New York City’s Circle Line is set to reopen for the 2021 season on April 1.

With three classic cruise sightseeing options, Circle Line will kick off spring New York with daily departures for its Landmarks Cruise, Best of NYC and Harbor Lights — all offering unique takes on the extraordinary New York City skyline, the company said.  

Circle Line said its passengers can look forward to an authentic and iconic New York City experience on each cruise, with comfortable seating on large outdoor decks and entertaining tour guides relating surprising details of landmarks, New York City trivia and history.

Circle Line will open the 2021 season with three classic cruises, each departing daily from Pier 83 at West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue in Hudson River Park on Manhattan west side.

The three cruises kicking off the season are:  


  • Landmarks Cruise (1.5 hours) – Enjoy striking views of famous city landmarks from the Empire State Building to One World Trade Center, plus a photo stop at the Statue of Liberty.


  • Best of NYC (2.5 hours) – This is the only one sightseeing cruise that travels all the way around Manhattan. The cruise provides views of 130 iconic city landmarks and passes under 20 bridges. 


  • Harbor Lights (2 hours) – This cruise provides evening viewing of New York City’s most famous landmarks from the water.


“We are so excited to welcome guests back to celebrate New York City as only Circle Line can,” said Craig Kanarick, CEO of New York Cruise Lines. “There’s nothing better than being out on the water in the open air, captivated and energized by the spirit of discovery and the unmatched beauty of the city.” 

As the 2021 season begins, Circle Line will operate at 50% capacity to ensure social distancing for passengers. All vessels will be thoroughly cleaned multiple times daily with frequently touched objects such as door handles disinfected more often. Hand sanitizer will be available at key locations, and everyone on board — staff and passengers — will be required to wear masks.