AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour-Kingston

Classic Harbor Line

Zerve Seller: SailNYC
Activity #6384

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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
Having fun w/ friends and learning - priceless!
Sun, Jul 12  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Our friends retired this year, don't want or need "stuff". Told them to reserve the day on their calendar with one hint for dressing purposes - think "casual nautical". They were totally blown away! We live in Ossining and are no strangers to NYC and the boroughs, but who knew there was so much more to learn and enjoy. The AIA rep was totally charming and extremely knowledgeable - he also had a great sense of humor. We were concerned it would be a dry, kind of droning/boring presentation - but not so - the 3 hours flew by! Captain and crew professional and courteous. A very memorable day overall - thank you Classic Harbor Lines..we'll be back!
Rating: 5
Great way to see NYC and its architecture!
Sat, Jul 11  9:45 AM Unspecified Unspecified Combination Other
Very enjoyable "cruise" around Manhattan with knowledgeable guide and pleasant, helpful crew. Different from Circle Line in being a small "yacht" with a small (25-30) group of people and, of course, the architectural focus. Well worth spending a little bit extra for this much pleasanter experience!
Rating: 5
Lacking in superlatives for this fascinating tour.
Sat, Jul 11  9:45 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The crew was genuinely enthusiastic and courteous. The conditions were perfect. I wouldn't consider any other tour.
Rating: 5
Great way to see Manhattan
Sat, Jul 11  9:45 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. We were amazed at his ability to share information about architecture and the history of Manhattan for the entire trip, and answer various questions to boot! The crew was great - we were served our choice of refreshments, which for us included a mimosa! You won't be disappointed with this great and educational cruise.
Rating: 5
Sun, Jul 5  2:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Rating: 5
Sun, Jun 21  2:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This is the second time I've taken the 3 hour "Around Manhattan" tour. I always learn something new about NYC and its a wonderful way to see the Island and Boroughs. I recommend it to all my friends ,all the time.
Rating: 5
A must do - when in New York
Sun, Jun 21  2:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The AIA tour around Manhattan is clearly the best way to see the awesome architecture of Manhattan and some of the other boroughs. Also to see the entire city, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the future "Silicon Island" and much more, while cruising on the rivers Hudson and Harlem.

The architect on board delivered interesting facts and stories for 3.25 hours non-stop. We were treated to refreshments and snacks and we moved around freely on the charming boat Kingston.

I highly recommend the AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture tour.
Rating: 4
Overall pleased and impressed but a caviat
Sat, Jun 20  9:45 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Boarded on time and pleased group was small. John I believe was our tour guide. Very impressed with his knowledge and presentation. He started talking and barely came up for air. CONSTANTLY pointing out a feature, providing history and the name of the designer/architect

One problem was that the captain lost the ability to steer the boat. His associate had to connect an apparatus to manually steer it. We had to backtrack back to the dock. I was disappointed that we did not get the full tour.

With that said, John gave more information on the back drop stage. I asked the captain why we did not complete the tour rather that backtracking. He said the current was strong ahead of us, plus he was not all that comfortable with the difficulty of steering through these

His primary concern was the safety of the passengers. Which was appreciated. .

Would like to see the rest of the tour sometime

. Richard
Rating: 4
Enjoyable and interesting afternoon
Sun, Jun 14  2:00 PM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My wife and I took the AIANY harbour cruise in NYC after a great experience doing the Chicago river tour. We were not disappointed and really enjoyed the experience. The day was sunny but the Hudson was quite rough so that impacted picture taking for part of the cruise. The tour guide did a good job giving the history and interesting facts about signature buildings along the route but as we chose to sit up front in the bow section of the Kingston it was difficult at times to hear all of his narration. The captain and crew person were very pleasant and helpful. We would recommend the architecture tour to any visitors or New Yorkers - it was fun and it was enjoyable to speak with our fellow guests on the boat.
Rating: 5
super informative and not at all touristy
Sat, Jun 13  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Tour guide was really knowledgable about NY architecture and history, and did the perfect amount of "tour guidance". As a native NYer I was affraid this would be touristy, but it was not at all. It has made me stop and realize what is right in front of me. Highly recommend.
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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. A waiting list is kept for sold out trips and special events.
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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