New York Harbor on New Year’s Eve
Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année! 新年快乐! Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! People from all over the world gather to holiday shop, stroll through markets, window peep, ice skate, and take pictures with the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. There’s no doubt that this is one of the busiest times of the year in New York City, and the festivities continue through New Year’s Eve as all eyes are on Times Square on December 31st. Believe it or not, many New Yorkers and NYC visitors are not crowd goers. For those of you looking for an exclusive and elegant celebration this New Year’s Eve, we invite you to join us at Classic Harbor Line.
Back by popular demand, our NYE Cruise is the perfect way to get your party on aboard 1920s-style classic yacht Manhattan II. Wear something chic and glamorous (the boat is heated), bring your significant other and favorite couple, or grab your besties for the ultimate celebration.
We’ll take care of chilling the Champagne, decorating the boat, party favors, music, food, and beverages. You’ll just need to show up looking fabulous and ready to enjoy a memorable evening cruising around New York Harbor as you watch the city lights sparkle.
We’ll start the night off by welcoming guests aboard with a glass of bubbly, followed by a short Champagne tasting. During the tasting, enjoy artisan cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon, olives, gourmet flatbreads, and more, followed by some decadent passed hors d’oeuvres.
From Chelsea Piers, the boat will cruise by lower Manhattan and Ellis Island toward the Statue of Liberty where you’ll have the best seat in the house for the NYE fireworks show. Party on as our Live Jazz Trio the ‘Boat Band’ plays some holiday classics and cover hits. Hop on the dance floor or sway to the music at your table. As midnight approaches, we’ll do a final countdown, and you’ll raise your glass to a prosperous and healthy New Year!
A Note about the Author:
Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.
The Holiday Season is upon us and we are taking a moment to sit with Captain David. Captain David has been with Classic Harbor Line for many years and has worn multiple hats ranging from first mate to full time Captain. He has gone above and beyond in so many ways but in this particular interview we are tapping into something that he brings to us during this magical holiday season. His art and his voice. This year he leads not only as a captain on specific days but as the lead singer on other days for our Cocoa and Carols Cruise. We take a moment to dig deep into this amazing soul.
Captain David could you tell us a little bit about your journey with Classic Harbor Line?
I’m finishing up on my 9th season at CHL having started as a part time mate in 2008 then getting my captain’s license in 2011.
It is also known that you are a performer and have acted around NYC in multiple performances, could you tell us a little bit about this and your journey as an artist?
I moved to town in 2006 and performed in several regional theaters before deciding to spend more time at home. I spent time performing in town since but now devote full time to being a captain.
When and where did you start performing as an actor/singer?
I’ve been singing my whole life and theater since my school days.
Rumor has it that your range for music is from Opera to Rock and that you have your own band – can you tell us a about this?
I always enjoyed exploring the extremes of music performance but seemed to have a strong attraction to music of the big band sound. I started my own band back in 1998 in Minnesota and continued performing with it after moving to New York. I had my final performance with the band in June 2015.
Not only do you act and sing but you also play a variety of instruments?
I started playing trombone at the age of 10 and continued through my school years. I played a little guitar over the years.
This year you are the lead singer in Classic Harbor Line’s Cocoa and Carols Cruise, what is your inspiration for your performance and could you tell us a bit about the event (without fully giving it away!)
With our new Manhattan II there was inspiration to bring a new angle to what we had done in years past on our Cocoa and Carols Cruises.
What makes this cruise so magical and enjoyable for you and the customers?
It’s a great time to feel a sense of community as we all sing together some of our favorite holiday songs.
What is your favorite thing about the Cocoa and Carols Cruise?
I get to perform with some top shelf musicians. Also, “The 12 Days of Christmas” never gets old.
Please join us for this special warm and cozy cruise with your friends, family, and all your loved ones during the Holiday Season. Step inside the toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a one hour and forty five minute cruise to see the New York City lights. Listen to live Holiday Caroling and sing along to the classic holiday carols. Delicious Hot Cocoa, Cookies, and treats for all our guests are included! This is a NYC Holiday cruise that you just can’t miss!
Cocoa and Carols Holiday Caroling will be featured Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.
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