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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.  


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. Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included. Continuing education credits available »

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

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. We offer one complimentary drink (additional drinks available for purchase).  To read more about this cruise click to purchase. 

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $46 | Child $26

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 . Enjoy one complimentary beer, wine, champagne, soda on us. Additional drinks are available for purchase. This is a wonderful cruise to treat out of town guests to see the sites and is a perfect sightseeing cruise for children as they are welcome to enjoy a kid-friendly version of our signature beverages. 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! 

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $46 | Child $26

Statue of Liberty

1-Hour Statue of Liberty Cruise

Sit back and enjoy the luxurious view of the island from the cozy solarium or the open decks of our gorgeous, 1920s-style yachts!  This is our shortest cruise and will take you out to the Statue of Liberty and back in 60 minutes!  On this intimate excursion our Captain will narrate and highlight all the major iconic sights that NY Harbor has to offer.  Cruise past the Financial District and take in the sight of the Freedom tower from the perspective of the water.  

  Duration: 1 hr   Boat: Manhattan II, Manhattan or Kingston   Cost: Adult $36 | Child $24

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. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $48 | Student $32

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. Light Hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine or Champagne is included. 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 with a complimentary beverage in hand. 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

Continuing education credits available »

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

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

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! Continuing education credits available »

 

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

Waterfront Plan Boat Tour: Accessible, Active, and Resilient

Waterfront Plan Boat Tour: Accessible, Active, and Resilient

Step aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the *Manhattan* and *Manhattan II*, and enjoy this full circumnavigation! NYC’s Department of City Planning (NYCDCP) has officially kicked off the planning stages for the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. Published every ten years, the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan aims at making New York City’s 520 miles of waterfront accessible, active, and resilient. This plan provides a vision for the city’s waterfront for the next decade and beyond. Join on this adaptation of AIANY’s Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour, which will feature special guest speakers Jay Valgora AIA (Waterfront Management Advisory Board member and founder of STUDIO V Architecture), Claudia Herasme (Chief Urban Designer, NYCDCP), andMichael L. Marrella AICP (Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYCDCP), who will collectively discuss waterfront planning efforts—past, current, and future—as we sail around NYC’s waterfront. Arthur Platt AIA, AIANY Host Guide, will fill in relevant architecture and infrastructure narration throughout. This tour is operated in partnership with Classic Harbor Line and the New York City Department of City Planning. 

Offered  August 22nd 2020 @ 1:45pm 

Continuing education credits available »

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

Woman Architecture Tour

AIANY Women in Architecture NYC Boat Tour

Join the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee for a special networking architecture cruise focused on a wide range of waterfront projects designed or built by women. AIANY guide Julie Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, will welcome several expert guest speakers (TBA), who collectively will provide lively narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras of the city’s history, as well as current urban planning and environmental issues impacting urban waterfronts. We’ll cruise the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers, and explore women’s contributions to the recent transformation of an industrial waterfront to one of booming real estate development, ecologically-driven landscape design, and resilient infrastructure. Tour features include iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, and progressive waterfront parks. 

Offered on July 20th 2020 @ 10.15am 

Continuing education credits available »

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

NYC Bridge Tour

Gateways to New York: Bridges, Infrastructure, and the Legacy of Othmar Ammann

This special version of our Around Manhattan: Bridges, Infrastructure, and the Evolving City tour will focus on the work of Swiss-American structural engineer Othmar H. Ammann, who emigrated to New York in 1904 and redefined the art of bridge building in America. Ammann designed more than half of the eleven bridges that connect New York City to the rest of the United States. In addition to his seminal George Washington Bridge, Ammann’s most important projects in New York include the Bayonne Bridge, the Triborough Bridge, the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, the Throgs Neck Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.  This tour is held in partnership with Architecture & Design Film Festival, who will be screening the new documentary film Gateways to New York by director Martin Witz, chronicling the adventurous saga of  Ammann, who moved to America as a young engineer, creating modern icons in New York with his visionary suspension bridges. Witz will be on board… The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), held this year from October 16-20 in NYC, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design.

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

Statue of Liberty Cruise

1 Hour Harbor Sightseeing Cruise on Yacht Full Moon from North Cove Marina

See the key NYC harbor sights in just one hour aboard the smaller more intimate wooden yachts of the Classic Harbor Line fleet and depart from North Cove Marina. The yachts are ideal for up to 28 guests, feature full bars, comfortable seating and excellent views of the city skyline and New York harbor. Each excursion will feature a slow pass by the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. On occasion, at high tide, we may even circumnavigate the Liberty Island. This shorter cruise is ideal for families or tourists with limited time.

  Duration: 1 hr - Departing from North Cove Marina   Boat: Full Moon | Departing from North Cove Marina   Cost: Adult $36 | Child $24

NYC Statue of Liberty Cruise

Statue and Skyline Cruise on yacht Full Moon from North Cove Marina

Join us for some afternoon sightseeing aboard our Statue and Skyline cruise departing from North Cove Marina on one of our classic yachts.  In the heart of Battery Park City this is the perfect place to jump on a boat and head out into the Harbor to see the city from the waters perspective.  View iconic sites such as the Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and more!

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

NYC Brunch Cruise

Mimosa, Statue & Skyline Cruise on yacht Full Moon from North Cove Marina

Start your Saturday with an early afternoon Mimosa Cruise aboard the Yacht Kingston or Yacht Full Moon.  Cruise with us out into NY Harbor with a Mimosa in hand and take in all of the major iconic sites this city has to offer.  This is the perfect way to start your day with a loved one, your family or a group of out of town guests.   

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Full Moon | Departing from North Cove Marina   Cost: Adult $46 | Child $24

Mimosa, Statue & Skyline Cruise on yacht Kingston from North Cove Marina

Start your mid afternoon with us for a Mimosa Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty! Experience New York like you never have before aboard one of our classic yachts. After a morning of sightseeing in the Financial District leave the noise of city street life behind and 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 one of these classic yachts!

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

Romantic Things to do NYC

1-Hr Sightseeing Cruise on yacht Kingston from North Cove Marina

See the key NYC harbor sights in just one hour aboard the smaller more intimate wooden yachts of the Classic Harbor Line fleet and depart from North Cove Marina. This yacht is ideal for up to 40 guests, feature full bar, comfortable seating and excellent views of the city skyline and New York harbor. Each excursion will feature a slow pass by the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. On occasion, at high tide, we may even circumnavigate the Liberty Island. This shorter cruise is ideal for families or tourists with limited time.  

  Duration: 1 hr   Boat: Kingston | Departing from North Cove Marina   Cost: Adult $36 | Child $24

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

This unique circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan will explore green infrastructure designed to both restore the health and productivity of the region’s marine ecology and to create resilient edges to mitigate storm surge and sea level rise. The tour will be hosted by Arthur Platt AIA, along with guest guides Pete Malinowski, Executive Director of Restoration for the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), and Clara Holmes, a Field Scientist with NYC Parks, specializing in botany. Guests will hear accounts of the abundant marine life documented by 17th century explorers and learn how subsequent settlement patterns and resource use led to the estuary’s decline. Today’s ecological goals, including efforts to rebuild native oyster habitat and create sanctuaries for migratory fish and waterfowl, embody a renewed commitment to restoring native ecology along our shared urban shoreline. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $96

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. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.25 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $74 | Student $54