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A unique sailing experience aboard Schooner America 2.0 and Light Bites with Marea

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Forbes LogoLook no further for NYC unique experiences! New York City offers a variety of unique sailing experiences that allow you to explore the city from the water and enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline. We partnered with Marea to create a memorable experience in NY Harbor. See what Forbes has to say about the experience! Click here to read the article.

Solar Eclipse Day Cruise viewing on Yacht Manhattan II in NY HarborWe offer a range of sailing trips, including an evening on the water with Marea aboard the Schooner America 2.0 at sunset. So, set sail with us and enjoy some fine dining! You can enjoy this relaxing cruise while taking in iconic sights. Sights like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline while enjoying some some light bites from Marea.  At Marea, the authentic, seasonal flavors of coastal Italy meet the style and swagger of New York to form a new kind of gusto. Marea floats to the top for restaurant culture, with exquisite food and unmatched service that set the stage for an experience like no other.

These sailing experiences offer a unique perspective on New York City. They provide a relaxing and picturesque way to enjoy some sightseeing and see the city’s iconic landmarks from the water. Make your sailing adventure in NYC memorable and join us for this unique adventure in NY Harbor.

 

 

U.S. News: The Best Statue Of Liberty Cruises

Interior Cabin of Yacht Manhattan with the sun setting outside the window with the Statue of Liberty

U.S. News & World Report LogoThe Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. Taking a cruise to see it can be a fantastic experience. There are several cruise options available with us here at Classic Harbor Line!  As a matter of fact, we were listed in the top 6 Best Statue of Liberty Cruises for the Best Luxury! Click here to read the article.

Here are some of the Best Statue of Liberty cruises we offer!

1:  Statue and Skyline Sightseeing Boat Tour aboard the Yacht Manhattan: This is a 1.5 hour cruise that takes you out into NY Harbor to see all of the major iconic sights NYC has to offer.

2: AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour:  This is a 2.75 hour cruise that does a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan! Learn about all of the buildings. Pass by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!

3: Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise: This is a 2.75 hour Brunch that goes around the entire island of NYC! This is a perfect cruise to do some leisurely sightseeing of NYC.

4: Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan: This is a 1.5 hour cruise that brings you out into NY Harbor for some classic NYC Sightseeing aboard our luxury yacht.

5: Day Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack or Schooner America 2.0: These sightseeing boat tours are for the adventurous! Sail aboard one of our large sailboats for a unique NYC sightseeing experience!

We have a multitude of tours for everyone! See all the exciting trips we have planned here.

 

Livestream Series: AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour to Freshkills Park

Freshkills Waterway Tour

Group of guests sitting on the bow of Yacht Manhattan on a tour through the waterways of Freshkills park

Industrial Waterway Tour to Freshkills Park – Go to where few have gone before! We’ll sail by the Statue of Liberty, then cruise under the Bayonne Bridge, threading the NJ & Staten Island border through the Arthur Kill. We’ll see the industrial waterfront alive and thriving in Newark Bay, before we reach the world’s largest Land Reclamation Project – Freshkills Park.

This 30-year project will become the City’s largest public park. We will literally navigate into the Kill between the four capped giant mounds – home to 53 years of NYC garbage! Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills Park is the largest landfill to park transformation project in the world and when complete will be one of the largest parks in NYC. At any rate, it’s rolling grasslands, wetlands and waterways are already home to an abundance of birds, fish, and wildlife. Learn about how this environment is being recovered, reclaimed, and repurposed into a world renowned public park! Undeniably an exciting, educational, and inspiring trip will be had by all.

Highlights of this cruise include:

  • A 3.25 hour round-trip excursion co-guided by the Freshkills Park Planners and the AIANY
  • Experience a major shipping channel and see our industrial waterfront including the active ports of Bayonne & Newark Bay
  • Hear about the history of Freshkills Landfill and how it is being transformed into one of the largest public NYC Parks
  • Enjoy many close passes with giant tankers, container ships, dredge barges and tugs.
  • Sweeping views of 4 full capped ‘mounds’ covered in vegetation and wildlife
  • You’ll enjoy unobstructed views from the covered and enclosed solarium or the open decks of one of our yachts. Cushioned seating, heat & AC, a fully stocked bar, and two well-appointed restrooms are available on each yacht.

Get your Free Tickets to view the Livestream here!  – Industrial Waterway Tour to Freshkills Park

 

Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Cruise with an Urban Naturalist

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the yacht manhattan cruising down a river Join us aboard the Yacht Manhattan in her festive autumn decor. Cruise with us north on the Hudson River, under the George Washington Bridge for a unique waterfront view of the Grand Palisades cliffs!  This brand-new Fall Foliage tour takes a cozy boat ride to observe one of New York’s most dramatic natural wonders, hosted by a local renowned urban naturalist. 

You’ll take a million year journey through how this park came to be. As well as take in the historical and modern day significance of this waterway. You’ll learn about the wildlife and ecology of this area. Other iconic sights along the way include the Little Red Lighthouse, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Riverside Cathedral and more!

 This cruise is a great way to fully enjoy the Fall season. Take in the dramatic cliffs soaring over 500 feet above the water. The foliage of the Hudson Valley! All while cruising during an afternoon of Hudson River sightseeing, and a geological and ecological examination of the waterside wonders of Palisades Interstate Park.

About Our Urban Naturalist Guides:

Gabriel Willow, wearing a fedora and button up shirt, talking into a microphoneGabriel Willow is a naturalist with a particular passion for birds and urban spaces. He is an environmental educator and ecological tour guide in NYC. He regularly leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon and Wave Hill. His tours focus on seeking out the overlooked and ignored elements of wildness hiding all around us. This can range from boat trips on the Hudson River, to kayaking on Newtown Creek, to seeking the elusive Peregrine Falcons nesting on skyscrapers near Wall Street! He has created programs for Lincoln Center, the Morgan Library and Museum, the NY Botanical Garden, and more. He is also an artist, illustrator, and DJ, and the former Vice-President of the Linnaean Society of NY.

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Jacobs, smiling, wearing a baseball cap and button up shirtRussell Jacobs is a writer and naturalist from Brooklyn, New York. He discovered the natural world exploring New York City’s parks and shorelines as a child, and has led birding and environmental education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds with organizations such as NYC Audubon, RISE Rockaway, Hudson River Community Sailing, NYC Plover, and others. He loves to teach people of all ages about local birds, plants, marine life, and natural history. In addition to guiding tours, he has also worked on habitat restoration projects, ecological research, surveys, and other environmental initiatives throughout New York City and beyond. His writing on ecology and environmental history has been featured in publications such as Slate, Hell Gate, and Urban Omnibus.

 

 

 

 

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Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Cruise with an Urban Naturalist

Admire the Palisades of the Hudson River through the skylights of our ship’s heated and enclosed observatory, or while catching the breeze on her bow. Observe New York’s most dramatic natural wonders and foliage as the seasons change. This is a spectacular season for cruising the Hudson River, north of NYC, will be a true delight for you and your guests. **Narrated Tour – hosted by Urban Naturalist!** Enjoy an exciting narration of the geology and ecology of this epic waterway!

  Duration: 2.25 hrs  Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II  Cost: Adult $118 | Child $78

Marea at Sea aboard the classic Schooner America 2.0

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Introducing: Marea at Sea aboard the classic Schooner America 2.0!  Join us in NY Harbor for a sunset sail with light bites from Marea! Enjoy the “Taste of Marea”several assortment of dishes of seafood and fruit, with half filled wine glasses menu, two savory courses followed by a sweet bite, featuring an unprecedented opportunity to taste the finest Italian-inspired coastal cuisine while leisurely sailing through the serene waters of the Hudson River and New York Harbor! Listed by the NY Times this is sure to be a memorable event!  Marea’s talented team has curated an exquisite multi-course menu, specifically tailored to enjoy while aboard the America 2.0 – a modern tribute to the first boat that won the America’s Cup in 1851.

 

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Marea at Sea Description from the NY Times listing

 

The menu includesa sailboat sailing down the river with the statue of liberty behind it

First plating:

– Gougére: tuna tartare, crème fraiche, caviar
– Oyster en escabeche: marinated East Coast oyster, pickled plum, charred scallion, roasted garlic, crostini chip
– Branzino: bass crudo, panzanella, Castelvetrano olive
– Ricciola: hamachi crudo, fig, caper, fennel

Second Plating:

– Beef Tartare: hand chopped beef, crostini, shallot, cornichon
– Astice: lobster, tomato, eggplant, stracciatella , basil
– Seafood Salad: shrimp, scallop, sepia, salmoriglio
– Melanzana: fairytale eggplant stuffed with caponata

Dessert Plating:

– Bite-sized sweets to finish

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Marea At Sea: Light Bites from Coastal Italy aboard the classic Schooner America 2.0.

Join us for this 2 hour sunset sail aboard the Schooner America 2.0 and enjoy a curated sampling of Marea’s renowned crudos, a taste of their famous Astice appetizer and, of course, caviar. Each dish has been thoughtfully crafted and reimagined to enjoy at sea, while on the decks of New York’s newest and most elegant schooner, America 2.0!

  Duration: 2 hrs  Boat: Schooner America 2.0  Cost: $178 to $228

Day of Giving with Corn Hill Navigation on July 13th

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Day of Giving with Corn Hill Navigation on July 13th

Classic Harbor Line is thrilled to support the work that Corn Hill Navigation does in upstate NY.  Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1991. It operates two vessels, Riverie on the Genesee River in Downtown Rochester, NY and Sam Patch on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY.

Riverie was built by Scarano Boat Building in 2022. That is the same upstate-NY company that built Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0, Yacht Kingston, Manhattan I and II, and most of the boats in our fleet across our 4 locations.  

Riverie, the only tour boat on the Genesee River in Downtown Rochester, launched in early June 2023. It has already taken out almost 500 Rochester City 5th Graders to engage in citizens science on the Genesee River and Erie Canal. These two waterways are critical to the history and development of Rochester. Being that these trips are completely funded through generous donations, this is where you come in. At the present time, Corn Hill Navigation plans to expand this program to every 5th grader in the Rochester City School District and we need your help to make that happen. 

Ready to Help?

Want to support their efforts and help Rochester 5th graders experience NY waterways? Purchase a Classic Harbor Line gift card at any one of our locations on July 13! We will do a dollar-for-dollar donation to Corn Hill Navigation for 100% of the value of the gift card. group of kids writing on notebooks overlooking on a pier

Above all, Corn Hill Navigation’s mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in on-the-water experiential learning. As well as, foster the preservation and improvement of the Erie Canal and Genesee River for future generations. Hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the Erie Canal and Genesee River aboard a Corn Hill Navigation vessel. People from all 50 states and more than 50 countries, including tens of thousands of students from schools across Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region. 

From 12am until midnight on July 13th, Classic Harbor Line will donate 100% of all gift card sales to Corn Hill Navigation! Customers can use their Classic Harbor Line gift certificate on any one of our cruises. Certificates in any amount! Come on a cruise and know that you’ve made a lasting impact on the future of NY waterways. 

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Days of Giving with Classic Harbor Line

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Days of Giving with Classic Harbor Line

From 12am until midnight on each special Day of Giving, Classic Harbor Line will donate 100% of all gift certificate sales to our nonprofit affiliate organizations.  Customers can use their Classic Harbor Line gift certificate on any one of our cruises and certificates can be purchased in any amount. 

June 7th: Hudson River Maritime Museum – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 8th: Billion Oyster Project on behalf of NY Harbor School – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 9th: Rocking the Boat – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 12th: National Maritime Historical Society – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 13th: Brooklyn Boatworks – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 13th: John J Harvey – Save our Ships – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 14th: Schooner Apollonia Sail Freight – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 15th: Hudson River Community Sailing – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 16th: LILAC Preservation Project – Purchase your Gift Card here

June 24th: PRIDE Sailing benefitting Hetrick-Martin Institute Youth Programs – Purchase your Gift Card here

July 13th: Corn Hill Navigation – Purchase your Gift Card here

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NYC Fleet Week with Classic Harbor Line

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Navy ship in the Hudson River with the World Trade Center and NYC Skyline in the background

Spend NYC Fleet week with Classic Harbor Line. NYC Fleet week is back and we are running a selective number of Military History Tours to take you to these amazing ships in NY Harbor! 

Highlights along the way:

  • Get up close with ships docked all over the city! This tour is a great way to get a waterside view of all of them. There’s also an exciting lineup of ships visiting this year, including the large-deck amphibious ship USS Wasp, as well as ships from allied navies of Italy, Canada, and the UK. 
  • This tour is about the impact of the military on the harbor and the city, past and present.
  • We visit parts of the harbor that most tours don’t, especially the working waterfront in New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. One of the big highlights is seeing the Bayonne Dry Dock, built in WWII and still used today to repair ships for the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command. 
  • We will also feature a few historic ships in the harbor, most notably Intrepid, which this year will celebrate its 80th birthday. But there are also several retired Coast Guard vessels and fire boats around the harbor that we will highlight.
  • We will visit a number of historic military landmarks, most notably the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Today the Yard still plays an important role for the Sea Services, as it remains NY Harbor’s largest shipyard, doing repair work for working ships like tugboats and barges, as well as ships of the US Coast Guard. 

Grab your tickets for our NYC Military History Tour below! NYC Fleet Week with Classic Harbor Line!


Military History Tour of New York Harbor

Military History Tour of New York Harbor

In honor of our National Holiday Weekends, Classic Harbor Line and Turnstile Tours have teamed up to offer a special series of Naval Harbor History Tours! Join us on Memorial Day Weekend for a special, in-depth tour of our rich harbor-related war history.  This special 2.5-hour tour will explore the military history of New York Harbor from the Revolutionary War to today, with special emphasis on the role of the port in World War II. We will visit historic military sites, monuments, fortifications and see historic and modern fighting ships up close (especially during Fleet Week).

Duration: 2.5 hrsBoat: ManhattanCost: Adult $96 – $112

Memorial Day Military History Tour of New York Harbor

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Memorial Day Military History Tour of New York Harbor

It’s Fleet Week in NYC! New York Harbor hosts a number of special Navy Ships and sailors. Join this livestream tour in honor of our veterans on a Memorial Day Military History Tour of New York Harbor! Learn about New York City’s extensive military history on this fully narrated tour by Turnstiles Tour Guide Andrew Gustafson. We’ll cruise by the visiting ships, historic military sites, monuments and fortifications including Staten Island Navy Pier, Brooklyn navy yard, Brooklyn Army terminal and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Questions and stories are welcome and we look forward to hearing from our Vets onboard and through the livestream event.

Livestream Series: 29 MAY at 10:00AM EST

Follow this link for tickets: CLICK HERE!

 

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Livestream Series

Experience the grandeur of New York Harbor with Classic Harbor Line’s free livestream tours! Explore our iconic waterways, classic boats, and historic landmarks from anywhere in the world. Our newly launched Livestream Boat Tour Series offers a unique glimpse into our most popular New York harbor tours. Additionally, you can enjoy exclusive tours co-hosted by local waterfront nonprofits. Immerse yourself in the rich experiences of New York City with unedited, real-time broadcasts that are both informative and free for all to enjoy!

Livestream Series: Hudson River Maritime Museum Harbor Tour

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Hudson River Maritime Museum Harbor Tour

HRMM Executive Director Lisa Cline and fellow Hudson River historians, Ann Loeding and Gary Matthews co-host the Livestream Series: Hudson River Maritime Museum Harbor Tour. For nearly 400 years the Hudson River has served as a major commercial thoroughfare. We’ll be focusing this tour on the history of commercial towing and industrial transportation. All while we cruise from the Erie Basin to the Kill Van Kull. We’ll discuss the impact of the Erie Canal and why New York Harbor has been central to the global economy for centuries.

Livestream Series: 6 JUNE: Hudson River Maritime Museum Harbor Tour at 4:00PM EST

Get your tickets here!

Want more livestream series? Check out our page of events!

Livestream Series

Experience the grandeur of New York Harbor with Classic Harbor Line’s free livestream tours! Explore our iconic waterways, classic boats, and historic landmarks from anywhere in the world. Our newly launched Livestream Boat Tour Series offers a unique glimpse into our most popular New York harbor tours. Additionally, you can enjoy exclusive tours co-hosted by local waterfront nonprofits. Immerse yourself in the rich experiences of New York City with unedited, real-time broadcasts that are both informative and free for all to enjoy!