Sometimes I feel like Mean Old Mister Scrooge this time of the year. A simple taxi ride takes four times as long as it should, assuming you can even find a taxi. Busses are full up at 7am. And you have to endure police stringing “do not enter” tape across streets near Rockefeller Center in the most simplistic and makeshift type of traffic management technique ever concocted. Help! I need a way to enjoy my own city at this most magical time of the year.
Enter Classic Harbor Line. I really love what they’re offering to get you off the city’s crowded streets and out of the crazy NYC commercial scene. Grab your spouse, your significant other, your BFF and all of your family for a tour of the city decked out in its holiday splendor…. from the water. On a cruise leaving from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62, West 22nd Street and Hudson River), you’ll get to see the city lights on a one-and-a-half hour sail, seated indoors in complete comfort, with live carolers or jazz musicians as your hosts.
Pretty cool? Actually, quite warm. You’ll be back to singing “it’s a holly jolly Christmas” in a flash as you snuggle up in a heated back-deck salon on a 1920s-style sailing vessel. Aboard the Luxury Yacht Manhattan, you’ll soak in the scenery as you stay toasty with cocoa and cookie treats. (Adults have a choice of beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or champagne as well).
Battery Park, South Street Seaport, and the Financial District are your twinkling downtown sights, along with gorgeous views of Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Depending on the weather and the course taken, you’ll also see some areas of Brooklyn and Queens, and, of course, the Manhattan skyline.
Jazz concerts take place Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Caroling (with guest participation encouraged) is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Now through January 2. Adult tickets are priced at $56; children’s tickets are $36. Cruises start as early as 4pm, with the latest sailing at 8pm. Check https://www.sail-nyc.com/browse-by-theme/holiday-cruises/ for available dates and sail times. www.sail-nyc.com.
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New York Harbor tour boats, work boats, private boaters and charter yachts will gussy up their vessels with twinkling lights and holiday decor (including a very special maritime old St. Nick on the last boat). The lit boats will gather at Pier A, travel up through Brooklyn Bridge Park, then move north along the Brooklyn Waterfront, passing under the Brooklyn Bridge and doing a tight pass along Manhattan’s waterfront at South Street Seaport.
Here’s a map of the best places to catch the ships, and there are tickets available for a seat on the glamorous Adirondack Schooner, which will lead the parade this year. Don’t forget to winterize your Topsiders!