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3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC on the Water

Anyone with advanced planning skills can score a Valentine’s Day reservation at a fancy land-locked restaurant and find themselves surrounded by the standard romantic accoutrements: fine wine, mood lighting, perhaps a string quartet. But just because the old “dinner at a fancy restaurant” tradition has come to be what’s accepted on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that it should necessarily be what’s expected – and that’s where these three cruises come into play. Throw away a little bit of tradition (the staying-on-land part) and venture out onto the water for romance that hits all the right notes, without being the least bit predictable (or boring).


Celebrate Valentine's Day in NYC on the Water

Toast to a superb Valentine’s Day on a cruise of New York’s waterways (Photo: Courtesy of Hornblower Cruises)

World Yacht Valentine’s Day Cruise
Offered daily from Feb. 13–15 (boarding at 6pm for a 7pm departure), the World Yacht Valentine’s Day Cruise offers a relaxing three-hour dinner cruise aboard a luxurious climate-controlled ship that sails across the Hudson and up the East River, offering full views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Statue of Liberty. The cruise features two packages: The Sweet Heart Package includes a private dining table, a red rose, a live DJ spinning music all night, and a four-course sit-down dinner. The Romance Package also includes dinner, a private table, a rose, and live music but adds on a tasty selection of Godiva chocolates. Because, really, what’s Valentine’s Day without a little dessert?

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise from Hornblower Cruises
Gastronomic delights are the focus of this three-hour dinner cruise on the Hudson River, offered on Feb. 14 and 15 (boarding at 6pm for 7pm departure). The four-course meal includes an amuse-bouche, a wide selection of entrée choices (including salmon with roasted tomatoes and fresh basil, chicken breast stuffed with Gruyere cheese, and a juicy filet mignon), and a special dessert, The Lovers’ Delight. After dinner, dance to the tunes spun by DJ Kev G and enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast as the yacht glides past Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty — all with the Manhattan skyline twinkling in the background. And for an extra special experience, upgrade to the Lovebirds Dinner, which includes a guaranteed table by the window, a half-dozen roses, and a chilled bottle of sparkling wine.

Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise from Hornblower Cruises
For those who want to make Valentine’s Day last just a little bit longer … this Feb. 15 brunch cruise (boarding 1pm for a 2pm departure) held the day after Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones that your love can’t be contained to just one 24-hour period. Even better: The brunch includes unlimited free prosecco mimosas, a brunch buffet at private tables (including both breakfast and lunch selections), a wide range of desserts, coffee, and tea — all with a resident DJ spinning tunes in the background as the ship sails past New York City landmarks amid the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

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