We’re very lucky at Skyline Cruises because we get to work in the greatest city in the world. Every day we get to show people the iconic sights of New York City. We’re there for corporate events, weddings, school events, and just about every type of celebration you can name. It’s particularly special when we host guests who have never been to New York City or are visiting us from out of town. Our city is one of the top vacation destinations worldwide and we want you to know that a Skyline Cruise is a great place to get the lay of the land and get ideas on how to plan your New York City vacation.
The Sites Around Skyline’s Queens Home
Most of our cruises start in the heart of the city’s most diverse borough of Queens. Skyline’s home dock is at the historic World’s Fair Marina located in Flushing Meadow Park. The park is the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair and contains many noteworthy attractions. You’ll see Citi Field home of baseball’s two time World Champion New York Mets and the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center which hosts the US Open every August and September. There are museums in the park worth visiting including the New York Hall of Science and the Queens Museum.
Please note, that we’re expecting renovations to be done at our home port located at the World’s Fair Marina in Queens during the first quarter of 2017. Please check with Skyline for more information and the location of your departure.
Heading Towards Midtown
As your cruise moves from Flushing Bay to the East River you will pass under the Robert F. Kennedy Triborough Bridge which connects Queens to both Manhattan’s and New York City’s northernmost borough of the Bronx. The Bronx is the only borough located on the mainland, it’s known for the world famous Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium, home of baseball’s most historic franchise, the New York Yankees. Visitors can also find some of the city’s best Italian food on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
Your Skyline cruise will then navigate the East River and from our climate controlled yacht, the Skyline Princess, you’ll pass by the city’s most well-known borough, Manhattan. You’ll see Gracie Mansion, the traditional home of New York City’s Mayor on the upper East Side. You’ll pass the iconic buildings of Midtown seeing the angled roof of Citigroup Center, and the silver top of the Chrysler Building. The United Nations Building overlooks the river at 42nd Street. Perhaps the most iconic New York Building of all, and one of the most visited buildings in the world, is the Empire State Building. It’s truly a spectacular sight particularly at night when the 102-story building is lit up, often in different colors.
Lower Manhattan and NY Harbor
You will pass into lower Manhattan going under three crossings between Manhattan and Brooklyn including the historic Brooklyn Bridge which you can walk across to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn is also home to many other attractions such as Prospect Park, the Barclays Center, Coney Island, and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
Your trip will cap off with a look at New York Harbor from which you can see the Staten Island Ferry, as well as the 104-story Freedom Tower which has risen from the site of the World Trade Center. To learn about the events of September 11, 2001, visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
You’ll See It All On a Skyline Cruise
Your Skyline Cruise will then pass by two of our nation’s most important historic sites Ellis Island, which was the gateway to America for more than 12 million immigrants and the home of the Statue of Liberty, America’s enduring symbol of freedom. It’s an uplifting climax to a spectacular trip. There’s a lot to see in New York City and a lot to see on a Skyline Cruise. We hope we’ve given you some ideas about where to go on your New York vacation. Contact Skyline Cruises today!