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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
  • New York evening sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River and New York Harbor
  • Admire the full-sweep views of Manhattan’s lights only possible from a boat
  • Learn about the sights from a live guide and buy drinks and snacks on board
  • Prebook your ticket to confirm a place on your ideal evening

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See NYC from the water—with live narration—when the sun sets and the city lights switch on.
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Live narration by Circle Line’s world-famous guides (in English)
Free Wi-Fi on board
2-hour sightseeing cruise
Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Soda/Pop

Departure Point

83 North River Piers, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel independently to the departure point at New York City’s Pier 83. Aim to arrive in good time for your cruise to secure the best seats—they're available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Relax and soak up the panoramic views as your boat sets sail along the Hudson Riverand into New York Harbor. Admire Manhattan’s skyline and its landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the United Nations Headquarters, South Street Seaport, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and more.

Then, take in the views of the Brooklyn Bridge and cruise by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all as an on-board guide shares snippets on their background and the Big Apple's history.

During your sightseeing, head for the on-board concession areas to buy drinks and snacks (both own expense), and snap up mementoes from the souvenir store.

Your cruise comes to an end when your boat arrives back at Pier 83.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Brooklyn Bridge
You'll enjoy dazzling skyline views of Manhattan on this 2-hour cruise. From the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, New York's landmarks are especially memorable when lit up at night. Beverages, food, and souvenirs are available for purchase onboard.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of Liberty
Absorb stunning views of the floodlit Statue of Liberty.
Admission Ticket Free
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Manhattan Skyline
Soak in the panoramas of Manhattan's illuminated skyscrapers.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Circle Line Cruises
Savor unobstructed views of New York City from deck.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
New York Harbor
Drink in stellar views of the harbor's lights and sights.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • For children/infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 600 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by New York City Harbor Lights Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by New York City Harbor Lights Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 600 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New York City Harbor Lights Cruise.
Q:
What is the departure point for the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
The cruise conveniently departs from Pier 83 @ West 42nd Street and the West Side Highway, in Midtown Manhattan.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure for the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Parking available at Circle Line Sightseeing, Pier 83, W 42nd Street. $30 before 3 pm weekdays and $35 after 3 pm weekdays and all weekends. (Prices subject to change.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take the subway to get to the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Yes - Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q or R train to Times Square 42nd St; train B, D, F to 5th Ave and 42nd St, or 4, 5, 6 train to 42nd St Grand Central Station. Take the M42 bus west or walk 5 avenues west to Pier 83 (about 1 mile or 1.6km).
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take a bus to get to the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Yes - From 42nd Street take the M42 bus going West, directly to the Circle Line Pier. From 49th Street take the M50 bus directly to the Circle Line pier.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Boarding begins a half-hour before departure. Please plan on arriving 45-minutes to 1-hour before the scheduled departure to allow for time to check-in and also find seating on your cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is seating assigned during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Seats are first-come, first-serve so arrive early! There is seating available both inside as well as out on deck. The boats typically sail on time, so please leave enough time for traffic delays and plan to arrive early.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Yes - For children or infants under the age of 3, please ask at the box office for an infant ticket; it is free of charge.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are food and/or drink available during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Yes, there is a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as a full bar serving up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails available in the onboard cafe to purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own food/drink onboard the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Sorry - no outside food or drink is permitted.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Yes, there are restrooms onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is WiFi available onboard the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Yes - there is complimentary WiFi available onboard for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
How close does the boat get to the Statue of Liberty during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
All of the sightseeing boats cruise within yards (meters) of Lady Liberty for an absolutely incredible view. You’ll feel like you’re actually on the island!
Jun 2021
Q:
Are there any stops during the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
There are no stops during the sightseeing cruise, however, you will get amazing views of over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise offered in languages other than English?
A:
All tours are narrated in English by the guides, however, recorded narration available in seven languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and English via free app download. Instructions are provided on your ticket.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke on board the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Smoking is not permitted during the Harbor Lights Cruise.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the New York City Harbor Lights Cruise?
A:
Sorry, animals are not permitted, except for certified service animals.
Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "The New York city Harbor Lights cruise is a must!!" See review
  • "The time waiting to board the cruise is terribly long though, and better go early to secure good open seats." See review
  • "Mae sure you take medium thick jacket since it gets very cold once the sun goes down." See review

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star-5
Excellent cruise and informative
UKel
, Aug 2021
Night lights at NY harbor, up close to Statue of Liberty plus Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge these were the highlights
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star-5
Beautiful
Heather_G
, Aug 2021
The city lights were so beautiful at night and the statue was amazing! The boat ride was so much fun.
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Great beginning to our trip
Lindsey_W
, Aug 2021
Great way to start our trip!!! I would recommend sitting as far from the bar as possible bc the line impedes the view the entire time. Our guide was good, sit close to him so you can hear.
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star-5
Very lovely
Adrianna_R
, Aug 2021
Such a great experience! 10 out of 10 I’ll do it again. Very beautiful views of the city. Beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty as well.
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You pay for what you get
Eileen
, Jul 2021
Was packed which was uncomfortable and gross given the pandemic. Couldn’t hear the guide over the speaker. You pay for what you get.
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star-5
Amazing
Fabiola_Abbott
, Jul 2021
The light up Statue of Liberty. The crew member who told us go at the front where the view was better.
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Harbor lights cruise
Shaswati_C
, Jul 2021
Very well described. Enjoyed very much! Two hours went by really fast. Definitely would definitely recommend. We did it on our 31st wedding anniversary!
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star-3
Cruise best in late Fall- not for summer time
Marie_S
, Jul 2021
The whole reason we booked was to see the Brooklyn Bridge lit up at night from the harbor view. July is much too early to book this bcs sun doesn’t go down until 8:30 and cruise ends at 9pm. Never got to see the Brooklyn bridge lit up. Book this cruise in late Fall for full experience. Would be totally worth it then. Summer time is not a good time.
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Amazing Spectacular and beautiful
DEONARINE_S
, Jul 2021
Everything was great all the bridges, especially the statue of liberty and liberty island ,staff was very friendly and I purchased the photo which is very beautiful
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BK43
, Jul 2021
Great visuals. Solid tour. Would’ve like a bit more seating that was clear & available. Only 2 solo bartenders for a boat full of 400+ people ( so 25min wait for bar) Great overall.
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