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Holiday cruises for families in New York City

Listen to carolers, meet Santa Claus or ring in 2013 aboard one of these holiday cruises for families.


We’ve compiled a list of festive holiday cruises that’ll earn you your sea-legs before the year is over. From nautical breakfasts with Santa to seaboard New Year’s bashes, it seems like there’s nothing your crew can do on the coast that they can’t do off of it.

Santa Cruise

Santa usually travels by sleigh, but today he'll be getting in touch with his nautical side. During this holiday cruise, kids can have their photos taken with Santa, snack on milk and cookies, and revel in the holiday spirit. Families are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy as a donation to Toys for Tots. All ages.

  1. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83, W 42nd St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

  • Price band: 2/4

Take your brood aboard the 1920s-style yacht Manhattan for a classic, cozy holiday party with a nautical twist. As you sail by city landmarks—from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge—your family can settle in for jazzy holiday standards (Wed, Fri, Sun) or a Christmas carol sing-along led by the Chelsea Opera (Tue, Thu, Sat). Cookies and hot cocoa add to the merry atmosphere. Cruise leaves from Pier 62 at W 22nd St. All ages.

  1. Chelsea Piers Eleventh Ave, between 17th and 23rd Sts
  2. Thu Dec 13 - Sun Dec 30
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Breakfast with Santa Cruise

  • Price band: 3/4

What better way to ring in the holiday season than with Santa and a tasty breakfast at sea? Tots can play festive games, dance with St. Nick and gape at the wintry city skyline from the comfort of a heated cabin. Then, when they're ready to refuel, Santa's will serve a breakfast buffet extravaganza with something to please even the pickiest eaters. All ages.

  1. South Street Seaport, Pier 16 Fulton St, at South St
  2. Until Sat Dec 14
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Santa Concert Cruise

  • Price band: 2/4

Santa usually travels by sleigh, but today he'll be getting in touch with his nautical side. During this sea-bound concert, kids can rock out to the music of Racer Steve and Princess Katie, have their photos taken with Santa, snack on milk and cookies, and revel in the holiday spirit. All ages.

  1. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83, W 42nd St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Dec 20
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New Year's Eve Family Cruise

  • Price band: 3/4

The new year will look a little brighter than usual when viewed from the deck of a cruise ship. Welcome 2013 with a nautical tour of New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, plus a late-night fireworks celebration. And with kid-friendly Wii games, party favors and fizzy Shirley Temples, little ones won't even feel sleepy when the clock strikes midnight. Ages 3 and up.

  1. South Street Seaport, Pier 17 Fulton St, at Water St
  2. Mon Dec 31 - Tue Jan 1
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New Year's Eve Family Fireworks Gala Aboard the Cornucopia Destiny

  • Price band: 4/4

Skip the crowds in Times Square and ring in the New Year in style aboard the Cornucopia Destiny. The party gets started as a DJ spins songs for all ages, while a dinner buffet will whet little ones' appetites. Then, as the clock strikes midnight, families can catch an unobstructed view of city fireworks from the vessel's decks. All ages.

  1. Pier 81 W 41st St, at the Hudson River
  2. Mon Jan 5
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