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AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Cruise

at Classic Harbor Line - Chelsea

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Chelsea, Manhattan
12th Ave Pier 62, Chelsea Piers
Btwn W 22nd & W 23rd Streets
New York, New York 10011
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 14 and older
Average Class Size: 45

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this city class:

The Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students and professionals!

Aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, you'll experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson and East Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight (weather permitting).

Guests are additionally treated to a complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase by credit card only.

On this 1.5-hour cruise, you will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 59th Street). We'll also cruise along the Hudson River and New York Harbor with views of the Brooklyn Bridge while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.

Highlights, topics and themes of the AIANY tour include:

  • Exploration of planning visions for both reclaiming the post-industrial waterfront, as the "6th Borough," and addressing rising sea levels
  • Insightful coverage of Manhattan's classic spires, including the Chrysler and Woolworth Buildings, as well as a sharp focus on the new World Trade Center buildings and recent local, national, and international award-winning architects; including buildings by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and other noted international and local architects
  • The greater waterfront access allowed by new parks and recreation piers including the ecologically driven features designed by leading landscape architects
  • The Statue of Liberty, Governors Island and Ellis Island.
  • Have a view of NYC's engineering masterpiece the Brooklyn Bridge
  • The adaptation of the High Line as an elevated, linear park and its role in the development of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.
    (This tour and other AIA tours are also offered privately and have special private rates for student groups & industry-related firms.)

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included. Group bookings of 10 or more people will be contacted by the operator in advance for a 10% group gratuity.

Need to Know:

  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. It's for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations to be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all.
  • Due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience, we strongly discourage children under 14 aboard. We recommend families to join us on Statue & Skyline tours, day sails or any other minimally narrated day time event.

Important note: Due to indoor dining being postponed indefinitely in New York City, we are unable to offer food and beverage service on this tour and tour operating on Yacht Manhattan and Manhattan II. We are encouraging guests to picnic is the adjacent park prior to or after their trip. A person water bottle or person non-alcoholic beverage is permitted. Guests are not permitted to bring onboard their own alcoholic beverages.

Guests will be required to answer a health and safety questionnaire during the booking process. See screen shot below for this info. All guests must answer the questionnaire in order to board our boats.

  • All tickets can be rescheduled or converted to credit up until 24 hours in advance for ANY reason. 
  • Capacity is reduced to at least 50% on all of our excursions. 
  • Assigned ‘zones’ or ‘tables’ are assigned for social distancing practices on each of our excursions. 
  • Each guest over the age of 2 must wear a facial mask. 
  • Each crew member will don a facial mask. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout your experience with us. 
  • Contactless transactions are enabled for ticket purchase, check-in, bar purchases and tipping. *bar and food will not be offered on trips at this time. We're hoping to add these options back in during phase 3 of the reopening plan. 
  • High-touch points of the yachts are sanitized between every sail we operate. 
  • Guests and CHL crew will be turned away if they have apparent symptoms. Additionally, CHL Crew will have temperature checks prior to working daily. 
  • A health questionnaire regarding COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, or test positives will be given to all prior to boarding.

We will be closely adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Passenger Vessel Association, who cites the CDC guidelines and gives specific guidance to our industry on how to safely operate under Covid-19 conditions.

Additionally, we will be following the NY State Reopening guidelines as they pertain to our industry. Please also note that the guidelines we adopt may be changed over time by governing authorities and we will therefore adjust accordingly. For any major changes, our previously booked guests will be notified.


  • Do I have to wear a mask the entire time? Presently masks are required at all times. This is subject to change as new phases rollout in New York City.
  • What is the air ventilation like? All seating on the schooners is in open air on the outer decks. All seating areas in the main salons of the Manhattans, Full Moon & Kingston will have windows open as much as possible.
  • How much space is between me and the next person? This will vary based on attendees. Do note that facial masks are required by each guest, capacity is reduced by 50%, and private ‘zones’ or private ‘tables’ will be designated.
  • Can I choose my assigned ‘Zone’ or ‘Table’? Our ticketing system will space bookings as they come in based on size. You can make requests (i.e. port, starboard, forward, etc.), and we will do our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee it will be available. All Tickets on the Manhattans will be assigned to ‘tables’ in the main salons. All tickets on the schooners will be assigned to ‘zones’ on the open deck. All tickets on Full Moon or Kingston will be assigned to sitting areas, prioritizing covered seating areas first.
  • Can we move around the boat? If on the Manhattans, can we go to the outer forward deck? Yes. Please just be courteous of others, creating the best case social distancing practices.
  • How many guests will be on the boat? All excursions will be at a 50% capacity or less. Adirondack, which is certified for 49, will have no more than 24 guests. Manhattan II will have 32 to 56 Guests as her max capacity depending on the group sizes who book. If you opt for a ‘Public Buy Out’ it will just be you and your group.
  • How often is the boat sanitized? The boat is sanitized between every sail, including all high-touch points (handrails, doorknobs, chairs, table tops) and bathrooms.
  • Can I eat on the boat? In the early stages of reopening NYC, on board food consumption will likely be prohibited. If you pre-purchased any food with us, it will be refunded. Please plan to eat prior to or after your excursion. No outside alcohol is permitted. We encourage you to bring your own water.

School Notes: For your security, at check-in, you are required to present a valid photo identification that must be identical to the contact name listed on your booking.

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Refund Policy
There are no refunds provided. Refunds will only be provided if we have to cancel the cruise/class.

We are always happy to honor reschedule requests if they are made 72 hour in advance of departure time.


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My mom is on a walker. Will she able to access the boat?
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Hi there! Yes, they frequently accommodate guests in walkers on their boats. The crew is happy to assist with boarding, unboarding, and moving around the vessel as needed. Please do note that the restrooms are down a small flight of stairs on all of their boats. Hope this helps!

Reviews of Classes at Classic Harbor Line (282)

(282 Reviews)
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Cruise
Reviewed by Andrea L. on 7/20/2019
Excellent. Beautiful boat, interesting lecture and great speaker. Highly recommend.
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Cruise
Reviewed by Sara I. on 8/20/2018
Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and funny! It was a beautiful boat in which to tour the city!
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Cruise
Reviewed by Nina L. on 8/17/2018
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Cruise
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/26/2018
Great tour. Knowledgeable guide. Friendly crew
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Cruise
Reviewed by Ella T. on 8/10/2016
It was an enjoyable experience.

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