AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Classic Harbor Line

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Activity #2516

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Description

Step aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy NYC's architectural landmarks from the water.  The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals. 

Aboard the yachts, experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight with a complimentary beverage in hand. 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 2.75-hour 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 AIANY 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 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: the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges as well as lesser known "swing bridges"  along the Harlem River  
  • The adaptation of the Highline 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 waterfronts of the Lower East Side and East Harlem.

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
Despite dense fog, the cruise was jjust fine
Thu, Mar 26  1:45 PM Male 70+ Local Other
 
There were five guests on board. Our lecturer was full of relevant information an d most engaging. The ship comfortable and elegant and the food and drink were most a[ppreciated by all.
Rating: 4
enjoyable tour around Manhattan
Mon, Mar 23  1:45 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Lovely boat, friendly staff, well-informed guide, nice snacks! Good way to spend an afternoon (even on a cold day, it's warm and cosy inside the boat).
Rating: 5
Great!
Mon, Mar 23  1:45 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
It was fun and learned a lot, too many buildings,,,, sometimes I could not follow what he was saying or which building he was talking about. With a map was great idea.
Rating: 5
Great day!
Sun, Mar 22  1:45 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Wonderful, interesting and fun trip around Manhattan. Knowledgeable tour guides. Highly reccommend!
Rating: 5
highlight of NYC trip
Tue, Mar 17  1:45 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
because we went around the entire island we saw most buildings from one angle or another, a great way to get an overview of the spectacular city. the narrator/guide (John) was fabulous, just enough info delivered well. highly recommended
 
Rating: 5
Unique View of NYC
Tue, Mar 17  1:45 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Wonderful views of the island from all sides. Great descriptions.of the sights

Very knowledgable architec. One of a kind experience
Rating: 3
Less architects names more substance
Sun, Mar 15  1:45 PM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The knowledge of the AIA members is remarkable naming hundred of buildings an their architects, its impossible for any visitor to remember that ammount of information...... and without a guide!!!!! I will recommend a little more of history around the important buildings, investigate the concepts that shape those buildings, the difficulties of building them, etc, etc.... They have a difficult task..... to entertain architects and no architects for 3 hrs.
Rating: 5
NYの全体像、歴史、建物、物語
Fri, Jan 2  1:45 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
ニューヨークに住む建築家の友人の勧めで参加しました。ニューヨークには毎年来ていて、20回目ですが、たくさんある建築物、橋、歴史、それぞれに込められたストーリーを聞きながら5つの島を横断するとても充実したツアーでした。ガイドブックや一般的な観光ツアーとは全く違い、建築物や土地にフォーカスしたツアーなので、「ただの観光旅行は飽きた」「どこを訪れたらいいのか見当をつけたい(初日などに)」「ニューヨークを深く知りたい」「ちょっと知的な旅がしたい」という人にオススメです。1人で参加しても十分楽しめます。軽食とワインなどのアルコール類とソフトドリンクが充実しているし、お手洗いもあるし、歩かなくて済むので疲れません。自由の女神は、わざわざ混んでいるスタッテンアイランドに行くよりも、このツアーでデッキに出た方が綺麗に撮れます。英語の説明もわかりやすいし、薄いパンフレットを見ながら拾い聞きでも十分に楽しめると思います。集合場所のふ頭近辺からはニコールキッドマンなどセレブが住む超高級住宅もみられます。開催期間が限られているので、タイミングが合う方は是非参加してみてください。次回は、歩いて巡る方のツアーにも参加してみたいです。
Rating: 4
Delightful Circumnavigation of Manhattan +++
Tue, Dec 30, 14  1:45 PM Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
 
My second time this year, this is a marvelous tour for natives and tourists alike.
Rating: 5
Spectacular views around Manhattan
Tue, Dec 30, 14  1:45 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
The guide was superb in explaining buildings and landscape and bridges on the almost 3 hour long tour. We saw more than we had expected. Will do it again next time I'm in NYC. The light was spectacular for photografie. The captain of the "Manhattan" and his crew did everything possible to make this boat ride very enjoyable. Thank you so much, see you next time.
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What exactly do we see on the cruise?
Depending on tides & currents, the yacht 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?
Due to the length of this cruise, 3 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.
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 Manhattan and Manhattan II safe?
Absolutely. Along with your captain, there is a minimum of two crew members 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 Manhattan or Manhattan II, 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 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 these yachts are a completely enclosed area with a roof, so in the event of rain, you will be covered.
Is the Manhattan and Manhattan II handicap accessible?
These yachts are accessible to those with walkers and canes. While the exterior deck is also accessible to those in wheelchairs, the Manhattans are not completely wheelchair accessible by average standards. If you are in a wheelchair, please keep in mind that there is unfortunately no access into the main cabin (the back interior observatory). In addition, areas such as the on-board restrooms have limited access as they are located down several steps. A guest using a wheelchair who would like to reach the back observatory must be comfortable with being carried down by our crew. For this reason, we cannot safely accommodate guests who require this service if they weigh more than 175 pounds. If you will need this service, 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?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this cruise, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above. Also keep in mind that you can redeem your gift certificate in cash value towards any other trip we have!

Policies

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" yachtsManhattan and Manhattan II!
 
Both the Yacht Manhattan and Manhattan II were constructed right here in New York State by Scarano Boat Building.  We take great pride in their New York heritage as well as in serving the very best of New York bees, wines, cheeses, produce and local baked goods aboard their 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, these vessels can accommodate up to 110 guests. They feature an enclosed, cushioned observatory surrounded by large windows and skylights. They are equipped for all weather with a/c & heating and thus operates comfortably from early spring through New Year’s Day.
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