Ellis Island
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New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

1. New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

Experience a New York City sunset from the water on this evening sightseeing sail past some of the borough's waterside landmarks. Climb aboard a beautiful 80-foot Adirondack for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the concrete and noise of the city. Enjoy an illuminated view of the spectacular New York City skyline and the many famous sights along the way. Admire the beautiful Battery Park, the 20-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries. Sail past Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954. Take in a unique of New York's famous Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals. During the course of your sail, enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink and take in the elegance of this unique sailing tour.

New York City: Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise

2. New York City: Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise

Hop onboard a 1920s-style yacht and be seated at your private table in the grand salon. Set sail along the shore of Lower Manhattan, admiring iconic landmarks including One World Trade Center, the Financial District, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. As you sail, enjoy a self-guided tasting session of 3 sophisticated Champagnes, paired with 3 artisan cheeses. You can also head outside to the leisure deck to snap unforgettable photos for your vacation album and get a better view of the iconic New York skyline.

Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

3. Manhattan Holiday Yacht Cruise with Jazz, Cocoa & Carols

Celebrate the holiday season in style this Christmas on board a luxury 90-minute yacht cruise of Manhattan Harbor. Step inside the yacht’s toasty solarium, decked out in full holiday décor, and enjoy a warm and cozy tour with your friends, family, and loved ones. Delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats will be served as you sail past Battery Park, South Street Seaport, the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Relax in the heated main observation cabin, join in the caroling, or enjoy the beats of a live jazz trio. Sip on a complimentary glass of champagne, wine or beer, and purchase mixed drinks from the on board bar. Then, watch as the gorgeous views of Manhattan Island sail by, all from the comfort of a heated back-deck salon and glassed-in observatory of the 1920s style yacht.

Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

4. Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail

Experience the magic of NYC from the water on this sailing cruise from Brooklyn. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Capture pictures of iconic sights like the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.  Meet your captain and begin your sailing adventure. Get up close to sights like Governors Island and the towering Statue of Liberty. View the immense Brooklyn Bridge from the water. See a piece of history as you pass by Ellis Island. Take in views of the World Trade Center.  Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, make a memorable proposal, build a tighter work team, or make a regular day special with an NYC cruise. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

NYC: Sightseeing Holiday Cruise with Drink

5. NYC: Sightseeing Holiday Cruise with Drink

Gather your family or close friends and get ready for a festive daytime sightseeing cruise. Departing from Chelsea Piers, step aboard a classical 1920s-style yacht, all decked out in elegant holiday decor.  See all the major Lower Manhattan sights from the water. Marvel at the sweeping skyline from inside the heated, glassed-in observatory, or venture to the open deck for pictures and unobstructed views. Enjoy light narration by the captain and some holiday music from the sound system. Sit back and relax with a drink at your private table. Spectacular homemade hot cocoa and snacks will be available for purchase. Capacity limitations will follow the New York State guidelines. You will be assigned private tables separated by plexiglass panes, and air will circulate through an advanced filtration system.

New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

6. New York: Holiday Jazz Cruise Aboard Classic Motor Yacht

Join this special holiday cruise and step inside a toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a 90-minute cruise to see the lights of New York City. Cruise the Hudson River and enjoy views of Manhattan's skyline Champagne, hot cocoa, and other beverages are available. Cookies and treats for all guests will be included. Enjoy your evening with friends or a loved one and enjoy this live holiday jazz trio. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of the island from the heated back deck salon of this 1920s style yacht. On this 90 minute cruise, take in picturesque views from your glassed-in observatory. Sights along the way include: - The Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II in full holiday decor - Cocoa, cookies and live holiday jazz - Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District - Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or Champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase.

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What people are saying about Ellis Island

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Booked this when most of Broadway shut down and our one big night of theatre was canceled…and while it wasn’t ‘Music Man’, it was AWESOME! We knew nothing about it, but took a chance and it ended up being our favorite thing to do on our quick little jaunt to NYC (a surprise 48 hour trip for me because apparently my husband loves me more than he fears flying, and we finally decided to start living life even though we’ll run out of money soon lol). Fun, warm, inviting atmosphere with a first-rate jazz trio (and my husband and I are both music educators so we know what we’re talking about). The first drink is free, and my Manhattan had enough liquor in it to last the entire cruise, which made this jaunt even more fun. Although it was a very overcast evening, the lights of the city against the dark water made us feel like we were part of a beautiful painting, and lady liberty was simply glowing. All of this paired with a very friendly and welcoming crew made it a perfect evening.

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The crew welcoming and engaging with the music adding just the right touch to the evening. The Manhattan is a beautiful boat. Definitely interested in exploring other tours.

The team were very helpful and friendly. The views were amazing, absolutely loved it! Champagne and cheese were of a high quality!

This was totally worth it! Even on a light rainy, cold night we completely enjoyed the sights and sounds. Thank you!!

Great trip. Nice boat with bathrooms and comfortable seating.