RECOMMENDED: New Year's Eve in New York guide
Is it a boat? Is it a floating greenhouse? Whatever it is, the glass-enclosed vessel affords an unobstructed view of fireworks and attractions that include the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park City, Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty. All guests receive a three-course sit-down meal, have access to a premium open bar and are treated to a live jazz band. To impress someone special, pony up for the pricier packages to secure a window table with a bottle of champagne and a dozen red roses. In other words, if you can't stomach being near a newly engaged couple: avoid.
Thought the Water Taxis were strictly reserved for summertime jaunts? Think again. Their open-air tops offer great views of the city's landmarks; dance music, hors d'oeuvres and an open bar will keep you occupied below deck. At midnight, watch the ball drop in Times Square via live feed, and relish the fact that you're out on the water with no crowd in sight.
See the sights without freezing your ass off: get ensconced in the Zephyr’s cabins. The luxury yacht will sail past iconic sights—including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Statue of Liberty—and screen the Times Square ball drop on 42-inch plasma screens, so you can see all the action without the hassle. The trip includes a premium open bar, midnight champagne toast, buffet, hors d'oeuvres and coffee with dessert to help sober you up.