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Narrated Tours If you are specifically looking for a NYC narrated boat tour, we have some great ones to offer! Our NYC Narrated Sightseeing Cruises are perfect for whether you are a local New Yorker or if you are an international tourist. We offer a variety of tours and our crew is sure to impress you with their professional hospitality!

You can choose between a heavily narrated tour or a lightly narrated tour depending on your needs. If you want to learn about the NYC architecture from the perspective of the water we have a heavily narrated tour with a dedicated AIANY guide.  

Looking to just get out and see the Statue of Liberty, then join us on our Statue and Skyline cruise. Our Captain will point out the iconic sights as they navigate through NY Harbor.  Many of our guests also like to come out to just relax and feel the wind and listen to the waves.

The schooner sails and our late night city lights cruises are the best for a passive tourism excursion where no narration is included.  So pick from one of our NYC Narrated Sightseeing Cruises and enjoy NY Harbor in style.  

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World One and the Yacht Manhattan II | Classic Harbor Line

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Guided by members of the American Institute of Architects, the New York City architecture tour will take you on a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. During the 2 hour and 45 minute cruise you will explore recent and innovative skyscrapers, local, national, and international award-winning architects, enduring Art Deco and Beaux Arts icons as well as waterfront parks and infrastructure.  The newest features of the evolving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & Bronx waterfronts are seen in comfort and style, from the climate-controlled, enclosed back-deck observatory or from our open bow; for some fresh air and sunlight. **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables. Continuing education credits available »

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  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $86 | Student $68

Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Boat Tour| Classic Harbor Line

Statue and Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

Experience a New York Sightseeing cruise like never before. Step aboard our 1920s inspired motor yacht and take in the iconic sights that NY Harbor has to offer. This is a wonderful cruise to treat out of town guests to see the sites and is a perfect sightseeing cruise for children. Sit back and relax on this elegantly crafted boat as you cruise by Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and have views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge! **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired.

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $48 | Child $28

NYC Skyline by Boat with Classic Harbor Line

AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour

Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students and professionals! (Students should take advantage of our reduced ‘student’ tickets on this tour.) On this 90 minute cruise, you will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 59th Street) and see views of the Brooklyn, and Manhattan Bridges while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure. **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $58 | Student $42

NYC Sightseeing Boat Ride | Classic Harbor Line

AIANY Around Manhattan Bridge Infrastructure Tour

John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT, is your host for a full circumnavigation tour that takes an in depth look at the engineering marvels of all of New York City’s fantastic, historic, and wildly different bridges and tunnels! Historical anecdotes and tales of great human engineering feats tell the story of these great 18 bridges and 4 tunnels. **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $86 | Student $68

AIANY Around Manhattan Historic Architecture Tour

The narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals and is as comprehensive as the standard AIANY circumnavigation tour. Aboard the yachts, experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight. The Historic Architecture Boat Tour will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan, focusing on individual landmark buildings and historic districts, as well as historic monuments, bridges, and landscapes. Among the themes to be explored are:

•    Adaptive re-use of historic structures, such as The High Line, that have been creatively reinvented for new uses along the post-industrial waterfront
•    Protecting architectural heritage, including the evolution and implementation of New York City’s Landmarks Law
•    Sustainability and historic buildings

**Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables.

Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $86 | Student $68

AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Freshkills Park

AIANY Industrial Waterfront Tour into Freshkills Park

Cruise the active, vibrant waterway of the Kill Van Kull and into the heart of Freshkills Park of Staten Island on one of our luxury yachts. The AIANY & planners of the Freshkills Park host this special Classic Harbor Line tour. This is the only water tour available to the public into the Freshkills waterway. Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills has embarked on a 30-year project to be transformed into the largest city park in NYC! **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables. Continuing education credits available »

 

  Duration: 3.25 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $86 | Student $68

Statue of LIberty Cruise

Statue & Skyline Cruise on yacht Kingston from North Cove Marina

Experience New York like you never have before aboard one of our classic yachts. After a day of sightseeing in the Financial District leave the noise of city street life behind. Join us in NY Harbor for a sightseeing boat tour. Sit back, soak in the sun and enjoy the luxurious view of the island from the comfort of our open decks of our classic yacht! Beer, wine, champagne, soda, juice or water, and a full bar is available for purchase throughout the trip. (Bar is credit card only.)

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Kingston | Departing from North Cove Marina   Cost: Adult $46 | Child $26

AIANY Urban Ecology Tour

Don’t miss the AIANY NYC INFRASTRUCTURE & URBAN ECOLOGY TOUR, a collaboration between AIANY and Classic Harbor Line, focusing on issues of urban ecology! This 2-hour cruise will introduce guests to the delicate balance between the region’s expanding harbor infrastructure and its vital marine ecology. Our guide from the AIANY will illustrate a range of historic and modern “working waterfront” sites that co-exist side by side with new parks for public access and recreation. Come and learn about the efforts to reintroduce oysters and soften hard shorelines to support aquatic habitats and absorb storm surge and rising sea levels. In the Upper Bay you will see diverse working vessels and learn about their specific roles in bringing international goods to NYC and maintaining the harbor. Tour Sites include Liberty State Park, Global Container Terminal, Weeks Marine, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sims Metal, Governors Island, and Brooklyn Bridge Park  Come join us on this special cruise and experience a comfortable tour from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight. **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables.

Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: $68 Adult | $48 Student

NYC Architecture at Night

AIANY Architecture and the Lights of Gotham

Building on the successful ten-year collaboration between AIANY and Classic Harbor Line, this new architecture boat tour capitalizes on the remarkable skyline of Manhattan after sunset. From the time the Brooklyn Bridge was inaugurated with dazzling lights and fireworks in 1883, architects and lighting designers have understood the importance of presenting their structures in the night sky. “The city that never sleeps” is stunningly illuminated more than ever. Today’s designers have a sophisticated array of sources, colors and programs to operate their lighting systems. Take to the waters with an expert AIANY guide to see the latest in how architects and lighting designers are creating a new, more dynamic nighttime experience. View the famously mesmerizing lights of Manhattan and explore the latest trends and innovations in architectural lighting. There really is no better way to capture this view as the iconic NYC skyline reflects off the surrounding waters. This two hour-and fifteen-minute narrated cruise will depart at sunset from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan and will include the Lower Hudson River, the Upper Bay and the East River. Prominent examples include the Statue of Liberty from 1886, the Woolworth Tower in 1913, the 1931 Empire State Building, and New York City’s latest supertall building, One World Trade Center. **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. A 3-guest minimum is required due to the economic reality of COVID 19 restrictions. The space and layout of the salon allows for only 10 separate bookings at 10 very large separated tables.Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.25 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $78 | Student $56

NYC Winter Sightseeing Cruise

Holiday Statue and Skyline Cruise

Don’t let the cold scare you! Step aboard one of our classic, climate controlled yachts, decked out in holiday decor and cruise with us into NY Harbor.  Take in the most famous skyline in the world and get an up close view of the Statue of Liberty.  This is one of NYCs Best Sightseeing Cruises!  Intimate and cozy, you are sure to enjoy your time out with us and make it a memorable experience. **Due to COVID 19 restrictions in NYC, onboard food & beverage consumption is likely prohibited on ticketed tours aboard Manhattan and Manhattan II. Call for latest updates on this restriction if desired. 

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $48 | Child $28

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 (and Fleet Week), 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 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $68

Statue & Skyline Cruise on Yacht Kingston

Statue & Skyline Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston

Experience New York like you never have before by leaving the noise of city life behind. Sit back and enjoy this intimate narrated tour of lower Manhattan from the open decks of yacht Kingston! Get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty and cruise by Ellis Island.  You will also cruise under the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge all the while taking in all of the views that the NYC Skyline has to offer.

  Duration: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Kingston   Cost: Adult $34 - Child $18