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The 5 Best New York City Night Cruises

July 14, 2011 9:37 PM

One forgets that most of New York City is surrounded by water. And the best part? Very few deserted islands around on which to get shipwrecked. In fact, one of the best ways to check out New York City at night is by sailing around under the moon & stars basking in the skyline’s glow. Here are some of NYC’s best night boat cruises – just remember that all the islands you’ll do see have inhabitants, so no staking any claims.

City Lights Party Cruises

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Multiple locations

City Lights Cruises is one of the best because they have a variety of boats, and they all dock at different city locations, from Sheepshead Bay to Pier 81. All tours are three and a half hours; they have three basic cruises, which range from $70 to $95. It’s also important to know that only your first two drinks are free, after that it’s a cash bar. You can also make your reservation online as they have seems like a familiar online ticketing system.

Circle Line Music Cruises

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Pier 83, West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

One of the pioneers of music cruises, Circleline is still going strong. They also have a sunset cruise which provides remarkable views of the New York City skyline as the ship sails down the Hudson.

NY Waterway Twilight Tours

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4800 Avenue at Port Imperial
Weehawken, NJ 07086

The NY Waterway ferry company offers a huge range of sightseeing cruises. From a 90-minute harbor cruise to full-day cruises, NY Waterway has it all. They even have a Friday Night Dance Party cruise.

Spirit Cruises Dinner, Music & Moonlight Cruises

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Chelsea Piers, Pier 61
New York, New York 10011

The Spirit City New York outdoor deck is a perfect spot to gaze at the stars on New York Harbor. Grab a cocktail in the lounge or head for the dance club and move to the latest sounds. You’ll also discover a recently-renovated dining room with a new menu, attentive meal service and all-new Broadway style entertainment. And of course you’ll enjoy the views of the world’s most dramatic skyline on this New York harbor cruise.

Rocks Off Concert Cruises

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E. 23rd St. and FDR Dr.
West 41st St. and Hudson River
New York, NY 10010

Definitely more NSFW, this cruise company specializes in good old-fashioned rock & roll shows on the water. If you want authenticity, then Rocks Off is your edge to the old school. They like loudbands, big stages, bright lights and a lot of partying people. Their flagship events are the Rocks Off concert Cruise Series. they run close to 200 concerts, parties and events on boats from April – October, and sometimes even beyond. So if you’re in the mood to let your hair down, this is the place.

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