I've been a New York City resident my entire my life and I never tire of the city because I feel like there are always new things to discover about it and new ways to enjoy it. Hornblower Cruises invited to me join them on an Easter Sunday champagne brunch cruise that sails around lower Manhattan and offers views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and NYC’s iconic skyline.
The cruise which departed from Pier 40 at Hudson River Park offers reserved seating. We were shown to our table on the upper deck as soon as we were welcomed aboard. We noticed that the level we were on was for small parties and the large ones were on the lower deck which was nice. The seating was comfortable and well spaced out. Our waiter Melvin came by to introduce himself and told us that he would return shortly to uncork our champagne. There was entertainment provided by a live band and DJ.
We were lucky that it was a gorgeous day but not particularly warm and I appreciated that the temperature was very well regulated within the interior areas of the yacht.
We were told that we could go check out the brunch buffet. There were a number of both hot and cold options as well as a bounty of desserts including a chocolate fountain. We did not partake in that but it looked fun. The omelette station was more our speed and we did check that out.
After Melvin opened our champagne, we decided to let loose and enjoy some mimosas with our food. I had one and switched to tea. Alcohol is really wasted on me.
Buffets are great since you can choose exactly what you want. I'll let you guess which plate is mine but I will mention that I have absolutely no fondness for breakfast food whatsoever. The food was pretty standard. Nothing really stood out yet nothing was terrible.
This cake looked better than it tasted.
After we finished eating, we headed out onto the deck to take in some of the marvelous views of the city. The cruise was at a very leisurely pace so it was very smooth. The route went south on the Hudson River and circled around the lower tip of Manhattan up to the Brooklyn Bridge. We were a little tickled that we could actually spot our apartment building at one point. The best vantage point was definitely from the sky deck. Hornblower also offers dinner cruises and I imagine it would be a really nice way to view the sunset.
From the Brooklyn Bridge, we traveled over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where the yacht stopped so people could enjoy and take photos. The entire cruise lasted for two hours. It was both a leisurely and entertaining experience and a fun way to see the city. I see this being enjoyable for both NY locals and tourists alike and would be a unique way to celebrate special occasions. The typical cost starts at $80/per person and varies depending on the type of cruise. Hornblower also operates happy hour and nighttime entertainment cruises, as well as daily New York sightseeing tours. They also do private events. To learn more, visit their website. Do you have anything like this where you live?
Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided to me for this experience. There was no other compensation and all words and opinions are my own.