NEW YORK, NY—Classic Harbor Line (CHL) returns to New York Harbor Pier 62 on June 20, offering scenic sightseeing tours and private events with fresh air and open waters, all within the new level of safety required to responsibly accommodate guests.
“With the additional measures we have put in place, I am confident our team is ready to welcome guests aboard once again,” says Classic Harbor Line Director of Operations Sarah Pennington. Offerings permitted within Phase 1 include a 90-minute Statue & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise and an evening Sunset Cruise, along with 2-hour daytime sails and sunset sailing excursions in New York Harbor. CHL plans to bring back its signature AIANY Architecture tours by mid-July. A second location at North Cove Marina in Battery Park City will also reopen in July with 90-minute cruises offered Thursday through Sunday on Yacht Kingston.
A more extensive health and safety plan is now in place and ensures that each passenger, captain and crew member is kept safe while operating. Classic Harbor Line’s expert crew and staff are fully trained in the additional safety measures and ready to implement with the hallmark warmth and hospitality of the operation.
Health and Safety
Health and safety are the number one priority of the CHL team. Adhering to the CDC-compliant guidelines set by the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), the best practices of CHL operation are updated. It starts with crew temperature checks prior to working each day and a guest health questionnaire prior to boarding. Everyone is required to wear a facial mask. Check-in will now be contactless through scannable barcodes and digital boarding passes and seating will be strategically socially distanced.
Capacity of vessels is limited to 50% and each booking will be assigned an onboard ‘zone’ or ‘table.’ These designated areas will be spaced for members of small groups who book together to marvel at Lady Liberty and New York’s iconic skyline while maintaining proper distance between other passengers. In addition to outdoor deck views, the motor yachts are equipped inside with sliding windows to allow for extra fresh air. CHL crew will be on hand to initially seat guests, and extra masks and alcohol-based sanitizer will be readily available.
Food and beverage service is not a part of the Phase 1 reopening for CHL. In future Phase 2 of reopening, beverages will be able to be enjoyed while guests are seated in designated zones on all sailing excursions on schooners. Beverages will be available on the motor yachts beginning in Phase 3.
A thorough sanitization will take place on each vessel between every trip, as well as sanitation multiple times on high touch points (door handles, railings, restroom, chairs and tabletops) throughout each trip. The crew takes pride in operating the CHL fleet and looks forward to maintaining each boat to the highest level once again.
More about the boats
Dedicated to offering locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line provides relaxing and inspiring cruises through the surrounding waters. Their six classic yachts are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised the NYC waters in the past two centuries. For more information visit www.sail-nyc.com.
Contact: Patricia Clough