About the Liberty Cruise – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
There are certain must-sees that most visitors to New York have on their itinerary: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial and rising Freedom Tower. Circle Line’s 60-minute-long Liberty Cruise lets travelers experience all these historical sites from the unique vantage point of the water.
The dramatic Manhattan skyline looks even more majestic from the water, and on a clear day, passengers can see the Empire State Building and get a peek at some of the different eras of architecture found in the city. From art deco to neo-Gothic to sleek modern skyscrapers crafted of glass and iron, the city has them all.
Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides provide commentary as the ship cruises down the Hudson, past the 9/11 Memorial site. Then the ship slips into the Harbor and cruises by Ellis Island, the complex where so many of our ancestors entered this country.
After that, it’s a look at the most famous resident of New York (no, not Madonna), the Statue of Liberty. Given to the people of New York by the French in 1886, Lady Liberty measures 111 feet and one inch, from head to toes. Her nose is four and a half feet long, and her waist is 36 feet in circumference.
After allowing passengers to get a good look at the Lady from several different angles, the ship turns around and heads back to Pier 83, which is just next door to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Circle Line Premier
Upgrade to a Circle Line Premier ticket for the Liberty Cruise for special perks before and during the cruise. Skip the line and wait in the shaded pre-boarding lounge before departure and receive a complimentary welcome water as you board. On the boat you will have access to an exclusive indoor area with upgraded seats as well and a private outdoor patio. Circle Line Premier guests also have dedicated food and beverage service. Please note: Reservations for the Premier package are required at least 24 hours in advance. You must contact Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises directly to reserve.
Good for kids?
Because the Liberty Cruise is only one hour and fifteen minutes long, most children will enjoy this. The knowledgeable guides provide a fun history lesson, so parents will appreciate it too.
Did you know?
A smaller version of the Statue of Liberty can be found on a small island in the Seine, in Paris, France. New York City’s WNBA team is called the New York Liberty in her honor.
Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954.
When One World Trade Center ¬is completed, it will be 104 stories high. The antennae on top will make it 1,776 feet high. And though the building is no longer called the Freedom Tower, that figure is not a coincidence.
Liberty Cruise - Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Location Information:
Pier 83 at West 42nd St & 12th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Liberty Cruise – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
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.
Liberty Tour details
Snack foods, soda, water, beer and wine are available onboard. Guests are also welcome to bring along their own snacks and drinks. The Liberty Tour is one of the rare tourist attractions in New York where smoking is allowed in designated areas.
January 1, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Daily at 10am
April 27, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Daily at 10am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm
October 26, 2015 - March 13, 2016
Daily at 10am