About Semi-Circle Cruise (2Hr) – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Manhattan is a little less than 23 square miles, yet it contains more people than any other county in the country, and nearly any other county in the world. Dodging all these other humans can make it a little difficult to see the sights from the street, which is why the Circle Line Semi-Circle Cruise is such a great idea for visitors.
As the ship pulls out of Pier 83, in the shadow of the mighty Intrepid aircraft carrier (which is also a museum), docked on the next pier, passengers get an amazing look at the Manhattan skyline. Look behind as the boat sets sail and there’s the awe-inspiring George Washington Bridge, spanning the Hudson.
The ship sails down the Hudson, around the southernmost tip of Manhattan Island and up the East River to Midtown, and then it swings back down the Hudson again. Passengers can get a good look at the Statue of Liberty, the “Freedom Tower” at One World Trade Center making its way up into the sky, Ellis Island, and all three bridges that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Depending on the tour guide’s area of expertise, passengers can expect to hear about U.S. history, New York City’s demographics, or even have a celebrity’s residence pointed out in the distance. All tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about the city and are happy to answer any questions.
Unlike the Circle Line Full Island Cruise – so worth it if you have the time! – the Semi-Circle Cruise sails the same route twice, so passengers who missed a photo op the first time around get another chance.
Did you know?
The headquarters of the United Nations is located on the East Side of Manhattan, but it’s not technically part of New York City or the United States – the land it’s on is designated as international territory.
The climax of Saboteur, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 movie, takes place on the viewing platform of Lady Liberty’s torch. Sadly, civilians can no longer climb up to the torch due to safety concerns.
New York and New Jersey have always disputed who “owned” Ellis Island, but in 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that most of it belonged to the Garden State – but New York still claims nearly half.
The gorgeous neo-Gothic Woolworth Building – its tower is visible around Wall Street on the tour – is among the oldest skyscrapers in the country and remains one of the 20 tallest buildings in New York City.
Visitors to New York City, along with residents, will enjoy this two-hour look at four of the five boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island (in the distance) –from the water.
Good for kids?
Toddlers might get a little restless on a two-hour journey, but school-aged children should enjoy the sights and sounds of the cruise. With engaging commentary from knowledgeable guides, the whole family may even learn a little something about the history of the U.S. and New York City.
Semi-Circle Cruise (2Hr) - Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Location Information:
42nd Street and 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036
Semi-Circle Cruise (2Hr) – 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.
Semi-Circle Cruise (2Hr) – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises details
Snack foods, soda, water, beer and wine are available on-board. Guests are also welcome to bring along their own snacks and drinks. This is one of the rare tourist attractions in New York where smoking is allowed in designated areas.
January 1, 2014 – March 14, 2014:
Daily at 12pm
March 15, 2014 – April 25, 2014:
Daily at 1pm, 4pm
April 26, 2014 – September 1, 2014:
Daily at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4pm
September 2, 2014 – October 26, 2014:
Daily at 11:30am, 2:30pm
October 27, 2014 – December 31, 2014:
Daily at 4pm
January 1, 2015 – March 13, 2015:
Daily at 12pm