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Cruise into summer

Make any occasion special on a Hornblower luxury yacht

Time Out in association with Hornblower New York

For many New Yorkers, notions of warm weather and summer conjure images of weekend getaways to sunny destinations. But many Gotham residents forget that there is so much outdoor fun in the sun—and under the stars—to be had right here in our great city. And no matter the cause for celebration, Hornblower has a perfect luxury yacht cruise for you. Forget “I’m on a boat”—get on a yacht, New Yorkers!

If you’re looking to unwind after work with a fresh drink, exceptional views of NYC’s premier sights and the company of likeminded happy-hour–going folks, look no further than Hornblower’s Alive After Five Cruise (Thursday through Sunday; boards at 5pm, cruises 6 to 8pm). The happy-hour cruise on the Hudson will (temporarily) make all your work worries disappear. And if you’re ready to let loose and forget about that stressful workweek entirely, the Rock the Yacht Cruise (Thursday through Saturday; boards at 8:30pm, cruises 9pm to midnight) is precisely the fun dance-party experience you need. As the DJ spins a mix of classic and current hit tunes, you’ll dance against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and wonder why you ever stood in line to get into loud, crowded, overrated and landlocked clubs.

Interested in something more relaxed? Check out Horblower’s lunch and brunch cruises. Every Gothamite has experienced the challenging anguish that comes with trying to book a restaurant reservation for a large group. Whether for a birthday party, a bridal shower or simply a gathering of friends, many city restaurants are not accommodating to larger parties. The Lady Liberty Lunch Cruise (Thursday and Friday; boards 11:30am, cruises noon to 2pm) is the perfect antidote to this problem. Come with all your friends to enjoy a lunch buffet, dessert station, live DJ entertainment and front-row seats to New York’s most famous sights, like Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. Just don’t forget to bring your selfie stick. Perhaps you prefer your relaxing daytime meals with free-flowing mimosas and a side of sophisticated music. If so, reserve a spot on the Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise (Saturdays and Sunday; boards noon, cruises 12:30 to 2:30pm). Revel in unparalleled views of the skyline, a live jazz band and Hornblower’s award-winning DJ while eating from the delicious brunch buffet that includes options like an omelette station, poached salmon, French toast, and a carving station with turkey and ham. Oh, and did we mention the chocolate fountain?

Board the New York City Lights Dinner Cruise for an intimate night of viewing the city’s most beautiful landmarks while dining on a gourmet three-course meal—with options like seared duck with blood-orange puree and sautéed summer squash; and herb-crusted salmon with charred tomato and basil, steamed new potato and parsley—then dance the night away to the ship’s live entertainment.

For holidays, wow your out-of-town visitors, or simply remind yourself of New York’s wonder with Hornblower’s special-events cruises. There’s no place more appropriate to celebrate our nation’s birthday than in front of Lady Liberty—which is precisely what you’ll do on the 4th of July Fireworks Cruise. Celebrate other important holidays like Mother’s Day, with a Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise or a Family Brunch Cruise, and Father’s Day, with a Beer Brunch Cruise, on a Hornblower luxury yacht.

So no matter the occasion, Hornblower has you covered with the perfect cruise to celebrate it. Summer, here we come.

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