Manhattan Architecture Cruise

Manhattan, NY

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Marvel at the world-famous skyline of New York City, circling the island by boat on the Manhattan Architecture Cruise.

  • Hosted by members of the American Institute of Architects, from the comfort of a beautiful, luxury cruising yacht
  • Tour will highlight the engineering masterpieces of NYC while cruising the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers
  • Learn about the "Starchitecture" boom of the West Side, skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan, and various famous monuments of the city
  • Enjoy a great way to spend time on the water with the beloved Big Apple as the backdrop for the day!
Chelsea Piers - Manhattan, NY

Mid-January through October:
Friday-Monday - Times vary based on season

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    Essential Information
    • Great for architecture, engineering, urban planning and development students! You can receive up to 1.5 AIACES LU/HSW credits provided through the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
    • Participants must be at least 14 years of age
    • **Please note that full circumnavigation of Manhattan may not occur. The Spuyten Duyvil train bridge is sometimes inoperable. Under these rare instances, the tour will feature double backing of the route and further detail of the waterfront sites.
    • While NYC is in Phase 2, there is no food and bar service during this tour. Please eat prior to attending this 2.75 hour tour. Feel free to bring personal bottled water.
    • There is a 3 ticket minimum for each reservation as each reservation will be assigned a private table onboard.
    2.75 hours
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    Up to 46 Passengers
    This experience is to be enjoyed by the participants only.
    Weather Dependent
    The cruise runs rain or shine. A trip is only canceled in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. Cancellations are made on the day of the sail, by the captain, up to one hour prior to departure time. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions on the day of your experience. In the event of a canceled cruise, passengers will reschedule directly with the experience provider.
    What To Wear
    Dress is typically casual. The temperature might be cooler out on the water, so dress accordingly. We ask that passengers wear only soft soled shoes such as sneakers, deck shoes, flip-flops or sandals.

    For this experience, our partners are taking extra measures to help prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include reducing capacity for all excursions offered. All crew members will have temperature checks prior to working daily. If guests have apparent symptoms upon arrival they will be sent home. A health questionnaire regarding COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, or test positives will be given to all prior to boarding. Each guest over the age of 2 must have a face mask on when they arrive. Hand sanitizer will be available upon arrival for each experience. Our partners will have contactless transactions for check-in, bar purchases, and tipping. Additionally, all high-touch points of the yachts are sanitized between every sail we operate.

    Is there a minimum age requirement?
    This cruise is designed for adults and students 14 years of age and older.
    Is the Manhattan yacht handicap accessible?
    The yacht is handicap accessible to those with walkers and canes, however the enclosed observatory can not be accessed by wheelchair. In addition, the restrooms are located down several stairs. Please indicate during the booking process if you will need any assistance.
    Is there a restroom on board?

    Yes, the Manhattan yacht has two bathrooms.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is not allowed, and all bookings are final. Failure to appear on your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

    Customer Reviews
    (11 reviews)
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    “The boat is lovely, and the whole cruise is an excellent experience with great staff all around. Would recommend!”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello Rachel!  What a lovely review!  Thank you so much for letting us know. I am overjoyed to hear that you had a great time out on the water!  Looking forward to getting you out on another fun experience.  Best, Sophia 
    “Fun and a great way to spend the day!”
    “This was the best tour we did in New York! The boat is beautuful, the crew were very attentive and our tour guide had an immense knowledge of architecture, history and current life in New York City. I highly recommend this tour around the island of Manhatten!”
    “Beautiful boat ride around Manhattan. The lecturer was very informative and the crew were attentive and friendly.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Happy Friday ! I'm glad to hear you had a fun, educational time.  Thanks for sharing!  Best, ​Brooke
    “The tour was excellent and very informative. We would definitely recommend it. The tour guide was fantastic.”
    “The architectural boat tour around Manhattan was very fun and informative. It also provided an alternate view of the entire island. Our guide and crew were very friendly and knew the island well. Cloud 9 Living was also very easy to work with and book through. They truly care about their customers!”
    “The architect who narrated the tour provided wonderful insight to all the building and other structures on the tour around island of Manhattan. He had some staff members available for additional information when needed. There were so many sights to see, and getting an understanding of both the structural and social reasons for the topic being discussed was excellent. I had never seen the northern section of the area before this trip. The tour moved at a pleasant pace. ”
    “New York is the "Venice of the world" and this boat cruise with the Architecture narration reinforces my quote. Had a great time.”
    “Received the tour as a gift. I really wasn't too excited about it as it just isn't my thing. Boy was I wrong. The tour was great. The narrator Joseph was not only extremely knowledgeable about the sights but was enthusiastic in his delivery, which made the time fly by. The entire crew as well as the experience was wonderful. ”
    “The boat was gorgeous -- brand new and couldn't have been more comfortable and conducive to the tour. The tour guide was wonderful, interesting, and kept our attention the entire time. It is a unique experience to go all the way up the Hudson and through the Harlem sound and river, and it was just beautiful. The staff were all friendly and attentive, with great drink and good food. We really had a great time, and it exceeded all of our expectations.”
    “It was a beautiful day in NYC. The boat was extremely comfortable, and the guide was very interesting. He knew his stuff! The wind was a pleasure as the day was hot. We cruised around all of Manhattan Island and it was a fabulous excursion.”

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