About Harbor Lights Cruise (2Hr) – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
As the sun goes down in the west, the Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise sets sail from Midtown. On clear evenings, the skyscrapers glow golden as the ship begins its journey down the Hudson. Even native New Yorkers can be struck dumb by the beauty of a city sunset, which makes the skyline look more like jewels than glass towers.
Pier 83, where the Harbor Lights Cruise sets sail, is nestled in the shadow of the enormous Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which sharp-eyed passengers might recall from the Will Smith movie I Am Legend.
As the ship motors south and the sun goes down, passengers will be able to make out the colored lights of the Empire State Building in Midtown. Don’t miss the cool neon Colgate clock over in New Jersey while you’re staring at Manhattan.
Nothing can prepare you for the emotions sure to well up when you see One World Trade Center (aka the Freedom Tower) rise above the southern tip of Manhattan – even all these years later.
The Statue of Liberty is always the star of any cruise around Manhattan. Lady Liberty stands 151 feet and one inch tall, and her torch still burns bright even though she’s well over 100 years old.
After a pause to bask in her glory, the ship turns and makes its way up the East River. Peek off to the right and see the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the distance. It’s the longest bridge in the Americas and is gorgeous when lit up at night. Soon the three bridges that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn come into view. The Brooklyn Bridge is first, and it’s by far the most beautiful example of suspension bridge technology in the city.
By the time the ship loops back down the East River, night will have fallen and it’s possible to catch a glimpse of the fabulous art deco Chrysler Building in Midtown, the tall ships docked at the South Street Seaport, and the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges receding into the distance. The ship follows the same path back, so be sure to try and catch anything you may have missed the first time around.
Did you know?
The lighting on the Empire State Building changes colors according to holidays, familiar and obscure. You can get a complete list of the colors and what they mean at http://www.esbnyc.com/current_events_tower_lights.asp
The Brooklyn Bridge is an extremely popular place to pop the question, but unfortunately, the walkway is made of widely spaced planks, which rings can easily slip through as one couple, who later appeared on NBC’s Today show, found out the hard way. (It’s just as romantic under the bridge, on the Brooklyn side of the bridge.)
Lady Liberty’s torch is covered in thin sheets of 24-karat gold.
New York City at night is beautiful and majestic, but most of all, romantic. So if romance is in the cards, this is definitely the experience for you. But tourists of all kinds will enjoy the unique perspective gained from seeing the city at night from the water.
Good for kids?
Children older than 10 or 11 will probably enjoy the trip, though it is two hours long and doesn’t get started until around 6pm or 7pm.
Harbor Lights Cruise - Circle Line Sightseeing Location Information:
Pier 83 at West 42nd St & 12th Ave
New York, NY
Harbor Lights Cruise – Circle Line Sightseeing
Begins and ends: Pier 83, at West 42nd St. and 12th Ave.
1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, Q, R to 42nd St.–Times Square (7th Ave.); A, C, E to 42nd St.–Times Square (8th Ave.). Then walk or take M42 bus west to 12th Avenue. The bus crosses the hectic West Side Highway and drops guests right at the door, so if possible, take the bus or a cab from 8th Ave.
Harbor Lights Cruise details
Snack foods, soda, water, beer and wine are available onboard. Guests are also welcome to bring along their own snacks and drinks. One of the rare tourist attractions in New York where smoking is allowed in designated areas.
February 27, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm
April 27, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Daily at 7pm
October 26, 2015 - November 22, 2015
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm