Take the one-hour boat to and from one of NYC's most famous icons.

By Cailey Rizzo
May 19, 2021
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Credit: Courtesy of Circle Line Cruises

New York's iconic Circle Line Sightseeing cruise line is gearing up for the summer season with a host of new options for visitors to the Big Apple.

The boat tour company, known for its routes to the Statue of Liberty, returned to the water on April 1, recently launched new options starting May 22 with its Liberty Cruise.

"We have been very pleased with the demand this season and are excited to provide our guests with even more opportunities to celebrate New York City as only Circle Line can," Craig Kanarick, CEO of New York Cruise Lines, said in a statement shared with Travel & Leisure.

Additionally, The Liberty Super Express, a 40-minute journey from downtown Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty and back, will resume service on June 9. Travelers who have a packed itinerary around the city can opt for The Beast cruise, launching June 3, which whizzes over New York's waters in a jet-powered speedboat at 45 miles per hour. The Beast journeys from New York's Pier 83 to the Statue of Liberty and back again in about a half-hour.

Currently, as precautions due to the pandemic, capacity on each vessel is limited to 50% to promote social distancing onboard and customers are required to wear face masks while boarding and disembarking. Masks are highly encouraged while onboard the ships.

Employees are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before every shift, and and each ship is cleaned and sanitized after every trip

Circle Line also announced tickets for its five-hour Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise, which will include a socially-distanced party, complete with DJ and cash bar concession stand.

The iconic cruise line's return follows news of Radio City Music Hall reopening in June and restaurant Tavern on the Green welcoming back guests as New York City continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel Leisure, currently based in Brooklyn. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or at caileyrizzo.com.