If you're in New York City on July 4th, Christmas Eve, or New Year's Eve, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is a Manhattan cruise. Most run at night for dinner or the chance to watch fireworks from a prime location. Here are your options.
Fourth of July Cruises
One of the best vantage points for enjoying the Fourth of July fireworks in the Big Apple is from the water. On an evening cruise, you'll glide across New York Harbor to admire the city skyline and take in views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge before watching the firework display. Cruises often include dinner and drinks, and may be combined with a city sightseeing tour on land.
For something a little different on Christmas Eve, enjoy your holiday meal with a dinner cruise along the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Tours typically take place in the evening so you can look at the illuminated city, including NYC landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. Food is the focus of Christmas cruises, where you can expect dishes such as pork loin, short ribs, or crab cakes, with desserts like New York–style cheesecake, salted caramel cake, or apple cobbler. Cruises are usually about three hours long, and some include musical entertainment; an open bar is not always provided, so drinks may be an additional expense.
New Year's Eve Cruises
Just like on Independence Day, heading out on the water means catching some of the best views of the New Year's Eve fireworks. Enjoy the lit-up waterfront sights from New York Harbor, and take advantage of perks such as an open bar, which most cruises include. Some cruises also provide dinner before the fireworks, while others include a DJ for dancing to ring in the New Year. Tours typically last three to four hours.