About The 1-Hour Cruise Around The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Forget seeing the sights of New York City on foot – and instead, opt to explore on the water. If seeing the Statue of Liberty is on your to-do list for your visit to New York, then why not see the emblematic entrance to New York’s harbour from the water?
Sail around the Statue of Liberty on a sightseeing boat trip that also journeys under the Brooklyn Bridge and over to Ellis Island all in just 1 hour. Sound good? Keep scrolling for the lowdown…
What Will I See On The Cruise?
You’ll begin at Pier 36 before heading past Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and through Brooklyn. You’ll spot the One World Trade Center, Ellis Island and finally the Statue of Liberty. You’ll get up close and personal with the statue – sailing within 100 feet of it – and get to soak in the incredible skyline of Lower Manhattan from both the east and west side.
Throughout your cruise, your expert guide will point out a variety of famous sights along the river, including the Empire State Building, Governor’s Island and the new Freedom Tower.
How Do I Get The Cruise?
The cruise leaves from Pier 36 and returns to the same point. Once you arrive at Pier 36, you follow the edge of the building to the water and go to Slip 3 where you get in line to check in for your cruise with the Majestic Princess.
There’s a cash bar on board that sells drinks and snacks and you can sit both inside and outdoors.
We’d recommend booking in advance as this popular experience is a hit with tourists.
Tickets are around £30 but there is often a discount available if you book in advance. There are around 5 different times you can get the cruise throughout the day. If plans change and you cancel in advance, you’ll receive a full refund.
How Do I Get There From Freehand New York?
You can get to the cruise departure location from Freehand New York from the options below:
- Walk (approx 51 mins): Walk south-west on Lexington Ave towards East 23rd St, and turn left onto East 23rd Street. Turn right at 1st Avenue, and then left onto East 23rd Street for 0.2 miles. Head right onto Avenue C, and then bend left towards Avenue C, and right onto Avenue C. Continue onto Pitt St for 0.4 miles, and then onto Samuel Dickstein Plaza, before turning right onto Henry St, and left at Montgomery St. Continue down this street for 0.2 miles, and you’ll spot Pier 36 on your right.
- Public transport (approx 30 mins): Leave Freehand New York and walk for around 3 minutes towards 23 Street. Then, get the 6 at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall for 5 minutes, 3 stops, to Bleecker Street. Once you’re there, walk for 2 minutes to Broadway-Lafayette Street. There, you need to hop on the F at Kings Hwy for 5 minutes, 3 more stops, to East Broadway. At East Broadway, walk for around 12 minutes to Pier 36.
- Taxi (approx 12 mins)