Disclosure: We were provided complimentary tickets to the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise for purposes of review.
A few weeks ago, when my husband had a work event in Manhattan, my kids and I tagged along to do some sightseeing in the city. The kids hadn’t actually been to NYC before, and when I asked them what they wanted to do, they both responded the same way. They wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. After asking some friends for advice on their favorite things to do in NYC, my friend Desiree recommended the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. Since the weather was forecast to be hot, I thought a river cruise sounded perfect.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise Review
The Circle Line offers several different options, including a full island 3-hour sightseeing cruise, a semi-circle cruise, and a cruise to the Statue of Liberty. We chose the full island tour, since my kids hadn’t been to the city before. We grabbed a cab from our hotel to the dock, and boarded the partially fully vessel. My kids wanted to sit on the top back deck, and we got seats right by the side of the boat.
Our guide, Malachy Murray, was easily one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had (on any tour, ever). He was knowledgeable and entertaining, but also took breaks in between so it wasn’t monotonous listening to him. His narration was great for both adults and kids – my kids came off the boat spouting out all sorts of tidbits about NYC. During his breaks, he walked around answering guests’ questions, and even offered local restaurant recommendations.
The boat offers rest rooms and two small snack bars, with more than enough options for a 3 hour trip. Highlights of the trip included the Statue of Liberty, the new World Trade Center building, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Ellis Island. We were supposed to go by the new Yankee Stadium, but a bridge we needed to pass by was closed, so we had to turn around instead of going all the way around. They made up for it though, by going past the Circle Line dock and continuing for a bit.
I’d highly recommend arriving well in advance of your tour. Our boat wasn’t too full, but there are limited seats in the area we were in, and it’s first-come first-served.
To learn more about the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, visit their website.