Normally when I travel, I try to avoid overly "touristy" attractions and tours. But recently nostalgia got the better of me and I felt the urge to take a Circle Line sightseeing cruise of New York City - something I hadn't done for about 30 years.
The Circle Line cruises have in fact been running since 1945, offering full island tours around Manhattan, trips to the Statue of Liberty, and today even high-intensity speedboat rides. I remembered taking the full island tour once when I was a child, back in the early 1980s, and how I had found it a fascinating way to see all of the city from the water. And since I'm always trying to explain NYC's geography to my sweetie, I thought the best way for him to finally start to understand it all would be via boat. So in May 2013 we took the Circle Line "Full Island Cruise", although it didn't quite end up being precisely that...more on how it came up short later.
If you're planning a trip to New York and want my honest opinion on whether this cruise is worth your time, read on. I'll share my tips on how to make the most of the experience if you do go, depending on your interests: a history lesson on NYC, terrific photo-ops, or just a relaxing cruise for an afternoon.