Circle Line Cruises, New York City

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Today, Circle Line is the only NYC cruise line dedicated exclusively to sightseeing, with vessels made of steel and over-sized glass windows that offer magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline, all year round.

Owned and operated by New York Cruise Lines Inc., New York’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special event cruises, Circle Line is recognized as one of the most famous boat rides in the world.
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  • Good cruise to see Manhattan from the boat. Left on time. Staff were nice and helpful. No queues. We paid extra for more comfortable seats which I think was worth it. Views are fantastic.  more »
  • Nice afternoon boattrip around Manhattan ! What a sight. But we prefered the FREE boattrip to Staten Island.If the weather is clear....leave half an hour before sunset en return at sunset.! That will ...  more »
  • Very nice a little bit expensive but allows to have a different view of Manhattan! And more when the weather is splendid! We really happening near the statue of liberty and the boat takes his time so we can take lots of pictures and videos
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  • Great experience! The narration given by the captain was outstanding! Lovely views while being comfortably seated. Drinks and snacks were available to purchase. Fortunately we boarded about 45 minutes early because the seating is first come first serve. I would recommend boarding at least an hour before your tour if possible to make sure you get nice seats on the top deck.
  • The trip itself is beautiful. I'm sure all trips are just as beautiful. Most staff though is unprofessional. I understand they are all fed up with tourists who know nothing. I get the boredom and frustration as a human being myself. However, this is their JOB, they get paid to do it. They should perform it professionally and be courteous and understanding, at all times. It is kind of impressive how most of the employees recite lines and roll their eyes at the same time.
  • The Harbour Lights tour was wonderful and guide awesome. However the staff at the pier was really not friendly at all and provided little help to find our line. This should be improved. Please come with one hour in advance to get good seats.
  • We took two different cruises with Circle Line while in NYC 2 months ago (Best of NYC and Harbor Lights). They were amazing. Learned a lot. Ended our trip to NYC with Harbor Lights. No regrets for sure!
  • Shame they had no control over the weather. Everything else the did have control over was great. Another bucket list item that gave us the opportunity to see NYC in a way and from a unique vantage point. Do the circle tour around Manhattan like we did. Well worth it.

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