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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
June 20, 2013
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 14, 2013
From journal A New York Minute
December 15, 2011
From journal A few days in New York
by Traveling Jen
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
March 15, 2007
The Circle Line cruise was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I suggest a cab ride to get there, it’s a bit off the beaten path. The cruise is about $24 dollars for an adult (I purchased the NYC City Pass which came with admission to the Circle Line - well worth it). It takes you around the entire Island of Manhattan. I especially liked this because we could just catch a glimpse of some of the neighborhoods that we didn’t venture into to.
You get some great views of the Statue of Liberty, which I found to be inviting whereas you can no longer go into the Statue. It can be a bit windy, so wear a light coat if it’s all chilly out.
From journal New York City on the GO!
March 14, 2007
June 6, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised that when I purchased my CitiPass booklet and there was a ticket for a 2 hour tour around the end of Manhattan. This tour can also be purchased from Circle Line for approximately $25 at http://www.circleline42.com. The Circle Line company also offers a 3 hour tour and a 75 minute tour.
I chose to use the tour that was included with my CitiPass, and set off to enjoy my adventure. When we arrived at the pier I was struck by a view of the Intrepid Museum which is docked next to the Circle Line Boats. The Intrepid is an aircraft carrier, and you could see numerous types of aircraft on its deck. It looked really interesting, but I did not have time to check it out.
Our cruise departed and we headed out past the Financial District of Manhattan. We sailed past Chelsea Piers, and took a quick run near the Statue of Liberty. Please note that this cruise does not take you to the Island, Circle Line offers an additional cruise that does that. We continued on under the Brooklyn Bridge.
The boat was a great break from the July heat in the city, and the captain told us tons of great information about the city and the sites that we observed. He even taught us a way to remember the order of the 3 bridges we sailed beneath. He used the acronym BMW—Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Washington.
The neatest thing about the cruise was the incredible photos we got of the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York Skyline. They are some of my favorites from the trip.
I really enjoyed our Circle Line Semi Circle Cruise. I felt that it was just enough time on the boat so that you didn't get bored with the tour and you still got to see some really neat sites.
From journal New York, New York
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
June 27, 2005
This is also a great opportunity to leisurely get some history of the city as you cruise in comfort.
We had initially discussed taking the ferry to The Statue of Liberty, but when we discovered we should plan on 6 hours for the entire experience from the time one enters a line for ferry tickets to the return, time constraints led us to this alternative. This is a great alternative, as you not only get close to the statue and miss the lines, but also see much more of the island in half the time.
We took this tour on a mid-June Thursday afternoon, and our boat was less than a fourth full.
From journal Cubs vs Yankees Weekend
April 14, 2005
The tour takes every part of three hours and did not, when we did it, go 'around' the entire island. It went as far as Harlem before turning around and doubling back on itself.
The commentary is informative and interesting, with the right mix of fact, figure, and anecdote to provide an individual perspective. The real star, of course, is the city view; the downtown skyline looks fantastic from the water.
It can get hot on the boat, and you will want some water; though there is a snack bar on board, it is not exactly cheap--better to take your own on with you.
Even on overcast days, three hours on deck in the sun will leave you sunburned, so a hat and sunscreen are a good idea.
From journal Easter in New York City
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 20, 2005
It is cold on the water, so bring something warm, even in summer months. They do have a concession stand downstairs, and they do offer hot drinks to warm you up. Bathrooms are also onboard. Before you board the boat, they will have you stop and take pictures. You can purchase them when you return. You get a 5"x7" and two smaller framed pictures. It is a nice memory to take home. Try to get here early and get a seat on the right side of the ship. Even though this is a semicircle cruise and comes back the same way it went out. It does get you closer to everything from the right side. When they go up to the Statue of Liberty, she will be on the right side. They do not take a second up-close on the return. If you do get seats on the left, please be considerate to those on the right. When we got up to the Statue, hordes of people come running over, stepping on our toes and blocking our view. This is part of the city pass, if you have one. I would recommend reservations in advance, especially in the summer.
If you didn’t make it over to Lady Liberty, then check her out via the Circle Line's 2-hour semicircle cruise. You will get a breathtaking overview of this magnificent city. You pass under bridges, by Battery Park, the financial district, and the busy South Street Seaport. You also get a great up-close view of Lady Liberty. They will stop for a few minutes to allow picture-taking.
From journal A southern belle in the big city- New York City
October 9, 2003
From journal Happy 4th in New York