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Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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Step aboard the teak decks of your elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy a 2.75 hour cruise while learning about  NYC's architectural landmarks from the water. The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals.
Aboard the yachts, experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight. Guests are treated to one complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & a light snack about 1-hour into the trip. Additional beverages are available for purchase by credit card. On this cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure with narration by a member of the AIANY Chapter.
Highlights
  • Gain a new perspective on Manhattan from a 1920s-style yacht
  • Learn the history of the city and its buildings from a trained architect
  • Enjoy one glass of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink, plus hors d’oeuvres
  • See other famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
What to Expect
Your journey around Manhattan begins at Chelsea Piers. Climb aboard either the Manhattan or Manhattan II—both 1920s-style yachts with teak decks and climate-controlled observatories.
On the tour, you make a complete circumnavigation around Manhattan, traveling along the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. As you go, your guide—a trained architect—provides expert insight on the city’s history, skyscrapers, and riverfront development.
From the water, you see many of the city’s distinct landmarks, including the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center. You also catch glimpses of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and other waterfront highlights. As you go, enjoy one complimentary glass of beer, wine, or other beverage on board, as well as hors d’oeuvres.
The tour ends at your departure point at Chelsea Piers.
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Reviewed yesterday

This almost 3 hour boat cruise with an architectural theme took us all around Manhattan - it was the highlight of our trip to NYC! Our architect guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable regarding architecture and other facts about New York and New Jersey. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Josee L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It all depends on what you’re looking for: hoping for a quality experience, away from crowds and noise? Read on. We were three siblings getting together to celebrate a milestone birthday, and wanted to enjoy quality time together. Classic Harbor stood out from other companies...More

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CHL745, Manager at Classic Harbor Line, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, We love to read about your experience! Thank you for joining us and sharing it with others. We hope to see you again soon. Warmly, Classic Harbor Line

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beats the standard Circle Line boat ride around Manhattan by miles! Architect guide was extremely informative with relevant information that most will like to know but don’t know yet.More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Maury H
CHL745, Manager at Classic Harbor Line, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Yes the AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour that we host is truly filled with some amazing information about this stunning city. Thank you for joining us and sharing your experience with others. We hope to see you again soon! (If you enjoyed this cruise...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the trip, experiencing the views of the buildings of New York. The architect who provided the information, did so in an eloquent manner, taking time for us to pause and really examine the buildings. The snacks were delicious, and the seats on...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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CHL745, Manager at Classic Harbor Line, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Yes! The AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour is perfect for locals, visitors and people from the profession! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time out with us and look forward to hosting you again in the future. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t recommend this tour highly enough. It was fantastic for hours we had terrific intelligent and knowledgeable commentary. I learnt a lot. From the water NYC is so magnificent. The commentary included architectural information as well as history. And we were treated to a glass...More

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CHL745, Manager at Classic Harbor Line, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, We love to hear that you enjoyed your AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour on the Yacht Manhattan II around NYC! Thank you for joining us and sharing your experience with others. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Warmly, Classic Harbor...More

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classiquesalon
25 July 2019|
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Response from BigDogLover3 |
Don’t believe so. All part of the cruise.
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classiquesalon
25 July 2019|
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Response from _Christina_2367 | Reviewed this property |
No, it is included and as I recall it it was quite good.
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Michele A
17 July 2019|
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Response from 968mmac |
If he is interested in Architecture I don't see why this would not be appropriate for him. It is a great trip
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