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Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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Step aboard the teak decks of your elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy a 2.75 hour cruise while learning about  NYC's architectural landmarks from the water. The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals.

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. Guests are treated to one complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & a light snack about 1-hour into the trip. Additional beverages are available for purchase by credit card. On this cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure with narration by a member of the AIANY Chapter.
  • Gain a new perspective on Manhattan from a 1920s-style yacht
  • Learn the history of the city and its buildings from a trained architect
  • Enjoy one glass of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink, plus hors d’oeuvres
  • See other famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
What to Expect
Your journey around Manhattan begins at the pier. Climb aboard either the Manhattan or Manhattan II—both 1920s-style yachts with teak decks and climate-controlled observatories. On the tour, you make a complete circumnavigation around Manhattan, traveling along the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. As you go, your guide—a trained architect—provides expert insight on the city’s history, skyscrapers, and riverfront development. From the water, you see many of the city’s distinct landmarks, including the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center. You also catch glimpses of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and other waterfront highlights. As you go, enjoy one complimentary glass of beer, wine, or other beverage on board, as well as hors d’oeuvres. The tour ends at your departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, USA
2h 45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 1 complimentary beverage and a light refreshment
  • Snacks
  • Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise, but recommended.
  • Additional beverages are available for purchase by credit card only.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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. River closures may also occur for a number of reasons. 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.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Service animals are permitted; Emotional Support animals and pets are not permitted
  • Please let us know in advance if assistance is required for boarding
  • Not for children under 14 years due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience. We recommend families to join us on Statue & Skyline tours, day sails or any other minimally narrated day time event
  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. It's for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations to be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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We are 4 adults who took this cruise and we all agreed it was the best activity we did during our 6 day visit to NYC. The boat was beautiful and comfortable, the architect was very informative and engaging and we learned so much about the buildings, bridges and boroughs of the
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I'd recommend to everyone with an interest in architecture! Yacht is glassy allowing ample views. Tour is lead by an architect. Staff are first class.
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Response from CHL745, Manager at Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Hello, Thank you for joining us on our AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour and sharing your experience with others. We hope to have you out with us again in the future. Warmly, Classic Harbor Line
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We took this tour during a visit with friends. We had not experienced Manhattan, and this is a fantastic way to see it. The tour is narrated by an architect and is worth the price. Other tours may be less but this is a small group on a lovely wood enclosed boat with a
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Response from CHL745, Manager at Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Hello, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your cruise and the Architecture Tour that came along with it. However we are sorry to hear about the other passengers. We make it a point to put it in our activity descriptions, have our Captains and Crew tell customers as well as having "Quiet Cruising" signs on every table during the tour. We do try our best to make customers realize that this tour is educational. We will bring this back up to management to see if there are other ways to prevent this. Warmly, Classic Harbor Line
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It was a great tour focusing on architecture and neighborhoods of the island, so interesting to circle the whole place! Loved the appetizers and cocktails. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Fun time!
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Response from CHL745, Manager at Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Responded 20 Nov 2019
Hello, Thank you for joining us and sharing your experience with others! We hope to see you again in the future. Warmly, Classic Harbor Line
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My wife and I were in NY City for my 50th B-Day and this cruise was the perfect gift that i received from her. I'm an Architect located in Downtown WPB, FL This was a fantastic 3 hr tour around Manhattan Island on board a beautiful yacht from the 1920's. It's comfortable &
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Response from CHL745, Manager at Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise
Responded 20 Nov 2019
Hello, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us out on the water. Thank you for joining us and sharing your experience of our Architecture Tour with others. We hope to see you again in the future! Warmly, Classic Harbor Line
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About the operator
By: Classic Harbor Line
3,871 reviews
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Roslyn Heights, New York
Poor customer service.
Saturday night was snowing non stop, roads were terrible and yet they still did not reschedule the cruise. I was
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New Haven, Connecticut
Even Better 2nd Time!
We had such a good time, the Sunday before Christmas. It’s assigned seating, the staff so nice, boat small and
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Christmas holidays
The best way to see new york at night time. A must do if in new yoek relaxing awesome views very good hosts.live
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Cumbaya, Ecuador
Great experience! Enjoying the New York syline in a completely different way!
Our family decided to match the holiday season with this unique thematic experience. Their service and boat was
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NY Harbor Jazz Cruise
Was nice. Very good band! I could imagine some more style such as cool costumes/uniforms for the musicians, beer
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Aelish N
Lovely experience
Took this cruise with my nephew. Have always wanted to do a night time cruise to see the Manhattan Skyline. It
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Lee's Summit, United States
Our first New Years Eve in New York
Our first New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple, and we didn’t want to brave Times Square, so I found the Classic Harbor
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Melbourne, Australia
Great value!
We booked the 2 hour tour circumnavigating Manhattan for a fine if cold day and loved it! We were cosy by the
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Wonderful perspective of the city
We enjoyed our time on the water. Great perspective of the city. Brunch was good. Staff were friendly and
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise
Really enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend. We are a family of 4 adults and joined in the carol singing
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Statue of liberty
The place to pick up the cruise true visit the statue of liberty crafted using the organization and the people
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Mumbai, India
The easiest way to view the Satue of Liberty and the NYC skyline
Very professional, crisp organisation, value for money. Great for people who are short on time, and dont want to
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So Fun !!!!!
This tour was alot of fun. The sites were beautiful and the people working on the boat were soooo much fun. I do
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Gretchen Jones
We had a wonderful time. It was relaxing and NOT chaotic. The views were amazing. We would do it again in a
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Definitely definitely do this before anything else!!
The best thing my family and I have done on any holiday. You have to do this ... Simple! The views alone are
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