There’s nothing quite like being on the water on a sunny, hot summer day! Whether you’re planning a corporate outing, a wedding, a family reunion or just an afternoon of fun, there are several Great (water-bound) Places to fill your needs - and most are open year-round.
World Yacht at Pier 81
World Yacht offers four distinctive event yachts that accommodate parties of 50 to 500. Since 1984, World Yacht has held many unforgettable events, including the wedding of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, the 21st birthday party of Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, and even a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis pop up concert. Majestic views of the New York City skyline, customizable menus, and exemplary staff combine with a spectacular yacht that can include an open staircase and mezzanine layout, on-site catering and dedicated kitchens for locally-sourced, farm-to-table food, expansive outdoor deck space and climate-controlled cabins to create memorable events. Let World Yacht host your next holiday affair, birthday party, wedding, Sweet 16, product launch or corporate outing. www.worldyacht.com/site/home.aspx, 1.800.498.4270.
Circle Line Charters
When you think about celebrations on the water in New York City, you immediately think of the iconic Circle Line. Navigating the waters surrounding the island of Manhattan since 1945, the Circle Line offers guided tours around the city as well as unforgettable events aboard its yachts. In addition to the breathtaking panoramic views of the city, guests will enjoy delicious food, a DJ or live music, and dancing in a climate-controlled cabin. The Circle Line specializes in corporate cruises, meetings, company and/or family outings, reunions, fundraisers, birthdays, anniversaries and alumni reunions. Their event planning staff will help you organize your event and ensure its success! www.circleline42.com/new-york-cruises, 212-630-8885.
Classic Harbor Line
The Classic Harbor Line offers several ways to cruise the Hudson. Their 80-foot luxury yacht Manhattan is reminiscent of the old commuters of the Gilded Age. The back deck observatory features large glass windows and skylights that slide open, with teak and mahogany trim throughout the ship. The space also has air conditioning and heat. It’s the ideal vessel for destination trips with pick-ups and drop-offs on the Hudson and in Long Island. The yacht can accommodate 75 people for a cocktail cruise and 50 people for brunch and dinner cruises.
In addition to the Manhattan, Classic Harbor Line also features two schooners – the Adirondack and the Adirondack III. Both are 80-foot wooden replicas of classic turn-of-the-century pilot schooners. Although schooners are known for their speed and maneuverability, they are also safe and gentle vessels. Celebrate a birthday, wedding or a business meeting during one of their regular journeys down the Hudson River to Battery Park, passing Ellis Island and out to the Statue of liberty. Wind and time permitting, they head toward Governor’s Island, may make a close pass by the Financial District and/or pass under the Brooklyn Bridge on the East River. Classic Harbor Line can charter your adventure to meet your group’s needs including scheduling, locations and sailing intensity. Catering and a full-service bar are also available upon request. www.sail-nyc.com/, 212.627.1825.
Cloud Nine Marine
Cloud Nine luxury yacht and boat charters provide beautiful, fully-crewed Yachts and Dinner Cruise boats, including the Cloud Nine III and Cloud Nine IV. Enjoy elegance and comfort as you pass within yards of the Statue of Liberty on one of the newest vessels in the New York Harbor. www.cloud9charters.com/, 212.248.3800.
Who doesn’t like a little summer escape? Take your next corporate event, meeting, conference or convention out on the water and leave a lasting impression with Hornblower Cruises. Hornblower’s yachts can accommodate a variety of business meeting needs. Their premier vessels, the Infinity and the Hybrid, boast a wealth of amenities, including climate-controlled decks, cutting edge sound systems, custom LED lighting, flat screen TVs and more. They’re great for social events too! www.hornblowerny.com, 646.576.8400.
The Aqua Azul is a five-deck ultra-luxury yacht that’s especially attractive for upscale events and celebrations. She holds from 50-350 guests comfortably for an elegant dining and cruising experience. Delicious food created by the yacht’s executive chef, and service provided by the Aqua Azul staff, ensure an event that is nothing less than outstanding. , 212.546.9295.
New York Water Taxi
Treat your guests like royalty aboard the New York Water Taxi’s Zephyr yacht which boasts a panoramic top deck, two fully climate-controlled interior decks with state-of-the-art A/V Systems, two bars and a dance floor. Or, create an unforgettable event on one of the New York Water Taxis where your guess will enjoy breathtaking views from this double-decker venue with an interior bar and open-air top deck which also includes state-of-the-art A/V systems. http://www.circlelinedowntown.com/, 212.742.1969.
For more unique event venues, visit www.GreatPlacesDirectory.com, and mention that you saw the venue in Great Places. Many venues offer special Great Places discounts.