What is the best way to see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline? Taking a cruise is one of the easiest ways to get the best views of New York City’s iconic landmarks.
Taking kids on a long boat ride may not seem like an ideal choice for most families. Parents are wary of how easily the little ones can lose interest in the city views and get restless. A series of Kids Cruises launched by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offers the perfect option for families to cruise in New York City.
My family and I were guests of the Summer Sizzling Radio Disney Dance Party cruise in June. Any concern we had about keeping our toddler engaged during the cruise vanished as we were greeted with colorful balloons and Broadway songs. The stroller could be wheeled
in straight to the stroller parking area on the first floor.
The cruise was a perfect mix of entertainment and sightseeing. The balloon artist and magician were the main focus of the toddlers and pre-school aged kids. They were patient and attentive and accommodated the kids’ requests with a smile.
For the older ones, a dance party was in full flow with moves being taught by the DJ and his staff. At the end there were fun games and giveaways of small gifts.
There was plenty of seating both inside and outside the boat. The upper deck was the most popular for capturing the best scenery.
We got really good views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Midtown and Lower Manhattan Skyline. Because the boat passed by each attraction twice, we didn’t feel rushed and had the opportunity for photo do-overs.
The tour guide did a great job of building up the excitement for the landmarks and sharing interesting facts about them. Older kids as well as adults could benefit from the fun commentary. Did you know that the tablet in the statue is inscribed with the date of American Declaration of Independence?
The guests on the cruise seemed to be a good mix of tourists and locals. A local family I chatted with had decided to make the Kids Cruise a summer tradition after their daughter enjoyed the Pirates and Princess Party cruise last year. With many different themes being offered, you have the opportunity to experience something new each time.
One aspect of the cruise that had room for improvement was the snack bar. The basic refreshments didn’t seem too appetizing so I was glad that we had brought our own food and drink.
With multiple cruises being offered, the boarding line can be a little chaotic so I recommend getting there at least half hour before with pre-booked tickets.
“I saw Lady Liberty and got an airplane balloon,” my son exclaimed when his aunty asked him about the cruise. The yellow airplane balloon from the skilled balloon artist made as a big impression on my son as the Statue of Liberty.
Having been a fan of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for years, I’m glad that they thought about the little things that can make a personal experience for their young guests and make cruising accessible for families with kids.
If You Go:
Each of these cruises is based on a particular theme and occurs on selected Saturdays.
Starting at 10am the cruise lasts for 75 minutes. The tickets are priced at $29 for adults, $20 for 3-12 year age group with kids under 2 being admitted for free.
Cruises depart from pier 83, located a few blocks away from Times Square.
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