The 5 Best Holiday Cruises Around NYC

The 5 Best Holiday Cruises Around NYC

Enjoy a special voyage aboard one of the many local holiday cruise lines this holiday season. Get ready to set sail on Christmas Eve, ring in New Year’s Eve, or just enjoy a celebratory brunch with friends and family (and even Santa!). Either way, you’ll deserve bragging rights for getting the best views of the city. By Carly Petrone.

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Classic Harbor Lines

Chelsea Piers
W. 22nd and Hudson River
New York, NY

212-913-9991
www.sail-nyc.com/NYC-Holiday-Cruise

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No matter what you’re in the mood for, Classic Harbor Line has a variety of holiday cruises to help kick off this festive season. Choose from the Holiday Wine Tasting Cruise, which includes a wine pairing with wine expert Wendy Crispell or invite your friends and family on a 90-minute Cocoas and Carols/Holiday Jazz Cruise to see the city lights, sip a decadent (or spiked) hot chocolate, and listen to live carolers. If brunch is more your thing, sign up for the Holiday Brunch Cruise. The main cabin will be spectacularly decorated and prepped for the delicious buffet, which includes everything from gingerbread muffins and a gluten-free waffle station to mimosas and plenty of egg nog. All aboard for a day or night of holiday fun! Check website for ticket prices and departure times.

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Hornblower Cruises

Pier 40
353 West St.
New York, NY

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Celebrate 2015 in style with Hornblower Cruises. Get your tickets for the Admiral’s New Year’s Eve Gala and hop aboard the Hornblower Hybrid for a seated dinner, premium open bar, a midnight champagne toast, and some of the best views of this year’s fireworks display. If you’d rather recuperate from the NYE festivities, sign up for the Premier Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise, which leaves the dock at 1 p.m. For $70 you can enjoy a two-hour cruise, bottomless breakfast cocktails and coffee, and one stellar brunch buffet aboard the Hornblower Infinity. Can’t wait to come aboard? Check out their Festive Holiday Lunch & Dinner Cruises happening this Friday and Saturday. Anchors away!

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Spirit Cruises

Chelsea Piers
New York, NY

866-483-3866
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Sail the Hudson with Santa Claus on Saturday, December 13th. Meet Kris Kringle himself and get your picture taken with him aboard Spirit Cruise’s New York Santa Lunch Cruise. This family-friendly ride includes a kid menu that is perfect for your little ones – think chicken tenders, fries, and holiday cookies. Now, all you have to do is explain why Santa is away from the North Pole. The two-hour cruise costs $49.40/adult and $29.95/child and sets sail at 12 p.m. (boards at 11:30 a.m.).

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Bateaux Cruises

Chelsea Piers
Pier 61
New York, NY
10011

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Spend your Christmas Eve with Bateaux Cruises. Step aboard the glass-enclosed Bateaux New York and dance to live music, enjoy fine dining, and take in the stunning views of the skyline. Tickets are $159.90/person and cruise sets sail from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (boarding begins at 6:15 p.m.). If you really want to go out with a bang, get your tickets for the NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Tickets will cost you at least $499 but it includes a premium open bar, plated dinner, live music, party favors, and stunning views of the fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty. It doesn’t get more New York than that! Dockside boarding begins at 8 p.m. and cruise goes from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Check website for more details.

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Skyline

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Worlds Fair Marina
Queens, NY
11368

www.skylinecruises.com/nye.html

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Ring in 2015 with Skyline Princess Cruises. Have a dance party this New Year’s Eve aboard the luxury motor yacht the Skyline Princess. Have the time of your life during this 5-hour cruise, which includes a premium open bar, a delicious gourmet dinner buffet, a champagne midnight toast, party favors, and stellar views of the Macy’s Fireworks display. Plus, you don’t have to worry about paying for parking at the marina because it’s included in the ticket price ($205/adults, $175/kids). Looking for something more private? Reserve a private table for $245 per person. Set sail at 9 p.m. and return at 2 a.m. Just make sure you get there by 8:30 p.m. to start boarding.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.