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AIA Gold Medalists on Around Manhattan Tours

This month, 24,000 architects from across the county will gather in New York City for the annual conference of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In honor of the event, our AIA Around Manhattan architecture tours will highlight some local recipients of the AIA’s Gold Medal, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world.

Since 1907, only 15 New York-based architects have received this award. This year, James Stewart Polshek, founder of the New York firm now known as Ennead, is the 2018 Gold Medalist. Ennead’s Standard Hotel project from 2009 is a star of our architecture tours—it’s the only newly constructed building allowed to straddle over the top of the High Line.

Altogether, 20 projects can be seen by AIA Gold Medalists on our tour including Steven Holl FAIA, Lous I. Kahn FAIA, and Cesar Pelli FAIA.

 

The Standard High Line Hotel
Meatpacking District
Ennead Architects, 2009
Rising above a former elevated train line that has become downtown’s favorite public park, the Standard High Line hotel includes and an outdoor public plaza with rotating art installations and a winter ice rink.

 

 

Hunters Point Community Library
Long Island City
Steven Holl FAIA, Architect
2018
Located on a prominent site along the East River against the backdrop of recently built skyscraper condominiums, this 22,000 square foot library brings community-devoted space to the increasingly privatized Long Island City waterfront. The concrete structure of the building is exposed and aluminum painted, giving the exterior a subtle sparkle.

 

Four Freedoms Park, FDR Memorial
Roosevelt Island
Louis I. Kahn FAIA, Architect
2012
Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, the FDR Four Freedoms Park is the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, an iconic architect of the 20th century. Executed by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, the Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt’s famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech.

 

Brookfield Place Commercial Center
Battery Park City
Cesar Pelli FAIA, Architect
1985
Brookfield Place is a familiar presence on the New York City skyline, the four stepped towers forming the western wall of Lower Manhattan. While the architecture is unmistakably modern in detail and construction, the buildings reference architectural history, expanding the possibilities for skyscraper design and expressing the aspirations of the contemporary city.

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Step aboard one of our classic boats for a magical NYC 4th of July Fireworks cruise out into NY Harbor and the East River!  We will have the best seats in the house over by the Brooklyn Bridge for the 41st annual Macy’s Day Fireworks display.  This display is the largest display of fireworks in our nation and celebrates our freedom with the most famous skyline in the world as the backdrop. What better place to be than on a yacht and sitting right under them!?

Listen to the ooo’s and aah’s and watch the sky light up with colorful bursts of light on our NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.  Sip on Champagne with those that you love and let our most hospitable crew cater to your every need. 

Make your evening as magical as the display of fireworks and step aboard one of our luxury yachts for an evening that you will not forget. 

We all know that the Macy’s Fireworks are something that just cannot be missed and the best place to view them is from the crowd free decks of one of our yachts.  An added little bonus of being on one of our classic boats is that you will also get to see the Fireworks that are set off of the Statue of Liberty!  Two displays of Fireworks in one night!? 

Choose from one of our five different yachts that will depart from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62.  Enjoy our climate enclosed all glass observatory on one of our motor yachts or sit on the open decks of one of our stunning sailboats.  Each of our NYC 4th of July Fireworks cruise will have complimentary drinks (beer, wine, Champagne and soft drinks) and the food will vary depending on which boat you are on.  

 


 

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise | Classic Harbor Line

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise aboard Luxury Yacht Manhattan II

Join us for a 4th of July celebration aboard the 1920s style luxury yacht Manhattan II.  This vessel offers you great views of the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks, Statue of Liberty and NYC skyline, from its forward open air deck, or its glassed-in skylight observatory.

  Duration: 3.5 hrs  Boat: Manhattan II  Cost: $598

Fourth of July Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0

Fourth of July Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0

Set sail for the Fourth of July upon the decks of the most opulent sailboat in all of New York City: the 105 foot America 2.0 — a modernized replica of the first winner of the America’s Cup race of 1851!  Guests are treated to a complimentary open bar, heavy passed hors d’ oeuvres prepared by our on board chef and a 3 hour excursion on the Hudson River amongst the entire New York July 4th flotilla!  Be aboard the most stunning and patriotic yacht in the NYC Fleet!

  Duration: 3 hrs  Boat: America 2.0  Cost: $498

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan

Join us for the 4th of July celebration on board the 1920s style luxury yacht Manhattan. This vessel offers you great views of the fireworks, Statue of Liberty, and NYC skyline from its forward open air deck or its glass observatory. The cruise includes a complimentary beer, wine, champagne, soda, water, four courses of passed hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.

  Duration: 3.5 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: $498

Fourth of July Sail abroad the Schooner Adirondack

Fourth of July Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack

Join us for the 4th of July celebration onboard the Adirondack. Experience a great view of the fireworks and the New York City skyline! Climb aboard the Schooner Adirondack and join your captain in this joyful, picturesque sail. Surrounded by other boats in a festive holiday atmosphere, the spirit of July 4th will fill the harbor! There will be an open beer, soda, wine, and champagne bar. Guests are welcome to pack a picnic or bring their own snacks, but hors d’ oeuvres will be provided!  Join us for the 4th of July celebration onboard the Adirondack.

  Duration: 3.10 hrs  Boat: Adirondack  Cost: $468

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston

Step aboard the most intimate classic yacht in town to take in the spectacular Macy’s Fireworks on the East River! You and up to only 29 other guests will be aboard one of our 1920s-style water taxi to zip out on to the Hudson & East Rivers in style! The Kingstonfeatures wrap-around seating, a covered area midship and an uncovered forward deck for excellent skyward views. A well-appointed restroom and a fully stocked bar will be available.

  Duration: 3 hrs  Boat: Kingston  Cost: $428

 

Music Cruises on the water!

Enjoy some live music this summer on one of our NYC Music Cruises!  Whether it be live Jazz or a live Irish Band you can’t go wrong.  Cruise with us out into NY Harbor with a loved one,Classic Harbor Line friends, co-workers or family and have the time of your life whether it be relaxing or dancing the night away. 

The classic Yacht Manhattan II will host our in house Jazz Trio – The Soundwaves for a live jazz cruise.  Sip on Champagne and enjoy an evening on the water while our most professional crew caters to you on this fabulous boat ride. Not into Jazz then step aboard for a live Irish Music Cruise. Dance the night away while listening to live Irish music played by the well traveled band: Sláinte!  You may hear anything from classic old Irish tunes, to Dropkick Murphy covers (and anything in between) and are sure to have a once in a life time experience.

Looking for some romance?  Then step aboard the 105 foot schooner America 2.0 for a live Jazz City Lights Sail.  Sit under the star filled sky and listen to tunes by the world renowned Ginetta’s Vendetta.

Which ever cruise you choose, our yachts will give you a whole new perspective of this stunning city and will keep you coming back for more. So sit back and relax and enjoy a NYC Music Cruise while live musicians accompany the evening! 


NYC Jazz Cruise | Classic Harbor Line

Evening Jazz Cruise

Cruise New York City’s famous harbor aboard the luxury 1920s style yacht Manhattan while listening to live jazz music by the Classic Harbor Line Jazz Trio, The Sound Waves! Learn more about our NYC Jazz Cruise!  This is truly the perfect way to start your evening with sipping on some Champagne and relaxing to the soothing sound of the jazz. 

  Duration: 2 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: Adult $64

Live Irish Music Cruise

Cruise New York City’s famous harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht *Manhattan* or *Manhattan II* while listening to live Irish music by the well traveled band: Sláinte. (Sláinte (slahn-chuh): Irishspeak for Cheers!)  On this 2 hour rockin cruise you may hear anything from classic old Irish tunes, to Dropkick Murphy covers (and anything in between) and are sure to have a once in a life time experience. Take in the sites that this city has to offer while enjoying this fun and entertaining cruise.

  Duration: 2 hrs  Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II  Cost: Adult $66

Live Jazz City Lights Sail

Join us for a magical evening of live jazz aboard the decks of our stunning 105 foot schooner.  Sit back and relax with a glass of Champagne in hand and glide through the darkness of NY Harbor with the twinkling skyline as your backdrop.  This sail is perfect for date night or a group of friends looking to do something unique.

  Duration: 1.75 hrs  Boat: Schooner America 2.0  Cost: 56.00
 

Memorial Day Fun with Classic Harbor Line

Spend this Memorial Day weekend out on the water with us!  Whether you jump aboard for a cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Ticketed Events WinterMountain for some hiking and canoeing or sail with us out to the Statue of Liberty, it is sure to be a fun filled day.  Soak up the sun and the deep history on our Military History Tour as you cruise around this famous Harbor.  Sip on Champagne as you sail aboard one of our stunning schooners.  Start your summer off with joining us on Memorial Day Weekend and cruise into it with style.  

Looking for some other fun things to do? Join us the second weekend of June to kick off our City Lights Jazz sail aboard the Schooner America 2.0 or step aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II for our brand new Live Irish Music Cruise!  Whatever it is that you are looking to do we will have the perfect solution on one of our cruises. 

 

Military History Tour of New York Harbor

Military History Tour of New York Harbor

In honor of our National Holiday Weekends, Classic Harbor Line and Turnstile Tours have teamed up to offer a special series of Naval Harbor History Tours! Join us on Memorial Day Weekend (and Fleet Week), for a special, in-depth tour of our rich harbor-related war history.  This special 2.5-hour tour will explore the military history of New York Harbor from the Revolutionary War to today, with special emphasis on the role of the port in World War II. We will visit historic military sites, monuments, fortifications and see historic and modern fighting ships up close (especially during Fleet Week).

  Duration: 2.5 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: Adult $68
 
Full Day Cruise to Bear Mountain and Back

Full Day Cruise to Bear Mountain and Back

This 9 hour full day event starts with a 3 hour north bound leg from Chelsea Piers to Bear Mountain State Park.  Once there, guests have 3 hours to themselves to explore the park: visit the Trailside Zoo, take a stroll or a row around Lake Hessian, or hike up Bear Mountain for breath-taking views of the Hudson River valley!

Our classic open breakfast buffet includes fresh local bagels and pastries, seasonal fruit, a Gluten free waffle station, fresh quiche & sausage, smoked salmon with capers, red onion and dill, coffee, juice & tea. The down-river picnic includes a selection of hot entrees consisting of gourmet pork bratwurst, and spicy cheddar wurst from NYs Schaller and Weber or BBQ marinated Chicken, sides include sauerkraut with apple and onion, chefs potato salad, kale salad with blue cheese and dried cranberries and a vegetarian pasta.  Snacks are provided for your hike in the park! 

Special note: This event is usually scheduled on holiday weekends.

The Bear Mountain Cruise can be purchased at a reduced rate excluding food at $122. To obtain these tickets call 212.627.1825 Opt 4

  Duration: 9 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: Adult $182 | Child $98
 
Yacht Manhattan II NYC Brunch Cruise | Classic Harbor Line

Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise

Join us for our famous leisurely weekend brunch! Our “cruisine” is packed with delicious foods & fresh baked goods! Our chef is aboard throughout the cruise, refreshing the buffet with fresh baked quiche, sausages, a spiral ham, spring salad, bagel & lox station, and waffle station. Guests are treated to a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa as well! View the sites and enjoy a lightly narrated tour from the Manhattan’s climate controlled, glass observatory.

“This Cruise can be purchased at a reduced rate excluding food at $68. To obtain these tickets call 212.627.1825 Opt 4.“

  Duration: 2.75 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: Adult $108 | Child $64
 

Live Irish Music Cruise

Cruise New York City’s famous harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht *Manhattan* or *Manhattan II* while listening to live Irish music by the well traveled band: Sláinte. (Sláinte (slahn-chuh): Irishspeak for Cheers!)  On this 2 hour rockin cruise you may hear anything from classic old Irish tunes, to Dropkick Murphy covers (and anything in between) and are sure to have a once in a life time experience. Take in the sites that this city has to offer while enjoying this fun and entertaining cruise.

  Duration: 2 hrs  Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II  Cost: Adult $66
 

Live Jazz City Lights Sail

Join us for a magical evening of live jazz aboard the decks of our stunning 105 foot schooner.  Sit back and relax with a glass of Champagne in hand and glide through the darkness of NY Harbor with the twinkling skyline as your backdrop.  This sail is perfect for date night or a group of friends looking to do something unique.

  Duration: 1.75 hrs  Boat: Schooner America 2.0  Cost: 56.00

Time Out gives us a Shout Out!

Time Out NY has listed as one of the best dinner cruises in NYC. 

Time Out gives us a shout out to join us on our Morimoto Sushi and Sake Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner America 2.0 for a magical sunset dinner cruise. 

Sail with us into the sunset as you enjoy top rated sushi for dinner by the Iron Chef: Chef Morimoto.  Watch the sun dip behind the Statue of Liberty and take in the view of the most famous skyline in the world.  Sip on your sake and sail with us for this magical dinner cruise. 

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9 projects for 9 years

NYC Skyline Sightseeing

In honor of AIANY and Classic Harbor Line’s ninth season of architectural boat tours, AIANY guides voted on their favorite projects from each of the past nine years. With so many dazzling buildings featured on the architecture tour, this was no easy task!  Join AIANY and Classic Harbor Line this spring and see if your favorites made the list.

 

2010: 8 Spruce Street, Financial District

Still the tallest residential rental building in New York City, 8 Spruce Street is one of two projects by Frank Gehry and Partners featured on the tour. It’s Gehry’s first skyscraper, and it has redefined the downtown skyline. We think the façade’s characteristic stainless steel and furrowed surfaces are particularly mesmerizing from the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011: Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Over the course of 25 years, Jane Walentas painstakingly restored this 1922 carousel by hand in her studio in DUMBO. She hired her favorite architect, Pritzker Prize-winning Jean Nouvel of France, to create this jewel box to house the carousel, now installed between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Though it may appear delicate, in 2012 it successfully withstood the surge from Hurricane Sandy. 

 

 

2012: Four Freedoms Park/ FDR Memorial

Originally designed in 1972 by the esteemed architect Louis I. Kahn, this park and memorial to FDR’s famed “Four Freedoms” speech was finally completed posthumously just one week before hurricane Sandy struck in 2012. Located at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, the park has become one of New York’s most memorable urban spaces.

 

 

2013: 4 World Trade Center

The second tower to be completed in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, 4 World Trade was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. We’re especially moved by the minimalist glass tower’s quiet deference to One World Trade Center. Look for its immediate neighbor, 3 World Trade Center, designed by Sir Richard Rogers of London

 

 

2014: Governors Island Park

Located opposite Ellis and Liberty Islands, Governors Island functioned as a military outpost for over 200 years. Today, it has been transformed into a new public park and cultural mecca, anchored by its iconic three Hills at the southern tip. We appreciate the way West 8 Landscape Architects’ design has created a new communal backyard for the city. If you haven’t been to Governors Island, the view from the water may entice you after it opens again on May 1.

 

2015: Spring Street Salt Shed

Resembling the faceted makeup of salt crystals, the design of this striking utilitarian structure by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture directly mimics its purpose. The Spring Street Salt Shed actually stores 5,000 tons of winter salt for the Department of Sanitation New York. It has won numerous architecture awards, and is one of our favorites on the tour. The adjacent service building was also designed by the same team.

 

 

2016: It was a tie!

It’s hard not to recognize these two instant icons added to the Hudson River waterfront. 

 

Via 57 West
Called a trapezoid or hyperbolic parabola by some, Via 57 West is described by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group as a marriage between a courtyard building and a skyscraper: or a “courtscraper”, if you will. It contains over 700 rental apartments; note how the building’s its striking geometry unfolds as the boat passes.

 

 

 

56 Leonard Street
By contrast, the upper penthouses of the luxury condominium tower at 56 Leonard Street in TriBeCa are characterized by distinctive offset glass boxes: no wonder Herzog & de Meuron’s tower has acquired the nickname “Jenga Block Tower.” The unique view from the water of this icon is unsurpassed, and not to be missed!  Look for nearby 180 Leroy Street in the West Village nearing completion also by this Swiss team of architects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017: American Copper Buildings

These unusual leaning twin towers by SHoP Architects on the East River gesture to each other in a playful and unmistakable way that has earned them the nickname the “dancing buildings.” The sky bridge connection contains the resident amenities such as the fitness center and a swimming pool.  Keep an eye on the emerging Domino Sugar site across the river for more fanciful residential buildings by this architect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us on an AIANY Architecture Tour this spring and see these and other landmarks, and discover some of your own new favorites!

 

Executive Chef: Wendy Crispell gets mentioned in Forbes Magazine

 

NYC Executive Chef Wendy CrispellOur Executive Chef Wendy Crispell gets mentioned in Forbes Magazine as a Top Hospitality Pro!  Wendy has been with Classic Harbor Line for over 11 years hosting our Wine and Cheese Pairing Cruises as well as creating scrumptious menus as our Executive Chef.  She is a wealth of knowledge and a creative force in the wine and culinary world.  She leads with dedication and creates a delicious experience which will keep you coming back for more.  

 

 

 

FORBES: 

Which life-and-career advice do successful pros put front and center? I asked travel-and-culinary mavens for their most meaningful maxims, their guiding-light phrases — and discovered that the simplest mottos inspire greatest strengths. These short (but mighty) behavior beacons have proved essential for the long haul. 

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NYC Sightseeing Boat Tours departing from North Cove Marina

NYC Skyline Sightseeing

New York, NY (March 26, 2018) Classic Harbor Line (CHL) to kick off 2018 season by adding a new boat and location to the New York City fleet. CHL will continue operating out of Pier 62 of the Chelsea Piers Complex and will begin offering additional cruises departing from North Cove Marina in Battery Park City.     

 

Beginning April 14, CHL’s 54-foot yacht Kingston, a 1920s-inspired, plumb-bowed, fan-tailed Scarano Boat Building design, will be docked at the northeast side of North Cove Marina to kick off the Spring cruising season. Then the newest addition to the CHL fleet, a 65-foot restored 1950s Grebe Yacht, Full Moon, will take over for its inaugural cruise later in the season. Each of these yachts is ideal for up to 40 guests and will feature a bar, comfortable seating and relaxing ambiance.     

 

Perfect for a night on the water with friends, or a private charter for special occasions, the North Cove Marina location offers New Yorkers and corporate groups working nearby a convenient after work meeting point for a Sunset Cocktail Cruise, or if time allows, a One Hour Harbor Sightseeing Cruise offered most days in the late afternoon. “Wow” out of town clients after a meeting or incentivize current employees.

 

Tourists visiting the One World Trade Memorial can take a short 7-minute walk from the museum through Brookfield Place and step aboard one of Classic Harbor Line’s yachts to enjoy unobstructed views of Manhattan’s Financial District, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Some tours will cruise up the East River under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges and take in midtown Manhattan icons such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building along with Brooklyn and Queens infrastructure.    

 

Yacht Full Moon is the tenth boat to be added to the Classic Harbor Line fleet, which began operating in New York Harbor in 2000 with 1890s-style pilot schooner Adirondack, built by Scarano Boat Building in Albany, NY. Classic Harbor Line also operates in Boston, MA., Newport, RI., and Key West, FL.

 

Scarano specializes in historic looking boats that are built for accommodating guests in comfort and style. It is their combination of the best of old world charm and today’s most advanced, proven technologies that set them ahead of the curve. With teak decks, mahogany trim, and carbon fiber rigging these boats are, by far, unique to their kind. With the craftsmanship of Scarano Boat Building, Classic Harbor Line operates safe, comfortable boats that are sure to impress and meet everyone’s needs.   

 

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Classic Harbor Line expands to North Cove Marina!

Classic Harbor Line expands to North Cove Marina in Battery Park City starting April 2018.  One of the smaller classic wooden yachts from the fleet will offer excursions departing from North Cove throughout the season until October.  Expect to see the 54-foot yacht KINGSTON (1920s-inspired, plumb-bowed, fan-tailed Scarano Boat Building design) or the newest addition to the fleet, a 65-foot restored 1950s Grebe Yacht, FULL MOON.  Each of these yachts is ideal for up to 40 guests and will feature a bar and comfortable seating and ambiance.  Not only are these yachts perfect for a private charter but to enjoy an evening out on the water after work in NY Harbor for a NYC sunset cruise with friends and co-workers. 

What is a Grebe Yacht?

Henry C. Grebe & Company was the successor to Great Lakes Boat Building, which had started in Milwaukee in 1915 and moved to Chicago in 1921.  Grebe was famous for the style and quality of the leisure yachts he designed and built.  It was located on the west side of the North Branch of the Chicago River, just north of the West Belmont Avenue Bridge.  They built their last boat in 1970 but did not finally close until 1994.  

The Grebe yacht acquired by Classic Harbor Line, Full Moon, was a 65 foot production in 1950. Another 65 foot production they completed a decade later, was “Florencia”, later renamed, “Sam’s Place”, which was obtained by the famous actor and comedian, Jerry Lewis.  Jerry used the boat for leisure and relaxing with family in the San Diego area.  This photo of “Sam’s Place” is comparable to the spirit and look of Full Moon once she is fully restored. 


Sunset Cocktail Cruise departing North Cove

Step aboard one of the smaller more intimate wooden yachts of the Classic Harbor Line fleet and depart from North Cove Marina for a cruise in New York Harbor at Sunset. The yachts are ideal for up to 40 guests, feature full bars, comfortable seating and excellent views of the city skyline and New York harbor. Each excursion will feature a slow pass by the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. On occasion, at high tide, we may even circumnavigate the Liberty Island.

  Duration: 1.5 hrs – Departing from North Cove Marina  Boat: Kingston or Full Moon  Cost: Adult $46

1 Hour Harbor Sightseeing Cruise departing North Cove Marina

See the key NYC harbor sights in just one hour aboard the smaller more intimate wooden yachts of the Classic Harbor Line fleet and depart from North Cove Marina. The yachts are ideal for up to 40 guests, feature full bars, comfortable seating and excellent views of the city skyline and New York harbor. Each excursion will feature a slow pass by the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. On occasion, at high tide, we may even circumnavigate the Liberty Island. This shorter cruise is ideal for families or tourists with limited time.

  Duration: 1 hr – Departing from North Cove Marina  Boat: Kingston or Full Moon  Cost: Adult $28

Around Manhattan Narrated Tour Departing North Cove Marina

Traverse every waterway that encircles Manhattan aboard the smaller more intimate wooden yachts of the Classic Harbor Line fleet and depart from North Cove Marina. The yachts are ideal for up to 40 guests, feature full bars, comfortable seating and excellent views of the entire island and New York harbor.  On this special extended tour, we travel the Hudson, East & Harlem Rivers. Expect to see not only the key lower Manhattan sights, but also the more obscure and vibrant waterfronts of upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & the Bronx. We will see Yankee Stadium, Gracie Mansion, pass through Hell Gate & Spuyten Duyvil as well as journey pass the pristine and untouched Palisade cliffs of New Jersey. Each excursion will also feature a slow pass by the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

  Duration: 3.25 hrs – Departing from North Cove Marina  Boat: Kingston or Full Moon  Cost: Adult $72
 

NYC’s newest & most talked about waterfront residential buildings.

The weather is getting colder, but we’ve got you covered! Cozy up in Classic Harbor Line’s heated, enclosed boats this month, and discover why the waterfront has inspired architects to develop new forms and facades for residential projects.  You’ll have a front row seat as our expert AIA guides explore what has come to be known as New York’s new Gold Coast.

See some of the newest and most talked about waterfront residential buildings in New York City, including:

Via 57 West, Hudson River

Also known as “the Pyramid” or “the Sail,” the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has dubbed this building a “Courtscraper,” alluding to its marriage of a European courtyard and a New York skyscraper. 700 rental apartment units are stacked to maximize views for the residents, and from the exterior it is a dramatic addition to the NYC skyline.

 

160 Leroy Street, West Village

This is the fourth new building in New York by Pritzker Prize winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The double curved plan on the west side was inspired by the “curvaceous, seductive and sexy” architecture of the great Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer.

 

56 Leonard Street, Tribeca

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron at work here again; however, this time the result is a supertall, super slender luxury condominium tower.  The building has already become iconic, and the stacked condominium boxes at the top have endeared the popular nickname “the Jenga Building.”

 

325 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

The first new residential building as part of the Domino Sugar complex, this project by SHoP Architects of New York offers 30% designated affordable units, and has a distinctive donut hole shape that permits greater transparency to the Williamsburg neighborhood.

 

The American Copper Buildings, East River

This pair of tall leaning towers, also by SHoP Architects are connected by a bridge that contains the shared pool and fitness facilities. The facades have copper cladding on the north and south that will age to an elegant green patina.  The residential towers have already been nicknamed the “dancing buildings.”

Valentine’s Day Cruise

As you know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have the perfect NYC date idea for the evening.  Step aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II and enjoy an evening of Champagne tasting with your loved one or your best sidekick bestie.

As you enter our heated glassed in observatory you will be greeted with warm welcoming smiles from our most hospitable crew.  You will fall in love with this glassed in observatory offering unobstructed views of the most beautiful city skyline in the world.   The Manhattan II’s 1920s-inspired design has fine features, including teak decks and mahogany finishes which will set the ambiance of the evening.  

This NYC Valentine’s Day cruise is limited to 60 guests which creates a intimate setting for your evening on the water with us.  We will depart from Chelsea Piers and cruise south on the Hudson River and into NY Harbor.  On this journey you will see the New York City skyline twinkling magically in the darkness of the night.  We will slow the yacht in front of the Statue of Liberty for you to have an opportunity to snap some selfies.  It is a awe-inspiring site to see Lady Liberty standing tall, holding her torch high as it glows goldenly in the evening sky.  The beautiful yacht Manhattan II will then cruise North heading up under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge for more photo opportunities if you like. 

While we are cruising through the evening, a leisurely Champagne tasting will be hosted.

You will be treated to a spectacular variety of Champagnes.

  • A champagne crafted cocktail that evokes the golden age of Manhattan
  • And American Blanc de Blanc
  • A Spanish Reserve Cava
  • And a French Champagne

At the end of the cruise you will also enjoy Chocolate Covered Strawberries to compliment the Champagnes.

Join us on this Valentine’s Day holiday evening and have a date night that you will never forget. 

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The Art of Giving: Classic Harbor Line Gift Certificates

 

This holiday season, instead of exchanging material gifts with your friends and family, consider gifting an experience. Check out some of our yacht cruises and sailing excursions offered worldonebowthroughout the year for a meaningful gift that everyone can look forward to.  We know you like coming out on our classically-inspired boats, too, so we understand if you call dibs on a ticket for yourself. 

Shopping doesn’t have to be a huge, time-consuming consequence of the holidays that creates anxiety in your life. Remember last year when you stood in the checkout line for hours waiting to make your holiday purchases? Or, if you’re like me, you might recall sitting at your computer after work shopping online and paying ridiculous shipping fees. (We’ve all been there). The time and money spent on finding the perfect clothing item or electronic device during the holidays is astonishing. At Classic Harbor Line, we’re certain that a gift that allows you to spend a couple of fun, relaxing hours with your loved one, friends, or family will be treasured longer than any trinket or trend. 

Our boat cruises are perfect for classic boat enthusiasts, sailors, locals needing to escape the city with a class of Champagne, foodies in search of a 4-course brunch, or tourists looking for a relaxing and comfortable way to see the sights around Manhattan. We make gift giving just like our boats: effortless, elegant and timeless.   

Fast-forward to December: your significant other hands you an envelope with two certificates to an Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise. Now there’s a gift that says “I love you, and I know that you love brunch.” You then write a nice thank-you note and either invite them or your best friend to join you on the water. Find a date that fits into your schedule and call us to redeem your seats.


If sailing is your forte, I highly recommend a Schooner Sunset Sail. Plan a date night any time May through October and relax with a few complimentary beverages while you watch the sunset behind Lady Liberty. It’s an elegant and romantic way to spend an evening together, which is what we call fulfilling.

To purchase your gift certificate, please visit www.sail-nyc.com and scroll to the bottom of the page. Select the “Buy Gift Certificate” tab and follow the instructions to purchase yours online. To redeem, call 212.627.1825 and dial extension 1500 for our Ticket Booth. A representative will confirm your seats and send you a confirmation email.

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A Note about the Author: 

Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no img_9344job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.

 

NYC Holiday Programming

NYC Holiday Programming

New York, NY (October 20, 2017) Classic Harbor Line (CHL) to kick off seasonal NYC holiday cruises beginning Friday, November 17 through December 31. Tickets are available to book now. CHL is located at Pier 62 of the Chelsea Piers Complex where all tours depart.   

NYC is monumental during the holiday season with department store window displays, ice skating at Rockefeller Center and outdoor holiday markets. One of the top ten ways to see the city in November and December is on a Classic Harbor Line holiday cruise in New York Harbor.

The first Holiday Wine Tasting Cruise will be offered on November 17. Guests enjoy a selection of five wines paired with artisan cheese, chocolate or chutney and presented by wine expert Wendy Crispell. As 1920s style commuter Yacht Manhattan cruises along the Hudson River for an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty and other iconic sights along Manhattan’s waterfront, Crispell teaches about how to build the perfect holiday spread fit for any holiday gathering.

Beginning on November 18, CHL offers a four-course Holiday Brunch Cruise on the weekends through January 1. This is a great cruise to kick off the weekend with friends visiting from out of town, or before hitting the streets for some holiday shopping. Enjoy a gluten-free waffle with all the toppings, vegetarian quiche, or kale salad – to name a few freshly made buffet items offered on this 2.75-hour leisurely cruise circumnavigating Manhattan.

Back for a third season, the Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise is a favorite among New Yorkers and visitors alike. This cruise is a great fit for families and is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. During the 1.75-hour cruise, guests are able to sit back and relax from within the glassed-in, heated observation cabin on Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II, while the host and live jazz band perform. Sing-a-long or hum to the toons and enjoy a complimentary spiked hot cocoa and homemade sweet treats.   

CHL’s Holiday Jazz Cruise is another popular tour not to be missed during the holiday season. Step into a holiday snow globe aboard either the Yacht Manhattan or Yacht Manhattan II decked out in twinkling holiday garland and poinsettias and enjoy a spiked hot cocoa or champagne on the house. This cruise is perfect for a date night or gathering with friends and family. Sit back and enjoy the music as The Sound Waves perform all the holidays classics.   

For sightseers visiting the city, a cruise around New York’s waterways on one of CHL’s classic yachts will be regarded as a trip highlight. Every CHL Holiday Cruise passes by the Statue of Liberty, the financial district and One World Trade, Ellis Island and under the Brooklyn Bridge. Gift Cards are available for purchase online to give a unique and memorable gift. 

So step aboard and enjoy some NYC Holiday Programming with Classic Harbor Line. 

NYC New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

 

New York, NY (November 10, 2017) Classic Harbor Line (CHL) to ring in the New Year with an elegant boat cruise in New York Harbor. Tickets are now available for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise on Yacht Manhattan II, the newest and most elegant vessel in the CHL fleet. The boat departs Pier 62 of the Chelsea Piers Complex at 9pm and is 3.5 hours long.

 

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of year in New York City. People from all over the world gather to shop for gifts, stroll through markets, window peep, ice skate and take pictures at Rockefeller Center. The holiday festivities continue through New Year’s Eve as all eyes are on Times Square on December 31st.

 

CHL’s NYC New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise is a great way for New Yorkers and visitors alike looking to escape the crowds. Dress your best in something classy, chic and glamorous, and enjoy an elegant and exclusive celebration with your significant other and friends. This cruise is the perfect way to kick off 2018!     

 

Guests are greeted with a glass of bubbly as they enter into a heated main cabin with picturesque observation windows. As the boat gets underway, CHL’s own sommelier, Wendy Crispell, will lead a short Champagne tasting. During the tasting, guests enjoy artisan cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon, olives, gourmet flatbreads and more, progressing toward more decadent passed hors d’ oeuvres.

 

The boat cruises by lower Manhattan and Ellis Island toward the Statue of Liberty where guests have the best seat in the house for the NYE fireworks show. As midnight approaches, join in on a final countdown, and raise your glass to a prosperous and healthy New Year as fireworks light up the sky! Then, party on as the live jazz trio ‘Sound Waves’ plays some holiday classics and cover hits. Hop on the dance floor or sway to the music tableside.    

 

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Famous NYC Jazz Cruise Departing from Chelsea Piers

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

Enjoy a short champagne/sparkling wine tasting class at boarding to set the celebration in motion with our wine expert, Wendy Crispell.  Throughout the night, enjoy passed hors d’ oeuvres, our Live Jazz Trio the “Sound Waves”, and the New York Harbor Fireworks at midnight aboard our intimate and elegant 1920s style yacht.  So step aboard and celebrate the New Year with us in NY Harbor!

 

  Duration: 3.5 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: Adult $378

NYC Archtober is upon us.

For many, the month of October signals the return of sweaters, fall foliage, and pumpkin spice lattes. But the city’s architecture and design buffs Private Yacht Charter NYC | Classic Harbor Linehave also been eagerly anticipating Archtober, AIA New York’s celebration of the built environment. In collaboration with the city’s cultural institutions, Archtober fosters awareness of architecture’s role in everyday life through exhibitions, conferences, films, lectures, and the Building of the Day tours. Classic Harbor Line’s Around Manhattan & Lower Manhattan Architecture Boat Tours are the ideal way to glimpse many of this year’s exciting crop of “Buildings of the Day”. Book a ticket on the Luxury Yacht Manhattan II for an comprehensive look at NYC’s built environment and explore the following Archtober highlights from the water.

Highlights include:

-The dramatic transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned ex-military base into a vibrant, resilient and thriving mixed-use destination

-The Woolworth Building’s Tower Residences: Cass Gilbert’s Gothic inspired masterpiece

-56 Leonard Street: Herzog & de Meuron’s daring cantilevered apartments

-The Hills on Governors Island: West 8’s engineered Hills – The Upper Bay’s new destination

-Cornell Tech: This energy efficient campus, designed by an interdisciplinary “dream team”, continues Roosevelt Island’s progressive ideals

-Roy & Diana Vagelos Education Building: Columbia Medical Center’s award winning Diller Scofidio + Renfro design including its Study Cascade

-And while the Archtober Building of the Day tour of Roosevelt Island and Cornell Tech is sold out, you can STILL experience the complex by boat, including “the Bridge,” a first-of-its-kind building bringing academia and industry together to get new technologies and products to market, and “the House,” a residential building for students, faculty, and staff that is the world’s first Passive House high-rise.

So get out on the water this Fall season and enjoy learning about the Architecture of NYC from the perspective of the water. 

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Click here to see the Archtober Calendar. 

Hudson River Fall Foliage

As I walked through Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on my way to Classic Harbor Line, I looked at the trees just starting to turn golden shades of yellow and orange, and I realized fallfoliagebrunchthat despite the unusually warm temperatures the past couple of weeks, summer is long over. Although we do love summer at Classic Harbor Line, we’re excited about the change in season because it means we’re gearing up for some serious leaf peeping around Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley followed by a festive holiday season. 

The Fall Foliage Sail is one of our favorite excursions this time of year. Schooner Adirondack sails up the Hudson River to the cliffs of Palisade, where the crisp autumn air blends peacefully with the vibrant landscape. Wear a scarf and snuggle up with a blanket and hot beverage in hand; then enjoy lunch and complimentary beer, wine, Champagne, or soda. We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon, and according to our dedicated and adventure-loving crew, fall is the best sailing season.

If a motor yacht cruise more suites your needs, you’ve come to the right place. Think Leonardo DiCaprio and The Great Gatsby era. Our 1920s-inspired commuter yachts are timelessly elegant, featuring teak decks and mahogany trim. Settle in the climate-controlled cabin of Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II and relax with a beverage in hand while you gaze out the large observatory windows at picturesque trees nestled along Manhattan’s unparalleled waterfront architecture. Circumnavigate the island during a Fall Foliage Brunch cruise, complete with a 4-course buffet and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. Not to mention the pumpkin-spiced waffles we’ll be serving fresh off the iron.

ArchThemePageIf architecture calls to you then we welcome you to the AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Cruise. Classic Harbor Line partnered with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter seven years ago to offer this unique, five-star tour. We truly love the combination of comfortable seating, iconic city views, a complimentary beverage, and a comprehensive narration of Manhattan’s most outstanding structures. Plus, the added contrast of foliage around Manhattan’s waterfront is something to write home about. There’s a reason we offer this trip daily. Check out our little 1920s-style classic Yacht Kingston for an even more intimate Fall Foliage Cruise offered on weekends. 

 

A Note about the Author: 

Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no img_9344job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.

Cruise with us to or from Poughkeepsie!

Sundays Aug 27, Sept 10 & October 22 – Join us for both the north and south bound cruise or use AMTRAK for the first or second leg of your journey. Each date is scheduled alongside fantastic programming at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck (Use AMTRAK & a car service). A full Brunch is served on our North-bound cruise and a ‘Hudson Valley’ – inspired dinner is served on our South-bound journey. Our dock at the Poughkeepsie Ice house is just minutes from the Walk Way over the Hudson.

NYC to Poughkeepsie Hudson Valley Brunch Cruise and Activities

This full day adventure in the Hudson River Valley is a one-way ticket that starts off on the Yacht Manhattan. Take the beautiful journey north on the grand Hudson River and escape the city for a day (or two).  Once you arrive in Poughkeepsie, choose from our suggested special events associated with each date or suggested activities to explore Duchess County.

“This Cruise can be purchased at a reduced rate excluding food at $116. To obtain these tickets call 212.627.1825 Opt 4″.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $156

Poughkeepsie to NYC Hudson Valley Dinner Cruise and Activities

This Cruise from Poughkeepsie to NYC is a one-way ticket with a Hudson River Valley inspired dinner. It is a great option Duchess County locals to have epic way to travel to NYC or for NYC residents to return to NYC after a full day of upstate fun! Take the beautiful journey south from Poughkeepsie on the grand Hudson River, and take in the sites as the day turns to night and you enjoy a special dinner prepared by our onboard chef.

“This Cruise can be purchased at a reduced rate excluding food at $116. To obtain these tickets call 212.627.1825 Opt 4″

  Depart: Poughkeepsie   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: $156

Solar Eclipse in NY Harbor by Boat

Watch the sun begin to vanish from the sky beginning at 1:23pm on August 21, 2017. New Yorkers will have the rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse, where the moon passes in front of the sun and a dark shadow casts across the earth. The duration of the passing is 2-hours and 37-minutes, with maximum coverage at 2:44pm. Looking for unobstructed views? Classic Harbor Line is offering two schooner day sails in coordination with the full event. Bring your cameras and eye protection as its not recommended to look directly into the sun.

The boats will depart from Pier 62 at the Chelsea Piers Complex at 1:15pm and 1:30pm. During the sail, guests will also enjoy views of One World Trade Center and lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and out into New York Harbor to see the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy 3 complimentary rounds of beer, wine, Champagne, rose or soda from the bar. Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring a light picnic or snacks too.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our NY Harbor special events

There are typically at least two solar eclipses each year, but unlike a lunar eclipse which is visible from anywhere in a night time zone while the eclipse is taking place, a solar eclipse is only visible from certain areas. The last time anyone stateside saw a total solar eclipse was in 1979. After August 2017, the next viewing will be in 2024.


Solar Eclipse Viewing on Yacht Kingston

Join us on August 21st for this rare opportunity in NY Harbor. Come cruise with us and view the partial eclipse of the sun (weather permitting). A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on earth. Here in New York City we will see a partial eclipse, with 71% of the sun covered by the moon. The first contact of the moon passing in front of the sun is at 1:23, the maximum coverage is at 2:44 and the final contact is at 4:00. We will provide you with protective eyewear as it’s important to never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers  Boat: Kingston  Cost: $72

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Solar Eclipse Day Sail

Join us on August 21st for this rare opportunity in NY Harbor.  Come sail with us and view the partial eclipse of the sun (weather permitting). A NYC solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on earth. Here in New York City we will see a partial eclipse, with 71% of the sun covered by the moon. The first contact of the moon passing in front of the sun is at 1:23, the maximum coverage is at 2:44 and the final contact is at 4:00. Bring your own eye protection as it’s important to never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection.

  Depart: Chelsea Piers  Boat: America 2.0  Cost: Adult $72 – Child $32

SOLD OUT
Solar Eclipse NYC 2017

Solar Eclipse Day Cruise on yacht Manhattan

Join us for this once in a lifetime event aboard the yacht Manhattan in NY Harbor.  Step aboard this luxury yacht for an afternoon on the water and get the best seats in the house for the solar eclipse happening on August 21st! Grab your friends or family and watch as the moon dances in front of the sun creating a magical twilight effect during the day.  

  Depart: Chelsea Piers  Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II  Cost: Adult $72

DISCOVER BOTH CLASSIC & NEW WATERFRONT PARKS

DISCOVER BOTH CLASSIC & NEW WATERFRONT PARKS WHEN YOU JOIN THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED AROUND MANHATTAN OR LOWER MANHATTAN TOURS!

This summer, join us as we explore these parks (and more) from the unique vantage point of the water:

RIVERSIDE PARK, where the relentless street grid dissolves into landscape at the Hudson River. Learn how Robert Moses’ 1930’s team concealed rail lines and deftly snaked the Henry Hudson Parkway along the city’s edge.

INWOOD HILL PARK & INWOOD COVE

Explore the pre-historic topography of mannahatta along the Harlem River Ship Canal. Densely forested hills and salt marshes evoke visions of the region before European settlement.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT FOUR FREEDOMS PARK

Situated at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island and across from the United Nations Headquarters, this four-acre memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrates the Four Freedoms he articulated in his 1941 State of the Union address. Designed by Louis Kahn in 1973 and posthumously completed in 2012, the park stands as an affirmation of our nation’s ideals.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

85 acres of public and private civic landscape has transformed this area of former shipping piers. Michael Van Valkenberg Associates’ design protects Brooklyn’s new edge with resilient shorelines and acoustical berms.

GOVERNORS ISLAND

In the middle of NYC’s Upper Bay sits an island that was off limits to the public for 200 years. Today, new landscape architecture by West 8 , including four engineered hills, and large-scale sculpture peacefully cohabitate with landmark military structures including Castle Williams and Liggett Terrace.

 

SPECIAL STATEN ISLAND FRESHKILLS PARK TOURS

Join the July 23rd or October 15th tour to witness the transformation of NYC’s former 2200 acre landfill into public parkland.  Members of the Freshkills Park’s team join the tour to share their firsthand knowledge of the engineering and environmental policy required to achieve this vast land reclamation project and AIANY guides provide insights on Staten Island’s waterfront infrastructure.

 

Click here to see the NYC Architecture Tours we offer! 

NYC Schooner Sailing Jazz Nights in NY Harbor!

Sailing Jazz Cruise

 

Brand new this year are some Jazz Nights in NY Harbor aboard the lovely Schooner America 2.0! This summer, Classic Harbor Line sets sail with Ginetta’s Vendetta (a fantastic local Jazz trip based in Chelsea).  Join Ginetta (lead trumpet) along with her bass and guitar trio members as we glide past the city lights of Manhattan on the decks of the magnificent Schooner America 2.0.  Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, Champagne and Jazz during the most quiet and calm moments out on New York Harbor.  This NY Harbor city lights sail is one that will instantly relax you after your long day of work and allow you to be in the good company of friends and family.  

Look for Special Alerts on the Schooner America 2.0 City Lights Calendar to attend these special outings with Jazz!

Five Great Bridges of New York

Five Great Bridges of New York

The New York region is an archipelago composed of many islands.  Countless bridges connect them and here are just five that passengers will encounter on our signature AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour:

The Verazzano Narrows Bridge

Robert Moses challenged project engineer O.H. Ammann and architect Aymar Embury to make this bridge the tallest, longest, and widest to date.  Completed in 1964 with a span of 4,260 feet, the Verazzano surpassed the Golden Gate by 6o feet.

The Brooklyn Bridge

When the East River froze over, the NYC Commissioners looked to make this the first “Great Bridge,” as author Robert McCollough calls it.  While John Roebling never saw it completed, his son, Washington Roebling, along with his wife Emily, brought the project to completion in 1883.

The Hell Gate Bridge

Currently celebrating its centennial year, this great single arch bridge was the model for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.  Though attributed to the engineer Gustav Lindenthal, the chief designer on the team was, in fact, the bright, young Swiss engineer, O.H. Ammann.

The High Bridge

The oldest bridge you will see on the tour (completed in 1848), the handsome multi -arched span bridge never carried vehicles.  Instead, the bridge carried much needed fresh water from the Croton Reservoir through the heart of Manhattan.  Today, it carries pedestrians and bicyclists to comprise a sort of High Bridge “high line.” 

The Spuyten Dyvil Railroad Bridge

While the many operable bridges of New York seldom move, there is a real chance you will witness the Spuyten Dyvil Bridge rotate to allow our Classic Harbor Line boats passage through.  This bridge is a center pivot truss-type, seen frequently over the length of the Harlem River.  And just what does Spuyten Dyvil mean anyway?

To find out, and for more in-depth insights and many additional bridges, please join us on the the Architecture, Bridges, and Infrastructure tour offered by Classic Harbor Line and the New York Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.  See the full calendar of tours here.

And for more in-depth insights on many additional bridges, please join us for another tour offered by Classic Harbor Line and the New York Chapter of The American Institute of Architects – our Architecture, Bridges and Infrastructure tour.

See the different variety of tours we offer by clicking here

1-Hour Statue of Liberty Cruise

Step aboard one of our luxury yachts for this short and intimate NYC sightseeing boat tour.  This cruise is only 1-hour and is perfect for travelers with little time or a family outing to see the Statue of Liberty! For this Statue of Liberty boat tour we will depart from Chelsea Piers and cruise south along the Hudson River into NY Harbor. Our captain will give narration on  all of the iconic sites that NYC has to offer from the water.  Our crew will cater to your needs and host you with the most professional customer service creating both a memorable and personable experience. Get up close and personal with Lady Liberty and snap your selfies with her as your backdrop or have our crew snap your next family photo for the mantel.  Soak in the sun and take in the most famous Skyline in the world.  The Freedom Tower, Ellis Island, Governors Island and more will all be a part of this Statue of Liberty boat tour.  

 

Statue of Liberty

1-Hour Statue of Liberty Cruise

Sit back and enjoy the luxurious view of the island from the cozy solarium or the open decks of our gorgeous, 1920s-style yachts!  This is our shortest cruise and will take you out to the Statue of Liberty and back in 60 minutes!  On this intimate excursion our Captain will narrate and high light all of the major iconic sites that NY Harbor has to offer.  Cruise past the financial district and take in the site of the Freedom tower from the water.  Glide out and take in Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and see these landmarks from the perspective of the water.  

  Depart: Chelsea Piers  Boat: Manhattan II, Manhattan or Kingston  Cost: Adult $32 | Child $24

 

World Ocean Festival June 4th in NY Harbor

Join the World Ocean Festival June 4, 2017    

Set sail with the inaugural World Ocean Festival on Sunday, June 4 at 12 noon with Classic Harbor Line aboard Schooner America 2.0 or Schooner Adirondack. The World Ocean Festival is a kick off to The Ocean Conference spear-headed by the UN from June 5-9. This newly established annual conference supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14, which addresses the conservation and sustainability of the world’s oceans.

The Festival includes the flotilla in New York Harbor, plus day long activities at the World Ocean Festival Village at Gantry Park in Long Island City. Themes addressed in the conference include climate change, fisheries, pollution and rising waters.  

Be part of ‘march’ on the water by setting sail with Classic Harbor Line. Schooner Adirondack & Schooner America 2.0 will do the first half of the 10-mile flotilla leg (Pier 64 to the Battery), then sail to the Statue of Liberty and back to Chelsea Piers (12:00pm – 2:00pm). A ticket aboard Adirondack is $52 and includes complimentary beverages. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic on this sail. A ticket aboard America 2.0 is $108 and includes a gourmet brunch spread plus complimentary beverages.

Schooner America 2.0 is the innovative, eco-friendly hybrid sailing yacht created by Scarano Boat Building. The ‘2.0’ aspect of her construction refers to her cutting-edge construction materials and her propulsion system.

In her ‘engine room’ there is a large battery bank system providing electric propulsion. Peel away her hull and rather than finding heavy fiberglass or steel, there is an extremely light and durable 3-layered composite: a sandwich of cedar over balsa core, laminated with an epoxy resin. Rather than a heavy wooden rig aloft, one finds carbon-fiber masts, booms and gaffs. Together, these strengthening and lightening components of construction, coupled with her modernized power-sourcing, America 2.0 is provided with the ability to move through the water more effortlessly, efficiently and with minimal environmental impact. 

Guests aboard either schooner will experience spanning views of Manhattan’s financial district, the One World Trade building, Ellis Island and Governor’s Island, as we sail into New York Harbor for an up close viewing and photo opportunity in front of the Statue of Liberty. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights and enjoy the ambiance of the march! Buy tickets here: Day Sail to Statue of Liberty on Adirondack, or Brunch Aboard Schooner America 2.0.

There will be many photo opportunities throughout this sailing experience. We encourage guests to find Classic Harbor Line on social media and tag us in your photos!

 

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Located in Manhattan’s prime Chelsea neighborhood at the Chelsea Piers Complex, CHL offers top shelf specialty tours and foodie cruises.  Locals appreciate the quality of a CHL boating experience, and tourists “in the know” are aware that Classic Harbor Line is the go-to for an authentic boating trip whether it be a 2-hour sail to the Statue of Liberty, a brunch cruise, or a private charter for a celebration; Guests numbers are kept well below capacity while the food and beverage quality and service is kept very high. 

 

 

NYC Architecture update from the water!

Join Classic Harbor Line & AIANY for a Boat Tour with rare views of the city’s waterfront mega-projects. Learn how active infrastructure and perimeter highways are capped and built over to create ambitious mixed-use developments. Members of AIANY’s guide team, including practicing architects, offer insights on architecture, urban planning, and the city’s history throughout the full circumnavigation of Manhattan.

Mega-projects and other active waterfront construction sites, best seen from the water, include:

The West Side’s Hudson Yards, currently under construction atop an immense platform over active rail yards, is the region’s largest private development. Office and residential spires, public space, and plenty of retail will coexist with some of the city’s newest cultural destinations.

Brooklyn’s 1884 Domino sugar plant site is undergoing transformation into the centerpiece of a work-live neighborhood on a scale unknown to “brownstone Brooklyn”. SHoP Architects recently topped out 325 Kent, a “rectangular donut” shaped building, best-appreciated from the unique vantage point of the East River!

Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island is becoming a model for sustainable campus design. Buildings by Morphosis, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, and Handel Architects incorporate LEED, net-zero, and passive house principles to create and limit energy use on site.

Rockefeller University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus is nearing completion along Manhattan’s East River. See up close how innovative design and engineering work by Rafael Vinoly Architects and Thornton Tomasetti extended this campus over FDR Drive.

Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus has begun to rise above Riverside Drive.  The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is the first completed structure among others by internationally acclaimed, award-winning architects that will lead this renowned NYC institution into its fourth century.

A growing menu of architecture and infrastructure tours and private charters are scheduled seven days a week to offer visitors, locals, architecture tourists, design professionals, and students detailed and up-to-date narration.

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NYC Memorial Day Activities

Enjoy some afternoon NYC Memorial Day activities!  Celebrate Memorial Day with us and give honor to those that have served this country.  Sail with us into NY Harbor and view the Statue of Liberty and NYC Memorial Day ActivitiesFreedom Tower from the water aboard one of our classic boats. 

We have many NYC Memorial Day Activities whether you are a local or visitor.  Step aboard for a NYC Sightseeing Boat Tour or cruise around Manhattan for a AIANY Architecture Tour.  Soak in the sun this Memorial Day by sailing the afternoon away on one of our beautiful schooners or get away for the day and cruise up to Bear Mountain. 

Whatever you choose you are sure to make it memorable!  So grab your friends and family and pick from one of our top 5 NYC Memorial Day activities to enjoy a boat ride out into NY Harbor with our most hospitable crew.  

Full Day Trip to Bear Mountain and Back

Military History Tour of New York Harbor

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Sailing aboard Schooner Adirondack or America 2.0

Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

NYC Mothers Day Cruises

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we have some fun activities for Mom this year!  Grab Mom and join us on any of our NYC Mother’s Day NYC Mother's Day CruisesCruises! 

We all know that sometimes finding the perfect gift can be stressful but we also know that Moms love quality time with their loved ones and what better way to do that than on one of our classic boats in NY Harbor.  Whether it be a leisurely cruise or educational cruise you are sure to find the right fit for your mom.   So celebrate with us and jump aboard for one of our NYC Mother’s Day Cruises in NY Harbor!

 

For the Foodie Mom:

NYC Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

Spend the morning with mom and treat her to an Around Manhattan Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II.  This is the best way to treat mom and enjoy an afternoon together. Soak in the sun and take in all of the beautiful views this city has to offer. This NYC Brunch has a bountiful buffet spread includes fresh baked frittattas, glazed spiral ham, NYC’s best bagels with lox, spreads, and all the fixings to go with them.  A waffle station with berries, upstate syrup and fresh cream, fruit and salad displays, and fantastic pastries and bakery!   

 

For the Adventurous Mom:

NYC Day Sailing and Sunset Sailing

Grab Mom and step aboard our 80 foot Schooner to enjoy an afternoon of sailing in NY Harbor!  Soak in the sun or watch the sun dip behind the Statue of Liberty with a cool beverage in hand and wind in your hair.  Today is a day to honor Mom and create a magical memory and what better way of doing that then sailing aboard this beautiful sailboat!

 

For the Intellectual Mom:

NYC Architecture Tours

Step aboard the yacht Manhattan II for the AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour.  We will fully circumnavigate the Island of Manhattan with a AIANY Tour Guide giving you the Architecture perspective from the water.  Light hors d oeuvres are offered as well as a complimentary drink.  Not interested in doing a full circumnavigation?  Enjoy a stroll on the Highline and then walk over and join us for the AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour.  Named one of the “Top three day cruises” alongside the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s tour by The New York Times

 

The Musical Mom:

Sunday Evening NYC Jazz Cruise

Grab Mom and join us for an evening on the water listening to some live Jazz music aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II. Enjoy each other’s company and sip on Champagne and have the famous NYC skyline as your backdrop for this elegant evening.  Have Mom request her favorites and cruise into the night on a classic boat with us. 

 

Celebrate Mom in style with us aboard one of these NYC Mother’s Day Cruises!

Architecture: Five Skyscrapers Defining the City’s Skyline

NYC Architecture TourIn recent years architects have transformed New York City’s skyline with a slew of new developments. Here are five you cannot miss from our AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tours: 

  • One World Trade Center
    • The tallest building in the western hemisphere, the SOM-designed One World Trade Center and its spire reach a symbolic height of 1,776 feet. Don’t miss the nearby 978-foot Four World Trade Center by Fumihiko Maki.
  • 432 Park Avenue
    • At 1,396 feet, Rafael Viñoly’s 84-story building with its relentless grid of windows is the tallest residential building in the world.
  • VIA 57 West
    • Referred to as a ‘courtscraper’ by architect Bjarke Ingels, the building’s unique tetrahedral shape was designed to provide river views for as many residents as possible
  • One57
    • Located on 57th Street, “Billionaire’s Row,” Christian de Portzamparc’s 75-story hotel/residential tower has an easily recognizable curved top.
  • 10 Hudson Yards
    • The first completed structure of the Hudson Yards megadevelopment, 10 Hudson Yards by KPF Architects will soon be joined by a number of other supertalls, including a 1,000-foot residential tower, which will surely redefine west midtown Manhattan’s skyline.

To see other projects transforming New York City, be sure to check out the Center for Architecture’s 2017 AIANY Design Awards exhibition, featuring 35 exceptional projects by NYC architects.

To learn about Continuing Education Credits click here.

To purchase tickets for one of our NYC Architecture Tours click here

Organic Wine Tasting

Natural, Organic, Sustainable and Biodynamic Wines and Cheese aboard the motor yacht ManhattanNYC Private Wine Tasting | Classic Harbor Line

The next three NYC wine tastings aboard the yacht Manhattan feature very this wildly popular style of wine.  More than one will also be natural wines. Cheeses featured will be either locally produced or from organic farms.

 Just what is natural wine?

Natural Winemakers/Vintners

Most of them have to compromise at some point. Where and why they make that compromise depends on what they are trying to achieve and how much they are prepared to risk in order to achieve it.

So we need to be clear exactly what we mean by natural wine, but, there are no strict laws governing their production.

 A natural wine is a wine made:

  • -in small quantities
  • -by an independent producer
  • -on low-yielding vineyards
  • -from handpicked, organically grown grapes
  • -without added sugars or foreign yeasts
  • -without adjustments for acidity

Most are unfiltered and may be a bit cloudy or contain sediment. Once open they may change and evolve faster than wines containing additional sulfur or additives. All are beautiful, natural, true expressions of the individual vineyards. The belief that wine is created in the vineyard, not the cellar is the backbone of this movement

Wines featured will be from importers specializing in wines created with minimal intervention including Louis Dressner, Jenny and François, Savio Soares, Rosenthal Wine Merchants and Fifi Imports.

Cheeses will be selected to pair perfectly with each wine. Breads, nuts and dried fruit will also be served to complement our pairings.

Join us for the NYC Wine Tastings on April 22nd, May 12th or May 13th to discover just what makes these wines all the rage in the NYC wine scene.

Purchase tickets for this NYC Wine Tasting here

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A Note about the Author:

Wendy Crispell Over the years she has been an award-winning cocktail specialist, food and beverage manager, chef, restaurant owner, food and wine consultant, contributing NYC Wine Tasting Wendy Crispell writer to wine publications, wine and cheese educator and a designer of unique corporate wine events/outings. Learn more about Wendy on her Sassy Sips NYC blog. 

 

 

 

America 2.0 to sail to Charleston, SC

April 18, 2017 – America 2.0 to sail to Charleston, SC       

Classic Harbor Line’s fastest and largest schooner, America 2.0, will be wrapping up the season in Key West, FL., on May 15 before sailing to Charleston, SC., for the Maritime Tall Ships Festival. Events begin on May 19 through May 21, 2017, and will bring together nine international tall ships offering sailing excursions and boat tours throughout the festival. 

During the 3-day Festival, Schooner America 2.0 will partake in the highly anticipated Parade of Sail with three other sailboats. Bring your camera! The boats will sail by the Historic Charleston Waterfront and up to Riverfront Park for a cannon salute, giving spectators a chance to see each boat up-close and under sail. Looking for a more unique experience? Participate in the Parade of Sail by hopping aboard America 2.0! Tickets are available for purchase here

Built in Albany, NY, by Scarano Boat Builders, John and Rick Scarano, America 2.0 joined Classic Harbor Line’s fleet in 2011. She spends half the year in New York City offering public Day Sails to the Statue of Liberty, Sunset Sails and City Lights Sails, along with private boat charters, and the rest of the year in Key West, FL operating beautiful Key West sunset sails. America 2.0 is a tribute to Schooner America that won the first America’s Cup in 1851. Built with cutting edge technology, the materials used to build America 2.0, along with her electric propulsion system, make her an eco-friendly sailing vessel. 

Following the Maritime Tall Ships Festival, America 2.0 will continue sailing to New York City. Her first sail of the season in New York Harbor will be on Saturday, May 27.  

Learn more about this festival by visiting the site: www.tallshipscharleston.com

We hope to see you!!!! 

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A Note about the Author: 

Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no img_9344job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.

Adirondack’s Return

Classic Harbor Line will welcome back Schooner Adirondack for her 17th season sailing in New York Harbor at the end of April. Her arrival will mark the kick-off to Classic Adirondack Schooner Sailing NY HarborHarbor Line’s sailing season and we couldn’t be more excited to get back on the water! Join us for the 2017 inaugural sail on Friday, April 21 at 6:30pm!

Schooner Adirondack was the first boat in CHL’s fleet and she continues to be a New York crowd pleaser for visitors and locals alike. On Saturday, April 22, we’ll be celebrating Earth Day with two Classic Day Sails and an Evening Sunset Sail. What better way to celebrate Mother Earth then an eco-friendly sail around New York Harbor!

One of CHL’s long standing Captains, Katrina van Zee, says the beginning of each season is always special, “For me the most exciting part is our first trip just after we’ve raised sails and turned the motors off, seeing the city glide by as we make our way to the Statue powered by the wind.” Captain Kat has been working for CHL since 2004 and at the helm of Adirondack coming up on 12 seasons. Although Capt. Kat finds sailing rewarding in all conditions, an ideal sail on Adirondack consists of a southeasterly breeze and favoring current as Captain and crew sail right up to the Statue of Liberty.

Schooner Adirondack’s schedule is full of afternoon and sunset sails offered daily to the public, along with a romantic City Lights Sail offered on Thursday and Saturday evenings through October.

The ambiance on a typical Day Sail Aboard Schooner Adirondack is perfect for families, couples, sightseers and locals looking to escape the city and feel the warm summer breeze out in the Harbor. According to Capt. Kat, “A typical sail on Adirondack is relaxed and laid back as we travel at the speed provided by the wind and current as much as possible. With a brisk southerly breeze, we enjoy the exhilaration of sailing to windward with the wind in our face and the boat galloping along with a windward heel (tilt).” 

What’s new this year on Schooner Adirondack:
Good news for our beer-drinking, artisan-cheese-eating enthusiasts! CHL is bringing back Brews of the Boroughs Sunset Sail this season. Can we get a ‘hear, hear!” On this 2-hour sail, our guests will enjoy four locally crafted brews paired with four artisan cheeses. Relax on deck, take in the sights and watch the crew raise sail as the boat glides toward to Statue of Liberty for a spectacular sunset over Manhattan. Beginning June 6th and offered alternating Tuesdays through September!

Click HERE to see all of the Adirondack Activities. 

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A Note about the Author: 

Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no img_9344job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.

Yacht Manhattan II – Private Yacht Charters or Sightseeing Boat Tours

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AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Fresh Kills Park

AIANY INDUSTRIAL WATERWAYS TOUR TO FRESH KILLS PARK

This tour begins April 16, 2017

For over 50 years, New York City sent their garbage to Fresh Kills in Staten Island.  All their discarded egg shells, old pizza boxes, banana peels, empty milk AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Fresh Kills Parkcartons, used napkins and all other such ‘garbage’ traveled to this coastal marshland along the island’s western shoreline.  By the mid 50s it was the largest landfill in the world and by the mid 80s it was accepting nearly 29,000 pounds of garbage per day.

In 2001, it closed its doors to receiving garbage and began its shut down and ‘mound capping’.  Today, the area consists of four large grass-covered mountains with a central tidal waterway that weaves in between them.  It has also been partially turned over to the New York City Parks Department as this land embarks on a 30-year journey to become the largest park in New York City – – three times the size of central park.  From atop her mounds you can see the New York City skyline and the Atlantic Ocean at the same time.  Wild life, grasses and shrubs are reclaiming the area and on a limited basis, the public is having more and more access to this park as the seasons roll by. 

One day, Fresh Kills Park will be a place that families go to spend their sacred weekend time together.  Couples will go there to exercise, to walk, to fall in love or to ‘just get away’ for a few hours.  Children will go there to play.  This land will have been transformed from being one of the most unpleasant places on earth to being a place society spends their most cherished time.

Come witness one of the most remarkable land reclamation projects in history.  Travel by boat into the heart of Fresh Kills and learn about the design and engineering that have allowed this epic story to take place.  

This 3.25 hour tour is operated in partnership with the American Institutes of Architects New York Chapter and features a special guest guide from the Fresh Kills Park management team.

There are just a few visits made by boat each year and this tour typically sells out.  So get your tickets to the AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Fresh Kills Park and enjoy a day on the water with us.  

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Fresh Kills Park

The Daily News suggests CHL for New Year’s Fireworks

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It’s is just around the corner and tickets are going fast.  Join us aboard the Luxury Yacht Manhattan II for our New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! We were recommended and in the top 12 places to be by the Daily News.  Click here to read more.  

Click here to purchase tickets! 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise in NYC

New York Harbor on New Year’s Eve

Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année! 新年快乐! Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! People from all over the world gather to holiday shop, stroll through markets, window peep, ice skate, and take pictures with the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. There’s no doubt that this is one of the busiest times of the year in New York City, and the festivities continue through New Year’s Eve as all eyes are on Times Square on December 31st. Believe it or not, many New Yorkers and NYC visitors are not crowd goers. For those of you looking for an exclusive and elegant celebration this New Year’s Eve, we invite you to join us at Classic Harbor Line.

Back by popular demand, our NYE Cruise is the perfect way to get your party on aboard 1920s-style classic yacht Manhattan II. Wear something chic and glamorous (the boat is heated), bring your significant other and favorite couple, or grab your besties for the ultimate celebration.

We’ll take care of chilling the Champagne, decorating the boat, party favors, music, food, and beverages. You’ll just need to show up looking fabulous and ready to enjoy a memorable evening cruising around New York Harbor as you watch the city lights sparkle.

We’ll start the night off by welcoming guests aboard with a glass of bubbly, followed by a short Champagne tasting. During the tasting, enjoy artisan cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon, olives, gourmet flatbreads, and more, followed by some decadent passed hors d’oeuvres.

From Chelsea Piers, the boat will cruise by lower Manhattan and Ellis Island toward the Statue of Liberty where you’ll have the best seat in the house for the NYE fireworks show. Party on as our Live Jazz Trio the ‘Sound Waves’ plays some holiday classics and cover hits. Hop on the dance floor or sway to the music at your table. As midnight approaches, we’ll do a final countdown, and you’ll raise your glass to a prosperous and healthy New Year!

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A Note about the Author: 

Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no img_9344job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.

 

Meet the Lead Singer of the NYC Holiday Cruise with Classic Harbor Line

The Holiday Season is upon us and we are taking a moment to sit with Captain David.  Captain David has been with Classic Harbor Line for many years and has worn multiple hats ranging from first mate to full time Captain.  He has gone above and beyond in so many ways but in this particular interview we are tapping into something that he brings to us during this magical holiday season.  His art and his voice.  This year he leads not only as a captain on specific days but as the lead singer on other days for our Cocoa and Carols Cruise.  We take a moment to dig deep into this amazing soul.   

   

Captain David could you tell us a little bit about your journey with Classic Harbor Line?    DavidHeadshot

I’m finishing up on my 9th season at CHL having started as a part time mate in 2008 then getting my captain’s license in  2011.

 

It is also known that you are a performer and have acted around NYC in multiple performances, could you tell us a little bit about this and your journey as an artist?  

I moved to town in 2006 and performed in several regional theaters before deciding to spend more time at home. I spent time performing in town since but now devote full time to being a captain.

 

When and where did you start performing as an actor/singer?  

I’ve been singing my whole life and theater since my school days.

 

Rumor has it that your range for music is from Opera to Rock and that you have your own band – can you tell us a about this?  

I always enjoyed exploring the extremes of music performance but seemed to have a strong attraction to music of the big band sound. I started my own band back in 1998 in Minnesota and continued performing with it after moving to New York. I had my final performance with the band in June 2015.

 

Not only do you act and sing but you also play a variety of instruments?      

I started playing trombone at the age of 10 and continued through my school years. I played a little guitar over the years.

 

This year you are the lead singer in Classic Harbor Line’s Cocoa and Carols Cruise, what is your inspiration for your performance and could you tell us a bit about the event  (without fully giving it away!)

With our new Manhattan II there was inspiration to bring a new angle to what we had done in years past on our Cocoa and Carols Cruises.

 

What makes this cruise so magical and enjoyable for you and the customers?

It’s a great time to feel a sense of community as we all sing together some of our favorite holiday songs.

 

What is your favorite thing about the Cocoa and Carols Cruise?

I get to perform with some top shelf musicians. Also, “The 12 Days of Christmas” never gets old.

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Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

Please join us for this special warm and cozy cruise with your friends, family, and all your loved ones during the Holiday Season. Step inside the toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a one hour and forty five minute cruise to see the New York City lights. Listen to live Holiday Caroling and sing along to the classic holiday carols.  Delicious Hot Cocoa, Cookies, and treats for all our guests are included!  This is a NYC Holiday cruise that you just can’t miss!

Cocoa and Carols Holiday Caroling will be featured Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

Click here to view our Holiday Cruises!

NYC Holiday Savory Snacks aboard Yacht Manhattan II for the Cocoa & Carols Cruise

Holiday Savory Snacks
 
Our chef Wendy Crispell creates house made snacks in our galley for all of our holiday cruises. This year a special savory snack mix is also being offered
in addition to freshly prepared pizelle, cookies and rice crispy treats. This slightly spicy, salty, crunchy, savory treat pairs perfectly with a dry crisp bubbly or any number of wine, beers or cocktails. Make a batch and get your own party started or hop aboard one of our many holiday themed evening cruises to enjoy this delicious treat. 
 
This recipe is inspired by the classic treat Wendy’s mom made for holiday get togethers with friends and family in the 70s and 80s. Wendy has brought her spin on it to our galley this year, with rave reviews from crew and guests. This recipe makes enough to share with friends, buy some decorative jars and you’ve got a tasty treat to bring to any festive gathering!
 
Nuts and Bolts Snack Mix
 
Ingredients-
 
For the Snack Mix-
 
4 cups wheat chex
3 cups rice chex
3 cups skinny bite-sized pretzels
2 cups cheddar goldfish
3 cups plain bagel chips, broken in bite size pieces
1-1/2 cups salted nuts
 
For the Butter Seasoning-
 
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
2 heaping teaspoons seasoned salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
 
Instructions-
 
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. This is very important, do not put into oven till fully heated. 
 
Combine all of the snack mix ingredients in a large disposable aluminum pan.
Combine all of the butter seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour slowly over snack mix,stirring as you go, to coat evenly. Continue stirring until snack mix is well coated with seasoning. Bake for 1-1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool, then serve or store in an airtight container. Will keep fresh up to two weeks.

Best place to propose in NYC

Nautically unique. Breathtakingly magical. Awe inspiring and unforgettable.

Are you planning to take that beautiful leap into the future with that special someone? This Holiday season pop that magical question aboard the luxury Yacht Manhattan II on one of our classic Holiday Cruises. Let our staff cater to you as you sit and enjoy the city lights as your back drop and have the Statue of Liberty as your inspiration, glowing in the night with her torch held high.

Whether you step aboard for an Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise and sip on Mimosas or you snuggle up at one of our tables to enjoy the Holiday décor as our timeless Jazz band plays, you are sure to give your loved one a memory and surprise that they will tell everyone for years to come.

Your love will be celebrated with class and style yet comfort and intimacy. Pop a bottle of Champagne after that “Yes, Yes I will” and take in the iconic sights that NY Harbor has to offer. Cruise under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the lights twinkle on the water. Take in the Freedom Tower and the Empire State as they reach up high into the sky. Enjoy a quiet moment to reflect with each other as you cruise around this city of inspiration.

Named fourth on Marthastewart.com our boutique yachts are perfect for popping the question or celebrating after! Join us on a public cruise or decide to privately charter one of the yachts and enjoy an evening or afternoon on the water.

The yacht Manhattan II is perfect for the winter season as it is enclosed in a glass observatory, heated and loaded with Holiday décor that will bring the true Holiday Spirit to life: Love.

To start planning or make reservations contact us at 212-627-1825

Best Holiday Activities in NYC

NYC Holiday Activities

Although we don’t like to skip any holidays (we truly love them all), we also understand the need to plan before the hustle and bustle of the season is in full swing. Our NYC holiday cruises are now available to book! Surprise your special someone for date night, or bring your friends and family visiting from out of town and start celebrating the holidays! Our _7504495 (1)tours below will make your day feel merry and bright.

Back by popular demand, the Cocoa & Carols Cruise is the perfect way to kick off the season. Classic Harbor Line’s courteous crew will welcome you into the beautifully decorated and heated main cabin of Yacht Manhattan II with large observation windows. As you settle into a seat with a couple of pillows, you’ll enjoy the cozy atmosphere, a hot beverage, sweet treats, and the cheerful sound of a caroler serenading with a Jazz Band into the night under the glow of the city’s lights.

The Holiday Jazz Cruise is a favorite year after year and one not to be missed. Bring a date or a few friends, and sit back with a glass of wine or a steaming beverage as The Sound Waves play all the holiday classics. We promise you’ll leave whistling some tunes with a joyful heart.

For all you foodies, or for anyone into NYC brunching, the Around Manhattan Holiday Brunch Cruise is the ideal combination of our favorite brunch cuisine, sightseeing, and relaxation. It’s the perfect start to a shopping day in Manhattan! Mimosas and mistletoe included.

The Champagne and City Lights Cruise is one of our most romantic and regularly offered trips year-round, which is an _7504742 (1)added bonus to our holiday cruises. We especially enjoy it during the holiday season when the main cabin is decked-out with holly, garland and mistletoe, and the festive holiday lights along Manhattan’s shoreline are extra bright. Add this to your holiday to-do list and invite a few friends or your closest co-workers for a mini holiday party.

If you’re a New Yorker with friends and family visiting this holiday season, we highly recommend one of these trips. There’s no doubt your visitors will love the unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty. As you cruise around New York Harbor on a beautiful 1920s inspired yacht, you’ll remember why you love the holidays and New York.

For sightseers visiting the city or locals alike, a cruise around New York’s waterways on one of our classic yachts is destined to be the highlight of your day. Bring your Smartphone and snap a selfie with your friends and family. We’ll cruise by Manhattan’s Financial District, the One World Trade building, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

For all the company party planners out there, here’s a Hint: Our boats are available to charter for private holiday parties.

 

A Note about the Author: 

Meg Yeiter: Meg grew up and went to college in Michigan. After graduation, she did what any 21-year-old with a degree and no img_9344job would do – move to a mountain town to spend all day skiing fresh powder and afternoons clinking glasses at chic après ski lodges. Just kidding, she moved to Park City, Utah, where she got her first journalism job as a reporter at the local newspaper and borrowed her friends ski’s to hit the slopes a few times a month. Meg has always had a passion for traveling and the outdoors. She moved to New York City in early 2015. During her first year here, Meg found herself consistently running to Classic Harbor Line to catch an evening sunset sail. She officially joined the Classic Harbor Line team in April 2016 and now no longer needs to run anywhere. In her free time, Meg enjoys exploring New England, repurposing furniture, and sailing of course.

Manhattan II – NYC Sightseeing Cruise

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NYC Wine Tasting: Harvest Holiday Wine

Harvest Holiday Wine and Cheese Tastings

Here at Classic Harbor Line we host over twenty five different wine tastings a year.  In November and December a number of holiday themed tastings are 20151219_141701offered, including this months topic;   Local cheese and paired red wine. 

 

The East Coast is filled with creative cheesemakers including over fifty in New York State alone. Right outside the city in the Hudson Valley are spectacular farms producing goat, sheep and cows milk cheeses. One of my favorite’s Nettle Meadows Farm will be featured at this weeks tasting. Made with a  mixture of cow and goat’s milk  Kunik is a bloomy rind cheese with a creamy, dense center, a mineral finish and an addictive soft paste just beneath the rind.  Paired with an earthy Pinot Noir from Oregon and dried cranberries Kunik is the perfect choice to start a tasting.

 

Also featured will be a sharp aged cheese from 5 Spoke Creamery in Goshen, NY.  5 Spoke crafts over eight cheeses from their own raw milk in a  renovated creamery housed in an over 100 year old barn. Tumbleweed, a cross between a Cantal Fermier (Le Salers) and an aged Cheddar, is a semi-hard cheese that shows its true form after 12 months in the cave. It’s sweet fruity taste shows grassy, onion notes and a sharp piquant finish. Rich reds are the perfect pairing! Also this is a perfect cooking cheese. It will make the best mac and cheese you’ll ever taste!

20160611_153343Other cheeses from Vermont and Connecticut along with a mixture of wines from California and the Pacific Northwest will be paired perfectly along with a pumpkin chutney, crusty breads, honey and dried fruits. This selection will be the perfect addition to your holiday table!

 

In December a special wine, cheese and chocolate and a workshop to teach you how to craft a beautiful display will be featured. Each tasting has new and unique wines sourced from small farms, family run vineyards or small boutique operations. Join us for a unique and educational experience aboard  motor yacht Manhattan. 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: 

Wendy CrispellCertified Specialist of Wine Executive Food and Beverage Director  Wine and Spirit Educational Trust Certified with Merit, LondonCertified Cheese Specialist, Artisanal Member Society of Wine Educators
Read Wendy’s Award Winning Food and Wine Blog SASSY SIPS NYC

NYC Jazz Cruise Band Leader: What Everybody Ought to Know About Mike McGarril

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Classic Harbor Line hosts the “Soundwaves” every week to offer a classic style NYC Jazz cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht Manhattan II in NY Harbor.  We took a moment to sit with leader of this Jazz Band; Mike McGarril and get to know him and his journey a bit better. Here is what he has to say: 

 

  • Where are you from?  

Kingston, NY

 

  • What got you involved in this in the first place with Music?

My older brother played trumpet before me, so I wanted to play an instrument in the school band too. Saxophone seemed like the coolest one I could choose at the time.

 

  • Where did you go to school? 

I studied in the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. I completed my BFA there.

 

  • What is the name of your band and what’s the origin of that name?  Are you a member of another band as well?  

Our name is the Soundwaves. It is an obvious pun, because the only venue we play is out on the water! I also lead a band under my own name, the Michael McGarril Quartet. That is a funk/modern jazz project. And I am a member of two singer-songwriter bands right now led by Michael Persall and Lindsay Dunphy.

 

  • Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member and a little bit about them?  How long have you known them?  How did you meet? 

Christian Nourijanian, 28, keyboards, New School/MSM. I met Christian in college because we had a lot of mutual friends, but it wasn’t until a few years later that we started playing music a lot together. I remember being so impressed that he could play organ using his left hand for bass notes. I never had the chance to play with organ players before. He was a perfect fit for the Soundwaves, and we have since become musical brothers in a way.

Dustin Kaufman, 29, drums, New School/MSM. Dustin and I began playing music together a lot in college, about 10 years ago. Our playing styles were so similar back then it was like we could predict what each other was going to play! He has since become such an in-demand drummer than I feel fortunate every chance we have to play together.

 

  • How long have you been playing with CHL and what is your favorite element? 

The Soundwaves have been performing at CHL for over 7 years now. My favorite part is that each week we pick different music to play and that we get a chance to vibe off of the audience.

 

  • What are your musical icons/influences?

Our influences aa a group range from jazz masters like Miles Davis, Oscar Petersen, Herbie Hancock, and Stan Getz to more modern artists such as Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. Personally, I am highly influenced by saxophone players including Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Michael Brecker.

 

  • Do you play in other venues, when and where? 

The three members of the trio do play as part of other bands from time to time.

 

  • Do you have a strict schedule of practice? Where and when do you practice? 

I don’t have a strict practice schedule at all really, I just try to find time between gigs, rehearsals and teaching to keep my playing at its best. The goal is to play several hours every day, so when I do have time for this I am thrilled.

 

  • Tell us what instrument you play and how you choose the instrument that you have now.  

I play the saxophone, mostly. I also play flute, clarinet, and a little piano. I chose the saxophone at a young age probably because I remember hearing it a lot on the radio and on albums that my Mom loved to listen to.

 

  • What songs do you play most frequently? 

Some of the jazz standards we play the most are ‘I Thought About You’, ‘No More Blues’, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and ‘Along Came Betty’. We also play ‘How Sweet It Is’ and ‘Boogie On Reggae Woman’ quite often towards the end of the cruise.

 

  • Do you write your own music?  

Yes I have been writing music ever since I could tinker around on piano. Some of my latest songs I feature when performing with my quartet.

 

  • What is the most exhilarating thing about performing? 

Every show is unique, but I would say that usually falls into two categories. On one hand, when the music is really grooving and people start dancing, I get a lot of satisfaction. That’s how you know that people are feeling what they are hearing. Otherwise, sometimes the crowd is simply very attentive without really showing much visually. But as a performer, you can still tell that people are following along to the emotional side to your playing, which pushes you further.

 

  • Do you get butterflies and how do you deal with them?  

I have only gotten butterflies occasionally when I’m playing to a room filled with people I know, especially when there are a lot of heavy musicians there too. In that case I usually close my eyes and try to let go of all distractions. Sometimes it works and sometimes not!

 

  • Has your music evolved since you first began playing music?

So much so. At first, my playing usually mimicked whatever I was listening to most at the moment. Since I started writing and performing only originals with my quartet over the past two years, I find that my playing style is becoming much more clear and defined.

 

  • What has been your biggest challenge as a musician? 

That’s hard to say. I’ve always found networking to be particularly difficult.

 

  • What advice do you have for young performers? 

If you want to be good at anything, you have to immerse yourself in it. Practice is essential. Also, surround yourself with people who have more experience than you.

 

  • What are your plans for the future? 

In the near future, I plan on recording an album with my quartet. Long term: become more active writing for other artists.

 

  • Where can we catch you performing when not with CHL?

I play at venues like Rockwood, Pianos, and the Studio at Webster Hall with singer-songwriter bands quite often. I’ve also played recently at Bowery Electric and Silvana with my own group, and at Terminal 5 with the band St. Lucia. 

 

  • Any last words?  

Come hear the Soundwaves! We really go for it, a lot of interplay among the players, and it’s always grooving. Once you hear you’ll understand.

 

About the Musician: 

Michael McGarril:  Saxophonist Michael McGarril has been busy performing in and around the New York jazz scene for the last decade. With his playing described IMG_9505as “a pleasing tone and agile phrasing” (Daily Gazette), Michael has found a nice fit as the leader of Classic Harbor Line’s house band, the Soundwaves. He feels equally at home interpreting traditional jazz standards, blowing over R&B and soul grooves, or experimenting with new and original song formats. He recently finished a stint with legendary jazz drummer Charli Persip’s big band, Supersound, contributing to their latest album Intrinsic Evolution. Along with his own group, Michael performs with singer-songwriter Lindsay Dunphy, and can be heard sitting in with many other acts around New York City. Originally from the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, Michael moved to the city in 2004 pursuing a degree at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has performed with Cuban songstress Xiomara Laugart, jazz greats Frank Wes and Jimmy Heath, and was the opening act at the Belleayre Jazz Festival for two consecutive years for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.  michaelmcgarril.com

 

 

 

 

_7504741 (1)NYC Evening Jazz Cruise with Classic Harbor Line

Cruise New York City’s famous harbor aboard the 1920s style yacht Manhattan while listening to live jazz music by the Classic Harbor Line Jazz Trio, The Sound Waves! Learn more about our NYC Jazz Cruise!  Click here to buy tickets

 

 

 

_7504495 (1)Holiday Jazz Cruise

Step aboard our luxury Yacht Manhattan II in full holiday decor and join us for our romantic Holiday Jazz Cruise.  Enjoy this 1.75 hour cruise with your loved one and a glass of Champagne in hand.  See the city lights twinkle at night as you cozy up for an evening out in NY Harbor aboard a luxury yacht.  Holiday Jazz will take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  Click here to buy tickets

 

 

 

Fall Foliage Cruise in NYC

Enjoy this 3 hour escape with friends and family aboard these luxury yachts. It is that time of year for sweaters and scarfs!  Join us for a Fall Foliage cruise up the Hudson River with friends and family for a weekend brunch cruise.  Take in the majestic Hudson River as you pass under the George Washington Bridge and cruise up to see the cliffs of the Palisades covered in crimson reds, and vibrant yellows.  Sip on a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and snuggle up to enjoy the heated observatory of the Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II. 

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Explore the Hudson River Valley

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Classic Harbor Line launches scenic dining cruises to and from Dutchess County

August 21, September 11 and October 2, New York City and Poughkeepsie 

New York City and Poughkeepsie, NY… Classic Harbor Line launches a new series of cruises this summer and fall 2016 that explore the picturesque Hudson River Valley!  The dates for each one-way passage between Manhattan and Poughkeepsie have been hand-picked to feature Dutchess County events and activities and attractions for fun in Dutchess County, as well as, detailed information on return travel. Each passage will include a 4-course dining experience aboard the 1920s inspired yacht, Manhattan, as guests cruise on the majestic Hudson River!

The NYC to Poughkeepsie Hudson Valley Brunch Cruise will run on Sundays, August 21, September 11 and October 2, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, departing from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62 in Manhattan.

The Poughkeepsie to NYC Hudson Valley Dinner Cruise will run on Sundays, August 21, September 11 and October 2, 4:00-8:30 PM, departing from 1 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, Waryas Park (floating dock next to the Poughkeepsie Ice House)

Tickets for each leg are $144. Book here.

  • Sunday, August 21: Jazz in the Valley at Waryas Park | NORTH BOUND LEG | Enjoy a relaxing 4-course brunch cruise up the Hudson River and a live jazz music event at the Poughkeepsie waterfront park; special discounted jazz tickets with reserved seating are available for purchase with cruise tickets.

 

  • Sunday, August 21: SOUTH BOUND LEG | Take a train to Poughkeepsie to enjoy Jazz in the Valley (special discounted reserved seating tickets for purchase with dinner cruise) and waterfront attractions or arrive by10:44AM to meet the Roosevelt Ride for complimentary shuttle service to visit FDR Presidential Home, Library & Museum and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill in Historic Hyde Park! Advance shuttle reservations required. Then board the Manhattan at 4:00PM in Waryas Park for a dinner cruise to NYC.

 

  • Sunday, September 11: Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival | Enjoy a special admission to this annual affair at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. Arrive by boat in Poughkeepsie then take Amtrak to Rhinecliff and a short cab ride to event.

 

  • Sunday, September 11: SOUTH BOUND LEG | Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff and a short cab ride to enjoy a day at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest or a take a train to Poughkeepsie for waterfront attraction; arrive by10:44AM to meet the Roosevelt Ride for complimentary shuttle service to visit FDR Presidential Home, Library & Museum and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill in Historic Hyde Park! Advance shuttle reservations required. Then board the Manhattan at 4:00PM in Waryas Park for a dinner cruise to NYC. 

 

  • Sunday, October 2: Sip & Sweet Farm & Wine Tour | NORTH BOUND LEG: A complimentary shuttle will meet you at the Poughkeepsie dock upon arrival and take you on a Dutchess County culinary adventure. 1:45PM to 6:30PM. The route includes a visit to Crown Maple at Madava Farms and Millbrook Vineyards & Winery (Additional fees apply for optional tour and tasting at each site).

 

  • Sunday, October 2: SOUTH BOUND LEG: Take a train to Poughkeepsie and arrive by10:44AM to meet the Roosevelt Ride for complimentary shuttle service to visit FDR Presidential Home, Library & Museum and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill in Historic Hyde Park! Advance shuttle reservations required.

 

Poughkeepsie waterfront attractions, walkable from the dock include:

 

Walkway Over the Hudson – Visit the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge at 212’ feet over water and 1.28 miles across. Take a five-minute stroll along the Hudson River to Upper Landing Park and ride the glass-enclosed elevator to unprecedented views of the Hudson Valley.

Bridge Music – Notable composer Joseph Bertolozzi rigged the historic Mid-Hudson Bridge with microphones to record sounds for his full compositions. Listening stations on the bridge invite visitors to hear his creations while standing above water and enjoying the nearby views of the Walkway.

Walkway Loop – The loop allows visitors to hike or bike across the Mid-Hudson Bridge to paths on the
river’s west bank, across the Walkway Over the Hudson, and back to Poughkeepsie waterfront; maps available.

Rent a Bike Leisure Bike Rentals ($8 per hour or $35 per day plus $3 per person for insurance/ helmets included). Enjoy riding over 18 miles of uninterrupted trails on the Dutchess County Rail Trail which includes the Walkway Over the Hudson. Advance Reservations required. Your bike and helmet will be delivered dock side.

Hudson River dining: 

Poughkeepsie Ice House – Enjoy dining inside or al fresco dockside on the Hudson River. River Station – Enjoy dining inside or al fresco with views of the Hudson River. Amici’s – Enjoy Italian dining near the Hudson River.
Mahoney’s Irish Steakhouse & Pub – Enjoy American and Irish fare near the Hudson River.
Shadows on the Hudson – Enjoy dining inside or al fresco overlooking the Hudson; only .7 miles/15 min. walk from dock.

 

Book an overnight stay in Dutchess County! Email [email protected] to learn about special hotel rates.

 

NYC Day Sailing Special

Classic Harbor Line will be offering “Educational Sailing Cruises”  every afternoon at 3:30PM on sailing cruises on the Schooners through the end of September.  Speak up (Teens) and get the opportunity to raise the sails and take the helm of the steering wheel! Learn the basics of sailing as you are gliding by the Statue of Liberty. 

Leaving Every Afternoon at 3:30PM from Chelsea Piers  for 2 hour sailing going past the Statue of Liberty.  Sail by the Statue of Liberty like your family did  in the past.  

Use online promo code: SAIL10 and receive $10 off your tickets. 

 

 

Labor Day activities in the city.

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Are you doing a staycation for Labor Day weekend?  Join us on a number of different cruises this weekend to enjoy your city from the water.  Brunch on a yacht, or sail on a 105 foot schooner.  Grab your out of town guests for an AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour, or get away for a full day and cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain.  Which ever cruise you choose you are sure to take it all in and relax on this Holiday weekend.  

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Click here for our Full Day to Bear Mountain

 

What New Yorkers are doing before summer ends!

See what New Yorkers want to do before the end of the summer in NYC! 

Click here to read more about what Ric Addison the CEO from Addison Hospitality Management Group has to say.  

Celebrate 4th of July with us!


Join us on one of our classic style yachts to celebrate our national independence! Cruise out into NY Harbor and watch these bursts of color twinkle into the night.  Bring your family and friends aboard one of our luxury boats and get a up close view of both the Statue of Liberty and the Macy’s Day Fireworks.    

Food and Drink are included in the price.  

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Tickets Released for Bear Mountain

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 Dates and tickets have been released for our day trip up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State Park.  Escape the city for the day aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan.  Breathe in the fresh air of the Hudson Valley and spend quality time with a group of friends or a loved one.  When arriving choose your activity whether it be going for a hike, grabbing a canoe or a visit to the zoo .  Food is served on both legs of the cruise. 

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NYC Fleet Week Harbor Tours

 

Fleet Week Harbor Tours Will Feature Historic Highlights and Modern Navy, Coast Guard Ships, May 28-29

May 11, 2016, New York, NY – For the third straight year, Turnstile Tours and Classic Harbor Line are leading a special series of tours that examine the military history of New York Harbor and give visitors a chance to get a waterside view of the Navy and Coast Guard ships in town for Fleet Week.

These 2.5-hour tours will be offered to the public on Saturday, May 28 at 10:15am and Sunday, May 29 at 4:30pm. Departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers (W 22nd St & West Side Highway), the tours will be held aboard Classic Harbor Line’s beautiful wooden motor yacht Manhattan. Tickets are $68 per person and include a free drink and light hors d’oeuvres. World War II-era veterans and defense workers are invited to attend the public tours for free, and discounts are available for veterans and active duty service members.

The public can purchase tickets at turnstiletours.com or sail-nyc.com, or by calling 212-627-1825. Advance purchase is recommended.

These special harbor tours will be led by Andrew Gustafson, Vice President of Turnstile Tours, head of Turnstile’s public programming at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and creator of the public tour, “The ‘Can-Do’ Yard: The Brooklyn Navy Yard in World War II,” offered monthly in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Andrew also led a tour series in 2015, “Brooklyn Waterfront: Past & Present” about the area’s industrial history and contemporary development. Andrew’s voice will be complemented by a selection of oral history recordings from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive, collected from sailors, shipyard workers, and merchant mariners that help to bring stories of the harbor at war to life.

Until very recently, New York Harbor was a major military port, home to shipyards, bases, and embarkation points that served American forces across the world. This tour will focus especially on World War II, when the harbor sent 3.2 million troops and 37 million tons of supplies overseas, and 39 shipyards built and repaired vessels for the war effort. Factories making garments, machinery, and food shifted production to make uniforms, weapons, and rations. And the bright lights of Times Square, even the Statue of Liberty’s torch, were turned off to protect ships from submarine attack (the silhouettes made excellent targets for lurking U-boats).

The first stop on the tour will be to head up the Hudson River to pass by USCGC Katherine Walker, US Naval Academy Yard Patrol Craft, three vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the massive amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier USS Bataan, the largest Navy vessel to participate in Fleet Week New York for several years. We will also stop by the USS Intrepid to discuss its wartime service and repairs and upgrades conducted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. From there, we will head south, past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to Bayonne, NJ, where a former Naval shipyard still repairs ships today, and troops and supplies were embarked from World War II to Desert Storm. Skirting the Staten Island shore, we will see the USS Fort McHenry and USS Shamal at The Sullivans Pier, named for the five Sullivan brothers killed aboard the Kearny, NJ-built cruiser USS Juneau in 1942.

Heading up the Brooklyn shoreline, we’ll examine sites like the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bush Terminal, and the piers and shipyards of Red Hook, and see the vessels berthed at the Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal, including destroyers USS Bainbridge and Farragut, and the Coast Guard Cutter Forward. We then head under the Brooklyn Bridge and into Wallabout Bay, site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The country’s busiest shipyard during World War II, BNY built 3 battleships, 4 aircraft carriers, and 8 tank landing ships that participated in actions across the globe, while also repairing more than 5,000 vessels. This is also the yard that built USS Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and USS Missouri, the site of the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945 – two ships that form the bookends of America’s involvement in World War II. Our final stop will be to skirt Battery Park, home to many important World War II memorials, including the Merchant Marine Memorial, honoring the 9,000+ US merchant seamen killed in the war. ****

Contacts: Andrew Gustafson, Vice President, Turnstile Tours • turnstiletours.com [email protected], (347) 903-8687

Sarah Pennington, General Manager, Classic Harbor Line • sail-nyc.com [email protected], (212) 627-1825 x1501

Turnstile Tours creates and operates unique, rigorously-researched, engaging tours and public programs in partnership with non-profit organizations and cultural institutions that bring together out-of-town visitors, community residents, and people of all ages and abilities. Turnstile is a Certified B-Corporation, and New York State-registered Benefit Corporation, and has committed to contribute at least 5% of all ticket sales to designated non-profit partners. Current programs include several different theme-based public tours exploring the past and present of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, public tours of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Food Cart Tours exploring the street food scene in Manhattan’s Financial District and Midtown, and tours of the Lower East Side’s Essex Street Market and Brooklyn’s Moore Street Market. Classic Harbor Line is a national company with a collection of turn-of-the-century style schooners and motor yachts operating in New York City, Boston, Newport, RI, and Key West, FL.

Classic Harbor Line offers the alternative to typical sightseeing boat tours, with most tours on eco wind-powered sailing schooners that are never over-crowded. In its home port of New York City at Chelsea Piers, Classic Harbor Line offers unique programming, with special cruises like the critically-acclaimed Official AIA-NY Around NYC Architecture Tour, Morimoto Sushi & Sake Sail, and full-day trips to Bear Mountain. Classic Harbor Line’s parent company and maker of all the yachts is Scarano Boat Building in Albany, NY, where all boats are made proudly using only American-made parts.

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UnTapped Cities: Photos of America’s Cup Race aboard CHL

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After difficult sailing conditions on Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a spectacular day for the 2016 America’s Cup(at least for us viewers). On Saturday, we attended via the official media boat and on Sunday, thanks to Classic Harbor Lines, we were able to get in on the three races Sunday afternoon very close to the action in New York harbor.

The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy historically, named for the schooner that won the first regatta in 1851. Winners host the event the next time, and as such the New York Yacht Club hosted the race from 1851 to 1983 (with some years in between with no races) when it lost to the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia. In 1920 the race was moved to the Newport Yacht Club, making it 85 years since the race was hosted in New York harbor. Read more here.

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America’s Cup and Classic Harbor Line in New York City: May 6, 7, & 8 2016

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The America’s Cup races return to New York City for the first time since 1920. This May 6, 7 & 8, New Yorkers will be able to see sailing matches right here in New York Harbor just off Battery Park City.

Warm ups happen on Friday May 6 and official points – counting matches occur Saturday and Sunday Afternoon May 7th and May 8th. This racing weekend counts for one of the six events scheduled in 2016 that counts for the 2017 Cup. Presently the US Team – Oracle holds the trophy – winners of the 2013 America’s Cup.

The history of the America’s Cup is very significant to New York City and to Classic Harbor Line.
It was the New York Yacht Club who sponsored the build of the very first Schooner AMERICA in 1851. The US was challenged by England, in conjunction with the first World’s Fair, to build the fastest sailing vessel. The New York Yacht Club responded with Schooner America and prevailed.

Today, Classic Harbor Line’s Schooner AMERICA 2.0 is a tribute to the original Schooner AMERICA. Designed for speed and elegance and sharing the same lines and scale, guests can sail aboard a true performance schooner aboard AMERICA 2.0. AMERICA 2.0 was designed and built by Scarano Boat building in 2011 – an affiliated company of Classic Harbor Line – as are all the boats in the Classic Harbor Line Fleet.

Classic Harbor Line will be on the water both days with tickets available for viewing the races.

Photo shows the US Team Racing Vessel ORACLE, and Schooner America, a 1995 design and build also by Scarano Boat Building.

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**** For the Month of May 2016. Follow Classic Harbor Line on Twitter and Facebook to be alerted of HIGH WIND DAYS such that you can be able to participate in high-speed performance sailing aboard Schooner America 2.0 and Schooner Adirondack.  We will alert our followers anytime we have forecasts of 18 MPH winds or greater! 

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Speed Sailing Starts in April 2016

Join any day sail in April or May for the best chance of high wind sailing. Additionally, follow us on twitter for alerts when we have days with sustained winds of 18mph or more. 
Either a NYC day sail on Schooner Adirondack or Schooner America 2.0 NY Harbor sail will be equally thrilling as both boats are designed for speed and comfort.

 

Scarano Boat Building and constructing the yacht Manhattan II

Take a journey to Albany NY and Scarano Boat Building to see how Yacht Manhattan II was constructed.  

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Romantic Valentine's Day Cruise NYC | Classic Harbor Line

Valentine’s Day Weekend in NYC with Classic Harbor Line

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day Weekend with your special someone on Classic Harbor Line’s Champagne and Aphrodisiac Pairing Cruise in New York City!

As you cruise on the Yacht Manhattan II, you and your loved one will be able to take in all the romance the lit-up New York City skyline has to offer while cuddling up and staying warm in our climate controlled observatory. This cruise has limited capacity to create a intimate, cozy and quiet city lights cruise.

You and your guest will be treated to a spectacular pairing menu consisting of four hors d’ oeuvres that are sure to entice. Champagnes and Sparkling Wines will be expertly paired with the following ‘aphrodisiacs’:

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Holiday Activities in NYC | Classic Harbor LIne

We are here for the NYC Holiday Season

Yacht Manhattan II is the perfect venue to host your company Holiday party.  This yacht will hold up to 100 passengers depending on your needs.  For smaller and more intimate family Holiday gatherings the Yacht Kingston is perfect for for up to 30 guests.  These vessels will be decked out in Holiday decor and will get you into the spirit of the season.  To check out our private charter rates click here

If you do not need to host a holiday event and you just want to come out and join us for one of our Holiday Cruises you can pick from our Cocoa and Carols or Holiday Jazz Cruise, Holiday Brunch Cruise or the Holiday Wine Tasting.  Click here to check and see what we have going on.  

NY Times Article about Classic Harbor Line

New York Times – Spared Times: Archtober

‘Archtober’ (through Oct. 31) This monthlong celebration of architecture and design continues with lectures, tours and other events at locations around the city. Presented by the American Institute of Architects New York and the Center for Architecture — with the participation of 50 organizations — the series includes boat tours around Manhattan, an urban film series at the Guggenheim Museum and walking tours. A schedule is at archtober.org. Brochures are also available at the Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, Greenwich Village, (212) 358-6121.

 

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Fall Foliage Boat Tour of the Hudson River | Classic Harbor Line

Fall Foliage on the Hudson River

We all know that New England is known for its famous seasonal fall foliage change, but we must not forget the stunning Hudson Valley. Experience what it feels like to glide through the Hudson river and take in the rolling hills of its brilliant fall colors. Not only will you take in the beauty of nature but you will pass by iconic landmarks such as the George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters, the Palisades, the Little Red Light House and the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Rocking the Boat Fundraiser

Hudson River Cruise on October 17 Benefits Rocking the Boat

On this two-hour tour of the Hudson River, guests not only treat themselves to a wonderful experience aboard the Schooner Adirondack but support one of Classic Harbor Line’s favorite non-profit organizations in the process!  Rocking the Boat runs an innovative and impactful program for South Bronx youth, teaching them to build, row, and sail traditional wooden boats as well as use them to undertake environmental research projects that are helping to restore the Bronx River.  At Rocking the Boat’s seventh Rocking Manhattan fundraiser, 100 people will be raising money and rowing 10 Whitehall gigs around the island.  You can participate, too, by buying a ticket on Adirondack, which is serving as the event’s spectator boat.  Eat oysters courtesy of Down East Seafood, drink, and be merry as you cheer on the Rocking Manhattan rowers down the final stretch of their 30-mile journey.  Event details: Depart Pier 25 at 4 pm, return to Pier 25 at 6:15 pm.

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Brooklyn Waterfront Tour: Past & Present, operated in partnership with Turnstile Tours, debuts this Saturday August 8th

This tour features two itineraries in rotation with a guest speaker on each! Get an in depth waterfront view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and several other key waterfront sites as well as a close pass by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. 

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (9/12, 10/3) is an organization working to create a bicycle and pedestrian pathway along the waterfront to facilitate transportation, recreation, and waterfront access, and provide much-needed green space and water management infrastructure. BGI’s board chairman Michael Cairl will be joining the tour on October 3.

Nathan Kensinger (8/8, 9/26) is a photographer and filmmaker who has been documenting stories of the abandoned and industrial landscapes on New York City’s edges for more than a decade, combining haunting photography with rigorous research and reporting. His work has been featured at Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and BRIC, and he is the co-creator of the art project the Newtown Creek Armada.

Noah Chesnin (8/22) is the Policy Program Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Seascape Program. Working out of Coney Island’s New York Aquarium, Noah will share his work on studying fisheries of the New York region, looking at both the historical impacts of fishing and the health of our maritime ecosystems today.

New York Environment Report (8/15, 9/19, 10/10) is a non-profit news outlet founded in 2014 to do in-depth, public interest reporting on the critical environmental issues affecting New York City and State. We will be joined by NYER co-founder and editor-in-chief Sarah Crean and managing editor Emily Manley, who will discuss their reporting on resiliency, water quality, and marine ecology.

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Classic Harbor Line Expands to Brooklyn

Classic Harbor Line Expands to Brooklyn

Classic Harbor Line will be starting new service out of Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina. Starting July 14, catch a 2-hour Sunset Sail on the Schooner Adirondack on Sunday or Tuesday evening or an Around Manhattan AIA tour aboard the Yacht Kingston on Sunday afternoon. Short harbor tours are also available Friday and Saturday for the family, the office or a little date night.

Of special note is a tour that will feature a special Brooklyn waterfront-inspired tour done in partnership with Turnstile Tours. Check out the Brooklyn Waterfront Tour: Past & Present every Saturday starting August 8th, 11 AM-1 PM aboard the 1920s style yacht Kingston. The Classic Harbor Line team is your host and Turnstile Tours is your guide. This series will feature a rotation of Brooklyn waterfront themes including: the past & present of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront; the history and future of Brooklyn’s food production and distribution; and several other rich themes the drape this dynamic edge.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina pick-up point is between Pier 5 & 4, near the end of Joralemon St. To purchase tickets for a Brooklyn departure, you must do so online in advance: www.sail-nyc.com, or call their ticketing agent Fareharbor: 212.913.9991. To book a private event with Classic Harbor Line from Brooklyn, please call their main office: 212.627.1825

PR Contact: Will Candis
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212.244.6018

3 Day-Cruises Worth the Trip

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On a breezy morning in November, a handsome 1920s-style yacht came to a brief stop in the choppy waters off Lower Manhattan — the perfect opportunity for our group of 15 or so passengers to jump up from our comfortable seats and crisscross the glassed-in cabin, cellphone cameras poised.

In every direction, an icon loomed. Just to the south was the Statue of Liberty, not some tiny figure in the distance, but 225 tons of copper, steel and iron outlined against the cloudless sky. Closer in, Ellis Island basked in the sun, its main building a Beaux-Arts-style wonder of arches and towers and cupolas — “a symbol of the public grandeur that awaited immigrants,” as the architecture critic Paul Goldberger once put it.

But it was the silvery skyline of Lower Manhattan that held our attention. We edged in for a closer look, as John Kriskiewicz, an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, spoke into a microphone: “Lower Manhattan is the oldest part of the city, but also where some of the newest architecture is.”

Such observations — and he offered several — made it easy to think of the city as a palimpsest, a place where the old makes way for the new, but never really gives up the ghost. We had already sailed past a few examples: industrial buildings transformed into apartments and offices in West Chelsea; a derelict freight line reimagined as the High Line. And now, standing before us was One World Trade Center — at 1,776 feet the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Not only was it an homage to what stood there before Sept. 11, 2001, but it was also an indirect reference to a building the Trade Center towers above, the nearby 40 Wall Street, an Art Deco beauty that was itself built to break records as the tallest building in the world some 85 years ago.

The insights offered by Mr. Kriskiewicz, who also teaches architectural history at Parsons the New School for Design and Yeshiva University, are what made this excursion around Lower Manhattan a genuine learning experience. It is one of several tours organized by Classic Harbor Line and the New York Chapter of the A.I.A. (The newest, a cruise through the waterways of Fresh Kills Landfill, is scheduled to begin in April.) All tours are guided by A.I.A. members, all depart from Chelsea Piers (later this year some cruises will depart from Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina), and all are aboard motorized yachts that offer an experience that is, according to the cruise line’s website, “wrapped in turn-of-the-century tradition.”

Indeed, our 80-foot-long vessel, the Manhattan, did possess a certain nostalgic elegance. If you have an hour and a half and $46 to spare, you, too, can sit back in the climate-controlled cabin, with its teak floors and Oriental-style carpets, and sip a free glass of wine or Champagne as the urban landscape slips by. Passengers can also venture onto the deck, not an appealing option on that chilly fall day. Our group of tourists and New Yorkers opted to stay inside, listening to Mr. Kriskiewicz as we sailed from Chelsea Piers up to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, then back down the Hudson River, around the southern tip of Manhattan, and into the bustling East River, with its ferries and sailboats and helicopters buzzing overhead, before turning back the way we came.

Along the way, Mr. Kriskiewicz pointed out various enigmas and oddities: The purpose of those towers above the Holland Tunnel? To house the fans that ventilate carbon monoxide so drivers don’t choke when they drive beneath the Hudson. At 200 11th Avenue in West Chelsea, designed by Annabelle Selldorf’s architectural firm, “you can drive into an elevator and park in your private sky garage.” At South Street Seaport, the tall-masted ships docked there reminded Mr. Kriskiewicz that the word “skyscraper” was once used to describe the masts. It wasn’t until the late 19th century, said Mr. Kriskiewicz, that the term as applied to buildings appeared in print. Making our way back around Lower Manhattan, we again took in the crowd of multigenerational buildings that seemed to jostle right up to the edge of Battery Park, as if vying to get the best view of us. It was an oddly intimate encounter with the ever-evolving metropolis — the kind of encounter best experienced from the water, preferably with the insights of someone like Mr. Kriskiewicz ringing in your ear.

Departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers (West 22nd Street and the Hudson River), the 90-minute Lower Manhattan Architecture tour, offered by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Classic Harbor Line, is available from April to mid-November. Tickets, $46 for adults, $32 for students. For information on this and other architecture- and infrastructure-themed cruises, visit Classic Harbor Line, sail-nyc.com.

SUZANNE MacNEILLE

Hidden Sailing Trips

HiddenSailingTripsClassic Harbor Line is paying it forward and  offering “Hidden Sailing Trips” similar to “Hidden Cash NYC” starting  Sat July 5th and culminating on  Sat July 12th City Of Water Day.  Every afternoon at 12 NOON several clues will be tweeted out on  the location of 3 envelopes that contain 2 free tickets (a value of $104) for a day sailing trip on Schooner America2.0 via @ClassicHarbor.  The envelopes will be hidden around public spaces in Chelsea and finders must tweet a photo of them with envelope at location to redeem the free sails. We want to encourage New Yorkers to get out and enjoy the waterfront and enjoy sailing.  Envelopes will be hidden around iconic Chelsea locations like the High Line, Chelsea Market, A Chelsea Art Gallery, Hudson River Park, Chelsea Piers. Manhattan is an Island & we are hoping to get more people out on the water this summer.   Classic Harbor will be giving away 42 sailing tickets for a total of $2184.  Tickets can be redeemed on the day the winner finds it and up to 30 days after.

So get your running shoes on and get out there to find your tickets.  This hot weather is the perfect time to get out on the water to cool down and what better place to do that but aboard the Schooner America 2.0!  Set sail on this magnificent 105 foot schooner with a glass of Champagne in hand and the wind in your hair.  We look forward to having you!  Happy Hunting! 

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