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Looking for a unique experience in New York City? How about you take your brunch plans to the water. Here is everything you need to know about Classic Harbor Line’s NYC Brunch Cruise.
Grab your best girlfriends and throw on your best brunch outfit yet. We’re going sailing!
If there’s one thing I love more than brunch in New York City, it’s brunch on a yacht in New York City.
Local cruising company Classic Harbor Line recently started offering an NYC Brunch Cruise — and I was lucky enough to be able to experience it during a recent trip to New York. Now that I am living abroad in Rio de Janeiro, my brunches and boat cruises are looking a lot different.
Spending some time on the water in my favorite city while admiring the skyline and drinking champagne with my best friend was a lovely way to start off my NYC visit. We were blessed with the bluest and sunniest of days too, which I am convinced was New York’s special way of saying “Welcome back, Carla.”
If you’re head over heels with New York like I am, then you’ll love experiencing this NYC brunch cruise.
What’s To Expect From The NYC Brunch Cruise?
Classic Harbor Line’s NYC brunch cruise takes you around the island of Manhattan while you enjoy a three-course menu aboard a 1920s-style luxury yacht.
It starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about three hours. The cost is $124 to $142 per person depending on your group size.
When you get onto the yacht, you’ll be assigned a private table with your group. The tables are surrounded by Plexiglass dividers to protect you from other groups. Every table has a beautiful view of the water — but if you want an even better view, you can hang out on the outside deck as much as you want.
Masks must be worn at all times but can be removed while you’re eating and drinking.
You get one complimentary drink (bloody mary, mimosa, beer, wine or champagne) and can purchase more at your table. You can also purchase a beverage package ahead of time.
I was gifted a bottle of champagne for mimosas and can say, with confidence, that mimosas are should be a crucial part of your NYC brunch cruise experience. 😉
The brunch is made up of three courses; I’ll get into further detail about what’s served later in this post. The courses come out slowly throughout the three-hour journey so you have plenty of time to drink, chat, and wander the outside deck in between meals.
There are restrooms on the boat, and they’re very clean!
How Much Does the NYC Brunch Cruise Cost?
- $124 per person for 4 or more adults
- $142 per person for 2 to 3 adults
- $72 per child
What’s Included in the NYC Brunch Cruise?
Let’s take a look at what’s included in the NYC brunch cruise:
- Private table for your group
- 3-course brunch
- 1 complimentary bloody mary, mimosa, beer, wine or champagne
What’s On The Brunch Menu?
Now let’s get to the important stuff: What’s on the menu?
Pre-brunch: When I first arrived at the table, there was a small platter of assorted doughnuts and pastries waiting for us.
First Course: Mini New York bagels served with flavored cream cheeses, smoked salmon, capers, red onion, tomatoes & dill
Second Course: Seasonal quiche served with roasted chicken sausages and a salad with fresh vegetables, cranberries and Danish blue cheese
Final Course: Seasonal fruit and mini Italian pastries
| READ MORE: NYC Holiday Cruise with Classic Harbor Line
What Will You See During Your NYC Boat Brunch?
Your three-hour journey will take you all around the island of Manhattan — and under 20 bridges.
In fact, if you’ve never seen the northern tip of Manhattan from the water, you’re in for a treat. It’s very green and forested, completely different from the skyscrapers you’re used to seeing in Midtown.
The best way to see the skyline is from the outdoor deck. It’s also a perfect spot for photos, so make sure to bring your cameras. Keep an eye out for the Statue of Liberty!
Here are a few of the highlights you’ll see during your NYC brunch cruise:
- The Upper West Side and the George Washington Bridge
- Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District
- Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- Parts of Brooklyn and Queens
- The complete New York City skyline
- NYC’s newest waterfront attractions Hudson Yards and Little Island
- Roosevelt Island, the United Nations Building, and the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in the East River
Where Is Classic Harbor Line Located?
Classic Harbor Line’s NYC cruises leave from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers, on the west side of Manhattan. If you use the Google Maps app, you can type in “Classic Harbor Line,” and the app will point you in the right direction.
How To Get To Pier 62
You can easily get to Pier 62 via public transportation, Uber/Lyft or by car.
By subway: Take the C or E train to 23rd Street. You’ll exit on Eighth Avenue, so you’ll need to walk about three avenues west until you hit the Hudson River and the Chelsea Piers complex.
By bus: Take the crosstown M23 bus west to the last stop, Chelsea Piers, Pier 62.
By car: If you are planning to park your car at Chelsea Piers, the access road into the parking lots is at West 24th Street. This road is only accessible if you are southbound on the West Side Highway or westbound on 23rd Street. On 23rd Street, take a right on Eleventh Avenue followed by a quick left on West 24th Street. Use the taxi turn-in into Chelsea Piers, and stay to the right.
Parking: Chelsea Piers parking is available on Piers 61, 60 and 59.
Learn more about Classic Harbor Line’s other NYC cruise options:
- Review of the NYC Sunset Sail
- Review of the NYC Live Jazz & City Lights Cruise
- Review of the NYC Holiday Cruise