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
Perfect way to see Manhattan!
Sun, May 24  9:45 AM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We had a wonderful AIA docent explaining not only architecture, but also history. Highly recommend for locals and tourists.
Rating: 5
if you don't like big, crowded and touristy
Sat, May 23  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Loved this! Went with my husband and 14 year old son. " Native New Yorker" saw parts of Manhattan Island I didn't know existed. The Architect guide was great; incredibly knowledgeable and we learned so much. The only complaint was if we were outside the cabin standing on the deck, the volume coming from the speaker could have been louder as you had to stand directly under speaker in order to hear the guide.
Rating: 4
Very informative.
Sat, May 16  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
In general very positive. This was my 2nd architectural tour in 8 months. It would have been nice had the guide asked a few times if anyone had questions. I had a few and it was difficult to find an opportunity to ask them. I like that he talked almost nonstop as there is a lot of information to dispense. The previous trip there was a lovely spread of breads, fruit, snacks, cookies, etc. This time there was a plate of croissants and a few packages of nuts and we were never invited to partake. I knew they were for us so I helped myself. The bar tender went around briefly to ask what people wanted to drink, but he didn't approach my group of 3.
Rating: 5
Brilliant Experience
Sat, May 16  9:45 AM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Would thoroughly recommend!
Rating: 5
This was a perfect day to escape and relax
Sat, May 9  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
This was such a nice trip that we cant wait to go again! The boat is beautiful and so is the ride. We see the boat from our terrace in Riverdale and were dying to go on and finally did. We loved it and recommend to all!!
Rating: 5
we liked it, alot
Sat, May 9  2:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
The crew was friendly and helpful and the guide highly informative.
Rating: 5
This tour was very special and informative
Sat, May 9  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Learning about architecture is always an amazing way to learn about such a diverse city as NYC. I loved this trip and would go again because there are so many interesting facts that one cannot learn them all in one trip! I highly recommend this tour on this ship - I especially liked the small size of the group as it felt very personal. The guide was great and the staff were really friendly too. I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to learn about NYC in more detail!
Rating: 5
Very knowledgable tour leader
Sat, May 9  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our tour leader communicated very well and his insights into the architecture was very interesting. We felt that we learned a lot about history and Manhattan in general, and the boat tour was a perfect way to do this. We would strongly recommend the tour.
Rating: 4
Nice but could be better
Sat, May 9  9:45 AM Male 70+ International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Hallow to you,

The tour around Manhattan was very enjoying and interesting, but we thought that the guide's explanations were to informative about buildings and architectures names and missed by that the opportunity to give a more meaningful explanation about the building and creation of this amazing and unique city.

Anyway, thank you for the tour.

Best regards,

Rating: 5
Interesting and Informative
Sat, May 2  2:00 PM Female 70+ Combination Group of Friends
We were a group of 5 - two NYers and 3 out-of-town visitors. The Kingston was a relatively small vessel that easily accommodated the total number of passengers. Our guide was very knowledgeable and quite responsive to questions from passengers. We were fortunate to have a beautiful spring day, with not too much wind. Having been on other round Manhattan boat tours, I can easily recommend this one as the best, most informative one for locals and visitors alike.
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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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