Classic Harbor Line
Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring, and breathtaking cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our five classic yachts — the Schooner Adirondack and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan, Manhattan II and Kingston (our motorized yachts) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised the NYC waters in the past two centuries.
Key Points about this Tour:
Private elegant tables assigned to each booking. Each features cushioned section, a large openable exterior window and clear partitions.
$86 for 4 or more Adults & $68 for Students ages 14 and older, $106 for 2 to 3 Adults
Offered aboard Manhattan or Manhattan II (1920s inspired yachts)
Fully Circumnavigates the Island of Manhattan.
Hosted & narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects
Indoor climate-controlled seating and outdoor seating available
One complimentary beer, wine, Champagne or soda is offered. Additional beverages and light fare are available for purchase.
AIA CES 1.5 to 2.5 LU HSW Continuing Education Credits offered.
Join us aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy NYC's architectural landmarks - as best seen 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 with a complimentary beverage in hand.
On this 2.75-hour cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.
Highlights, topics and themes of the AIANY tour include:
Exploration of planning visions for both reclaiming the post-industrial waterfront, as the "6th Borough", and addressing rising sea levels
Insightful coverage of Manhattan's classic spires, including the Chrysler and Woolworth Buildings, as well as a sharp focus on the new World Trade Center buildings and recent local, national, and international award-winning architects; including buildings by Frank Gehry and other noted international and local architects
The greater waterfront access allowed by new parks and recreation piers including the ecologically driven features designed by leading landscape architects
The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the newest waterfront monument: Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park
NYC's engineering masterpieces: the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges as well as lesser known "swing bridges" along the Harlem River
The adaptation of the Highline as an elevated, linear park and its role in the development of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.
The story of post WWII urban renewal and public housing along the waterfronts of the Lower East Side and East Harlem.