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Circle Line 75 Minute Liberty Cruise: Review

Get an upclose view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan's West Side

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Circle Line Boat Tours

Circle Line Boat Tours

Since 1945, Circle Line has shown visitors New York City from the city's major waterways. The 75 minute Liberty Cruise offers a close up view of the the Statue of Liberty, as well as views of Ellis Island and the Empire State Building.

About Circle Line's Liberty Cruise

Want to get a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty? Circle Line's Liberty Cruise might be a good choice for you. In just 75 minutes the boat travels to and from the Statue of Liberty with views of Manhattan's West Side throughout.

The tour guide narrates through the boat's speaker system during the tour, pointing out important landmarks, sharing trivia and highlighting some of the history of New York City. The highlight of the trip is a closeup view of the Statue of Liberty -- perfect for picture taking, and for many visitors on a short visit this is a good chance to view the popular attraction.

For my money, unless your schedule prohibits it, I'd recommend the 2 Hour Semi-Circle Cruise, since you get to see so much more of Manhattan and it's only a few dollars more.

Attractions Featured on Circle Line's Liberty Cruise

Essential Information about the Circle Line's Liberty Cruise

  • Circle Line's Liberty Cruise leaves from Pier 83 between 42nd and 43rd Streets at 12th Avenue
  • Mass Transit to Circle Line Pier: A/C/E, 1/2/3, N/R/Q, 7 or S to 42nd St./Times Square - change to the M42 or M50 Bus running along 42nd Street which will take you to the 42nd Street Pier
  • Parking at Circle Line: $20 before 3 p.m.; $25 after 3 p.m. and on weekends
  • Circle Line's Liberty Cruise Phone: 212-563-3200
  • Circle Line's Liberty Cruise Cost: Adults $27, Children (under 12) $19, Senior Citizens $24
  • Circle Line's Liberty Cruise is available with the the The New York Pass and CityPass.
  • Circle Line Payment: Cash and Major Credit Cards
  • Circle Line's Liberty Cruise Schedule - this cruise is offered year-round, but with as few as one sailing daily during off-season (late October - April)
  • During peak times, tickets do sell out, especially if you have your heart set on a particular cruise (Harbor Lights especially, since it only has one run daily), so plan to arrive early to buy your tickets or be flexible about the cruise you go on.
  • The ship is not designed to accommodate handicapped people -- there are narrow stairs down to the bathrooms, etc., but the crew will do what they can to accommodate you.

Helpful Tips for Circle Line's Liberty Cruise

  • Concessions, including beer and wine, are available on board, but you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • They begin boarding the boat about 30 minutes before departure -- you'll want to arrive in time to buy your tickets (which could take 15 minutes, especially on weekends and school breaks) to be near the front of the line. Seats along both sides of the boat are good -- those closer to Manhattan on the way there will be on the New Jersey side on the return trip and vice versa.
  • Wear sunscreen if you plan to sit outside or stand at the bow of the boat -- despite the breeze, you can get quite a bit of sun.
  • After the cruise departs, they open up the bow of the boat for standing room only -- it's worth checking out the view from there, despite the crowds.
  • Bathrooms on board tend to be cleanest early in the trip -- plan accordingly.
  • You can book tickets online, however there is a ticketing fee $5 for one ticket, $8.50 for 2, etc. You also will need to exchange the ticket voucher for a boarding pass in the ticketing line once you arrive, so there's really no advantage to buying your tickets online unless you're concerned you won't arrive at the dock before they sell out of tickets.

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