Picture this: the sun is shining down through the deep blue sky and the wind blows across the water, as you cruise along the Hudson and East Rivers around the isle of Manhattan. Have a got your attention yet? Lets add something else to the picture. Amazing skyline views of Manhattan, getting close up to Lady Liberty, and cruising underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Well if I haven’t gotten your attention by now then something’s wrong.
I want to share with everyone the wonderful experience I had with my family last Wednesday afternoon (Just a day before kids head back to school), courtesy of Classic Harbor Line. We were guests aboard their 80-foot luxury yacht aptly named the Manhattan.
The cruise embarked from the Chelsea Piers right around 22nd street on the west side of Manhattan. We were given a choice of sitting in an enclosed area at the back of the boat of outside seating towards the front of the boat. Being that it was a beautiful sunny day we chose the latter. Word of advice if you don’t like a ride with a few ups and downs I would sit in the back.
After pulling out of the dock the boat headed south along the Hudson River. The views of both the Manhattan skyline and New Jersey side were very spectacular. It is my opinion that you have not seen Manhattan until you’ve seen it from a boat. As we cruised along at a nice comfortable pace the crew came around and offered us complimentary drinks. We had wine for the adults and soda for the kids. The first drink on the cruise was complimentary anything after that was paid. They also offered a cheese platter and other paid items as well in their dining area.
As we sipped our wine the boat cruised down the Hudson closer to lower Manhattan. We had a great view of the world trade center area and the new freedom tower.
The captain of the ship chimed in with information about the sites over the loudspeaker throughout the journey. After passing downtown we headed over to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was really nice because the captain got the bought really close for some great photo ops.
We continued to cruise on past Governors Island and up the East River towards the Brooklyn Bridge. The cruise took us underneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. You don’t realize how big these bridges are until you are underneath them. It was pretty intimidating hearing the cars and subways cross the bridges above our heads. The East river part of our journey was just as interesting as the Hudson side. We got to see the old Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg, the east side of Manhattan, the United Nations Building, parts of Queens and more.
The boat then turned around and headed back down the East river and around lower Manhattan. On the return journey we were much closer to lower Manhattan with great views of Battery Park and the financial district.
Overall the cruise took about 1 hour and 20 minutes and was amazing. The cruise is family friendly. We were blessed with warm weather and sunny skies. A couple of times the spray of ocean water hit us, which was very refreshing. The captain and the crew of the Manhattan were all excellent. I would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone looking for great Manhattan views and a once in a lifetime experience.
Disclosure: I was invited as media to this event and received complimentary tickets from Classic Harbor line. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are 100% my own.
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