Join us on Memorial Day Weeked for a special, in-depth tour of our rich harbor-related war history plus up close visits to the military ships visiting New York Harbor.
This special 2.5-hour tour will explore the military history of New York Harbor from the Revolutionary War to today, with special emphasis on the role of the port in World War II. We will visit historic military sites, monuments, fortifications and see historic and modern fighting ships up close (especially during Fleet Week).
Highlights along the way will include:
- The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Brooklyn Army Terminal & The Brooklyn Navy Yard
- Louis Khan's Four Freedoms Monument and other monuments.
- The Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan Skyline, and a pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridge!
- Harbor Forts: Castle Williams & Castle Clinton
- Governor's Island and the South Street Seaport!
- The Staten Island Homeport - where ships of the modern Navy and Coast Guard will be visiting
This tour will be led by Turnstile Tours, with support by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.
The Manhattan offers comfortable seating, on a intimate classic yacht with un-obscured views for all! The back observatory is enclosed and climate controlled! Guests are welcome on the forward deck as well to soak in the sun and to score fantastic photographs of the city skyline!
A complimentary beverage from the bar and light hors d' oeuvres are included.
**And PLEASE NOTE: World War II Veterans cruise for FREE. If you are bringing a WWII hero, please be sure to secure them a FREE ticket when booking your tickets.
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.
- Do cruises sell out frequently? If a cruise is sold out, is there a waiting list?
- 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?
- Children of all ages are welcome, but we ask parents to assess the maturity of their child for this tour. This cruise is heavily narrated and recommended for adults and mature children interested in the military history of the New York Harbor in World War II. We aim to keep this tour enjoyable for all who attend by encouraging active listening and participation on behalf of our guests. All children are required to have a standard full price ticket, regardless of age. If you or a member of your party would prefer not to hear a tour on WWII harbor history, please consider one of our other tours or even our non-narrated cruises. Family friendly tours and cruises include: Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise, Statue & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise on Manhattan, and any of the day sails.
- What exactly do we see on the cruise?
- You will see many sites in Lower Manhattan including: Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District, Governor's Island, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Parts of Brooklyn and the lower New York City skyline, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges of the East River. The Intrepid Museum, Brooklyn Navy Yard and Army Terminal and visiting ships are also highlights on this tour.
- Is food available on the boat?
- Light hors d' oeuvres are included, but you are also welcome to bring aboard a small picnic or snacks of your own.
- How about drinks? Should I bring those too?
- No, it is illegal for you to bring alcohol of your own on board. There is a cash bar aboard for sodas, beer and water. It is okay to bring a small picnic or snacks with you.
- Is the boat safe?
- Absolutely. Along with your captain, you also have highly trained mate members on every cruise to make sure you feel comfortable and at home on the water. We are stocked with water, beverages, and life jackets, as well as a restroom, 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 Manhattan 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?
- This cruise is heavily narrated and recommended for adults and mature children interested in the tour content. We aim to keep this tour enjoyable for all who attend by encouraging active listening on behalf of our guests. If you or a member of your party would prefer not to hear a tour on WWII harbor history, please consider one of our other tours or even our non-narrated cruises.
- 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 the Manhattan is a completely enclosed and climate controlled.
- Is the yacht handicap accessible?
- Unfortunately, the Manhattan is not handicap accessible.
- 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 the "Contact SailNYC" link.
- Is smoking permitted during the cruise?
- No, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the boat.
- Are gift certificates available for this cruise?
- No, gift certificates are not available. Please check out our other regularly scheduled public trips for fantastic gift certificate options!
- 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 Yorks Beers, 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 surprass 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 hospitatlity aboard a special, beautiful, intimate yacht built by NY craftsmen.
Classically-lined and comfortable with teak decks and mahogany rails, these vessels can accomodate 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.