advantage of our reduced 'student' tickets on this tour)

Tours on yacht Kingston are smaller and more intimate tours than those on yacht Manhattan, and guests are treated to a complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & light snacks as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase.

On this 3 hour 15 minute cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure

Highlights, topics and themes of the 2014 AIA-NY tour include:
  • Exploration of planning visions for both reclaiming the post-industrial waterfront, as the "6th Borough," and addressing rising sea levels
  • Insightful coverage of Manhattan's classic spires, including the Chrysler and Woolworth Buildings, as well as a sharp focus on the new World Trade Center buildings and recent "starchitecture" boom; including buildings by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and other noted international and local architects
  • The greater waterfront access allowed by new parks and recreation piers including the ecologically driven features designed by leading landscape architects
  • The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the newest waterfront monument: Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park
  • NYC's engineering masterpieces including the Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
  • The adaptation of the High Line as an elevated, linear park and its role in the development of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards. 
  • The story of post WWII urban renewal and public housing along the Lower East Side.
(This tour and other AIA tours are also offered privately and have special private rates for student groups & industry-related firms.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise. Parties of 12 or more will be contacted shortly after purchasing tickets to provide credit card information for an additional charge of 18% gratuity.

Guarantee of a full circumnavigation of Manhattan is not included. On rare occasions, the Spuyten Duyvil train bridge is inoperable and cannot open for us to pass through. This is often times not known until our tour is underway. There are no refunds for tours that cannot fully circumnavigate.  We will accommodate such cases with a tour that features a double backing of the route and further detail of the waterfront sites.

Meeting Location

Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) - W. 22nd and Hudson River (Manhattan, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
zemsky Sun, Sep 28  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Other
It was fun. Perfect weather.
Rating: 5
Spectacular learning experience!
CAPLADev14 Sat, Sep 27  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This was my first trip to New York and was traveling with several architects. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared interesting facts and perspectives about the development of New York and New Jersey. Everyone was thoroughly fascinated. Thank you!
Rating: 5
trip was highly recommended and it si not diappoin
JaneBierwirt Sat, Sep 27  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
nothing but positive comments. great tour guide - so knowledgeable and nice person serving drink and snacks all quite wonderful
Rating: 5
great way to understand New York
AHenchman Sun, Sep 21  2:00 PM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Circumnavigating Manhattan Island tells the story of New York so well. Having a terrific and knowledgeable guide tell us all about the buildings, places and history made it so much more. Our guide had so much to tell us he hardly took breath in the 3 hour trip. Excellent introduction to the city, with a focus on architecture but suitable for anyone interested in understanding more about New York
Rating: 5
Mostly great
CMMV21 Sun, Sep 21  9:45 AM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I love these tours! BUT I have been on the Manhattan before, not the Kingston. I was expecting A LOT more snacks. The Kingston is just no frills, which is fine, but it would be nice if that was stated in the description so that folks know what they are getting with each boat. On the Manhattan you get a nice spread of meat and cheese and fruit. There is a lot more space to lounge and get comfortable. On the Kingston it is very sparse and you get a bag of chips. Had I known that was it, I would have splurged on the Manhattan. Other than that, these tours are are really special and I always leave with a renewed love for the city.
Rating: 5
outstanding experience
cherylduber Sun, Sep 21  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The boat itself is scrupulously maintained and very comfortable. There is ample inside and outside space. The architect provided a solid 3 hr. Narration which was full of both historical detail and fun facts. His timing was well thought out. Knowledge was extensive and readily accessible. This is not a cruise/program for children. Finally, the audio equipment was excellent. Don't miss this experience. I will never look at NYC the same way again.
Rating: 5
Julienewberr Sun, Sep 21  9:45 AM Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
I travel frequently to New York for extended stays and have many visitors. This "3 hour tour"will be at the top of the list of recommended activities for future visits. We had an extremely knowledgeable guide and an excellent crew. They were very accommodating for the 93 year old member of our group making sure he got safely on and off the boat. He has lived in NY since 1939 and had never seen the whole island from the water, he is still talking about the trip. The cruise is easily combined with walking the Highline, there is easy access just a short distance away.
Rating: 5
Awe-inspiring Tour
Chrislaw03 Sat, Sep 20  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our group was extremely pleased with our around-the-island voyage! The sights were outstanding and the Kingston's crew did a wonderful job making sure we were all comfortable. The only slightly negative portion of the trip, in my mind, was the architect-docent's excessive concentration on the Brooklyn side of things. I feel that he could have better explained the multitude of architecture we witnessed on the Manhattan side. Nevertheless, I would enthusiastically recommend the voyage and the cruise line to anyone!
Rating: 4
Wonderful tour of NYC on a beautiful day!
JosephHeyman Sun, Sep 14  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We both enjoyed seeing the city from the water. It was a beautiful sunny summer day not too hot or cold. And the tour was very informative. I just moved back to the NE after 19 years and my friend was from the DC area. And the tour showed us parts of the city that we both questioned where they were or if any stories were assciated with them. I will recommend this tour to friends, family and those who are visiting as its a great way to see the city.
Rating: 5
fun, informative, an afternoon well-spent
dougpearson Sun, Sep 7  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Really enjoyed the trip. The boat was a great venue and our guide (Doug) was excellent in his architectural and historical knowledge. We would recommend it highly, and ahead of more traditional boat tours since your trip has such a great mix of history and sights to see
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What exactly do we see on the cruise?
Depending on tides & currents, the Kingston may travel north or south first to start the circumnavigation. Sites include: the Empire State Building and the tree-lined upper west side, the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Palisades on the west side embankment, the Harlem River & East River. The United Nations, the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge (as well as 14 other bridges). She makes a wide pass through the New York City Harbor to grab a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Financial District and the complete NYC Skyline. The Architecture tour focuses on both the new and the old, the iconic and the unknown - the full circumnavigation will offer guests a chance to see every inch of Manhattan's shoreline!
Do cruises sell out frequently?
Cruises often sell out, and are rarely open for booking more than a week in advance. Check the website or call the week of the date you would like to attend to check availability for public trips and to book as early as possible.
Is there parking and how much is it?
There is parking at Chelsea Piers. You must be south-bound on the West Side Hwy in order to access the turn-in for parking on Piers 61, 60, and 59. Up to 3 hours of parking is $25, and up to 4 hours is $38.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
This trip is designated for Adults and Students (14 and older) with a keen interest in the narration. We aim to create an elegant and educational experience for these guests and ask that infants and children under 14 are not brought aboard. This tour is ideal for Adults and for Students with an interest in Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, Design or Waterfront Development. High School Students or College Students with a valid Student ID may make use of the 'Student' ticket. Free infant tickets and child tickets are available on the Statue & Skyline Cruise and the Brunch Cruise.
What do the light snacks include?
Complimentary stationary displays are available for guests. They vary seasonally and by time of day but generally they may include pretzels, nuts, a cheese display, tea cakes, pastries, and/or fruit. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks onboard.
How about drinks? Should I bring those too?
No, it is illegal for you to bring alcohol of your own on board. A complimentary beverage will be served on trips, plus additional beverages will be available for purchase from the bar, including wines by the glass or the bottle.
Is the Yacht Kingston safe?
Absolutely. Along with your captain, there will be at least one crew member on every sail to make sure you feel comfortable and at home on the water. We are stocked with water, beverages, and life jackets should you feel you need one.
How steady is the cruise? Am I likely to get seasick?
It is very rare for our guests to become seasick. While most people do not experience any sea sickness on the Motor Yacht Kingston, you may want to consider light medication if you normally take it for motion sickness. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.
Is there an age limit for these cruises?
While there is no age limit for the cruise, all attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Where does the cruise finish?
Our cruise will end at the same pier from which it departed.
Can I get a refund or reschedule my tickets after buying them?
Because we are guaranteeing your space on the cruise, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled once purchased.
Do you ever cancel cruises due to bad weather?
The cruise runs regardless of most weather conditions. In the rare situation where we are forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability), receive credit towards a future event, or receive a refund.
Is gratuity included in the price of the cruise?
Gratuity is not included in the price of the cruise. Parties of 12 or more will be contacted directly by Classic Harbor Line within 48 hours of purchasing tickets to provide credit card information for an additional charge of 18% gratuity.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our cruise?
The aft-deck observatory of the Kingston is a completely enclosed area with a roof, so in the event of rain, you will be covered.
Is the Yacht Kingston climate controlled?
While it is not climate controlled, it does have windows that can be opened or closed.
Is the Kingston handicap accessible?
The Kingston is accessible to those with walkers and canes. While the exterior deck and observatory are accessible to those in wheelchairs, the Kingston is not completely wheelchair accessible by average standards. In addition, areas such as the and on-board restrooms have limited access. If you have further questions or concerns, please click “Contact SailNYC” to discuss with us before purchasing tickets.
Is smoking permitted during the cruise?
No, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the boat.
Can I book a private charter cruise?
Yes, private cruises can be a unique and elegant event for your group. If you are interested in booking a private cruise, please contact us by clicking “Contact SailNYC” to the left of the page.
Are gift certificates available for your sails?
No, gift certificates are not available. Please check out our other regularly scheduled public trips for fantastic gift certificate options!


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Other Policies

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a refund.
Parties of 12 or more will be contacted for an additional gratuity charge of 18%.
Classic Harbor Line will contact you directly within 48 hours of your purchase to take your credit card information for the additional charge. You must be reachable at the telephone number and email you provide.

Classic Harbor Line

If you are in to comfortable cruising or the gilded era of yachting, be sure to experience our 1920s-style “commuter” yacht,  Manhattan.

She was constructed right here New York state by Scarano Boat Building in 2005. We take great pride in her New York heritage as well as in serving the very best of New York beers, wines, cheeses, produce, and local baked goods aboard her decks.

Edible Manhattan wrote that we are “not your mother’s Circle Line.” We strive to surpass any “tourist” expectations of what a  harbor cruise entails: We include a “taste of New York” in our menus and maintain an unprecedented level of hospitality aboard a special, beautiful, intimate yacht built by NY craftsmen.

Classically-lined and comfortable with teak decks and mahogany rails, the Manhattan can accommodate up to 50 for dinner or 75 for passed hors d’ oeuvres. She features an enclosed, cushioned observatory surrounded by large windows and skylights. She is equipped for all weather with a/c & heating and thus operates comfortably from early spring through New Year’s Day.
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