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?
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.
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Fantastic highly recommend this tout
|Perrinck||Tue, Jun 30 1:45 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Wonderful right-sized boat with adult beverages and snacks. Guide most informative. Crew polite and helpful. Altogether a rave about experience!!!
Enjoyable, informative for tourists & NY natives
|evamac||Tue, Jun 30 1:45 PM||Female||60-69||Local||Group of Friends|
A lovely ride, with interesting narration not limited to architecture.
The boat is comfortable and attractive with wood paneling, tables to put food and drinks and maps on, and small oriental rugs. Outdoor seating is plentiful with extra speakers so that the narration can be heard, although at times the wind made it necessary to turn towards the speakers. We were served a glass of wine/champagne, soft drinks were available and the spread of hummus, pita, grape leaves and feta was tasty and filling.
A longtime New York resident, I learned some new things from John, our well informed narrator, an architectural historian. The more obscure facts, like the children's book about the little red lighthouse were the most evocative. I was astounded at the amount of new development on the west side, Brooklyn and Queens--I hardly recognized some parts of the city that I rarely get to see. We went south of Governor's Island and got a great view of the Statue of Liberty.
Sitting inside was comfortable, but I had to turn my neck to see out of the window and found myself trying to figure out how to redesign the seating to make this unnecessary. Sometimes it was difficult to pick out the buildings being referenced because they were more visible from the front of the boat and not in sight yet at the back. The map provided is well done but not related to the narration. I would prefer a booklet with some of the more commonly narrated building histories written out, along with a small photo.
The best views were on the outside, as were the best photos (I got some reflection on my inside ones) but you might get a tiny bit wet from the occasional spray.
Best Activity in NYC
|keasterling2||Mon, Jun 29 11:00 AM||Female||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
Because my brother is an architect, we have always been somewhat tuned in to American architecture. This tour was absolutely excellent. I believe having an architect narrate the experience made this a quality experience. The handout was also excellent and the staff on board were professionals. This would be my number one "do not miss" for any visitor. Congratulations of the quality.
|zeilig||Mon, Jun 29 11:00 AM||Male||70+||International Tourist(s)||Other|
An excellent, informative tour enhanced by having such a knowledgable and interesting guide. The hospitality was also much appreciated and the boat was very comfortable with good sight lines.
Wonderful, highly recommend,
|garire||Mon, Jun 29 11:00 AM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Much like Great Chicago Architectual boat tour, but nicer yacht.
Great guide in a great boad
|martinopp||Fri, Jun 26 10:00 AM||Male||40-49||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
A lot of information. A unique perspective we would have missed if we only saw the city by walking. Wonderful service and snacks.
we had a great time
|richardvienn||Fri, Jun 26 10:00 AM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Great views from the water. The 2.34 hour trip went by quickly. Lots of information by our aia guide. We saw sites of the city we never seem before.
New York, New York: 's wonderful, 's marvelous
|shellyberg||Fri, Jun 26 10:00 AM||Female||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Well done. Would not change a thing.
|susana94024||Thu, Jun 25 11:00 AM||Female||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Took my granddaughter to NewYork as a high school graduation present. The Manhattan
Architecture Tour was one of the highlights of our trip.
Detailed for locals but basic for visitors
|apalmerlee||Thu, Jun 25 11:00 AM||Unspecified||20-29||Combination||Group of Friends|
The tour is excellent / we circumnavigated the island, seeing many things I had never seen despite living there for 12 years. The male tour guide (Kyle) was on-the-money. He really knew his stuff and kept the commentary going. He alternated with a female tour guide (Robin) who could barely complete a sentence. Not sure if she has a neurological issue or is just a nervous speaker but even my children thought she was painful to listen to. The boat is very comfortable, uncrowded and rather luxurious. Departure from Chelsea Piers is a nice touch. Would definitely recommend!
- 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!
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- 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
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.